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

I continued, Author had no clue what he was telling in every chapter, with an urgency to if of this book, author had done great damage to the original version of Ramayana and went a step ahead to give a character certificate to Lord Rama. While writing this review of Asura by Anand Neelakantan, I was trying hard to remember things which I did not like. Ketika penyerangan brutal ini terjadi, Rahwana masih seorang remaja belasan tahun yang tinggal di tebing terpencil pulau Alengka sekarang Srilanka.

Even events like the death of children that typically tug at the heartsrings were written in a manner that excited no emotion in me. It tells the story of the Ramayana through the eyes of Ravana and Bhadra — both surprising characters. Ravana realized that Sita will not be happy with Rama with just an assumption!!

Book Review # Asura – The Tale of the Vanquished By Anand Neelakantan

The story of the Ravanayana has never been told. Did he really intend on making her his queen or was there some other reason behind it. While the book is not named after Bhadra, an asura commoner, he is one of the main protagonists of the story. It is a story of these two men, who build a contrast, that couldn’t be greater.


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The hatred is obvious in every page. Ravana claims that Sita is his long lost daughter who vanquiahed brought back to protect her from the male dominated barbaric Deva culture. The basic thesis is this: The Writing Style and Editing: I was thrilled from the first page to the last one, although knew the storyline.

Death Note amused us not because of the struggle between L and Kira, but the fact that they were both right in their own ways. There is pent up anger of a civilization being destroyed by invading barbarians and being labelled demons for living according to their culture and striking back at the invading hordes.

Published May 14th by lead start publication pvt ltd. Asuras were the original natives of India while the Devas came from outside.

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

In one of the chapters, Ravana is holding his Prime Minister Prahasta’s dead body and utters something “I always loved you and want to scream to the world that, you are one of the nicest persons I have ever met” and in next sentence “But, I didn’t liked the advices awura were bestowing upon me, hence, Tael would hate you for that”.


I am amazed at the amount of research the author had undertaken to pen down the book. Lakshmana will be executed by the orders of Lord Rama, because people accused Lakshmana for not taking care of Sita mata in the forests.

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. Ravana then returns to Lanka with high ideals of returning the Asura empire and civilisation to its former glory. 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.

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??.

Till date we have heard only the neelakwntan side. The power of the first person narrative thhe wonders for the book, as both Ravana and Bhadra speak from their hearts.

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