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Summary ´ Asura Author Anand Neelakantan 105 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 wor The book doesn t make any sense to me It s like forcefully injecting something into a source that does not approve of it psychological blunder if people claim it to be a psychological novel Marriage by Deception 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 wor The book doesn t make any sense to me It s like forcefully injecting something into a source that does not approve of it psychological blunder if people claim it to be a psychological novel

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Summary ´ Asura Author Anand Neelakantan 105 E 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 vanuished” “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 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 codified list of sins in Hinduism almost anything that seems like a deviation from the norm can be construed as evil in our land The author does a good job at presenting the grey areas in our belief systems which are largely shaped by what we believe were black and white since time immemorial 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 The power of the first person narrative works wonders for the book as both Ravana and Bhadra speak from their hearts On the flip side of the coin there is no character with any human kindness or any positive virtues in the book This makes for a very pessimistic outlook of humankind and Hindu religious texts For all the anarchistic suggestions in the book none of the characters seem to be likeable or inspiring or funny The sarcasm is caustic and it leaves a bitter taste in the mouth I found myself speed reading and wanting to forget what I had read

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Summary ´ Asura Author Anand Neelakantan 105 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 vanuished 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 vanuished 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 th I call such authors cowards who hide behind the glimmer of fiction and don t have the courage to own their text Anand Neelakantan otherwise might have been a wonderful author who could have impressed me with his vision and work However with this novel Asura Tale of the Vanuished the author has lost his fictional reputation for me I am being highly subjective here I will call out some flaws in the text and you can decide for yourself 1 The book is a work of fiction but it contains many subjective opinions that you will find highly offensive ridiculous and absurd So why don t the author have the courage to admit that he is trying an alternative version of Ramayan Why he disowns his own thoughts with a disclaimer but propagate everywhere else that it is a work inspired by or based on Ramayan Hypocrite of the first rank 2 The book has many illogical analogies euivalence and also many ambiguities because of the selective collection of facts by the author For example at once place the author criticises Devtas and especially Vishnu s Vamana Avtara for acting like missionaries and propagating his religion but he hails Ravan as a hero for doing the same thing getting his guys together and attacking people for nothing So what s right for you will be wrong if I do so what a vision 3 The book is an outright slur on Brahmins Hindus and all the devotees of Lord Ram Had it been a work of pure fiction the author might not have brought such cowardice accusations that he has included in the storyline Why this veil Anand You can read a detailed review that has been published on Indian Book Critics to know Asura Tale of the Vanuished