Aavarana - The Veil

Aavarana - The Veil

S.L. Bhyrappa Sandeep Balakrishna / Dec 14, 2019

Aavarana The Veil 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

  • Title: Aavarana - The Veil
  • Author: S.L. Bhyrappa Sandeep Balakrishna
  • ISBN: 8129124882
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 claimedLakshmi, 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 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.

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      • S.L. Bhyrappa Sandeep Balakrishna

        Early lifeBhyrappa was born in a Hoysala Karnataka Brahmin family at Santeshivara, a remote village in Channarayapatna taluk of Hassan district, about 200 km from Bangalore He lost his mother to Bubonic plague early in childhood and took on odd jobs to pay for his education His childhood influences include the Kannada literature Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar Bhyrappa briefly participated in the Indian freedom struggle when he was aged 13.Bhyrappa completed his primary education in Channarayapatna taluk before moving to Mysore where he completed the rest of his education His autobiography, Bhitti Wall records a break in his high school education Bhyrappa impulsively quit school, following his cousin s advice and wandered for a year with him His sojourn led him to Mumbai, where he worked as a railway porter In Mumbai he met a group of sadhus and joined them to seek spiritual solace He wandered with them for a few months before returning to Mysore to resume his education.EducationHigh School Navodaya High School now , Channarayapatna, Sharada Vilas High School, MysoreB.A Hons Philosophy Major , Mysore UniversityM.A Philosophy, awarded the gold medal by Mysore UniversityDoctor of Philosophy Satya mattu Soundarya Truth and Beauty written in English, Maharaja Sayajirao University of BarodaCareerS L Bhyrappa was a lecturer of Philosophy at Sri Kadasiddheshwar college, Hubli, Sardar Patel University of Gujarat, NCERT Delhi, and the Regional College of Education, Mysore from where he retired in 1991.Bhyrappa has two sons, and lives with his wife in Mysore.WorksBhyrappa has produced several popular novels Some of his early novels were also critically acclaimed Starting with Dharmashree, first published in 1961, Bhyrappa has authored twenty novels in a career spanning four decades His major novels have generated public discussions and debates.Vamshavruksha, Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane, Matadana and Nayi Neralu have been made into films and have bagged major awards Vamshavruksha has received Kannada Sahitya Academy Award in 1966 and Daatu Crossing Over has received both Kannada and Kendra Sahitya Academy awards in 1975 Parva has been the most discussed and applauded among all of his novels It narrates the social structure, values and the mystery of mortality in the epoch of Mahabharata very effectively Bhyrappa reconstructed Mahabharatha from sociological and anthropological angle, through metaphors in this novel.In addition to novels, Bhyrappa has written tomes pertaining to literature and philosophy such as Satya mattu saundarya Truth and beauty , Sahitya mattu prateeka, Kate mattu katavastu and Naneke bareyuttene.PopularityBhyrappas novels have been translated into most Indian languages and English 2 Bhyrappa has been the top selling author in Kannada for past 25 years and past 8 years in Marathi He has also been among the top five best selling authors in Hindi 4 Most of his novels have been reprinted several times His latest novels Aavarana Kavalu was sold out even before its release The novel went on to create a record in Indian literary world by witnessing 10 reprints within five months of its release.All his novels are published by Saahitya Bhandaara located in Balepet BangaloreControversiesBhyrappa was the center of controversies in certain quarters because of his selection of themes and also because of his stands 1 Most of Bhyrappa s prominent novels Vamshavruksha, Tabbaliyu Neenaade Magane, Parva, and Saartha have strong roots in ancient Indian philosophical tradition, a fact which invited severe criticism initially from the Navya writers and from others later.Bhyrappa supported N R Narayana Murthy when the latter was criticized by media and public regarding the controversy concerning playing instrumental version of national anthem.


    1. 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 histor [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. Byrappa have lot of rivals in kannada literature. In someway i think the rivals are correct. Because those people like "Kaarnad","Chandrasekar kambar","Anantmurthy" are very very highly educated (they tell like that). But even after being that, last book of Anantha was sold for 1000 copies. Great But this Byrappa is not that educated(only when considered for university degrees) and his novels will have vast knowledge-base, great moral content and in-depth research. After all his novels get sold [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. '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 [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. My mom got me this book and said it's an interesting one and one that created lot of debates.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. The perception is thought provoking and encourages discussions (which could very well turn to arguments coz you'll find several not agreeing with the facts or conclusions here)Would look for more from the author.

    8. 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. Brilliant Book from S.Lrgumentative, Thought Inducing, OpinionatedMust read if you think you are better than average in kannada.

    10. The act of concealing truth in Sanskrit is called "Aavarana" !!!. What a brilliant book. I could not put the book down once I picked it up. This book is a must must read.It is not an anti-Islam or a pro Hindu book. This book just tells the truth.As mentioned correctly in the book, "you can't build a strong society on the foundation of untruth." Unfortunately, this is what is happening in today's world. The progressive liberals want to rewrite the history to please certain minoritiesWe must accep [...]

    11. Truth is always bitter. Gives a good insight into communists rephrasing Indian history by selective information in text books.

    12. One of the best books I've read Lakshmi is someone who'll always remain in my memories, so will Narasimhe Gowda, Shesha Sastri Loved the narration and therefore I believe the translation must be top class. Sri. Sandeep Balakrishna therefore deserves a special mention (although I didn't quite like him using the word "Lungi" for what covered the pot that contained the ashes of Sastri Sr.'s wife. Angavastram or even a Dhoti would have been better)Over all this is a great book to read, a must read t [...]

