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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I am sure my central amygdala has gone haywire. This book vanqhished the story from the minds of two major Protagonists, Ravana, the hot blooded ambitious ruler of Lanka and Bhadra, a commoner and servant to the Ten Headed King, as we know him.

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

The narrative style of writing that the Author uses is simple and the characterization of Ravana and Bhadra have been portrayed remarkably.

Well if he comes up with the depictions in mythology and argued on the basis of things presented thereit would have been good.

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

But I am willing to oversee those as vabquished of a maverick author. Ravana A new perspective. There is a good chance of people believing the author’s “pure imagination” as fact just because it is more believable asufa the original scripture or this is more reachable than the original scripture. For past few weeks I had been spending some time reading Asura – Tale of the Vanquished.

The story is very easy to read. From love to hatred in just 4 sentences???!!!. Bhadra’s version of story is truly disappointing, he always finds himself in mess, his thoughts runs like a gutter water, he has no clue what was going around him, neither author helps him to regain his lost glory. Then a lot of lies and misguided zeal to prove vanqukshed point. I did not want to do any injustice to the book I was reading and hence I kept it aside and decided to read it after a short break during which time I read a few books of different genre.

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When anad author is capable of writing such a huge volume, It is expected to make some grammatical errors. One, that all myths are machinations of ancient politicians and people came to believe what they found convenient.

Pernahkah kita bertanya-tanya, bagaimana kisah Ramayana ini ketika dipandang dari sudut pandang Rahwana?

But my fascination remained dormant for many years, emerging only briefly to taunt and irritate my pious aunts during family gatherings. While criticisms of Maryada Purshottam Rama have been around since the Valmiki Ramayan, this one is different because it combines class struggle from Bhadra’s perspective with the story of a war supposedly fought for righteousness.

We know him as one who is bound to his duty and responsibilities towards people but as all of us know that victorious has always tampered with history. The narrative is exemplary in the way it has a Forrest Gump-y quality to it, an insignificant character present at and influencing key turning points in history.

Growing up in a village with more temples than was necessary, it was no wonder that the Ramayana fascinated me.

After reading the blurb I honestly felt that this book is going to give us a different Before proceeding any further with review let me tell the reader that Ramayana has always been an inspiration for me and I indeed worship and look up to Lord Shri Ram and his ayana ayana means moving, we can say walking in one sense, so Ramasya ayana is Ramayana.

I am totally disappointed. If the author had a fair eye to understand the script of Valmiki as it is, and then made the story with Ravana’s perspective-it would have been the truly Asura story.

While Ram returns with his sons to Ayodhya to a just rule. He thought, Neelakantsn and other North Indians hated the black people. Ravana in popular culture is often depicted as having ten heads.

The character of Ravana is very well-sketched with proper shades of his anger, fear, pride and love. Gods are conquering race and they are affected by cast-culture, gender biases and are arrogance; whereas, Asuras believe in equality and liberalization. I don’t think talking from Ravana’s perspective is wrong, but twisting the facts as we would like to hear so there are some anti-brahminanti-ramayana arguments is not vanquishwd.


Asura: Tale Of The Vanquished by Anand Neelakantan

Since I don’t want to reveal spoilers, suffice it to say that the book has adequately explained Ravana’s lineage. What I thought could be better: Loser and the victor has a story a tell and this is the loser’s tale. Now hear the Ravanayana, for I am Aaura, the Asura, and my story is the tale of the vanquished.

Half way through, the book seems like a scientific explanation of a myth, with a strong anti North and anti Brahmin slant. Many myths can be twisted as we like,but Ramayana is not a myth. Hats off to the author for telling this tale in such a mesmerising way, and very neelakantah that no fundamentalist organisation has asked for a ban of the book yet! Lord Rama was beheading all the people of low caste who was reciting vedas. It is a story of these two men, who build a contrast, that couldn’t be greater.

Oct 22, Sneha Nair rated it really liked it. Kudos to the author for coming up with such a brilliant plot and for articulating it so beautifully. I really admire the efforts of the author behind the writing of this book. The nine emotions anger; pride; jealousy; happiness; sadness; fear; selfishness; passion; ambition were pictured t When I started reading this book I thought the story is around the Deshamukha, praising his Glory.

But when it comes to our well-loved epics, we judge good and evil. Even when Ram is re-united with Sita after twelve long years through the valor of his twin sons Luv and Kush, Ram again asks Sita to talw through a test of fire to prove her chastity.

This book takes you deep into the little known history of the Asuras and how our north Indian culture, along with the social evil- the caste system, infiltrated into the south. He writes that, Rama has pronounced Vibhishana as the king of Lanka.