Asura: Tale Of The Vanquished

Asura Tale Of The Vanquished The epic tale of victory and defeat The story of the Ramayana had been told innumerable times The enthralling story of Rama the incarnation of God who slew Ravana the evil demon of darkness is kno

  • Title: Asura: Tale Of The Vanquished
  • Author: Anand Neelakantan
  • ISBN: 9789381576052
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Paperback
  • The epic tale of victory and defeat The story of the Ramayana had been told innumerable times The enthralling story of Rama, the incarnation of God, who slew Ravana, the evil demon of darkness, is known to every Indian And in the pages of history, as always, it is the version told by the victors that lives on The voice of the vanquished remains lost in silence But whaThe epic tale of victory and defeat The story of the Ramayana had been told innumerable times The enthralling story of Rama, the incarnation of God, who slew Ravana, the evil demon of darkness, is known to every Indian And in the pages of history, as always, it is the version told by the victors that lives on The voice of the vanquished remains lost in silence But what if Ravana and his people had a different story to tell The story of the Ravanayana has never been told Asura is the epic tale of the vanquished Asura people, a story that has been cherished by the oppressed castes of India for 3000 years Until now, no Asura has dared to tell the tale But perhaps the time has come for the dead and the defeated to speak For thousands of years, I have been vilified and my death is celebrated year after year in every corner of India Why Was it because I challenged the Gods for the sake of my daughter Was it because I freed a race from the yoke of caste based Deva rule You have heard the victor s tale, the Ramayana Now hear the Ravanayana, for I am Ravana, the Asura, and my story is the tale of the vanquished I am a non entity invisible, powerless and negligible No epics will ever be written about me I have suffered both Ravana and Rama the hero and the villain or the villain and the hero When the stories of great men are told, my voice maybe too feeble to be heard Yet, spare me a moment and hear my story, for I am Bhadra, the Asura, and my life is the tale of the loser The ancient Asura empire lay shattered into many warring petty kingdoms reeling under the heel of the Devas In desperation, the Asuras look up to a young saviour Ravana Believing that a better world awaits them under Ravana, common men like Bhadra decide to follow the young leader With a will of iron and a fiery ambition to succeed, Ravana leads his people from victory to victory and carves out a vast empire from the Devas But even when Ravana succeeds spectacularly, the poor Asuras find that nothing much has changed from them It is then that Ravana, by one action, changes the history of the world.

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    1. How to Define Dangerous BooksSometimes the only force that can take you through tabductso the end of a book this bad is the sweet thought of revenge: of how you are so going to maul the author in your review once the book is done and dusted.This is a book that is so painfully badly written (500+ pages of tripe!) that ordinarily it should not merit much thought, but the fact that it tells a story that so many would want to hear, and might believe too easily, makes it dangerous nevertheless, and w [...]

    2. Before I start my review please allow me to tell you about the Ramayana. It will help you get the context.Let me also clarify that I only have a superficial knowledge about Ramayana. Mostly gleaned from a children’s abridged edition they taught us in school, what my elders told me and popular culture. The Ramayana meaning Journey of Ram is an ancient India epic about Lord Ram. He is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu (one of the principal Hindu Gods) and regarded as Maryada Purushottam – the perf [...]

    3. Half way through, the book seems like a scientific explanation of a myth, with a strong anti North and anti Brahmin slant. But that maybe because I am reading the unmodified, raw version that is too hard hitting to be printed because it could get banned or at least get shouted at. By the end of the book however, two things become clear. One, that all myths are machinations of ancient politicians and people came to believe what they found convenient. Two, that while there is no concept of a codif [...]

    4. Very disappointing book. The premise was very interesting - writing Ravana's version of events. But the writing was simply terrible. To start with, the editor on this book did a pretty shoddy job. There were multiple errors of spelling and grammar. Also, this is supposedly a historical/ mythological piece so it should reflect the period. I found many of the phrases and analogies were quite anachronistic. For an example, terms like 'an efficient time manager' and 'useless jargon and mumbo jumbo' [...]

    5. The book didn't seem as author s debut. Truly astounding flow with powerful language.Author seems to be a very capable writer.But it was very disappointing to see such a capable person twisting the original Ramayana and have compromised too much on the facts. This may be about Ravana's perspective, but it doesn't demand the twisting of Ramayana facts. For instance Rama's life as per Ramayana is 11000 years. But the author has portrayed the incidents sprawling across a period of 70+ years.Now, if [...]

