ASURA TALES OF THE VANQUISHED : THE STORY OF RAVANA AND HIS PEOPLE
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    ASURA TALES OF THE VANQUISHED : THE STORY OF RAVANA AND HIS PEOPLE (English, Paperback, Anand Neelakantan)

    ASURA TALES OF THE VANQUISHED : THE STORY OF RAVANA AND HIS PEOPLE  (English, Paperback, Anand Neelakantan)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd
    • ISBN: 9789381576052, 938157605X
    • Edition: 2012
    • Pages: 500
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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.

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      • 2012
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    5

    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!

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    Neetu

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    6 Dec, 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...
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    Krishnakumar TK

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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,...
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    Bk

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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 e...
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    Sumit Pandey

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    31 Dec, 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 ...
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    Sathya Devan

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    5 Aug, 2012

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    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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    MANGESH KADU

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    21 Jul, 2012

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    Immature attempt to tell that RAVANA was a hero (Although he was one)

    Author is biased in the approach and highly influenced by Aryan and Dravidian controversy. This is not an original story as well. Vyam Rakhsamah is the name of the book from where it is inspired.

    Cast problem still exist in our country. Ravana was himself a Brahmin and a very learned person. He was a great warrior as well. But he was never against Vedic culture. It’s a vague attempt to demolish our old culture and customs.

    Vedas and Puranas are still valid and people are learning from them...
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    Sudhakar Pandey

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    1 Jun, 2013

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    Real or fiction?

    Just completed the books; it is very nice (of course little elaborative); Small suggestion to authors who are writing different versions of Hindu epics;Some people who did not read original epics (here Ramayana), may think what was written in the book was real. So, a small note mentioning that the book is only a fiction and does not correspond to any original epic.
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    Koti Krishna

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    1 Nov, 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...
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    Sumeet Parui

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    21 Jul, 2012

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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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    Kaustav Sen

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    27 Feb, 2013

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