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Aavarana: The Veil | S.L. Bhyrappa. Blind faith. Let’s get this out of the way: Aavarana: The Veil is more an ideological treatise than classic. Aavarana: The Veil by S. L. Bhyrappa is a story of a free-spirited and rebellious young woman, Lakshmi, who marries the man she is deeply in love with. Amir. Aavarana – The Veil has ratings and reviews. Sravya said: The author does not shy away from controversy. But what’s incredible is that he gives.

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Aavarana means enveloping or covering something. Confusion grips you right from the start and the book leaves you nervous, ashamed, frustrated and clueless at the end. Adithya rated it liked it Jun 10, The Infidels of Mecca by Abbas Zaidi. Quotes from Aavarana – The Veil. The second historical novel by celebrated Kannada author S. Here, the issues of rigidity completely disappear, and the story carries its own weight.

But I was taken by surprise for it turned out to be way more than Hampi. I will not go deep into the storyline or the characters but all I want to say is th Aavarana – What a Brilliantly compelling, powerful novel this was!!!

It has list of reference which run Aavarana is a fictional novel, creative work by Bhyrappa taking into considerations of historical fact of India over past few centuries. The Constant Goddess by Anuja Chandramouli. It takes no prisoners, offers no room for dissent or doubt. The novel raises pertinent and searching questions about religion, liberalism and identity and highlights the importance of unshackling oneself from the bonds of false knowledge.

Much of the history of the Muslim conquest of India was already familiar to me, so initially I thought that this book was merely polemic. Kannada novels Indian novels. It is also pertinent to note that the author anticipated the criticism that the book would receive and has worked in the book, the reasons why books and criticisms should not be banned or suppressed.


The main female character, Lakshmi or Razia’s historical fiction is captivating and I did feel the need to dig deeper into the history o I have mixed feelings about this book. Supporting bibliography for all the views expressed. Honestly I had to skip few pages in the beginning coz the reality was too harsh to bear – but I caught up and now conclude that this is a great read with lot of facts for backup.

He kept the narrative in simple plain English and ensured that the book is easy to read. Interesting facts about Indian history and Islam religion is depicted in the novel. On the other hand, the writer’s original posit that the Truth [3] needs to be told has connected with the readers that it has seen repeated reprintings.

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Ingredients for Main Dish: Because those people like “Kaarnad”,”Chandrasekar kambar”,”Anantmurthy” are very very highly educated they tell like that. Picked this on an impulse while travelling to Hampi, for I aavaraja it has some relation with the place.

One of the negative aspect of the book is, the unnecessary usage of sanskrit words, simple Kannada words could have made the readers live much easier. Do read the book to know all that. It reveals a whole journey of India under rule of outsides, their sufferings, changes to lifestyle, culture, administration of natives.

Aavarana – The Veil by S.L. Bhyrappa (3 star ratings)

Vwil thoroughly enjoyed the critical thinking and the research that went into writing this book. Published August vdil by Sahitya Bhandara first published It is a way of knowing the world, a way of giving meaning and value to the contents of life. The book beautifully presents how shallow any belief is unless it is backed by a thorough understanding of the truth behind it.

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He is not the progressive and liberal person she thought he was.

What were the customs of them? However, what should we say about the people who wilfully distort history and present it to the masses in a way it suits their needs?

Then we also get to see how intolerant a few people were and how they destroyed many places of worship. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. After marriage the traditional realities start impinging on the married couple Her visit to the ruins of Hampi for a documentary churns her thinking and questions the ideology she believes in.

The standard Bhyrappa sets for all readers and writers is very high. She even agrees reluctantly to Amir’s request that she convert to Islam, as a formality and change her name to Razia. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Siding towards a four, but a couple of things in the book annoyed me to no end.

The novel is aptly named as avarana which basically means that hiding the truth. Learnt many things about Islam and in the process, learnt many similar harsh truths about other religions including my own. We must acc The act of concealing truth in Sanskrit is called “Aavarana”!!!. Humans have long used select passages of aavarna to justify anything and everything from violence to oppression, ignoring those very same scriptures that advocate love and inclusion and non-violence.

Lakshmi is someone who’ll always remain in my aavarama, so will Narasimhe Gowda, Shesha Sastri