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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 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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  • Prabu Siddharth
    2019-03-09 16:26

    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 a more apt 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.

  • Akshay
    2019-03-03 15:33

    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. In more ways 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 is more like 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.

  • Tiru Pradyumna
    2019-03-16 13:14

    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 out even before their release. AAVARANA of SLB has set a new record in indian literary history by going for 14th reprint in the year of its release and 31 re-prints in five years. Around half a million copies are sold out all over the world(His novels will be published with american currency '$' as well). It is because you know why? I dont want to tell it. I invite our great U.R.Ananthmurthy sir to tell it. Claps Claps..... only two claps(URA comes and stands by scratching his marxist beard and tells) "BYRAPPA IS AN UN-PROFESSIONAL NOVELIST"(Now ,not even two claps)..

  • Prashanth Vaidyaraj
    2019-03-07 21:23

    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:

  • Swathi Kiranmayee Manchili
    2019-03-09 13:15

    '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.

  • Jaihanuman Hk
    2019-03-10 20:29

    One of the best of S.L.Bhyrappa

  • Ashish Iyer
    2019-03-19 16:32

    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.

  • Jyothi Sunnadkal
    2019-03-13 17:10

    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.

  • Syl
    2019-03-01 13:30

    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.

  • Anirudh
    2019-03-10 21:09

    One of Bhyrappa's best books. The ease with which the story shifts back and forth in time is excellent.

  • Sreenidhi
    2019-03-17 16:38

    Brilliant Book from S.L.BArgumentative, Thought Inducing, Opinionated...Must read if you think you are better than average in kannada.

  • Kanika
    2019-02-26 16:25

    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 minorities..We must accept the past in its complete ugliness. Germany did that. They never said that nothing like the holocaust happened.Temples did get destructed in an era and we must accept that. A certain ruler was NOT secular and we must accept that.This book should be a textbook and should be made a compulsary read.My head bows down to S.L. Bhyrappa..

  • Naveen Gopalakrishna
    2019-03-03 18:27

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

  • Raja Baradwaj
    2019-02-23 21:31

    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 that is not just a good novel but one that doubles up as a super history book. #MustReadPS: This book came as a b'day gift from my wife and kids (on Dec 28)

  • Cbj
    2019-03-16 20:13

    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 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 (I have forgotten to which dynasty he belonged to), his castration by his Islamic slave owners and his final reunion with the love of his life was somewhat 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 (though I am not sure to what extent this would affect society in general). A few of my family members have converted to Christianity and Islam in the last two decades. So 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. Why would I read Bhyrappa when I could read Naipaul? 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. But Bhyrappa made a very good point - 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.

  • Abhiram
    2019-02-20 21:11

    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 runs for over 2-3 pages of books/documents based on which this brilliant work is produced. Though it is a fictional novel, must read book to any one who is interested in knowing history. Can read further on mentioned books/documents for more information.

  • Dharesh Nagond
    2019-03-05 14:16

    ಆವರಣ ಎಂದರೆ ಸತ್ಯವನ್ನು ಮರೆಮಾಚಿ ಅಸತ್ಯವನ್ನು ಬಿಂಬಿಸುವುದು. ಅಖಂಡ ಭಾರತದಾದ್ಯಂತ ಮೊಘಲರಿಂದ ಹಿಂದೂಗಳ ಮೇಲಾದ ದೌರ್ಜ್ಯನ್ಯ, ಗುಲಾಮಗಿರಿ, ಧರ್ಮಾಂತರ ಅಲ್ಲದೆ ಸಹಸ್ರಾರು ಹಿಂದೂ ದೇವಾಲಯಗಳನ್ನು ಧ್ವಂಸಗೊಳಿಸಿ, ಅದೇ ಜಾಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಮಸೀದಿಗಳನ್ನು ಕಟ್ಟಿ, ಕ್ರೂರವಾಗಿ ಎಷ್ಟೋ ಜನರನ್ನು ಹತ್ತೆಗೈದದ್ದನ್ನು ಖಚಿತವಾದ ಸಂಶೋಧನೆಗಳಿಂದ ಯಥಾವತ್ತಾಗಿ ಚಿತ್ರಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಲೇಖಕರು. ಇತಿಹಾಸದಿಂದ ಪಾಠ ಕಲಿತು ಸಾಮರಸ್ಯ ತರುವುದನ್ನು ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಇತಿಹಾಸವನ್ನೇ ತಿರುಚಿ ಅಸತ್ಯಗಳನ್ನೇ ಪ್ರಚೋದಿಸುತ್ತಿರುವ ಈಗಿನ ಹೊಲಸು ರಾಜಕಾರಣಿಗಳು, ಕೆಲವು ಬುದ್ಧಿಜೀವಿಗಳು ತಮ್ಮ ಬೇಳೆ ಬೇಯಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಿರುವುದು ಸಮಾಜದ ಕೆಟ್ಟ ದುರ್ಗತಿ. ಭೈರಪ್ಪನವರ ಸಂಶೋಧನೆಯ ಆಳ ಎಷ್ಟೆಂಬುದು ಈ ಕೃತಿಯಿಂದ ಮನದಟ್ಟಾಗುತ್ತದೆ.

