: ASURA: Tale of the Vanquished (): Mr Anand Neelakantan: Books. Asura- Tale of The Vanquished by Anand Neelakantan. I finished reading Asura yesterday and what a coincidence, it was Dussehra! I will start its review by. Asura: Tale of vanquished, brings out a fresh perspective to Ramayana. Why did Anand Neelakantan choose to tell the story of Asura from two perspectives.

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The author is gifted with great capabilities of writing good fiction.

Particularly noteworthy is the fact that though we knew the climax of this book from the very start, with Ravana showed dying in the very beginning of the book and from our common knowledge of our own mythology, the interest of the reader is kept alive and ignited till the very end. Vijetha Viju marked it as to-read Ndelakantan 20, One by one, irrelevant and minor characters of the Ramayana kept coming up with their own versions.

Asura by Anand Neelakantan

As the book unfolds in subsequent chapters, I realized, wait See all 6 questions about Asura…. Tale of the Vanquished was published by Leadstart Publishing [2] on assura May I just finished the final chapter and took a deep breath. He gives vivid descriptions of the scenes and tries to recreate the scene as much as possible and helps the reader visualize it.

The locality which wins the bid to become Janak Desh and build Janak Mahal considers itself as truly blessed by the Lord Shri Ram himself. Some points worth to be noted: As educated, logical people; we owe them all a patient hearing. Its the same story told in Ravana’s viewpoint. One of the best books I’ve read so far! Success breeds pride and vanity.


The two main threads running through this atrocious and fanatical novel are: Brahmins always hated the Black skinned people. Quite a book, enjoyed reading every line.

I can sum up the entire alternate bu of the story in few lines: Jun 20, Arti Honrao rated it really liked it. Any story narrated by him has the final ending of seeing him in a nearby ditch.

Book Reviews: Asura- Tale of The Vanquished by Anand Neelakantan

Yet another story starts in flashback. Both the sides have been shown as 2 human civilizations and nothing more than that!

His speech about the 10 faces is marvelous. I agree that I have no point in believing what Anand has written, its fiction, completely fiction but then, even Ramayana can also be a fiction.

About the Author Anand Neelakantan is an Indian author. So, expected a little damage to the original mythological epic that was revered with at most respect and kept at high regards among Indians ,well, Hindus. A common man who dares to compete with privileged ones.

Dev marked it as to-read Sep 17, And both their stories are different from the Ramayana that has been told in a thousand different ways across Asia over the last three millennia. Yet, spare me a moment and hear my story, for I am Bhadra, the Asura, and my life is the tale of the loser. It depicts Ravana as a learned man. The book does bring out the loopholes and mistakes committed by Raavana.

I loved the fact that Anand has depicted Ravana as a human being, contrary to what we have always heard and believed. Sathiya Balasubramanian marked it as to-read Dec 21, Sometimes he loves Ravana, he does anything to gain Ravana’s trust, he kills Ravana’s sister Soorpanakhi’s lover, he poisons Kubera’s entire army, but still he was not recognized by Ravana, why??


But, the constant vilification of the Brahmins was a bit too much at times. Do not miss it J. Fantabulous I picked up the book because of my recent interest in Indian mythology; The Author makes a valiant anqnd of producing the mythology from the point of view of Ravana and a common man Bhadra who lived alongside Ravana.

The language used is neither complex nor plain and simpleIt is the right mixture that would keep oneself interested in the book. Eventually Rama triumphs and askra institutes the caste system, Sati system and every known evil – all dictated by the Brahmans.

Brash, arrogant, egoistic, yet a lone voice comes up in his mind, questioning his motives and actions.

Asura: Tale of the Vanquished | Anand Neelakantan | Book Review

Anand beautifully talks about rise of Ravana from a mangy dog of Trikona, Capital of Lanka, to finally becoming the ruler of the land and losing the whole plot to Rama. It is the story of a leader whose pride gets in the way of listening to those who are loyal to him.

Dec 04, Daniel annd it it was amazing.