Aavarana: The Veil is the story of an independent woman and her personal journey as she tries to uncover the truth about religion, caste, and creed in India.
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.
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
Summary of the Book
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. Although Amir, her husband, requests her to convert to Islam, she reluctantly agrees. Despite her father being completely against the marriage, she breaks ties with him and changes her name to Razia. However, things change for the worse and she discovers a different side to Amir. He is not the progressive and liberal person she thought he was. He along with his family forces her into practicing Islam. This sets Lakshmi on a journey to uncover India’s history about religion, caste, and creed. And she finds out that although the Indian society has come a long way over the centuries, it still remains as rigid as before.
Authored By S. L. Bhyrappa
Translated to English By Sandeep Balakrishna
Language : English
Number of Pages : 400 Pages
Publisher : Rupa Publications India
Publication : 2014 February
About S. L. Bhyrappa
Dr. S.L. Bhyrappa is a renowned Kannada author. Dr. S.L. Bhyrappa is widely regarded as the greatest living novelist in Kannada. With over fifty years of experience in writing he has authored 22 novels, most of which have been translated into majority of the Indian languages. He was honored with the Sahitya Akademi award and Saraswati Samman award. He has authored books like Daatu and Mandra. He is currently based out of Mysore.