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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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K Subramanyam rated it
July 22, 2019
Let me start by asking a fundamental question. “Why should we read history ?” Why should we read about the lives of our forefathers? Why should we be interested in the lives and times of the kings who dwelled on this earth a few centuries ago ? Why should we be interested in the lives of the people who ruled the nations , built great monuments and were the originators of various customs and rituals? The learned men of the world give us the answer , “History curses those who do not read it by repeating itself for them”. Well, once ... more
Arjun Anand rated it
July 21, 2019
A point may come in the life of a Dharmic when she/he realises what dhimmitude is and the farce of "all religions are same" gets exposed. For me, the moment came while reading this masterpiece by Sh. S. L. Bhyrappa. Aavarana enlightens the reader about the problems with "the peaceful" religion and it Prophet. It exposes the Jihad apologist and Hinduphobic Indian LeLi ecosystem - and all this - in an amazingly engaging fictional novel. What more one can ask for!
Neha Jangid rated it
May 15, 2019
Aavran Book Review The book is gold , especially in our era of sold , biased media , where being politically correct is considered above the truth. This book is an eye-opener. Hats-off to S.L. Bhyrappa ji who was able to pull off the herculean task of converting the non-fiction into a fiction , that too on the sensitive & controversial topics of history and religion. Not everyone has the ability to make the tedious effort of going through more than 50 historical records and books & come up with a well-researched , well-versed , an entirely min ... more


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