  • Shivaswaroop HP
    2019-03-05 16:28

    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.

  • Arjun Pradhan
    2019-03-12 21:31

    good read, satya meva jayate!

  • Subramanyam K.V.
    2019-03-12 14:18

    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 by repeating itself for them”. Well, once we begin to read history are we sure that we are reading the correct version of it. First of all, is history authentic? Big question isn’t it ? They say history is always written by winners and losers have no place in it. True, history to me is the “story” of the winners. I always feel that we are unfortunate and donot get to hear the story of the vanquished , well that’s something we ought to live with. However, what should we say about the people who wilfully distort history and present it to the masses in a way it suits their needs? or the needs of their political masters ? In a scenario where one section is already disadvantaged, we have one who wants to play with their story to meet his/her ideological needs, in a situation of this sort , we, the people who want to read history and take lessons from it are genuinely doomed aren’t we ?Shri S.L. Bhyrappa, the renowned Kannada writer tries to expose these acts of self styled historians and intellectuals in this book The book starts with an incident that creates a lot of turbulence and internal turmoil in Razia Qureshi. What she sees in Hampi disturbs her, little does she know that these were the first ripples of the ocean she is about to cross. While the disturbing sights keep coming to her , a very bad news awaits her back home. Her father with whom she severed all ties, passes away and he leaves her something that changes her life altogether.She leaves to her native village and takes a deep dive into the books that adorned her father’s personal library. What does she discover? How does it impact her life and lives of the people around her? What does she do with the resources at her disposal ? Do read the book to know all that .This is not just a run of the mill novel, it opens the readers mind to a wealth of information about the customs , practices and lives of the Muslims of India. It takes us into the annals of the history and introduces us to a totally different world where the Mughals lorded over this nation. What were the customs of them? How did they treat people of their ilke ? How did they handle the ones who were not following their customs? How did they treat people whom they conquered ? etc..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. Then we also get to see how intolerant a few people were and how they destroyed many places of worship. The author uses the technique of story inside a story to get his point across and that worked extremely well as far as the book is concerned. It’s some thing you ought to read and experience.What did I like in the book ? A lot actually. First the research, it takes prodigious amount of research to come up with such a book and it takes humongous courage to write what S.L.Bhyrappa has written. Yes, he goes against the widely accepted view of the Mughal rule and brings out facts and figures about the tough times people of other faiths had to endure under that rule. Then he proves that all he is saying is not a cock and bull story, he actually provides proofs from the books written by the Mughal historians. He gives names of the historians of that era and as to what they recorded. Yes, at the end of the book you see a list of 59 books that Lakshmi aka Razia refers to. That’s the amount of research that went into the book.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. Well, if you think that these historians are being criticised unjustly, just have a look at history text books of ours. I remember reading pages and pages about the Delhi Sultanate and Mughal Empire but I read only a few paragraphs about the heroes like Sivaji. How many of us remember reading good amount of history about the Vijayanagar empire. If I am not wrong we would have read afew paragraphs about Harihara and Bukka and then a paragraph or two about Sri Krishnadeva raya. Is it in any way comparable with the mammoth reading you do about the invaders who came and controlled less than half of what the kings of Vijaynagara controlled. This books raises some very good questions about all this.Standing up to the politically correct version of discourse is not easy . You will have to take harsh criticism, endure tough and at times rogue comments, will have to take comments like anti-national, communal, partisan and all in your stride. I would commend Shri Bhyrappa ji for doing this . One ought read the book for this.I also liked the way the characters were built, the way he portrays a certain Mr. Shastri the progressive professor, Amir, the man who made a lot of promises to Lakshmi and breaks them when she becomes Razia. Razia’s son , Shastri’s father and the villagers all of them were very well sketched. I loved the climax and the way the transformation begins. I liked it all.What I did not like in the book, honestly I am not qualified to criticise a man of that stature and the work of this sort. I only feltthat there must have been more space devoted to Aruna (Professor Shastri’s daughter) and why she chooses to marry a stranger and convert to new religion. Again just plain curiosity that’s it.All in all a wonderful book, awesome message. This is not against anyone or any religion, it speaks about an unbiased narration of history and acknowledging the mistakes and wrong doings of the past. It would be tough to accept these things but then every thing that’s very good in the long run will start with the acceptance of a bitter truth, won’t it ?I must thank Sandeep Balakrishna for the wonderful translation of the book. He kept the narrative in simple plain English and ensured that the book is easy to read. It is because of him that we are able to read such a wonderful book today . Thank You sir.Reading this book was indeed an educative experience for me. As Shri Bhyrappa himself says, “The act of concealing truth is called Aavarana in Sanskrit, the act of spreading lies is called Vikshepa” Read the book and understand as to how the truth was concealed while telling the history of this country. Do read the book .

