This is the Marathi version of the book, Asura, the first novel penned by Anand Neelakantan. It is translated by Hema Lele. Published in the year 2012, the book has topped several bestseller lists, including the prestigious 2012 Crossword and the bestseller list of CNN-IBN.
Summary of the Book
Asura tries to break the familiar custom of history being recounted by winners. Asura - Tale of the Vanquished tells the tale of the Asuras. Asura narrates the stories from Ravana and Bhadra's viewpoints, by blending religion, mythology, and history. It asserts that the Asuras were more liberal than the conformist Deva community, which was highly prejudiced and unfair in various circumstances. From the stories of Mahabali, Vamana, and Sita’s Agni-Pareeksha, to Jatayu’s meeting with Ravana, the author uncovers all the human emotions behind the stories and offers a new, rational outlook for readers.
About Anand Neelakantan
Anand Neelakantan is an Indian author, commended as the most remarkable writer of 2012 by DNA. He also has a few satirical short stories to his credit. Born in Kerala, Neelakantan has been fascinated with mythology since his childhood. Besides writing, Anand enjoys oil painting, reading, and drawing cartoons.