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Lakshmi, a rebellious, free-spirited and intelligent film-maker, breaks ties with her staunchly Gandhian father to marry Amir, the man she loves. She even agrees reluctantly to Amir’s request that she convert to Islam, as a formality, and change her name to Razia. However, she is shocked to discover that her husband is not the open-minded, progressive individual he claimed to be. For after marriage, Amir takes his family’s side in trying to force her to follow the more rigorous tenets of their faith. This sets her off on a personal journey into India’s history to uncover the many layers of religion, caste and creed. Her quest leads her to the many parallels in the narratives between the past and the present and she gradually finds that though much has changed in Indian society over the centuries, much remains the same. The second historical novel by celebrated Kannada author S.L. Bhyrappa, translated for the first time into English by Sandeep Balakrishna, Aavarana: The Veil raises pertinent and searching questions about religion, liberalism and identity, and highlights the importance of unshackling oneself from the bonds of false knowledge.

    BOOK, 400 pages
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  • Original Title : AAVARANA
  • Genre : Fiction
  • ISBN : 8129134071 (ISBN13: 9788129134073)
  • Language : en
  • User assigned genres : Islam, Colonization
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Harish Singhal rated it
April 18, 2021
A very powerful story which is a perfect blend of historical accuracy and an artist's imagination. All the statements, facts are backed by citations and proofs. Even after being historically accurate the story does not become dull and remain crisp till very end. Story revolves around a progressive Hindu women and Muslim men who fell in love and later married together. Being an interfaith marriage she faced many hardships from family Which made her even more hard critique of hindu religion. Both being full fledged artists wrote many plays and dr ... more
Vivek Pai rated it
April 15, 2021
Bhyrappa is Saraswati incarnate. This is the best book I have read in a very long time. He brings out the horrors of life of Hindus under the barbaric Moghul Aurangazeb rule in his own free flowing style. Didn't feel like stopping at any point & read this English translation end to end in one sitting. Surely a no miss
Parag Naik rated it
April 14, 2021
Aavarana is a book which leaves one annoyed, disgusted, helpless and angry at the same time, but you cannot put it down. The author Shri S L Bhyrappa employs a clever device to draw our similarities or parallels between the 2 story lines, both centuries far away from each other, yet they appear to have a common anchoring point, religious fanaticism of one 'group.' The first of the two parallel stories begins with two filmmakers Amir and Razia making a documentary on the Vijaynagara temple ruins. Razia used to be known as Laxmi before her re ... more
Preet Nigam rated it
January 28, 2021
The story begins with two filmmakers Amir and Razia trying to make a documentary on the Hampi temple. Razia's discomfort is revealed while she is studying the idols especially when she notices Lord Narsimha's idol. Later in the novel we come to know that Razia's earlier name used to be Lakshmi and Lord Narsimha was her village deity. The reason for destroyed idols at Hampi complex needed no explanation as it was the aggression of the Abrahamics against idol worshippers but the couple was trying to figure out a narrative which could please the ... more
November 20, 2020
I had the golden opportunity to read this thought provoking and eye opening book few years ago, and mind me I couldnt put it down till the very end. It shuns the pseudo secular notions of a progressive ideology very profoundly establishing the true identity of the so called progressive left. It is a must read for those who are still dwindling between Indic and Leftist progressive ideological stances, for those who are unaware of the propagandas of the Leftists to eradicate Hindu Ethos and Cultural heritage. I recommend this book not only to the ... more


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