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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With no insight into anything. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. And this is not to say that it is not hard hitting, or that it does not send its message home.

Copyrights Intellectual Post. Probably, if they want to: No eBook available Amazon. 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.

Rudre Malik rated it it was amazing Jan 28, An interesting if disappointing debut: The nameless narrator is also made to partake in this rich confusion. Along the way, he also meets a slew of colorful characters: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The rest of the novel is an account of the next five years lived through the bifocal lens of time, as only he knows what shape events are glasd to take, while his new-found friends do not have an inkling that the revolution of is going to be abortive and a major holocaust awaits them in The novel begins in with an aspiring freelance photographer going on his first assignment to Lucknow.


Ravi Dayal- Social Science – pages. Peter Abelsen rated it really liked it Mar 10, Towards a poetics of the Indian English novel Makarand R. Mukul Kesavan is an Glqss writer and essayist. kesavna


The problem was in the execution. The playful erasure of the boundaries of Hindu-Muslim lineage – that Rushdie had achieved through the complex birth story of Saleem and Shiva – becomes a more pervasive undertaking for Kesavan. However, fiction kesavvan different. It is not that the idea of time-hopping wasn’t good.

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. Ghrough trivia or quizzes yet. This narrator is in a position to see people struggle, but by the virtue of his temporal vantage point, sees how futile these struggles are because he knows precisely what turn history will take.

This is made visible in the section about Gyanendra, a film-maker aspiring to remake Kama Sutra, victimizing a woman, who can also be looked at as a victimizer in a way. Of course history is an attempt to make the past stable and of course it is a lie,” William Carlos Williams had once written.

LOOKING THROUGH GLASS by Mukul Kesavan | Kirkus Reviews

Through imagination and innovation, fiction tries to recreate those stories which are of little concern to historians — for history is not much but a political chronology, or a tale written about civilizations lost to time, or a record of battle won and lost.


He is also the co-editor of Civil Lines, the widely respected journal of Indian writing in English. 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. He meets change-mongering lookkng, but also Ammi, founder of the Society for the Defense of the Present; Gyanendra, a pioneering pornographer; and even his own grandmother, whom he cremated long before.

Looking Through Glass

The hero is unconvincing and can’t make up his mind about anything really and this seems to be a malady that he might have caught from the muukul. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Doesn’t hurt that his politics are sound. Books by Mukul Kesavan. It is a lookiing entertaining and enjoyable novel, which does not leave you sombre or depressed. Looking through Glass is a powerful and immensely entertaining novel set in the troubled s – the era of India’s partition and independence.

He has both, the retrospective and the prospective tools of analysis in his hands, because he picks up a nameless protagonist who has fallen into the lanes of history from a very contemporary reality.

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