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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The narrator, a Hindu, stays with a Muslim family — with a story and history of its own — passing off as an amnesiac. I muukl time traveling in India with this book.

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Katherine rated it really liked it Apr 04, He, the protagonist, clearly wants to serve in the role of a witness when the book begins. Mukul Kesavan is an Indian writer and essayist. Talented indian writer lookinb of unpretentious prose. The nameless narrator is also made to partake in this rich confusion.

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Rudre Malik rated it it was amazing Jan 28, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. There is no coherence or heart to this story. And this is not to say that it is not hard hitting, or that it does not send its message home.


Vimala Ramachandran rated it liked it May 03, In Kesavan’s novel, among those who disappeared, one left a permanent shadow in the courtyard, lookin other remained only an image in the mirror, yet another turned into a character in a Forster novel, on every page Aziz having become Salman.

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Kalpana rated it it was amazing Dec 29, When he awakes in the home of a young Muslim, he discovers that he has somehow been transported back to””a sacred muklu in the memory of the Nation, the year of the Quit India rebellion.

It is a fabulist’s recreation of the years between and in north India in a narrative that revels in its own fecundity.

Suzy rated it it was ok Dec 27, Its narrator is our contemporary, an ambitious young photographer properly unconcerned with history. Looking Through Glass is a novel that looks to recreate history, though not in a manner as simple as you would deem.

Refresh and try again. It is a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable novel, which muul not leave you sombre or depressed. They say, fiction triumphs where history and historiography meet failure. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.


On the last page of the novel we find Kaushalya Devi’s grandson willingly including himself in a group photograph of Intezar’s family, even though he appears in it merely as a blur. Stuck, like the rest of us, in a time and place not of his choosing, he does the usual things: By waffling around as much as he does and concentrating at the oddest moments on his flatulence and excretions, he just paints a figure whom you really don’t want to follow around in his next noxious adventure.


Return to Book Page. Mukul Kesavan Ravi Dayal’s ‘Looking through glass’ An engaging novel recreates the turbulent period of Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Ammi is the most original creation of the author, while the magicians, circus acrobats, hotel waiters and even Mohammad Ali Jinnah tend to get incorporated into througn ambience of the paradigmatic post-modern novel about the subcontinent.

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