: 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 book talks about how the dreadful caste s Just completed ‘Asura’ by Anand Neelankantan. Aura the start to the finish, this book is an absolute page turner.

Blaming both Rama and Ravana and then showing that Ravana was slightly better than Rama as Rama was too adherent to the brahminical laws might be good placate the egos of the Hindu-haters, however, I donot know if this would do any good to the society.

Only at the end do we realise the importance of Bhadra, who till then is a mere onlooker, like a disturbing wart who is always on the side of Ravana — somehow always is in the picture… It is difficult not to hate and pity Bhadra and it is equally difficult not to sympathise with Ravana’s thoughts when he attempts to be a good leader.

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It is the story of a manwho was brave and ambitious; who loved his I just finished the final chapter and took a deep breath. The tenth head being intellect was the one that he used to control his other nine making him a strong, respected and feared ruler. Did he really intend on making her his queen or was there some other reason behind it. Anand Neelakantan has woven a magical cocoon of multiple stories, each unraveling a neelakwntan thread of mystery neellakantan myth. Its not just about the book but asuraa way he looked at History, Religion, Mythology and then uses his own mind to write an awesome piece of Fiction.


Gods are conquering race and they are affected by cast-culture, gender biases and are arrogance; whereas, Asuras believe in equality and liberalization.

All his life, Ravana thought Devas as bad, Brahmins are bad. Retrieved from ” https: Ironically, I was drawn to the anti-hero of the epic — Ravana, and to his people, the Asuras. He has no clue what was happening and why was happening. Akila Akila marked it as to-read Jan 15, For all the anarchistic suggestions in the book, none of the characters seem to be likeable or inspiring or funny.

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??

I urge people, not to take it as anti-Brahmin, neelakantna or anti-Ramayana. The author has taken a lot of liberties in churning out his ideologies, eulogizing Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashipa, calling Prahlada a weak king, then making Ravan a pupil of Mahabali, calling Sita ma as the daughter of Ravana.

Asura by Anand Neelakantan

Ravana himself was aware of how he had changed and in the end asurq would realize how he had placed his trust in the wrong people. I do not even have time to protect y’all. Gulf money and the rapidly expanding city of Cochin have, however, wiped away all remaining vestiges of that old world charm.


This book may give a wrong message to faint believers but for most of us, it is a must read and refreshing There were few ocassions when I felt that the story went off the rails. I really want to know the facts.

Asura: Tale Of The Vanquished

The Life of a Boo He is with Ravana through all the high and low moments of his life, yet his life does not improve a wee bit. Maybe there was another rationale behind his action, maybe his intentions were not as bad as have been portrayed.

As Ramayana has been written and re-written, may be trillion times, hence people tend to compare the language. While writing this review of Asura by Anand Neelakantan, I was trying hard to remember things which I did not like.

Bhadra has a wife and daughter, who never appears in the novel, rather he wanders wagging his tails before ravana, he do not have a purpose in life, he was used as a mere pawn by Ravana or he gets this opportunity himself??.

Though, this does not fore-close the option of mass appeal for books in general and Asura in particular, provided that it does not exhaust itself in the process.

Poor Ravana, I thought, he is schizophrenic. I found myself speed reading and wanting to forget what I had read. Sita mata commits suicide by jumping off to the Sarayu River, when her chastity being questioned by the citizens of Ayodhya.