In this essay I read Mistry's A Fine Balance in the context of theories of Emergency, exception, cognitive mapping, and city studies. After briefly contrasting Benjamin's and Agamben's theorizing of life under the state of exception, I examine Mistry's depiction of life during the Emergency rule in India in the context of Jameson's concept of cognitive mapping, which, I argue, needs to be expanded not only by engaging with theories of the exception but also by expanding it to include a number of totalizing maps that constitute the camp-like landscape of Mistry' s novel.
Damai, Puspa. "Subalternative Cognitive Mapping in Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance." Subaltern Vision: A Study in Postcolonial Indian English Text. Ed. Aparajita De, Amrita Ghosh and Ujjwal Jana. New Castle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012. 80-102.