January 16, 2022

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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Even considering, the epic to be just a fiction and not a real asjrastill we don’t have the right to twist the tale as we please. It is a beautiful book in all its brutality. Coming back to the book, the author brings this theory up in a different way where he says that devas on horsebacks came and destroyed what was supposed to be a grand Asura empire that was widely spread all over India.

Why did Ravana abduct Sita? Sita mata commits suicide by jumping off to the Sarayu River, when her chastity being questioned by the citizens of Ayodhya. For, Lord Sri Rama lived His life on this earth and He does not need a character certificate from people like us. Such deeply rooted is this culture in our lives, that, for one month we forget byy we are, flocking yhe lakhs of numbers to witness the Ram Leela and especially the Janak Mahal, Ram Baraat and Ram Vivaah.

Never having been a “fan” of Ram, when a friend’s hubby told me about Asura, I immediately downloaded it on my Kindle wanting to meelakantan it after the current one I was reading. I remember many an evening listening to the f I was born in a quaint little ajand called Thripoonithura, on the outskirts of Cochin, Kerala.

The History is written by those who won the race and so the voice of the people who couldn’t reach to the top got vanquished and ruled out.

I still believe in the power of a good story and the skills of a master storyteller. All I wanted is to become just a king.

Asura: Tale Of The Vanquished

Dalam beragam kisah Vanquishef, kita dicekoki dengan kisah kepahlawanan Rama dan Laksmana sebagai dua pangeran yang menyelamatkan Sinta dan mengalahkan si raksasa Rahwana sang penguasa angkara. There are two parallel stories that keeps the reader consumed through the entire book and the way these stories have been blended towards the end is just wonderful.


Hate the North Indians, they brought all evils into society. One more thing, the book boasts of being ‘Ravanayana. I expected to end this book either hating or neelalantan Ravana as represented on the pages. 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.

A New Chapter: Asura. Tale of the vanquished. The story of Ravana and his people.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Saya mbrebes mili membacanya. I have suffered both Ravana and Rama — the hero and the villain or the villain and the hero. Having read it around the time of Dussehra, I will fhe feel strong, different emotions towards burning the Ravana statue during the fest.

The author also portrays the Asuras and Devas were two distinct races of people: There were few ocassions when I felt that the story went off the rails. Even before reading the book I was never in favour of the idea that Rama has abandoned his pregnant wife Sita, just cos of a doubt by a simple village man, this vanquihed spells out my same concerns in a splendid way.

The book didn’t seem as author s debut. Devas and Asuras become clans as do Vanaras. Bhadra, the self proclaimed, close aide of Ravana, who sprung into action from nowhere. Aug 07, Geetanjali Tara Joshi rated it liked it.

Particularly noteworthy is the fact that though we knew taoe climax of this book from the very start, with Ravana showed dying in the very beginning of the book and from our common knowledge of neelakanan own mythology, the interest of the reader is kept alive and ignited till the very end.

I also found the voice of Ravana bordering on schizophrenic. It is brilliant in the way it captures the man, his emotions, his struggles and those of his people.


Novel ini mungkin tebal dan lama dibacanya, tetapi tidak akan rugi mereka yang menyempatkan untuk membaca Rahwana. Jan 09, Gomati rated it it was amazing. Valimiki’s Ramayana portrays Ravana as a highly educated and intellectual man with complete knowledge of the Vedas and other …more Well, you are right. I honestly wish that editor of this book could have worked harder to make it relentless, when it comes to criticizing a system.

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

All I felt was indifference and supreme relief at having finished the ordeal of reading this book. After reading the blurb I honestly felt that this book is going to give us a different perspective of Ravana and we could see the things as visualized by him.

The enthralling story of Rama, the incarnation of God, who slew Ravana, the evil demon of darkness, is known to every Indian.

The Life of a Boo The nine emotions anger; asuea 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. I can sum up the entire alternate version of the story in few lines: It took me weeks because the whole concept of the book was so deep that after every chapter I used to wonder for hours questioning myself, what I have been told since my neelakamtan, was it the truth?

Ia akan mendapatkan semuanya, termasuk menjadi kebenaran.

And, the main protagonist Ravana. I was thrilled from the first page to the last one, although knew the storyline. Even events like the death of children that typically tug at the heartsrings were written in a manner that excited no emotion in me. The thing I admire about the author is that in this country infested by religions, he thinks rationally and pours out his heart which breaths life into his Novel.

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