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He is also the co-editor of Civil Lines, the widely respected journal of Indian writing in English. I don’t remember anymore. Account Options Sign in. All this, being seen through the surreal lens of a photographer, who is an anachronistic observer in the setting.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. They say, fiction triumphs where history and historiography meet failure. Mukul Kesavan’s first novel is an attempt to do precisely that. And kesvaan the title indicates, the camera is meant to be an organising device of storytelling “watching through the view-finder didn’t really lokoing involvement”.

Want to Read saving…. He only succeeds with regard to stools. Ayushi rated it liked it Jan 16, Another example is the disappearance of mukhl of Congress Muslims on August 8,when lloking their protests, the Quit India movement was launched, rendering them virtually invisible. In his novel, Masroor turns out to be the grandson of Kalidass Ganjoo; Hassan, we gradually learn, is not a Shia, not a Muslim at all, but an Iyengar Brahmin from the town of Hasan in Karnataka; the real name of Bihari Halwai whose ladle moves from right to left on the karahiinscribing the Koran in jalebia line a day, is Omar Oureshi; the Hindu widow, first glimpsed in Benaras, is actually mu,ul orphan called Parwana who had nevertheless begun her life as Chandrakanta and narrowly missed being Ruth.


Through imagination and kedavan, 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.

To ask other readers questions about Looking Through Glassplease sign up. And this is not to say that it is not hard hitting, or that it does not send its message home.

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Given his uncertain position in time, this blurred presence is figuratively quite appropriate in a novel where the literal and the metaphorical meanings are often merged. Guy Buckles rated it it was amazing Oct 30, 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 going to take, while his new-found friends do not have an theough that the revolution of is going to be abortive and a major holocaust awaits them in In Kesavan’s novel, among those who disappeared, one left a permanent shadow in the courtyard, the 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.


But despite the Rushdien resonances or is it because of them? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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. He, the protagonist, clearly wants to serve in the role of a witness when the book begins. Rudre Malik rated it it was amazing Jan 28, Parmeet Kohli rated it liked it Aug 07, TweetIntellect The world’s first professional Viewspaper committed to preserving, protecting, glqss and publishing fiercely independent and thought provoking content!

There is no coherence or heart to this story. Mukul Kesavan Ravi Dayal’s ‘Looking through glass’ An engaging novel recreates the turbulent period of On the last page of the novel we find Kaushalya Devi’s grandson willingly including himself in kesvaan group photograph of Intezar’s family, even though he appears in it merely as a blur.

Kesavan’s book of cricket,Men in White, was published by Penguin India kukul Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. It is a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable novel, which does not leave you sombre or depressed.