  • Yesu Naveen
    2019-03-18 17:28

    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 a few days, question everything I've been taught.

  • Versha
    2019-02-22 13:15

    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 this novel is worth reading if you can take the harsh reality of our history with no sugarcoating. Hats off to S.L. Bhyrappa for giving us such a well-researched, well-versed novel on a sensitive and controversial subject like this, where one cannot argue with the context of the novel because of the real bibliographical facts provided at the end of the book. The story does not stress on ‘who was right or who was wrong’, but the facts given definitely educates us on what was right and what was wrong. While reading Avarana I had so many questions going inside my head. Firstly, I wanted to know why SL Bhyrappa wanted to write a novel about Indian history with such harsh truth and brutality with no flowery prose or fear of critics. (Needless to say this was one of the most controversial book ever written, however this novel went on to create a record in the Indian literary world by witnessing 10 reprints within five months of its release). So as soon as I finished the novel I searched for the details and came across the below article.. ..and also an interview on youtube which cleared all my doubts. Lastly thanks a ton to Sandeep Balakrishna for such an excellent translation.

  • Arundati
    2019-02-25 15:18

    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 incompatibility) slowly begin to grow. She finds herself at the crossroads of her past faith and her newly converted faith when she visits the ruins of Hampi for a central government sponsored documentary. She is forced to return to her hometown after her father’s demise, where she discovers his vast library on the Islamic rule of the subcontinent, which further fuels her own investigation of history.There is a layered story telling, story within a story, of a war slave during the Mughal rule. While the story runs between the two eras (Mughal era and the present times), one cannot help but notice the irony that not much has changed.The novel is filled with historical dates & facts, introspection on religion & war, compelling one to do his own research (thanks to the internet, most of the facts can now be verified easily). It shows how the truth has been desperately veiled by politically motivated historians and the extent of the distortions. As the author states, "The reader too shares an equal responsibility with the author in his quest for truth"So much for the democracy of our country which stands by the motto: Satyameva Jayate - Truth alone triumphs!

  • Aadya
    2019-02-26 14:25

    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 History to quell her curiosity regarding the veracity of various religious beliefs. In this process she is abandoned by her husband and friends. The book beautifully presents how shallow any belief is unless it is backed by a thorough understanding of the truth behind it. Her revolutionary agenda is defeated when she reads and learns. She is empowered by the knowledge she gains to stand in the face of her previous allies and show them in black and white what is painted as grey throughout modern times.

  • The Style Page
    2019-03-19 20:15

    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 inserted in the narrative.The book closes with the words of Swami Vivekananda on the dangers of stumbling upon an inspired superconscious state without undertaking yogic discipline. Swami ji used Muhammad as a prime example. I had attended a study sponsored by the Vedanta Center, in which the swami bypassed these words, perhaps out of embarrassment of Swami Vivekananda’s forthrightness.

  • Abhishek
    2019-02-26 14:09

    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 lies, misinformation, narratives and propaganda. I am relieved/surprised that this book has not been so far by our sharia-compliant state which is all cruel, cowardly and characterless. But one could never be sure what happens in future with this book in a land that has forsaken the likes of Rushdie. Keeping that in mind, or even otherwise - for the sheer joy of reading a great work of Historical fiction, this book must be read urgently, and widely.

  • Shreenath Narayana
    2019-02-22 21:22

    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+ pages worth of material to write a novel is amazing. It shows his action to speak the truth.I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Learnt many things about Islam and in the process, learnt many similar harsh truths about other religions (including my own). Excellent book.

  • Harsha Mahadevaiah
    2019-02-19 14:13

    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 usage of Kannada in the novel is very pathetic, it would be better if the author wrote the novel in sanskrit or english.

  • Brickinthewall
    2019-03-02 18:10

    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 woven...brilliantly integrated the past into current times..the closing argument. . That the two communities need closure of the rather disturbing past the need of the the hour.

  • Mahesh Patil
    2019-03-15 19:25

    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 in the future by reading the past. So authors read this dark side of our history with open mind.