ASURA TALE OF THE VANQUISHED BY ANAND NEELAKANTAN PDF

Pu blished by: Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd. I have always been fascinated by Hindu mythological characters and stories. But, contrary to their inclination towards the protagonists of these tales, I was enticed and enthralled more by the anti-heroes—like Ravana and Karna. To me, they were considerably, and sometimes emphatically, more ethical and high-principled than those irrationally hailed characters of Rama, Krishna, and the like. Alternate history—the genre in which this book is classified—is about making us question the interpretation of history that has been fed to us, and through this book the author succeeds at doing that.

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Pu blished by: Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd. I have always been fascinated by Hindu mythological characters and stories. But, contrary to their inclination towards the protagonists of these tales, I was enticed and enthralled more by the anti-heroes—like Ravana and Karna. To me, they were considerably, and sometimes emphatically, more ethical and high-principled than those irrationally hailed characters of Rama, Krishna, and the like.

Alternate history—the genre in which this book is classified—is about making us question the interpretation of history that has been fed to us, and through this book the author succeeds at doing that. Born to a Brahmin father and Asura mother, he is a brash, haughty youngster in his growing years; an ambitious and inspiring figure as a ruler, and a caring and devoted family man. The devas, on the other hand, are portrayed as a club of people who apotheosise themselves for a few acts of goodness that they have done.

The book presents an entirely new approach towards understanding these famed epics and makes one wonder if this was how Ramayana ensued after all. The point to be noted is, if Ravana had his good side, the devas would have had a not-so-good side to them too.

That, I leave for you to read and find out. Anand Neelakantan has done what has never been done before, in giving us a view from the other side of the coin. The book makes you realise that Ravana is not a villain, but a beast in each one of us. Parallels can be drawn even to our present times, where a discerning reader can easily make out the power structures that rule us, and wish us to know only that side of history which they want us to know.

The book is exhaustive in its research and immaculate in presentation. It is a highly detailed and imaginative work where the reader can visualise the happenings very well.

Without doubt, Anand Neelakantan has carved out his own style which is hard to go unappreciated by any lover of Indian mythology.

I enjoyed the book thoroughly and it has augmented my desire to know more about the innumerable anti-heroes in Hindu mythology. I hope more authors venture into this genre and more books get published.

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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.

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