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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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Ashish Iyer rated it
December 25, 2018
Excellent story and Narration. Must read for everybody. It try to reveal history which was hidden. It makes you realise how our own history was distorted. Author doesn't try to be politically correct and hide facts. At the same time he doesn't make any false accusations. Though there was so many opposing to this book, truth of what had happened those days will never fade. S L B is one of the best modern novelist which have his own style of narration which takes you all his books to real world , where you encounter the character day to day basi ... more
December 10, 2018
It takes great courage to write a story like this, and I can only try to imagine what the author must have gone through while doing the research for the book at a personal level and after the book got published at a professional level. It also took an emotional toll on me as a reader. Several times, I closed the book and took a step back from it, to get things into perspective before moving forward. It was like through Lakshmi's journey, the author is lifting the veil (Aavarana) from his readers' "reality". Even though we know how the histor ... more


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