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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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Shyam rated it
April 30, 2019
This is more than just a novel. This is an absolute tour de force on the realities of a period of Indian history, woven beautifully into the life and work of the protagonist. The hard truths revealed will shake your conscience. You will emerge, with clearer vision grounded in reality. Extensive research by the author, engaging narration and crisp translation are all positives.
Vaibhav rated it
March 14, 2019
Authored by Shri SL Bhyrappa, undoubtedly the greatest living Kannada author and translated into English by Sandeep Balkrishna, whose '70 Years of Secularism' made it to shelves recently (and is getting popular). This is not a novel based on a single theme, the fable Bhyrappa knits moves quickly, uncovering numerous subtle layers of history, culture, progressive movement, marxism, goal of history etc. The predictable yet heart throbbing turns Lakshmi's life takes, the way she discovers her previous faith, 28 years after her marriage to Amir and ... more
Anand rated it
March 13, 2019
I got this book as a gift a few years ago but somehow my mother read it before I could! Since then she ensures that every girl in the family reads it. So this single copy has been traveling over various parts of India and to some offshore locations over the past years. The storyline of this book is very general. It tells the story of a Hindu girl who falls in love with a Muslim guy and changes her religion ‘for love’, which is quite common. She later realizes that the guy she married is not that ‘liberal’ when it comes to actual behavio ... more
Abhishek rated it
February 01, 2019
History is a fascinating subject if explained in the right way. Bringing out historical events in a way one can relate to them, instead of listing them as dates on a calendar, is the best way to learn history. And Aavarana excels in that. Aavarana is a multi-layered story which needs to be read many times to appreciate its nuances. At its core, it's a novel which emphasizes that truth must be told regardless of the consequences and the way to build a harmonious community is not by masking history but by learning from it. The story traces the ... more


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