    13. 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 Aaavarana. I am no expert on Indian history. But having read the work of V.S.Naipaul, I can understand where Bhyrappa is coming from. But like another reviewer pointed out, this book i [...]

    14. Aavarana is a fictional novel, creative work by Bhyrappa taking into considerations of historical fact (of India) over past few centuries. It has characters which reveals these historical facts- Journey of whole community/country over a period of time. It reveals a whole journey of India under rule of outsides, their sufferings, changes to lifestyle, culture, administration of natives.Book is amazing in providing references, to historical data used, at the end. It has list of reference which run [...]

    15. ಆವರಣ ಎಂದರೆ ಸತ್ಯವನ್ನು ಮರೆಮಾಚಿ ಅಸತ್ಯವನ್ನು ಬಿಂಬಿಸುವುದು. ಅಖಂಡ ಭಾರತದಾದ್ಯಂತ ಮೊಘಲರಿಂದ ಹಿಂದೂಗಳ ಮೇಲಾದ ದೌರ್ಜ್ಯನ್ಯ, ಗುಲಾಮಗಿರಿ, ಧರ್ಮಾಂತರ ಅಲ್ಲದೆ ಸಹಸ್ರಾರು ಹಿಂದೂ ದೇವಾಲಯಗಳನ್ನು ಧ್ವಂಸಗೊಳಿಸಿ, ಅದೇ ಜಾಗದಲ [...]

    16. A thorough reasearch by SLB on India's brief period of history. The book is primarilly centered to learn from history, but its unfortunate that the true history is veiled in Indian acadamics by imparting false perspctive to the subject. It is surprizing to know there are critizisms to the book when the views and facts in the book are backed by absolute reasonings and evidences.This is a classic piece of literature which is a must read for non-bookreadrs too.

    17. 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 [...]

    18. I read the English translation. Initially there were moments where I wondered whether I should've picked the original in Kannada. Quickly, about twenty pages into the book, I forgot that it was a translation. The content is gripping enough to make that happen. The author manages to transport you both in time and space. Be it present day Narasapura or Kashi during Mughal rule, the author makes you a bystander watching the characters as they unravel the "TRUTH". He made me, even if it was just for [...]

    19. Aavarana - What a Brilliantly compelling, powerful novel this was!!! I cherished every minute spent with it , as well as the time spent with Lakshmi aka Razia the protagonist, who spent years to complete her fathers unfinished research work about Indian history to give it a shape and bring out the reality in the form of a fiction. Which is the sub-plot (novel) of this novel which talks about the accurate history. I will not go deep into the storyline or the characters but all I want to say is th [...]

    20. Aavarana is a thought provoking and compelling read. It throws a perspective on the history things we see today. It touches upon many eras of Indian history, forcing you at times to do your own research before you proceed. The protagonist Lakshmi is an intelligent, self confident and progressive Hindu woman who falls in love with a Muslim man named Amir, much against the wishes of her father, who disowns her from the family. After marriage, her troubles with the husband (due to religious incompa [...]

    21. If not anything, this book inspires you to read History before believing anything propagated by the masses. It boldly unveils how History is moulded by the writers and propagandists to fulfill their own narrow interests. The story revolves around the life of Lakshmi, a revolutionary Hindu woman who converts to Islam in order to marry her Beau only to realise that the conversion wasn't a mere sham but an imposition on her to follow the tenets strictly. She then dissolves herself into the study of [...]

    22. I discovered Aavarana through the article Rending the veil of historical negationism in India on the IndiaFacts portal. Interestingly, Sandeep Balakrishna, the "writer, columnist, translator, and recovering IT professional" who translated Aavarana from Kannada to English, heads IndiaFacts.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. Indeed, I have read some of the references that Bhyrappa cleverly insert [...]

    23. Though the author must be lauded for his scholarship and style, both mighty impressive, what captures one's mind is his intellectual integrity and courage. This book provides a perspective that has been conspicuously, almost criminally, missing from the public consciousness (and discourse) thanks to the complete colonization of academia & media by those who never fail their mediocrity and never forget to glorify themselves. However, truth has a nasty way of showing up despite all veils of li [...]

    24. The book throws light on harsh truths of history that have been consciously hidden by the progressive intellectuals, in the interest of harmony. I have learnt from Bhyrappa that the aim of history is speak the truth and nothing else. It is for the readers to decide. A generation centuries should not have to pay for mistakes that were committed long back. Hence no need to hide the cruel truth.The standard Bhyrappa sets for all readers and writers is very high.The fact that one would study 30,000+ [...]

    25. A good entertaining novel. Especially the sub story of the young prince who looses his masculinity. Interesting facts about Indian history and Islam religion is depicted in the novel. 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. Extensive usage of words containing "ಫ಼" and "ಜ಼", assumed to be pronunced as "F" and "Z", it makes the Kannada language to loose its nativity. As a fact the [...]

    26. absolutely brilliant. the truth about india's past has never been so well written. we all should come to terms with this rather sad part of our history. .The destruction of the glorious hindu shrines by the barbaric muslim rulers. . Who could never understand the beauty of the native culture. well researched and lucidly wovenantly integrated the past into current times.e closing argument. . That the two communities need closure of the rather disturbing past . the need of the the hour.

    27. If you find criticism about this book online then ignore it because author had mentioned references about the content of the book from history and story plotline is fictional. But the historical references are true. Its a naked truth that's why so called progressive thinkers don't like it. But one can not build a strong society with ignoring the history. History should be known to everyone not to bias anyone or not to degrade anyone in the society but to be aware of the things that might happen [...]

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