    6. ASURA-TALE OF THE VANQUISHED BY ANAND NEELAKANTAN.Rating of this book after testing on five backgrounds.1. The Content. Hats off to the research work. Every minute detail is casted with utmost dedication.  I’ll rate this 4.5 out of 5 as for the reason nothing more could have been written.2. The Narration.It wasn’t that appealing as for the two reasons. Lengthiness of the conversations. (that compelled me to complete the novel in three days which I could have done in a night if i [...]

    7. An amazing stories that shows Anand Neelakantan's genius. Its not just about the book but the way he looked at History, Religion, Mythology and then uses his own mind to write an awesome piece of Fiction.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.This novel by Anand makes more sense to me than Ramayana.

    8. Hmmm. Quite a book, enjoyed reading every line.I was thrilled from the first page to the last one, although knew the storyline. Ravan and his servant Bhadra's version of the epic kicks our imagination to view from the loser's side. Till date we have heard only the victor's side. History is written by those who have hanged heroes.The experience of reading Ravan's version is enthralling.Loser and the victor has a story a tell and this is the loser's tale. When Ravan gets betrayed by his own brothe [...]

    9. Fantabulous I picked up the book because of my recent interest in Indian mythology; The Author makes a valiant effort of producing the mythology from the point of view of Ravana and a common man Bhadra who lived alongside Ravana. Right from the start the narration kept me engaged, I was pretty pessimistic about the enjoyability of the read due to its bulky size but the author’s narration skills triumphed over my pessimistic view. There are so many places where author reflects the human emotion [...]

    10. left totally speechlessfantastic bookn a totally new and fresh perspective to the whole storyloved it absolutelyred to ashok bankar's ravana which is so grossly dark and grotesque, here i felt for ravana and felt bad for him in the endwould recommend to alli liked the way each and every myth surrounding the ramayana has been explained using logic and reason.me of the events look so plausible, even the pushpak vimanhe has explained well how the caste structure got ingrained in the society, especi [...]

    11. 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. ShrimadRamayana for all of us). Having read the blurb and my inclination towards ShrimadRamayana it is up to you to read further or leave it here. After reading the blurb I honestly felt that this book is going to give us a different [...]

    12. 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 read it after the current one I was reading. I expected a fairly good novel – the Ramayana retold it in the words and from the perspective of Ravan. What I didn't expect was a story that completely took me over and in its entirety – with its rage and rawness and all emotions…It starts with Ravan lying on the battle fields – his life slowly oozing away – his b [...]

    13. Anand Neelkantan’s Asura is an untold tale of Ravana. I don’t think it has been attempted so far. I have read many interpretations of Ramayana from Sita’s and Hanuman’s point of view. They were archaically following the same template laid down by Valmiki, Tulsidas and Kambar. Asura was a revelation. It makes you gasp and think. In this humanized version there are no gods, demons with magical powers. Devas and Asuras become clans as do Vanaras. Ravana is not an exalted personage with ten [...]

    14. I just finished the final chapter and took a deep breath.For past few weeks I had been spending some time reading Asura - Tale of the Vanquished.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 childhood, was it the truth ?It is the story of a simple boy, who faced poverty, hunger and various other hardships.It is the story of a man , who was brave and ambitious;who loved his [...]

    15. Another brilliantly written Alternate Mythology Book. Though there are bound to be instant comparisons to the Shiva trilogy, but that would be grossly unfair to the author. 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' . It is not just meant to be a scintillating read, but also one to reflect. It is not just an alternate re-telling of the Ramayana, but an alternate (i [...]

    16. Asura: The Tale of the Vanquished is the retelling of Ramayana from the perspective of the so-called-villain – Raavana.The book starts from the End, where the defeated Raavana lays on the ground where the battle with Rama came to an end with Raavana’s fall. In the first chapter, we see through Raavana eyes’, how his body remains on the ground and is being feasted upon by rats and jackals. While counting his last moments, the protagonist expresses his fear of leaving Lanka in the hands of s [...]

    17. True, we only here the tale that the heroes tell. Now, with education spreading like wildfire, we know that good and evil are but two sides of the same coin. We now know, that every human being has rights and deserves respect. But when it comes to our well-loved epics, we judge good and evil. Anand NeelakantanAsura- Tale of The VanquishedHere is a book that does not judge. This book takes into account the situation in which Ram become a God and Ravana become a demon. This book takes you deep int [...]

    18. I had just finished reading The Shiva Trilogy when I received Asura - Tale of The Vanquished by courier. The synopsis seemed intriguing and hence I started reading immediately, that's where I went wrong. Since I had just finished reading a book of somewhat similar genre, few names and places reminded me of the previously read book. In short, Asura was overshadowed by what I remembered from reading The Shiva Trilogy. I did not want to do any injustice to the book I was reading and hence I kept it [...]

