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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.
|Publisher||Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd|
|Number of Pages||500 Pages|
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Review on Asura - Tales of the vanquished.
Apr 10, 2015
Different perspective: Might help in vanquishing corrupted part of religion
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Dec 31, 2012
This is not mythological...it's more that that!!!this book is not about some tales jotted from singing bards,...
Krishnakumar T K
Jun 3, 2012
Asura - A different perspective on RamayanaI 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.
Jun 30, 2012
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.
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.
Aug 5, 2012
A story of different hue
Jul 21, 2012
awesome bookone of the most beautifully written books...
Apr 28, 2014
Schizophrenic writingThe 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!
Jul 21, 2012
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 :)
Feb 27, 2013
Interesting but sloggishThe 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!
Syam Sreenadh Yekula
Jan 26, 2013
Simply superbno words to express . after the shiva trilogy by amish tripti. anand neelkantan made it big .