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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The author does not shy away from controversy. I cherished every minute spent with itas 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.

Lakshmi, a rebellious, free-spirited and intelligent film-maker, breaks ties with her staunchly Gandhian father to marry Amir, the man she loves. But they weren’t meant to be. Bhyrappa is a story of a free-spirited and rebellious young woman, Lakshmi, who marries the man she is deeply in love with. It takes us into the annals of the history and introduces us to a totally different world where the Mughals lorded over this nation.

Confusion grips you right from the start and the book leaves you nervous, ashamed, frustrated and clueless at the end. 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.

Certainly it makes you to think and more than that questions your ability to verify it in the situation?

Aavarana means enveloping or covering something. The progressive liberals want to rewrite the history to please certain minorities. He is a conscious artist that depicts fundamental human emotion Dr S.

Consequently, his characters are deeply rooted in Indian soil. Aft Byrappa have lot of rivals in kannada literature. Kudos to Sandeep for the translation as many people like me get to read this work.


Published August 5th by Sahitya Bhandara first published This is a book that just wants to hit you with the past, and that it does.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Oct 28, Shivaswaroop HP rated it it was amazing. I am not adept enough to add on to the history of India, the Mughal Empire or the smaller sultanates and provincial rulers. Fiction set in current day as well as in the time of Mogul empire. One of Bhyrappa’s best books. Aavarana – The Veil by S. This book also gives us great insights into slavery that existed in the times of Mughals, the eunuchs of the time and the way people were made into eunuchs to serve some specific needs of the kings.

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.

Let me start by asking a fundamental question.

He is a vveil artist that depicts fundamental human emotion Dr S. This is not just a run of the mill novel, it opens the readers mind to a wealth of information about the customspractices and lives of the Muslims of India. Preview — Aavarana – The Veil by S. See 2 questions about Aavarana – The Veil….

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They never said that nothing like the holocaust happened. Bhairappa has given a fine message through this novel, but only annoying thing which I found in this novel was he leaves the story incomplete for all the characters.

To borrow a perhaps unwelcome, and even dated, classification, it is a novel of ideas, in which the characters and situations are wholly subservient to the overriding avarana of the narrative.

Travelling has been his aagarana since childhood and he has travelled across the globe touching the glaciers of poles, forests of Amazon, deserts of Africa, bustling cities of Europe and the United States.

Why should we be interested in the lives of the people who ruled the nationsbuilt great monuments and were the originators of various customs and rituals? No trivia or quizzes yet.


But Byrappa does lot of homework, with hard evidence for his logic to be proved. It is for the readers to decide.


This book takes on a brave stand with unflinching truth on the atrocities and its consequences on the Indian culture. For after marriage, Amir takes his family’s side in trying to force her to follow the more rigorous tenets of their faith.

The novel went on to create a record in the Indian literary world by witnessing 10 reprints within five months of its release.

It does raise the question whether History needs to be “toned down” for today o This was one of the first Kannada translations of the author. It throws a perspective on the history things we see today.

Is there a translation in Telugu? How did they handle the ones who were not following their customs? 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.

Great aavaarana by Sandeep in translation. The author manages to transport you both in time and space. Aug 08, Prashanth Vaidyaraj rated it it was amazing. Many prominent intellectuals believe Aavarana dangerously advanced the fundamentalist agenda by tilting at the windmills of history, and that it aavaraa to divide society on communal lines.

But I was taken by surprise for it turned out to be way more than Aavaarana. He, along with his family, forces her into practising Islam. Open Preview See a Problem? We get to realize that Mughal rule was not the paradise as it is widely touted to be, we also get to realize that many of the so called progressive people do have their own agenda, the Marxist historians of the country are exposed.

Dr Bhyrappa is an avid listener of both Indian and Western classical music and has a keen eye for Art.