The Kannada novel,"ಆವರಣ", Feb 2007 print
|Author||S L Bhyrappa|
|Publisher||Sahitya Bhandara, Balepet, Bangalore.|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover & Paperback)|
Aavarana is a 2007 Kannada novel by novelist S.L. Bhyrappa. Aavarana (Sanskrit: आवृ ávṛ meaning 'to conceal') means enveloping or covering something. This novel deals with the historical character like Mogul Emperor Aurangazeb. Aavarana was sold out even before its release in February 2007. The novel went on to create a record in the Indian literary world by witnessing 10 reprints within five months of its release.
Aavarana has all the trademark ingredients of the legend: deep philosophy, infallible research, conflict of human emotions, an entirely new way of looking at familiar things, and above all, fidelity to truth. Not to mention, like most of his novels, Aavarana too generated tremendous debate and discussion. It raises pertinent and searching questions about religion, liberalism and identity and highlights the importance of unshackling oneself from the bonds of false knowledge. It raises questions and uncovers truths about religion and history and goes deep into history to reveal the extent of tyranny by foreign invaders in India.
S.L. Bhyrappa has reiterated that something was written in his novel. Aavarana is the result of his search for truth about history. He stated: "I have referred to hundreds of history books before writing the novel. However, if anyone has doubts about the facts can refer to the books I have listed in my book. Out of my interest, I have studied history and my findings have resulted in a creative piece of work. I am fed up with debates and discussions on Aavarana. Allow me to think on something else". The novel reiterates "if we don't study history, it repeats".
Aavarana in other languages
The novel was a bestseller in Kannada, Gujarati, Tamil and other vernacular languages. In February 2014, Aavarana was translated into English by Sandeep Balakrishna.
|Hindi||Aavaran||9380146775||Pradhan Gurudatta||Kitabghar Prakashan|
|Sanskrit||Aavaranam||-||Dr. H. R. Vishwas||Sanskrit Bharati|
|Marathi||Avaran||8184980558||Uma Kulkarni||Mehta Publishing House|
|Tamil||Thirai||-||Sri Jaya Venkatraman||-|
|English||Aavarana: The Veil||8129124882||Sandeep Balakrishna||Rupa Publications India|
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 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.
- Lakshmi alias Razia
- Aameer (Lakshmi's Husband)
- Nazeer (Lakshmi's Son)
- Narase Gowdru/ Nasrasimhe Gowdru (Lakshmi's father)
- Prof. LN Shastri
- Elizabeth ( L N Shastri's wife)
- Digantha ( L N Shastri's son)
- Aruna ( L N Shastri's daughter)
This material comes from a book
- "Aavarana result of my search for truth". Online Webpage of Deccan Herald. Deccan Herald. Retrieved 2007-06-18.[dead link]
- S L Bhyrappa, Aavarana(2007), p1
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