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ASURA: Tale Of The Vanquished

Anand Neelakantan
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  • Language: English
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Leadstart Publishing Pvt. Ltd.
  • Publishing Date:2012
  • ISBN13: 9789381576052
  • ISBN10: 938157605X
  • Pages: 500
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Category: Literature and Fiction
  • SUPC: 1657033
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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 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 had never been told. Asura is the epic tale of the vanquished Asura people, a story that has been cherished by the oppressed outcastes 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 for them. It is when that Ravana, by one action, changes the history of the world.

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  • Well written (7)
  • Deserves multiple readings (6)
  • Engaging characters (5)
  • Page turner (3)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    "A good book is worth thousand friends"

    Though the story of Ramayan is quite known to us still the book is unputdownable til the end. Written in a distinct style the characters of Ramayan are not portrayed here as real Gods...Read complete review

    Though the story of Ramayan is quite known to us still the book is unputdownable til the end. Written in a distinct style the characters of Ramayan are not portrayed here as real Gods and Demons like we are aware of, but as common people who are vulnerable to humane emotions. They pursue their dreams and aspirations, fall prey to love and lust, commit mistakes and also repent. The story is told through two people turnwise. One is Ravana, the poor, deprived but highly ambitious one who later becomes the emperor of India. The other is Bhadra, the poor, low caste asura who falls in the category of people who contribute their sweat and blood in the making of legends but are soon forgotten and bygone. The book is written in very simple language suitable for both old and young readers and deeply explores the human psychology. It is a must read especially for those who like to read fictions related to epics.

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    good Book.. worth reading

    Good Book.. people who believe in Mythology.. should read

    Good Book.. people who believe in Mythology.. should read

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    4.0

    Great Book! Alternative view of the epic

    By Tirtha

    from Delhi

    Reviewer has purchased this product from Snapdeal.com
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    Pros

    • Well Written

    Cons

    • Difficult To Follow

    Best Uses

    • Older Readers

    The first chapter is a non starter. If you can live through that then you will really enjoy the book as the chapters following that makes up for a good read.

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    5.0

    GREAT & DIFFERENT DEPICTION OF RAMAYANA

    By Gaurav

    from Dehradun

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    Pros

    • Engaging Characters
    • Page Turner
    • Suspenseful
    • Well Written

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      The novel comes with a very interesting story which is able to attract rapt attention of readers.
      A definite page turner.

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      4.0

      A different perspective to socalled Evil

      By .

      from Mumbai

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          The books is very good & has a different approach of the Ravana. There is more to Ravana than just being branded as Evil. A good read

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          5.0

          EPIC TALE

          By DINESH HUNTER

          from CHENNAI

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            ASURA: TALE OF VANQUISHED: is the book which gives the new direction to ramayana..........this book is just like shiva trilogy which gives different thoughts.......excellent written

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            4.0

            other side of Ramayana

            By prajwal

            from Karnataka

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            Pros

            • Deserves Multiple Readings
            • Engaging Characters
            • Page Turner
            • Well Written

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              one of d powerful book...makes u think abt d other side of coin..all auras are nt bad..!!! and ravana was one of d best example..!!!
              it makes d reader to think that all vilans are nt evil !!
              whenever v talk abt the Ramayana one think that comes in our mind is d lord rama !!!! abt after reading dis wonderful book ..ravana gets d equal chance as that of d lord rama!!! LORD RAMA and RAVANA are the two faces of the RAMAYANA!!!! after reading this wonderful book ..RAVANA is my fav character!!!!!

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              4.0

              "A good book is worth thousand friends"

              By Maurya

              from Kolkata

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              Pros

              • Deserves Multiple Readings
              • Engaging Characters
              • Well Written

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gift
                • Older Readers
                • Travel Reading
                • Younger Readers

                Though the story of Ramayan is quite known to us still the book is unputdownable til the end. Written in a distinct style the characters of Ramayan are not portrayed here as real Gods and Demons like we are aware of, but as common people who are vulnerable to humane emotions. They pursue their dreams and aspirations, fall prey to love and lust, commit mistakes and also repent. The story is told through two people turnwise. One is Ravana, the poor, deprived but highly ambitious one who later becomes the emperor of India. The other is Bhadra, the poor, low caste asura who falls in the category of people who contribute their sweat and blood in the making of legends but are soon forgotten and bygone. The book is written in very simple language suitable for both old and young readers and deeply explores the human psychology. It is a must read especially for those who like to read fictions related to epics.

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                good Book.. worth reading

                By Munish

                from Delhi

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                Pros

                • Engaging Characters

                Cons

                • Not the Author's Best

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                  Good Book.. people who believe in Mythology.. should read

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                  4.0

                  good read

                  By joCrox

                  from hyderabad

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                    Good read although I haven't finished yet

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                    5.0

                    A different twist

                    By AM

                    from Delhi

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                      must read for people who like Mythology

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                      5.0

                      dont judge this book by its cover

                      By sp

                      from jaipur

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                        a real good book to read....a eye opener...very well written.

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                        4.0

                        shows you different point of view

                        By akhil

                        from karimnagar

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                          very good book
                          gives you a very different and unique point of view of ramayana
                          must read .

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