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The epic tale of victory and defeat…
The story of the Ramayana had been told innumerable times. The enthralling story of Rama, the incarnation of God, who slew Ravana, the evil demon of darkness, is known to every Indian. And in the pages of history, as always, it is the version told by the victors, that lives on. The voice of the vanquished remains lost in silence. But what if Ravana and his people had a different story to tell?
The story of the Ravanayana had never been told. Asura is the epic tale of the vanquished Asura people, a story that has been cherished by the oppressed outcastes of India for 3000 years. Until now, no Asura has dared to tell the tale. But perhaps the time has come for the dead and the defeated to speak.
“For thousands of years, I have been vilified and my death is celebrated year after year in every corner of India. Why? Was it because I challenged the Gods for the sake of my daughter? Was it because I freed a race from the yoke of caste-based Deva rule? You have heard the victor’s tale, the Ramayana. Now hear the Ravanayana, for I am Ravana, the Asura, and my story is the tale of the vanquished.” “I am a non-entity – invisible, powerless and negligible. No epics will ever be written about me. I have suffered both Ravana and Rama – the hero and the villain or the villain and the hero. When the stories of great men are told, my voice maybe too feeble to be heard. Yet, spare me a moment and hear my story, for I am Bhadra, the Asura, and my life is the tale of the loser.”
The ancient Asura empire lay shattered into many warring petty kingdoms reeling under the heel of the Devas. In desperation, the Asuras look up to a young saviour – Ravana. Believing that a better world awaits them under Ravana, common men like Bhadra decide to follow the young leader. With a will of iron and a fiery ambition to succeed, Ravana leads his people from victory to victory and carves out a vast empire from the Devas. But even when Ravana succeeds spectacularly, the poor Asuras find that nothing much has changed for them. It is when that Ravana, by one action, changes the history of the world.
|Publisher||Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd|
|Number of Pages||500 Pages|
|Height||21 CM inch|
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The author simply forgot about the symbolic values of Mythology and Epics. Mythologies and Epics don't express the truth directly.
But this book is still a good read, the author's narrative skill is excellent, one should see all sides in order to find truth.
What Ramayana says?
A man lost his peace of mind in the forest of confusion, realizes that its the multi headed mind that is the cause of all his miseries, by controlling his mind, using physical strength and by reaching its very source, he re-gains his peace and thereafter the kingdom of joy.
That is all Ramayana about. But one can keep expounding this ordinary fact and make it even more complex and end up with more stories and confusions. This is what time does to anything.
Its up to one's wisdom to understand that life is ordinary, but its also left to one's freedom to make it complex and complicated.
It is good to have view based on written epic but to have an alternate view and depict in form where people can relate is amazing. Great job Anand.
Everybody likes to listen to winner but who like to listen to losing side? Penning other side view is tough, but it has been done beautifully. All plots are not based on what we have read in Ramayana already. Many of them are writers own creation but they are all interesting and fun to read!
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I started reading this heavy book with little hesitancy as it was written by a debut writer. However, once I started the book, it didn't look like a book written by a new author. It is very fascinating book with good narration and correct usage of words. Mythology might not interest the current generation; however, the way this story was presented would definitely attract people of all generations.
In the past a lot of people have attempted to write stories on Ravana, the villain of Ramayana, the great epic of Hindus. However, all of them have attempted to portray Ravana as a real hero with a lot of good characters and a brave person. In this story, although Ravana is the protagonist he was not depicted entirely as a good person. Similar to everyone, he has good as well as evil within himself. In fact, some of the characters in the book are depicted better or braver than Ravana.
The story starts with the end and we all know the story of Ramayana. Still, the book is interesting and keeps the reader to wonder about the twist in the next pages/chapters. Another highlight of the story is Bhadra, a common man, who plays the role of another protagonist. We get to know Ramayana from Ravana's perspective as well as from a common man's perspective (both are different) in the same book, which makes the story more captivating.
The author tries to connect Asuras and Devas with Aryans and Dravidians indirectly. I could also sense the British theory of more civilized Indus valley civilization people who were chased by the foreign Aryans to South India. Also, a lot of political and social messages in the story appear to be relevant for the current period rather than the period of Ramayana.
When I first heard the title "Asura", I wondered why the author calls Ravana as an Asura; he was supposed to be a rakshasa. However, the reply to my question lies in the story. The author directly and indirectly explains how few characters have become Gods in the due course, who are rakshasas, etc. The best thing about the novel is that the author tries to connect all the divine incidents with some logic or scientific method - be it the appearance of Sita to Janak, the end of Sita, Agnipravesh of Sita, Rama winning Sita in Swayamvar, Pushpakavimana, etc.
Although the story is an imagination of author on why the things wouldn't have happened the other way, he twists the characters of Ram and associates to a great extent. The first half of the story appears to be based on some versions of Ramayana, although not based on the original Valmiki Ramayana. However, the other part of the story where the author explains how Rama and his associates won the battle, do not appear to be from any version of Ramayana. It seems to be me that the author is carried away by the illusion that unless he portrays Rama and his people as evil, he could not do justice to his protagonist Ravana. I feel it could have been written differently without twisting some incidents from the original Ramayana.
Overall it is a good read. My best wishes to the author to come with many such interesting books and this book to become one of the best selling books in India.
Author’s effort to bring the twists and turns of the widely known epic, Ramayana, through the eyes of the “defeated” is wonderful. This book cajoles one to do a comparison of the version which is well known with the trajectory brought out in this book. A parallel witnessing character created by the author, brings in a much needed human face to the super human story of the “Devas” and “Asuras”.
The narration is simple and has succeeded in bringing down the characters of the epic from their lofty pedestals of disproportion, to logically acceptable levels of ordinary mortals. It is Ravana who charms you with all his human emotions, desires and drives. The author has, no doubt, put his satirical view of the heroes, demons and the era. This aspect enables the reader to connect a time gone by to the current affairs.
Overall, a lingering feeling continues for many days after reading the book for its radically different rendition of a story which has been told, heard, read and debated many times by most of us.
Compliments to the author for taking us to yet another plane
this book is not about some tales jotted from singing bards,...
this is a true perspective, of how a battle is fought between 2 and only the conqueror seems to tell the stories...
Asura is definitely something you must read just to find out what the other side seems to offer.
But surely its again no Whining of the loser...neither a repentance call...
but a pure Journey of the greatest Villains of all time ... his reputation precedes him upto dat magnitude dat mankind wishes to eliminate him every year... "Raavan" ...
no doubt we were told he was so many things we ought not be...but afterall he was one of the greatest and surely needs to be heard !!!
.....I suggest aftr learning so many times d tale of the conqueror - The Ramayana...
it's time to learn .... "Dasmukhayana"....
remember....it's all in perception :)
Bravo Anand Neelkantan....looking forward eagerly for many more of your jewels !
The truth is not absolute... It is always different for everyone.
We all praise Ram and curse Ravana as a traditi...
I purchased this book many months ago. I was initially excited about it as the concept of reading Ramayana from Raavan's perspe...Read More
How stupid I would have been when I thought 'Asura' meant 'rakshasa'! But it was the childhood vision developed when we were ta...Read More
Fantastically laid idea. Though this story was told by my grandma, excluding Bhadra's narration. Not sure how authentic the ide...Read More