Aavarana: The Veil S. To borrow a perhaps unwelcome, and even dated, classification, it is a novel of ideas, in which the characters and situations are wholly subservient to the overriding agenda of the narrative. But is it a provocative read? Oh yes: Noted novelist S. But it is also self-serving, divisive and short-sighted, if not wilfully blind to the pitfalls of chest-thumping majoritarianism. Propaganda, by nature, is seductive; it feeds into half-baked concepts and beliefs to give them shape and brooks little opposition or questioning.
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More so in the case of those narrating history. Unfortunately, of late, several historians have chosen the latter. Few years ago, S. Even without reading it completely, few eminent writers termed it controversial. But underlying that layer is the story of the difficulties faced due to marriage under Sharia Law. Despite the couple proudly calling themselves progressives, Amir convinces Lakshmi to convert to Islam Love Jihad? Although skeptical initially, Lakshmi falls for the bait finally, in the pretext of love, much against the wishes of her father, who in turn disowns her from the family.
After marriage, her troubles with the husband due to religious incompatibility slowly start taking shape. Her in-laws expect her to be orthodox, with full clothing including burqa and avoid going outdoors. Her husband expects her to eat beef. The situation turns hostile to the extent of Lakshmi going back to her village and living alone. The strategy used by Bhyrappa to construct situations through which he exposes the hollowness of such progressive intellectuals is simply commendable!! Some of the events mentioned in the book sound unbelievable, but thanks to the internet, one can now verify all those from reliable sources.
What is the point in reading this book? Why should you read the book? Secondly, learning true history helps one remain equipped so that the same mistakes are not repeated.
Book Review | Aavarana: The Veil
There has been accusations that Bhyrappa is a Hindu fundamentalist who wants to divide society on the basis of history, an allegation which Bhyrappa himself anticipates and tries to refute in the novel. Ananthamurthy , well known in Kannada literature , has criticised Bhyrappa and his works, terming Aavarana as dangerous. Bhyrappa himself: swallowed by his weakest novel, passed over for the Jnanpith the traditional crown for the bhasha writer , and in danger of having a fanbase composed entirely of bigots. But it is also self-serving, divisive and short-sighted, if not wilfully blind to the pitfalls of chest-thumping majoritarianism. Propaganda, by nature, is seductive; it feeds into half-baked concepts and beliefs to give them shape and brooks little opposition or questioning. Bhyrappa has reiterated that something was written in his novel.
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, Why would anyone write a book like this? 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 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.