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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.
Look at the other side of the moon.
30 Jun, 2012
Its not easy to take loser side. Loving Leadstart picks nowdays.
6 Dec, 2012
Asura - A different perspective on Ramayana
3 Jun, 2012
This is not mythological...it's more that that!!!
31 Dec, 2012
A story of different hue
5 Aug, 2012
21 Jul, 2012
Bhadra- An Asura's narration rules the book.
21 Jul, 2012
Interesting but sloggish
27 Feb, 2013
Syam Sreenadh Yekula
26 Jan, 2013
Read with an open mind
15 Nov, 2012