    19. When I started reading this book I thought the story is around the Deshamukha, praising his Glory. But later I felt that the author have some personal vengeance with Ravana. Then I thought he would be more interested in Rama, but then again I was wrong. This book is a pure critic to Rama and Ravana, though Ravana was praised more than Rama. “Asura” is the voice of the common man. The nine emotions (anger; pride; jealousy; happiness; sadness; fear; selfishness; passion; ambition ) were pictur [...]

    20. Finally I completed reading Asura. I am amazed at the amount of research the author had undertaken to pen down the book. The character of Ravana is very well-sketched with proper shades of his anger, fear, pride and love. Though Ravana is the most popular villain in our Indian mythology, the author has portrayed him as a character who seems more humane than a villain. We empathize with him in certain circumstances rather than hating him. The line in page no 15 uttered in Ravana's voice: "I didn' [...]

    21. I loved reading Asura and would recommend it to anybody who's interested in reading Hindu mythology. The story of Ramayana is literally in my blood, I have grown up hearing it, seen it enacted on television and sung paeans to Lord Rama, Goddess Sita and Lord Hanuman. And yet, for once, this book tickles your imagination and makes you think about the antagonist in the tale, that is, Ravana. The book has been written from Ravana's perspective and there's another fictitious character called, Bhadra [...]

    22. Excellent! Amazing how thinking about the same story from a different point of view gives that twist. I liked the fact that there was no magic used and hence the story feels very genuine and real. A must-read for seekers.

    23. Dapatkan dua novel RAHWANA gratis di dionyulianto/2, hanya sampai 11 Juni 2017Sejarah selalu menjadi milik sang pemenang. Ia akan mendapatkan semuanya, termasuk menjadi kebenaran. Namanya dilantunkan penuh puja-puji para pujangga, dan selama ribuan tahun setelahnya, sosoknya bahkan berkembang sedemikian rupa sehingga bahkan disembah sebagai perwujudan dewata. Pernahkah kita bertanya-tanya, bagaimana kisah Ramayana ini ketika dipandang dari sudut pandang Rahwana? Bagaimana jika versi Ramayana yan [...]

    24. THE STORY: He is an intellect, brave, strong and a great dancer. This story tells you the views of ‘Ravana’. And the author has twisted the original Ramayana to some extent, in order to present the perspective of ‘Asuras’. So, if you are a hardcore fan of Rama, then you may not like it very much. However, as a story, writer does justice with its characters.Yet another story starts in flashback. It seems that today’s writers like starting stories in flashback. So, the first scene is tha [...]

    25. Anand Neelkantan’s Asura, published by Leadstart Publishing is Ravana’s untold story with regards to the Ramayana which hasn’t been attempted so far. This book tells 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. The book start with the death of Ravana where his life is flashing in front of his eyes, before he is just a corpse to be wasted away to the Earth. Anan [...]

    26. A Total new twist to all our Indian tales & folk lores. Having read it around the time of Dussehra, I will truly feel strong, different emotions towards burning the Ravana statue during the fest. It changed my entire perception towards lot of things, not my belief in god but the belief as to how stories can travel, be diluted, be twisted & broken to fit the mould certain people make to ensure their part is well said. Even before reading the book I was never in favour of the idea that Ram [...]

    27. Just completed 'Asura' by Anand Neelankantan. One of the best books I've read so far! Gives a completely new and refreshing perspective to the Ramayana. Its the same story told in Ravana's viewpoint. Tears apart everything a lot of people hold sacred in this 'Ravanayana', Rama is a cruel and cowardly king who doesn't bat an eyelid in beheading kids, shoots people with arrows from behind and who does not stand up for his wife during a time of need. The book talks about how the dreadful caste syst [...]

    28. Ever since I read Asura (The Ravanayana, Tale of the Vanquished, The Story of Ravana and His People, and The Story of Bhadra, etc.; a strange coincidence, like the many names of the villain / hero / heroine of the world famous epic the Ramayan, such as Ravan, Dasanan, Lankapati etc. /Ram, Raghupati, Purushottam etc. / Sita, Janaki, Vaidehi etc and how unlike the characters it portrays in comparison to those of the Ravanayana!), I was baffled at the uncharacteristic calm of the self-appointed gua [...]

    29. I recently read the book, "Asura – The Tale of the Vanquished", which speaks of Ramayana from Ravana's point of view. Basically, it is Ravanayana. So the book talks about the life of Ravana, his birth, his journey to being the 'King of Lanka', his learning on the way, the decision of kidnapping Sita, the war that ensues, and finally his death. An interesting dimension is the narration of events from the eyes of a common man "Bhadra", although it does not add much value at all. It ends up compl [...]

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