Asura: Tale of the Vanquished is Anand Neelakantan’s debut novel. It was published by Leadstart Publishing on 14th May This mythological fiction depicts. Asura: Tale of the vanquished started off promisingly with an interesting premise. Why did Anand Neelakantan choose to tell the story of Asura from two. 14 Jul Book Review # Asura – The Tale of the Vanquished By Anand Neelakantan. Posted by Pradeep T. As I started reading this book, I was in a.

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Poor Ravana, I thought, he is schizophrenic. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Well, the book picks up really good, opening up with the soul of Ravana gazing upon the remnants of what is called as an epic battle and was thinking in his mind about what all the events that led to his downfall, the downfall of the mightiest king that India or was it the Lanka??

For instance Rama’s life as per Ramayana is years.

One person azura this helpful. The story of Ramayana is literally in my blood, I have grown up hearing it, seen it enacted on television and sung paeans to Lord Rama, Goddess Sita and Lord Hanuman.

We have what they struggled for, freedom. Ini berbeda dengab bangsa Dewa yang membeda-bedakan pekerjaan dan penduduk berdasarkan sistem kasta.

Books by Anand Neelakantan. At least in one instance they are corroborative. But, the most striking thing was the parallel story of a common man named Bhadra. It depicts Ravana as a learned man. See our Returns Policy. To conclude, I did not find much but vilification of people in the book.

Asura is the epic tale of the vanquished Asura people, a story that has been cherished by the oppressed outcastes of India for years. However, it was more famous for its hundred odd temples; the various classical artists it produced and its music school. Instead of portraying Ravan as a devil and Ram as a God incarnate, Anand has attempted to depict the human nature of the characters, which is more grey than either black or white. With a will of iron and a fiery ambition to succeed, Ravana leads his people from victory to victory and carves out a vast empire from the Devas.


He also expresses a desire of living the same life again and committing the same mistakes and refuses to take the place in heaven, that Rama had booked for him, for he wants nothing but mother Earth. The book questions some of the rules laid down by the society and makes you think would our lives be different if these rules were not there?

The language used has its own melody and poetry. Though Ravana is the most popular villain in our Indian mythology, asuta author has portrayed him as a character who seems more humane than a villain.

What, if any, racial conflict is the Ramayana supposed to portray then? Thus, the Book has been rendered toothless by its inability to resolve its inherent contradiction between fiction and history, Art Epic and Growth Epic; the semblance of Asura being a Growth Epic is lost.

For all the anarchistic suggestions in the book, none of the characters seem to be likeable or inspiring or funny. Both the sides have been shown as 2 human civilizations and neelkantan more than that! Asura is the tale of Ravana’s view to whole Ramayan it is Diary of a young Lad from his beginning to its destruction it follows Ravana and the character named Bhadra. Ravana was purest Brahmin not asura as caste.

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Now about the book. If you are rational, If you want to hear the other side of the story, and if you have the ability to question yourself – Who is wrong and who is right! Author had miraculously wiped off all the values that many people have kept on several mythological characters. Now, if the question is around if human life can be that longthen more research should be done on what evolution could have done rather than changing the timeline to some believable number the author pleases.

Within the space of a paragraph, he would contradict himself. So, landed in a great confusion: He does not call himself as god or being pure, as the Lord Rama did. Then I thought he would be more interested in Rama, but then again I was wrong. An OTP has been send to your mobile. Hence, he abducts her. I am amazed at the amount of research the author had undertaken to pen down the book. Sebuah perjalanan dan penaklukan panjang telah membentang di hadapannya demi mengembalikan kejayaan peradaban bangsa Asura.


Consequently, it posed little threat to the faithful as a challenger to uproot the deep-rooted values inculcated by the age-old Ramayan whose prominent characters are well ensconced as incarnations in the heart and mind of its readers.

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Wonderful narration from the view of the fallen. Asura would have made a fabulous read if it weren’t for the plethora of spelling and grammatical errors that abound the book. The premise was interesting and given the success of the book I was expecting something fantastic.

You definitely sit up and take notice of the protagonist. I was mesmerized by this ordinary man who did some extraordinary feats in this journey of the rise and fall of the Asuras. Hate the North Indians, they brought all evils into society. All he wanted was to becomes the king of Asura empire. Similarly, the North Indian cities too are treating the South Indians in a derogatory manner and treating them as encroachers.

View or edit your browsing history. There were few ocassions when I felt that the story went off the rails. I lost count, early on in the book, of the number of the times the same arguments about the caste system were hashed and rehashed.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. See all reviews. The book is longer than it should have been and certain portions are extremely dull and boring, especially the first half. Tells a tale but lacks a perspective.