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Aavarana The Veil
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Aavarana The Veil [Abridged] [Paperback]

S.L. Bhyrappa , Sandeep Balakrishna
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3 February 2014
Because my questions made Amir uncomfortable, he pronounced talaq just like that on the wife who had abandoned everything for him because his religion gives him that privilege. Where do I now stand, sir? Do you have any solutions for me?' Lakshmi, a rebellious, free-spirited and intelligent film-maker, breaks ties with her staunchly Gandhi an 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.

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  • Raises questions and uncovers truths about religion and history
  • Goes deep into history to reveal the extent of tyranny by foreign invaders in India
  • Was a bestseller in Kannada, Gujarati, Tamil and other vernacular languages
  • The Kannada version was sold out even before its release in February 2007. It went into 10reprints within 5 months of its release

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About the Author

Dr. S.L. Bhyrappa is widely regarded as the greatest living novelist in Kannada. In a literary career spanning over fifty years he has authored twenty-two novels, which have been translated into most of the major Indian languages, including Urdu. His works have run into numerous reprints and have been the subject of numerous scholarly studies, as well as heated public debates. Of his books, Daatuwon the Sahitya Academy award while Mandrawon him the prestigious Saraswati Samman. He lives in Mysore.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Rupa Publications (3 February 2014)
  • Language: English, Kannada
  • ISBN-10: 8129124882
  • ISBN-13: 978-8129124883
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book - a must-read111111111111 11 March 2014
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A terrific novel! One can't merely slot this as historical fiction. It goes beyond that brief. The title is so apt. This book pulls the veil from the eyes of the reader too. We (at least I ) have grown up reading the sanitized, 'secular' version of history that brushes so much under the carpet. This systematic propaganda is hammered into the innocent minds of schoolchildren and they grow up with a warped idea of our country's history. This book is a must-read to clear up so many fundamental truths. At no point does the tone get strident, while it states the truth with no holds barred.
Structured very well, the author uses the concept of a novel within a novel with practised ease. The English translation by Sandeep Balakrishnan is perfect. At no point does one feel that this was written in any other language.
If I have a bone to pick, it is with the ending. To me, it seemed a tad abrupt. The book could have easily gone on for fifty or sixty pages more.
But all things considered, an incredible novel. Bravo sir!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What we're never told 3 March 2014
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*minor spoilers*

I purchased the English translation as soon as it came out because of the simple reason that the Hindi translation was pretty bad and I can't read Kannada. The real history of India is found is far greater details in regional languages like Kannada, Hindi, Telugu etc and there is no doubt Bhyrappa has penned down this great novel which so deeply narrates the stark realities of Islamic rule in India. Not only that, it dissects the coterie of the so called historians, intellectuals, journalists, filmmakers etc. which dictates the public discourse in the country. The characters and situations are so realistic that one has to appreciate Bhyrappa's research and knowledge of contemporary politics and history writing.

A nation which forgets it's history not only is condemned to repeat it, but in our case, we will not be left with any history at all. We will become rootless. Since textbooks will never allow the really history to be taught, we'll have to teach it our children via books like these.

My thousand pranamas to sri Bhyrappa. A must read book for every conscious dharmika.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Facts and Fiction goes hand in hand 26 June 2014
Salute to Bhyrappa Sir for this amazing novel.
We all have read novels which are pure non-fiction with bundle of facts, similarly we all have read fiction novels which after all ends up being called "just as a story". But this masterpiece is penned down in such a beautiful way, which starts off as a fiction story and unveils itself into the actual facts as it goes on..

As many have mentioned in their comments, school text books are full of distorted history which is a result of 50+ years of prompt attempt by a bunch of secularists who calls Bhagat Singh as Terrorist and Tipu Sulthan as Freedom Fighter. And sad part is we all believed it when we were in school!

Its time to know the real history of India - as it happened! Must have book in your cupboard!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Factual course correction of our history 8 August 2014
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Strong views that reflect the status of our history books thanks to the dishonest Marxist Historians who have succeeded in obfuscating historical genocidal crimes against the resident majority to suit the propaganda of a socialist state.

The book also reflects on the tendency of the youth to forget its roots and choose short term selfish pleasures over long term social interests and how life provides the experience and makes the person reflect upon his roots.

The book doesn't indulge in one-upmanship of one religion over the other, but makes the reader reflect on the same.

Overall a damning factual pronouncement on the so called secularists.
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Well researched, fluent language and captivating story. This is how history should be told, through the medium of story.
The book exposes how Indian History has been manipulated by left-liberal historians. In that sense it is an eye opener. This is also a must read for everyone who practices Hinduism. It tells us about the terrible sufferings our ancestors have undergone at the hands of Muslims. It also exposes how left-liberals are blindly supporting Muslim fundamentalists to undermine Hinduism.

I salute Shri Bhyarappa for writing such a good book and hope he writes more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting! 12 July 2014
Never thought that a book that explores the Indian history during Mughal period could be so riveting! A must read.
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