Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Dr. S.L. Bhyrappa is widely regarded as the greatest living Sita – Warrior of Mithila (Book 2 of the Ram Chandra Series) [ Kindle Avarana the veil is realistic non – romanticised portrayal of Hindu/ Muslim relationship in India, how it was in past how it is in present and what remains little. This is not a book based “only” on emotional rhetoric or some serious research . What are an average Muslim’s views on S L Bhyarappa’s novel “Avarana. 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.

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Please read another review at: And definitely its not a spoiler As I read the novel One thing I noticed was this novel and Vamshavruksha move in 2 opposite directions Writing such novels just to criticise islam and to gain cheap popularity among hindus are common nowadays. This writer is a hyppocrite, he does’nt know his own religion and writing about islam.

If u want to understand abt islam read quran which is an ultimate message to entire human being. Just by reading some characters portrayed in this novel wont give u clear picture rather its creating a misconception among hindus to hate islam. I felt ashamed to see that such writers are writing against other religions when they does’nt know their own. Here Lakshmi becoming razia and razia becoming lakshmi again is all nonsense and just a story created by writer to earn some money and popularity.

Even i can write against hinduism and can earn popularity by creating such characters. But i learnt from islam to respect other religions also. Also i have read great vedas to understand what is hinduism, i dont read novels or documentaries to know about any religion. Irrespective of the religions we belong, I think we all need to respect one aspect of Hinduism – it stands for its tolerance.

Yes, Hinduism and Hindu kingdoms too had and have power politics destroying the essence of common and simple life. Then which ism or religion did not do that. All power hungry people used religions as their arsenals. If u come to common people, they do live in harmony depending on each other irrespective of the religions and faiths. Even the Avarana novel while unveiling the facts on Muslim invasion on our culture, also narrated the plight of Hindu rulers and some of their narrow mindedness.

The novel has reflected all strata of society — from an uneducated rural setting to the highly educated urban setting, from unquestionable faith of the simple and common people to the all questioning and non believing, ever lobbying intellectuals and elite.

He has bashed orthodox in both the religions mercilessly. He just revealed the way of life in two different contexts. He has even beautifully brought up the emotions of the other people and their tolerance level in the village. This is so true. You can change the name, place and time and go to any village in India and you will see similar way of life.

Hinduism is open for change and is already adopting to new way of life with all its ancient essence.


It is all other isms, secular, fundamental, power politic creed who are never open and ready to change. This is what is discussed in the novel. Show me the Muslim country where the tolerant Islam has banned its Talaaq culture!

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A shame on humanity. But you see here in India, the banning of Sati, the untouchables in the mainstream, accepting and tolerating all other religions and living together. It definitely wouldn’t have happened but for the tolerant Hindu roots. The so called tolerant Islamic elected rulers debate in their parliament whether to include Harappa Mohenjo-Daro civilization details in the text books and are not ready to do so citing it will evade Muslim faith.

But our text books while citing Khilji,ghori,ghazni invasion, price Akbar and other Mughal rulers and their good doings. We cherish Taj Mahal as a historical and our own monument. But what has happened to the Bamion Buddhas in the recent past.? I have respect for all the religions. I respect your faith in Islam. My question is — why are you jumping when the truth is unveiled. I have no doubt that you are a good civilian with a cultured manners.

Try to look at the issue objectively. Also the writer himself has a great respect for his fellow muslim people. His initial thanks in the book is to a Muslim sister and her family who had helped him understanding the religion. My only concern is, readers of our generation young and open-minded should at least be able to look at the issue objectively and not emotionally. We are through those days.

We need to learn from the history and live more tolerantly than ever. Its just not allowing quotas for political gains or allowing number of masjids or mandirs. Its about accepting our old vices and get along with better things for the present day life. Its about – Doing away with meaningless customs in the present situation irrespective of the religions and learning the real essence of religion — live and let live. Its about developing a brotherhood and not allowing bloodshed.

Then come up with an objective review, barring personal emotions. We, in fact Bhairappa himself will be open to learn things which are not known and accept if there are mistakes in his our understanding. To Nilagriva — thanks a lot for writing a balanced review of the novel. I hope your write-up will unveil the myths about the book -Avarana, for secularists and fundamentalists alike.

Nilagriva, Very nice review indeed – I am waiting to read the novel, which I am expecting to receive in the next couple of weeks! Thank you for all your comments. Anonymous – who directed me to another review – Thanks for the other review. If not, I would urge you to do so. After that, we can discuss further. I would like to see what you specifically don’t like about the representation of Islam in AvaraNa. Also, Bhyrappa doesn’t need any cheap popularity.

He is already the best novelist in Kannada by a mile. He is also rich enough to not write books for money. Sandhya – Your observation regarding Lakshmi and Katyayani is interesting. But Lakshmi is not orthodox – she just goes back to her roots – the AvaraNa for her is lifted.

Sindhu – Thanks for defending Bhyrappa, though he really doesn’t need it. Thanks for your good words as well. Let’s see what you feel after you read AvaraNa. AvaraNa is really an eye-opener for everyone.


Book Review | Aavarana: The Veil

It helps youth to look back to the real history, learn from it and try to adapt. Hopefully it happens with all sections of soceity! Writing in English is good move!

Let not bother about the content of avarana, but if one compares bhyrappa’s previous novels with this, dont you think Avarana is not upto the mark w.

As he has commented in ‘pravesha’ he is more bothered about Satya than Saundrya There is a treat for kannada book lovers by bhyrappa. I wish he writes at least 1 novel every year. Pradeep’s Comment Hi, A nice review on Avarana, good to see your insight into the novel and you have covered all the essence of novel in this review.

B is a great writer but the amount of research what he does before writting any novel is amazing. Same thing with respect to Avarana also. I am sure, just like the character Razia, even Bhairappaji must have put years of effort studying those books mentioned in the novel and touring those mentioned parts of india.

He makes sure that every word in his novel makes complete sense. To Anonymous who said: Just as unpleasant aspects of life and history such as untouchability could not be just wished away, the massive destruction, vandalism and pillage of temples in Bharath can not be just brushed away by invoking “secularism”.

Hats off to the author Shri Bhyrappa for courageously venturing into territories where others fear to tread. The spectacularly misnamed “Hindu” newspaper has come up with a scathing review of AvaraNa. The stupid reviewer thinks that AvaraNa is just a tirade against Islam and lacks humanism. How is it that I could see the humanism and he could not?

In the mahAbhArata, duryodhana could see only bad people in this world. This reviewer and his newspaper remind me of him.

While I agree that AvaraNa is not Bhyrappa’s greatest novel, it is not certainly a propaganda piece. Though it has an anti-Islamic undercurrent, the villains in the piece are only the people with the bury-head-in-the-sand mentality. In the book itself long list of references are given and as such the incidences quoted in the novel can not be agarana to the author. I am reading the book.

I am a avadana of “Distorsion of History” theme. This book should be read in that context and not “Hindu-Muslim” relations or what happened during muslim rule. The novel of what I have read so far In my opinion, the historical background is only a canvas, is about the current society.

Book Review | Aavarana: The Veil – Livemint

In one of his books “Naaneke bareyuththene”, Bhyrappa admits during Emergency, they were government employees and cannot talk against the government unlike K. Subbanna who was a plantation owner.

Readers of this book must read: Author avaraha the reader that all channels not just Fox have a conservative agenda.