Aavarana: The Veil



❰Reading❯ ➹ Aavarana: The Veil Author S.L. Bhyrappa – E17streets4all.co.uk Librarian s Note Alternate cover edition for ISBN Lakshmi, a rebellious, free spirited and intelligent film maker, breaks ties with her staunchly Gandhian father to marry Amir, the man she loves She Librarian s Note Alternate cover edition for ISBNLakshmi, a rebellious, free spirited and intelligent film maker, breaks ties with her staunchly Gandhian father to marry Amir, the Aavarana: The PDF \ 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 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 SL 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.Aavarana: The Veil

Dr SL Bhyrappa is a litterateur par excellence He writes in the south Indian language, Kannada, and has been the bestselling novelist for over years now Aavarana: The PDF \ His novels are widely translated to pan Indian languages He is the bestselling novelist in Marathi over the past decade and is among the top five bestselling authors in Hindi He is a conscious artist that depicts fundamental human emotions in his novels In addition to his profound knowledge of Indian philosophical and cultural traditions, Professor Bhyrappa has since his childhood had intense personal experiences in both rural and urban milieu Consequently, his characters are deeply rooted in Indian soil Seminars have been and are being held on his novels, and volumes of literary criticism have been published on his worksHis books have found their way to the curriculum of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses of the universities in the state of Karnataka, and have been the subject of about PhD dissertations He has penned novels and four volumes of literary criticism and books on aesthetics, social issues and culture Most of his novels are translated into almost all the Indian languages and six into English He has served as a Prof of Philosophy over three decades at NCERTDr Bhyrappa is an avid listener of both Indian and Western classical music and has a keen eye for Art Travelling has been his paasion since childhood and he has travelled across the globe touching the glaciers of poles, forests of , deserts of Africa, bustling cities of Europe and the United States He has trekked in the Alps, the Rockies, Andes and in Fujiama, but the Himalayas remain his greatest passionAcademic Publications in English Values in Modern Indian Educational Thought, New Delhi National Council of Educational Research and Training Truth Beauty A Study in Correlations, Baroda M S University Press Research Papers published in various Journals like Indian Philosophical Quarterly, Darshana International, Journal of University of BarodaResearch and Fellowship National Research Professor, Government of India, One of the five members of the Indian Literary Delegation that visited China on invitation by the Government of China, Ford Foundation Award to visit the USA to study the cultural problems of Indian immigrants to the USA, British Council Fellowship tenured at the School of Education, University of London, .

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    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader marriage, Amir takes his family s side in trying to force her to follow the 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 SL 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."/>
  • Paperback
  • 380 pages
  • Aavarana: The Veil
  • S.L. Bhyrappa
  • English
  • 21 August 2018

10 thoughts on “Aavarana: The Veil

  1. says:

    Why would anyone write a book like this A book which shows no mercy on the reader, doesn t understand diplomacy and strips the reader naked and hits him her with the most powerful weapon on earth The truth Confusion grips you right from the start and the book leaves you nervous, ashamed, frustrated and clueless at the end I have to warn, the above mentioned symptoms relate only to an Indian reader though it might as well apply to others Though major portion of the story involves history, t Why would anyone write a book like this A book which shows no mercy on the reader, doesn t understand diplomacy and strips the reader naked and hits him her with the most powerful weapon on earth The truth Confusion grips you right from the start and the book leaves you nervous, ashamed, frustrated and clueless at the end I have to warn, the above mentioned symptoms relate only to an Indian reader though it might as well apply to others Though major portion of the story involves history, there is nothing new in the book about history that astonishes you and there is almost nothing in the book that a person with some reading habits doesn t know off Then what makes it so special and how does it hit you so hard with things you already know, well for all but one reason it reminds you about the brutal truth of life the past is never dead, damn the past is not even past, it s the present itself One couldn t have found aapt title than aavarana for the story The four main characters in the story razia, amir, lakshmi s father and sastri, take you through a ride that s compelling, intense and tests one s ability to remain immune to brutal past of India The characters are normal people but for the authors ability to dwell deep and project an unbiased but unacceptable reactions when faced with truth and ideological questions The perfect example would be lakshmi s father who opposes hindu muslim marriage in spite of being a staunch Gandhian The question lingers as to how can the author justify a character like that, though at the end the author not only justifies it but does it in way that leaves no doubt in readers mind The book digs deep into the definition of history, its effect on the present day, the role of religion and makes the reader wonder if the left is really secular and liberal as they project themselves to be The book is by no inch a pro hindu or anti islam as some of its critic have claimed, but merely puts up the beautiful question of Can nationalism be strengthened by projecting historical lies This book only goes on to strengthen how tolerant and accepting an Indian culture is and how well the world has exploited it Yet India has not only survived but thrived and as hitchens put it there will always be an India India whose motto is satyamev jayate truth alone triumphs needs to trust its people, its culture and tolerant nature and should stop hiding the truth from itself Go ahead and grab it, but be prepared face the dilemma over truth, especially if you are an Indian As for the left wing ignorance has never helped anybody said marx and the new India is all set to follow your leader on that note, after all the Indian DNA can never resist a good argument

