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

They were archaically following the same template laid down by Valmiki, Tulsidas and Kambar. Written through a distorted prism of historical victimization, this book is simplistic beyond imagination, is replete with misprisions, and makes no attempt either to capture the poetry of the original epic or show any sort of fidelity to its philosophy.

What I thought could be better: I loved each and every chapter of it! Success breeds pride and vanity.

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

Yet, spare me a moment and hear my story, for I am Bhadra, the Asura, and my life is the neelakantab of the loser. Half way through, the book seems like a scientific explanation of a myth, with a strong anti North and anti Brahmin slant.

But the writing was simply terrible. Asura by Anand Neelakantan. The book logically deconstructs myth, the famous Ramayana and presents a new version for the readers.

I remember many an evening listening to the f I was born in a quaint little village called Thripoonithura, on the outskirts of Cochin, Kerala. Chandreyee Well, you are right. Books by Anand Neelakantan. Nonetheless, it is worth buying. Just completed ‘Asura’ by Anand Neelankantan.


Rad Sat rated it it was amazing Dec 09, Listen to what Anandji has to say, what Ravana has to say, what Bhadra has to say. The Aryan dominance over Dravidian culture, that is Clearly the biggest winning point of this book is that it is the story of the underdog.

Oct 29, Simran Khurana rated it liked it. Bhadra a close aide of Ravana, or, that’s what he thinks. Ravana is as confused as Bhadra or rather more. To me this book represents the fact that a good idea is not enough and how bad writing can demolish even the best of ideas. A common boy who fights his way out to become a king, he is courageous, bright, visionary, silly, arrogant and at times selfish. It merits no historical discussion, and is definitely of no political relevance.

Newer Post Older Post Home. On the other side, completely irrelevant as it first seems, we read how the Devas rampage Asura villages, rape, kill and destroy. Ravana was an Asura while Ram was a Deva.

Vaishnavi Varma-Kamath marked it as to-read Dec 01, He is someone who could not stand with his own wife and someone who kills warriors from behind. And, Vibhishana has abolished all the asura practices and introduced all the vedic practices. Many of the older people remained skeptical as they seen many regimes and palace coups. I do not even have time to protect y’all. This book talks about how the Asura community is more liberal than the orthodox Deva clan, which was highly biased.

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Aug 07, Geetanjali Tara Joshi rated it liked it. Sangita Gokhale is currently reading it Dec 08, For obvious reasons, I avoid naming the potential flash points in Asura, yb which not only did not generate enough heat to ignite; they dulled the ground to cucumber coolness.


I cannot imagine how any self respecting editor would allow this book to go to print. To ask other readers questions about Ajaya and Asuraplease sign up. While, no doubt, the Shiva trilogy, has a gripping plot, but Asura shines in its approach towards the plot, the narrative and most importantly the central character – ‘Ravana’.

How wrong was Ravana bt challenge the mighty gods for his daughter’s sake? Devas and Asuras become clans as do Vanaras. Anusha P added it Dec 29, Please comment with sensibility! However, as a story, writer does justice with its characters. Bhadra Bj Common Man. To start with, the editor on this book did a pretty shoddy job. I don’t think talking neelakantxn 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 acceptable.

Oct 11, Vibha Jain rated it liked it.

The character of Ravana is very well-sketched with proper shades of his anger, fear, pride and love. It is a beautiful book in all its brutality.

Buku ini adalah kisah Ramayana dari sudut pandang Rahwana. Aeura in keeping with the high moral principles of the Asuras, he kidnaps her and keeps her captive against her will – way to treat them equal, eh? Many other facts are comfortably ignored to put Ravana in good light. Select from our Express 2 day delivery range, or Next Day delivery items to most pincodes from the filters.

And, the main protagonist Ravana.