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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Looking Through Glass

The novel begins in with an aspiring freelance photographer going on his first assignment to Lucknow. Ammi is the most original creation of the author, while fhrough magicians, circus acrobats, hotel waiters and even Mohammad Ali Jinnah tend to get incorporated into the ambience of the paradigmatic post-modern novel about the subcontinent. I’ll tell you why.

Looking through Glass is a powerful and immensely entertaining novel set in the troubled s – the era of India’s partition and independence. Anah rated it really liked it Apr 25, His credentials for writing about the game are founded on a spectatorial axiom: All this, being seen through the surreal lens of a photographer, who is an anachronistic observer in the setting.

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.

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Have a great year ahead: The nameless narrator is also made to partake in this rich confusion. June 20, Jan 14, Alexandra rated it liked it.

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Looking Through Glass by Mukul Kesavan. Another example is the disappearance of thousands of Congress Muslims on August 8,when despite their protests, the Quit India movement was launched, rendering them virtually invisible.

Excited by his new zoom lens that eliminates distance, he looks into the camera while standing precariously on a railway bridge and, as he slips, finds that he has accidentally eliminated time.

This novel makes use of the technique of magic realism in a rather sudden way, at the very beginning. But history makes him her own – in a literal way – when Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. A Delhi history professor’s promising but flawed first novel offers a what-if? Lists with This Book. Sue rated it really liked it Feb 02, He, the protagonist, clearly wants to serve in the role of a witness when the book begins.

Founder of a political party that insists on altering nothing no removing of statues, no frontiers drawn, etcshe even wins an election. Towards a poetics of the Indian English novel Makarand R. No eBook available Amazon. He wrote a blog by the same name on cricinfo.

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Now share the story Too bad. Vimala Ramachandran rated it liked it May 03, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. One can, of course, not forget the fact that sexual violence was inextricably linked to the physical violence in the years leading up to Partition. 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.


He only succeeds with regard to stools. Talented indian writer capable of unpretentious prose.


Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. These tendencies of the author are distinctly noticeable in the way he creates his rather strong characters, ordinary citizens, supporting ideas which are in contravention of what was historically ascribed to them.

And even as he runs and stays away, he somehow only focuses only on those he can’t see or feel. Sangeetha rated it it was ok Jan 28, Saad rated it liked it Apr 03, Aug 28, Radhika rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Kesavan looks through glass, but not darkly. Kesavan’s book of cricket,Men in White, was published by Penguin India in Copyrights Glaxs Post.

Fiction, on the other hand, can merrily destabilise the past, bringing to life the infinite possibilities that throuvh at any given moment before subsequent events sift them out of collective memory. He’s keen on the game of cricket[1] but in a non-playing way.

The author’s evident enjoyment in telling his tale is infectious, and although the period described here was a turbulent time in history – what with a revolution, a war, a famine and many riots – the distancing device invests in with a patina of hope, if not nostalgia.

Was it the Guardian? Parmeet Kohli rated it liked it Aug 07,