  2. says:

    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 , w 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 basis Book is an eye opener Great work by Sandeep in translation The literature is amazing novel within a novel concept The story written by the protagonist is very brutal though Aavarana was a fantastic read for me who is a product or a victim of the history distorted by marxists As a novel, it works at so many levels and Bhyrappa creates a time machine through which we learn about history and the present

  3. says:

    The act of concealing truth in Sanskrit is called Aavarana while the act of projecting lies is known as vikshepa The 2007 Kannada novel Aavarana by S.L Bhyrappa, recently translated into English by Sandeep Balakrishna, therefore, is one of the few revolutionary novels that deals with an explosive storyline in times where political correctness dominates the public discourse Aavarana is a compelling read, mainly due to its raw appeal that hits readers at appropriate places like a jolt.Aav The act of concealing truth in Sanskrit is called Aavarana while the act of projecting lies is known as vikshepa The 2007 Kannada novel Aavarana by S.L Bhyrappa, recently translated into English by Sandeep Balakrishna, therefore, is one of the few revolutionary novels that deals with an explosive storyline in times where political correctness dominates the public discourse Aavarana is a compelling read, mainly due to its raw appeal that hits readers at appropriate places like a jolt.Aavarana s agenda is to restore truth, at all costs Inways than one, the book is like an eye opener which shatters many of our conceived notions that we have been fed with school history textbooks The debate of truth vs lies has been explored in detail while the objective of the book largely looks like an attempt to restore balance and also to expose historians who distort it by creating the myth that Islamic rulers were tolerant and deny that there were mass temple destruction Aavarana does not show any sympathy to reader and islike an assault on the reader with very thought provoking and compelling arguments that make a reader think Perhaps, that is where the literary merit of the book lies Lastly, there is absolutely no doubt that such a gem of a book would have been limited to one state had it not been for the brilliant efforts of Sandeep Balakrishna Hence, the book is a must read for anyone with some basic understanding of common sense and balance who would like to know the extent to which lies have been fed in the name of history in India

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    The Indian history has been a victim of vandalism by Leftist historians right from the time of India s Independence from the British However, to further their agenda these historians have convoluted Indian history to portray a history of their choice than the truth An example of such convolution is the period of Mughal rule in India which was most brutal, oppressive and wroth with religious intolerance, but the left historians have attempted to erase this fact and replace it by false history t The Indian history has been a victim of vandalism by Leftist historians right from the time of India s Independence from the British However, to further their agenda these historians have convoluted Indian history to portray a history of their choice than the truth An example of such convolution is the period of Mughal rule in India which was most brutal, oppressive and wroth with religious intolerance, but the left historians have attempted to erase this fact and replace it by false history that portrays the Mughals and Aurangzeb in particular as benevolent and secular This novel demolishes this myth through the protagonists eyes with ample proofs from historical records and several historians The aim of the novel is to portray history as it is and not conceal history for ulterior motives as several authors and historians have done.One detailed review and discussion is here

