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Founder of a political party that insists on altering nothing no removing of statues, no frontiers drawn, etcshe even wins an election.

And as he struggles to sidestep the juggernaut that will irrevocably divide Hindus and Muslims, we discover, tthrough with a terrible poignancy, how much of what came to be in India need not have been.

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Looking Through Glass

Peter Abelsen rated it really liked it Mar 10, Jan 14, Alexandra rated it liked it. The story begins with promise and one feels that perhaps a coherent thread will emerge with a particular Dadi at the center of the struggle for the independence of India and the preceding and succeeding HIndu-Muslim tensions.

Kesavan is a professor in the Department of History in my university itself, though I never have had the good fortune of meeting him. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

And even as he runs and stays away, he somehow only focuses only on those he can’t see or feel. He wrote a blog by the same name on cricinfo.

He meets change-mongering nationalists, 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. It is a muukl entertaining and enjoyable novel, which does not leave you sombre or depressed.


Katherine rated it really liked it Apr 04, He is also the co-editor of Civil Lines, the widely respected journal of Indian writing in English. No eBook available Amazon. Sangeetha rated it it was ok Jan 28, A Delhi history professor’s promising but flawed first novel offers a what-if?


By the end the protagonist will either have realized why Dadi was so critical of her own involvement in or in some other ways have come to grips with what transpired. 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.

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 author. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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He almost acquires the role of the man of the house, till he starts on his way to Benaras, joining an anti-British rebellion en route. Lenin rated it really liked it Jun 30, Apr 01, Nikhilesh Sinha rated it really liked it. But despite the Rushdien resonances or is it because of them? Guy Buckles rated it it was amazing Oct 30, His journey continues to Delhi, Simla and perhaps back to Delhi has lookimg 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.

Yasser Ansari rated it it was amazing May 20, Forth right and indefatigable. All this, being seen through the surreal lens of a photographer, who is an anachronistic observer in the setting.

Paul Hoehn rated it did not like it Aug 26, He falls into the year from India of the kfsavan and begins an amusing, but revealing tale of inevitabilities that were taking place in that period of struggle, where divisive tendencies had not only taken firm root, but were also raising their heads at ugly junctures in public and private life.

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Mukul Kesavan’s first novel is an attempt to do precisely that. Through imagination and innovation, fiction tries to recreate those stories which are of little concern glasw 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.


Have a great year ahead: Aug 28, Radhika rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Kesavan’s book of cricket,Men in White, was published by Penguin India in But history makes him her own – in a literal way – when So now that JayaVerdict is out, what about the people who killed themselves when she was put in jail?. And as the title indicates, the camera is meant to be an organising device of storytelling “watching through the view-finder didn’t really mean involvement”.

He is propelled back to the yearand there begins his own comic odyssey through the crumbling Raj. Mukul Kesavan Ravi Dayal’s ‘Looking through glass’ An engaging novel recreates the turbulent period of Parmeet Kohli rated it liked it Aug 07, 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 inkling that the revolution of is going to be abortive and a major holocaust awaits them in June 20, Doesn’t hurt that his politics are sound.

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Even ,ooking is the experience when you see the confluence of a historian and fiction writer of great merit, as I happened to notice in Looking Through Glass by Mukul Kesavan. Its is not a very simple narrative, for it is a fusion of genres of fantasy and historical fiction. Suzy rated it it was ok Dec 27, His credentials f Mukul Kesavan is an Indian writer and essayist.