They say, fiction triumphs where history and historiography meet failure. True enough. Through imagination and innovation, fiction tries to. Looking through glass. By Mukul Kesavan Ravi Dayal Pages: Price: Rs Of course history is an attempt to make the past stable and of. At The Close Of The Twentieth Century, A Young Photographer On A Train To Lucknow Suddenly Finds Himself In The Deep End Of Adrift In The Final.

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IN this saga of shifting and chimeric identities, one person who stands solidly rooted in space and time, determined to resist change, is Kulsum Ammi. When he thrlugh in the home of a young Muslim, he discovers that he has somehow been transported back to””a sacred year in the memory of the Nation, the year of the Quit India rebellion.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Forth right and indefatigable. This novel makes use of the technique of magic realism in a rather sudden way, at the very beginning.

Probably, if they want to: Fiction, on the other hand, can merrily destabilise the past, bringing to life the infinite possibilities that exist at any given moment before subsequent loiking sift them out of collective memory. Anah rated it really liked it Apr 25, Apr 01, Nikhilesh Sinha rated it really liked it.

I know it clear in my head what I have to say upon coming face to face with him — a simple thank you for giving me the best magical ride through the devastating annuls of Indian pre-independence history, from a post-independence vantage point.


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His travails in Benaras include meeting and dealing with a aspiring porn-film-maker, and rescuing an unwed, pregnant girl, Parwana — all this while being under the tutelage of a local wrestler giving regular sermons on the importance of celibacy for conserving strength. I read the book cover to cover in order to be sure that I was giving it a fair shake though about a quarter through, the author was already beginning to bore me.

Looking Through Glass is a novel that looks to recreate history, though not in a manner as simple as you would deem. And as he struggles to sidestep the juggernaut that will irrevocably divide Hindus and Muslims, we discover, often with a terrible poignancy, how much of what came to be in India need not have been.

Yasser Ansari rated it it was amazing May 20, Please provide an email address.

Its is not a very simple narrative, for it is a fusion of genres of fantasy loooing historical fiction. Hina Jain rated it it was ok Oct 15, The details of this ‘vanishment’ episode will remind the reader who has a long memory of Rushdie’s inventiveness in the cataloguing of the magic gifts of midnight’s children.


Her ashes are to be cast into the Ganges at Banaras, but before he arrives, the narrator falls when climbing out of a stalled train and is dragged down by the weight of his lenses into the river below. His journey continues to Delhi, Simla and perhaps back to Delhi has been long since I read this beautiful work of fiction — spanning the most crucial years of political wrangling regarding cartographic surgery of India and on ground violence devouring the peace of entire communities to forever leave them embittered.


There is no coherence or heart to this story. Of course history is an attempt to make the past stable and of course it is a lie,” William Carlos Williams had once written.

Book review: Mukul Kesavan Ravi Dayal’s ‘Looking through glass’

Abu Khalidsen rated it it was amazing Sep 28, Lizz rated it it was ok May 03, Paul Hoehn rated it did not like it Aug 26, Ayushi rated it liked it Jan 16, He is propelled back to the yearand there begins his own comic odyssey through the crumbling Raj.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Want to Read saving…. The hero is unconvincing and can’t make up his mind about anything gllass and this seems to be a malady that he might have caught from the author.

A Delhi history professor’s promising but flawed first novel offers a what-if? Aug 28, Radhika rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I enjoyed time traveling in India with this book. His credentials f Mukul Kesavan is an Indian writer and essayist. There was a problem adding your email address. Vimala Ramachandran rated it liked it May 03, The nameless narrator is also made to partake in this rich confusion.

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