Monday, May 7, 2012

Guest Visit from Pavarti K Tyler and Giveaway



Colorimetry welcomes Tribute Tours and Pavarti K Tyler with her new book:  Shadow on the Wall!!
See below for Giveaway details!

Shadow on the Wall
Book one of the Sandstorm Chronicles
by Pavarti K Tyler
Paperback, 248 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Fighting Monkey Press

Premise:
Recai Osman: Muslim, philosopher, billionaire and Superhero? 
Controversial and daring, Shadow on the Wall details the transformation of Recai Osman from complicated man to Superhero. Forced to witness the cruelty of the Morality Police in his home city of Elih, Turkey, Recai is called upon by the power of the desert to be the vehicle of change. Does he have the strength to answer Allah's call or will his dark past and self doubt stand in his way? 
Pulling on his faith in Allah, the friendship of a Jewish father-figure and a deeply held belief that his people deserve better, Recai Osman must become The SandStorm. 
In the tradition of books by Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie, Shadow on the Wall tackles issues of religion, gender, corruption and the basic human condition. Beautiful and challenging, this is not a book to miss.

Guest Post from Pavarti:

"Behind the Veil: My Experience with Hijab" 

Hijab is the headscarf some Muslim women wear.  There is great debate over the need, use and appropriateness of the hijab, which has fueled cultural debate and conflict.  In Islam there is a cultural practice of covering a woman’s hair and neck, this is considered modest dress and the roots of the practice are based in the Qu’ran.  There are multiple surahs (verses) and hadiths (oral histories) which are used to explain the need for men and women to dress modestly.

The specifics of what needs to be covered is controversial.  Some say only the hair must be covered, others say everything but the eyes and hands should be.  From Burquas in Afghanistan to hijabs in France, it seems everyone has an opinion.

In 2001, right after 9/11, I participated in an event called “Sisters for Solidarity.”  The sponsoring group was an interfaith movement for social awareness.  Over 200,000 women in the US donned hijab for Eid Al-Fitr, a celebration that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Somewhere in the depths of my basement there is a picture of me with a beautiful red-and-gold scarf covering my hair and neck. For three days in November, 2011, I went to work, the grocery store, church and everywhere else with my hair covered.

I could discuss the political reasons for doing this, or my own religion beliefs, but what I learned during those three days has nothing to do with either. I donned a headscarf for very personal reasons, which I believed deeply and still hold dear.  And every moment I wore it, I felt stronger in my convictions.  Something about a physical declaration of my beliefs was empowering and liberating.

I also felt a part of something.  Other women in hijab would stop, smile and speak with me no matter where we were.  It was a kind of sisterhood I haven’t experienced in other parts of my life.  Even when they found out I wasn’t Muslim, the kind response I received for what I was doing was deeply touching.

Simultaneously, I found the covering very oppressive.  It was hot under there, and kept slipping.  This was probably mostly due to my inexperience, but I found it physically cumbersome and something that needed constant monitoring.  I was also very surprised to find that a number of co-workers with whom I had been close to did not speak with me during the days I was wearing hijab. I received sideways glances on the bus and subway, not the usual smiles and commuter camaraderie I was accustomed to.

There are three female characters in my novel, Shadow on the Wall.  Each has an opinion of and relationship with wearing the hijab.  I pulled on my short experience to inform how I wrote these characters. Rebekah, Darya and Maryam - each of them represents a different archetype of Middle Eastern women.  While it's certainly not an exhaustive representation, the issues of gender and the veil are explored in depth through the course of the story.  

What I learned during the Sisters for Solidarity movement - and what I hope Shadow on the Wall conveys - is that covering is a deeply personal experience. Ideally each  woman would be able to decide for herself without the pressures of politics, family or cultural assumptions.  Unfortunately, we don’t live in that world, which is what makes the discussion so volatile.  

I’m curious as I move into publishing Shadow on the Wall how readers will feel about these women.  Which will they respond to?  With which will they identify?


I am curious myself... I really don't know anything about the Hijab to have an opinion and I'm looking forward to reading Shadow on the Wall. My review will be posted on May 23rd!

Pavarti, I'm so glad you were able to stop by for a Guest Post!!

About the Author:

Pavarti K Tyler is an artist, wife, mother and number cruncher. She graduated Smith College in 1999 with a degree in Theatre. After graduation, she moved to New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off Broadway.

Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry as a freelance accountant for several international law firms. She now operates her own accounting firm in the Washington DC area, where she lives with her husband, two daughters and two terrible dogs. When not preparing taxes, she is busy penning her next novel.

Throughout history, literature and the art of story-telling have influenced politics, religion and culture. The power of the epic tale is universal. Why is it that those who never read The Iliad know Helen of Troy? Her story, Homer’s story, transcends the written word and has become a part of our human lexicon. The power of the written word is undeniable and Pavarti is honored to be part of the next wave of literary revolution.

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8 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for hosting me and Shadow on the Wall on your blog today! I look forward to reading your review :)
    Pav

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    1. Me, too!! Thx for stopping by! Love the Hijab post!!!

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  2. Laura, thanks for hosting Pavarti today and good luck to all who enter the giveaway :)

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  3. Thank you for the giveaway. I've recently purchased Shadow on the Wall and can't wait to start it.

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    1. Thanks for the support Bex! Can't wait to hear what you think of it :)

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  4. The book sounds very good.

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  5. I have often wondered what it would be like to wear a hijab and go about my day as usual. I think it would be interesting to see how my friends and people I see regularly would react. What I'm really interested in is how strangers would react as these would be the most honest reactions. I know when I see women in passing wearing a hijab I can't help but look and wonder what their lives are like. Thanks for the giveaway. It would be great to win these books even though I do intend to read them either way. My blessings to all. :-)

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  6. Dynie - I would love to do it again some day. I think it was a worthy exercise in not only what it's like to be a Muslim woman but also to look at your own reactions and those around you. I found strangers either ignored me or smiled, it was the acquaintances who seemed really off put. People who thought they knew me, although not well who had to rethink their assumptions.

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