Asura: Story of Ravana and His People

Asura: Story of Ravana and His People (English, Paperback, Neelakantan Anand)

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Asura: Story of Ravana and His People  (English, Paperback, Neelakantan Anand)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd
    • Genre: History
    • ISBN: 9789381576052, 9789381576052
    • Pages: 504
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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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    • Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd
    Dimensions
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    • 29 mm
    Height
    • 216 mm
    Length
    • 140 mm
    Weight
    • 635 gr
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    5

    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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    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 H...
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    Neetu

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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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    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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    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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    A MUST READ

    a great work by anand neelakantan ....initially i thought the book would boast about ravana ...how mighty he was and all ...........but the author has brilliantly narrated the story of ramayana from the point of view of ravana and an asura soldier .... truly a must read
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    ak shadeslayer

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    A humane touch to the demon king!!!

    Was suggested this book on the the Flipkart "recommended for you" page and was quite intrigued by the theme it claimed to deal with...so in a jiffy ordered it and got it real fast!!! (Good delivery work Flipkart guys). Started reading it that very night and couldn;t put it down for a second...the story was quite simple and one that we all have heard time and again in ways and forms more than one - the epic saga of Rama, Seeta and Ravana. But what was intriguing about this book was the retelli...
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    Priyank Shyam

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    Read with an open mind

    A brilliant narrative, especially because it shows both the good and the bad side of the protagonists, Ravana and Bhadra. Unlike the Ramayana which we have read since our childhood, the hero here is not someone who can be worshipped, but someone who you can relate with (even sympathise with). The chapters in the beginning might seem a little boring, especially as they do not belong to the Ramayana, but I would definitely urge the reader to stay with the author and let the drama unfold. The on...
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    Devajeet Datta

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    Marvel..Anand you owe standing ovation

    The story moves around two character: Ravana:The Mighty King and Bhadra: a common man. Narration is of such a class that makes the reader spell bound.
    Ravanyana is not the story of a victory of Good over Evil..it is the story of Plight of a father for her daughter(Ravana and Sita)...story of a traitor brother(Vibhishan)...story of a common folk who always tried his best to save his King but was rejected.
    To me Ramayana was a very well versed Epic but always exaggerated but this book is more ...
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    nishant khimesra

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    How Legends are born

    I read this book and lost it but bought it again for collection and may be i will read it again.

    I would call this book Ramayana without magic. I loved how every incidence is explained logically which establish the fact how legends are created, how humans who achieve extraordinary feat can become god and the events magical or may become asura.


    I read reviews on flipkart which mentions that author got carried away while depicting Devas as evil.

    I disagree because if you read the complet...
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    Kumar Shorav

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    A:No you donot get a bookmark. But you'll be getting a thrilling experience.
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    A:Yes it is a paperback edition.. comes with a transparent plastic cover wrapped up..
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    Q:Is this book a work of fiction or it's actually related to history of Ravana?
    A:It's sort of fiction. This is the story of Ravana in the view of an alternate historian.
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    Q:is this recommend for a 14 yr old student?
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    Q:Whether Anand Neelakantan books are based on Ramayana or his books are based on his own creations
    A:His books are based on ramayana, but he uses his imagination to show the story in a different light. And it makes it very interesting too
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    A:No, no book mark with this.
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