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ASURA TALES OF THE VANQUISHED : THE STORY OF RAVANA AND HIS PEOPLE (English)

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ASURA TALES OF THE VANQUISHED : THE STORY OF RAVANA AND HIS PEOPLE (English) (Paperback) Price: Rs. 246

Asura: Tale Of The Vanquished is a retelling of the famous Indian epic, Ramayana, from the villain's point of view.

Summary Of The Book

In this bestseller, Neelakantan tries to break the age old tradition where history is always narrated by the victors. Asura: Tale Of The Vanquished dares to narrate the tale of the Asura people. Blending mythology, religion and history, the book narrates the tale from Ravana and Bhadra's perspective.

The book talks about how the Asura community is more liberal than the orthodox Deva clan, which was highly biased. It also attacks the evil practices of the Brahmin caste. From the tale of Mahabali, Vamana, and Sita’s Agni-Pareeksha, to Jatayu’s meeting with Ravana, the author reveals the many human emotions behind these stories and logically presents a new perspective for the readers.

How wrong was Ravana to challenge the mighty gods for his daughter's sake? Was he evil for deciding to lead life in his own terms? Was he wrong for freeing the people from the caste-cased Deva reign? The author takes the readers on an enthralling journey and poses many such complex questions.

Bhadra is a creative character who gives voice to the common man, who is lost amidst the villains and heroes. The author has been appreciated for his eye for detail, which gives life to his work. The right blend of good language and interesting twists keeps the book engaging.

Published in 2012, the book has topped many bestseller lists including the 2012 Crossword and the bestseller list of CNN IBN.

About Anand Neelakantan

Anand Neelakantan is a talented narrator from India. Asura: The Tale of the Vanquished is Neelakantan’s debut novel. He is currently working on another mythological tale that details the Kaurava’s version of the Mahabharata. He has a few satirical short stories to his credit.

Born in Kerala, Anand has been fascinated with mythology since his childhood. He is married to Aparna, and has two children, Abhinav and Ananya. Besides writing, Anand enjoys oil painting, reading, and drawing cartoons.

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Specifications of ASURA TALES OF THE VANQUISHED : THE STORY OF RAVANA AND HIS PEOPLE (English) (Paperback)

Book Details
Publisher Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd
ISBN-10 938157605X
Number of Pages 500 Pages
Publication Year 2012
Language English
ISBN-13 9789381576052
Binding Paperback
Dimensions
Weight 490
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Author ANAND NEELAKANTAN
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Deena Chatterjee

Jul 30, 2015

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An unique interpretation of Ramayana

I bought the book expecting very little. It was delivered in good condition and well before time as usual.When I started reading I was not getting interested and was skipping a few paras,but the plot and the story telling method is quite grasping. It raises some very important questions that have no… (View complete review)
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Shashwati

Jun 6, 2015

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Good read

Worth a buy. Though Author claims this to be a pure work of fiction, the definite idea that comes after reading this was, what if all these were true. :) :)
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Sunil Nair

Apr 14, 2015

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Review on Asura - Tales of the vanquished.

A nice reading. Flowing language. We get the perception from the other side... I would recommend reading it.
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Pushkraj Janwadkar

Apr 10, 2015

Different perspective: Might help in vanquishing corrupted part of religion

Mythological stories are straightened to be digestible for a logical mind. All pieces fall in place.

Vedas talk about concept of God that, has no form, no name etc and this concept is reinforced by the book by proving that, the others, were and are, not gods. Book also makes one forget the …
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aparna sunil

Mar 10, 2015

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FANTABULOUS

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Sumit Pandey

Dec 31, 2012

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This is not mythological...it's more that that!!!

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
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Krishnakumar T K

Jun 3, 2012

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Asura - A different perspective on Ramayana

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
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Bk

Jun 30, 2012

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Look at the other side of the moon.

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
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Neetu

Dec 6, 2012

Its not easy to take loser side. Loving Leadstart picks nowdays.

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!

Another great surprise from Leadstart
A Maverick Heart: Between Love and Life - by debut author Ravindra Shukla

I bought it after a friend of mine share
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Sathya Devan

Aug 5, 2012

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A story of different hue


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
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MANGESH KADU

Jul 21, 2012

awesome book

one of the most beautifully written books...
this book doesnt potray the characters as supernatural, the author narrates the events as we had heard, not with miracles, but with normal turn of events.... u may feel a little hesitant to hear mythological stories, but reading this books makes u think that mebbe this is what actually happened...
STRONGLY RECOMMENDED
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sowmya yaln

Apr 28, 2014

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Schizophrenic writing

The author thanks more than one person for editing the book. He should be disappointed instead. I definitely was. So many spelling errors and grammatical flaws, not to mention plot holes and inconsistencies, it was enraging!

In a certain chapter, Ravana mentions he is in his fifties, then years later when he visits Sita's swayamvara he says he is 46. He believes his ministers when they tell him his daughter was a victim to forest fever and died, but later he yearns for a lost daughter. How and when did he learn of his daughter's existence? Are there reasons behind why he chose to ignore her k
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sumeet Parui

Jul 21, 2012

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Bhadra- An Asura's narration rules the book.

First of all, i would like to confess that, though am an avid follower of the almighty but while reading the book and its logical interpretation of our culture i was considering turning myself an atheist :)

Mr. Neelakantan has done a great work in his first attempt.

I liked the flow of the book, no recession on the flow of the book. Never a boring moment.

Bhadra(an Asura) is a very typical common man who witnesses both Ravana and Rama's culture. The differences between the two great kings are very well depicted.



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Kaustav Sen

Feb 27, 2013

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Interesting but sloggish

The book is surely interesting, as it gives the account of the Ramayana, from ravan's point of view, along with numerous side stories too, but if the book is read at one go, it seems drag and sloggish with waning interest. Word of advice will be to read the book at speeds of one or two chapters a day, this is a kind of book which will need u to assimilate and then continue. Happy reading!
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Syam Sreenadh Yekula

Jan 26, 2013

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Simply superb

no words to express . after the shiva trilogy by amish tripti. anand neelkantan made it big .

i already knew no one in this world is bad its the situations that make them do it.

he fought for his people. in some ones point of view ravana may be evil and some ones point of view ram may be evil in the en thats our own decission to portray an individual who he was.


any ways a great book.


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