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    Why should We know our HISTORY I think this book answers the question.This book is about Lakshmi aka Razia, the protagonist, is an intelligent, self confident and progressive woman who converts to Islam to get married to Amir against the wished of her father Her visit to the ruins of Hampi for a documentary churns her thinking and questions the ideology she believes in Through the works of Lakshmi s father, we are told the story of a war slave, Khwaja Jaan, originally a Rajput prince during Why should We know our HISTORY I think this book answers the question.This book is about Lakshmi aka Razia, the protagonist, is an intelligent, self confident and progressive woman who converts to Islam to get married to Amir against the wished of her father Her visit to the ruins of Hampi for a documentary churns her thinking and questions the ideology she believes in Through the works of Lakshmi s father, we are told the story of a war slave, Khwaja Jaan, originally a Rajput prince during the Mughal rule in India There is a layered story telling, present times and Mughal era Here is when the author s politically incorrect storytelling commences The description of demolishing of the temples, treatment of war slaves, tax system which was imposed on non believers is just painful The author shows no mercy on the reader There were few instances when I couldn t continue reading and had to just stop The important part about this book is that the author backs the incidents with appropriate references and also shows the amount of research and back breaking hardworking which has gone in to writing this This book also shows how the Marxist historians run the ecosystem and anyone who keeps opposite views is hounded Sadly this what we see even in the present times, how the humanities space is taken over by people who believe in a certain kind of an ideology and anyone who has counter views is not welcome AAVARANA in sanskrit it means concealing the truth or hiding the truth What the book actually does is to hit reader with TRUTH.Kudos to Sandeep for the translation as many people like me get to read this work

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    Picked this on an impulse while travelling to Hampi, for I knew it has some relation with the place But I was taken by surprise for it turned out to be waythan Hampi.Ingredients for Main Dish 1 Probing multiple layers of religion, liberalism and identity, with the quest for the essential truth.2 Supporting bibliography for all the views expressed.Ingredients for Side Dishes 1 Characters citing a documentary of Hampi and Kashi.2 A Hindu Muslim couple, wife converting to Islam for marri Picked this on an impulse while travelling to Hampi, for I knew it has some relation with the place But I was taken by surprise for it turned out to be waythan Hampi.Ingredients for Main Dish 1 Probing multiple layers of religion, liberalism and identity, with the quest for the essential truth.2 Supporting bibliography for all the views expressed.Ingredients for Side Dishes 1 Characters citing a documentary of Hampi and Kashi.2 A Hindu Muslim couple, wife converting to Islam for marriage, straining her relations with a devout Gandhian father.3 Progressive secular Professor, Brahmin by birth, married to an English Christian lady.Recipe Non fiction material is wrapped with fictional characters to classify it as a work of fiction Poses pertinent and sensitive questions from India s history of sultanate rule Apt title, highlighting the importance of unshackling oneself from the bonds of false knowledge.Legendary Highly recommended

  7. says:

    We live in a world where you if you say anything about a particular religion you are either branded a fundamentalist or a secularist Support something in Islam you become secular Say something a little against Islam you become branded right wing and communal This is the world that SL Bhyrappa writes about in this historical novel that compels you to reexamine the history you have been taught from childhood.The characters here are merely mouthpieces for Bhyrappa to project his views on t We live in a world where you if you say anything about a particular religion you are either branded a fundamentalist or a secularist Support something in Islam you become secular Say something a little against Islam you become branded right wing and communal This is the world that SL Bhyrappa writes about in this historical novel that compels you to reexamine the history you have been taught from childhood.The characters here are merely mouthpieces for Bhyrappa to project his views on the difficulties of presenting history as what it was rather than what it has been twisted into So, don t expect to feel for any of the characters they appear and go irregularly but after you get past the initial bewilderment of what the novel is, you are presented with a wonderfully courageous writer whose views make you think Not for nothing is this one of the most celebrated novels of our times

  8. says:

    A very thought provoking read which meshed up the past and the present and the ever going feud between religions I am not adept enough to add on to the history of India, the Mughal Empire or the smaller sultanates and provincial rulers This book is a well researched treatise told in the former of a story involving an inter religious couple and the hardship they face.

  9. says:

    The Islamic invasion of India was like a castration of the native Hindus Islamic expansionism continues to this day and age in some form or the other India s leftist historians are all frauds and hypocrites who are hiding the real Indian history from the larger population These are some of Bhyrappa s grouses in Aavarana Having read the work of V.S.Naipaul, I can understand where Bhyrappa is coming from But like another reviewer pointed out, this book is like a one sided debate Even though The Islamic invasion of India was like a castration of the native Hindus Islamic expansionism continues to this day and age in some form or the other India s leftist historians are all frauds and hypocrites who are hiding the real Indian history from the larger population These are some of Bhyrappa s grouses in Aavarana Having read the work of V.S.Naipaul, I can understand where Bhyrappa is coming from But like another reviewer pointed out, this book is like a one sided debate Even though the two parallel storylines were quite interesting and believable, I found this book quite tedious because Bhyrappa has no interest in character development Some of the characters were merely mouth pieces for Bhyrappa s opinions on the Islamic invasions of India and the nature of Islam Of the two parallel stories, the one about Aurangzeb s attack on a temple in Kashi and the escape of a Hindu prince, his torture by Islamic slave owners and his final reunion with the love of his life was engaging Some of Bhyrappa s grouses like the conversion of Hindus when they marry someone of the Abrhamaic faith are ones that I can sympathize with It is a social reality in India and the conversion of the protagonist Lakshmi into Razia her Muslim name and the insistence by her in laws that she follow Islamic customs was believable My criticism of this book is not political My problem is not with Bhyrappa s opinions on Islam or its impact on India, but the fact that he is not a very good writer I don t think Bhyrappa is a complete dunce I saw an interview of his where this book s translator, a right wing Hindu activist asked him some really dumb questions Bhyrappa made a scathing observation during the interview Indians have now traveled across the world and they have seen how the rest of the world lives and our political leaders do not seem to realize this Yeah sure Tell that to prohibitionists like V.M.Sudheeran and Nitish Kumar

  10. says:

    The study of history should help us to honestly dispassionately understand the rights and wrongs of people we regard as our ancestors and use those lessons to shape our present and future In the preface the author explains Aavarna is the term in sanskrit for concealing the truth This is an important book not so much for the content, but the message My first read of Bhyrappa and I am impressed by the bold theme, the technique for wrapping non fiction and the characterisation of it s charThe study of history should help us to honestly dispassionately understand the rights and wrongs of people we regard as our ancestors and use those lessons to shape our present and future In the preface the author explains Aavarna is the term in sanskrit for concealing the truth This is an important book not so much for the content, but the message My first read of Bhyrappa and I am impressed by the bold theme, the technique for wrapping non fiction and the characterisation of it s characters Lakshmi alias Razia Begum is a 50 year old documentary script writer who converts to Islam to marry Amir In the wake of Babri Masjid demolition, the Government is trying to reduce the communal tension by re writing history to calm people down In the quest the ministry ropes in progressive thinkers like Prof Shastri and Muslim script writers to spread false history Lakshmi, who is disturbed by the desecrated temples and disillusioned by the demands from a muslim wife moves back to her village and does extensive historical research in quest for truth The book traces her slow transformation and discovery and she decides to use fiction to talk history So she writes about a captured Rajput prince who is emasculated, converted to Islam and joins Aurangazeb s historians to witness the destruction of Kashi and Mathura temples The book within the book is blunt and makes you squirm with it s matter of factness The second layer of story of someone who talks ill of the minority in the country is evenrealistic of the scenario in our country In search of the middle ground, he has a hindu converted to Islam to explain the view point Though the book becomes preachy, the message that the solution to future is not to rewrite history is loud and clear An extensive bibliography sewn into the book is a big plus However, irony is that this book in itself stirred up enough controversy where he was tagged an RSS mouthpiece and the book dubbed an ignorant divisive force I think this is the story of the book in essence A compelling read dangerous in the hands of fundamentalists So is history Better to know the truth than knowingly kept in ignorance

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