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ASURA: Tale Of The Vanquished


ASURA: Tale Of The Vanquished

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  • Anand Neelakantan
  • Language: English
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Leadstart Publishing Pvt. Ltd.
  • Publishing Date:2012
  • ISBN13: 9789381576052
  • ISBN10: 938157605X
  • Pages: 500
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Category: Literature and Fiction
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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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Tirtha 2 Reviews
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Apr 16, 2013
Great Book! Alternative view of the epic

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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akhil 1 Review
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Jun 15, 2013
shows you different point of view

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

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Sep 22, 2013
A different perspective to socalled Evil

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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Gaurav 1 Review
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Oct 27, 2013
GREAT & DIFFERENT DEPICTION OF RAMAYANA

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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DINESH HUNTER 9 Reviews
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Jun 29, 2013
EPIC TALE

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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Munish 1 Review
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Sep 29, 2013
good Book.. worth reading

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

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joCrox 21 Reviews
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Jul 25, 2013
good read

Good read although I haven't finished yet

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AM 2 Reviews
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Jul 01, 2013
A different twist

must read for people who like Mythology

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Maurya 8 Reviews
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Dec 27, 2013
"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 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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prajwal 4 Reviews
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Mar 14, 2014
other side of Ramayana

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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Viplove 3 Reviews
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Mar 30, 2015
nice to read!!!

good read!!

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doctor 4 Reviews
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Oct 18, 2014
very good

it gives a new dimension to our steriotypical thinking.we know its fiction but we dont know the old one is true..so,must read.

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SD 1 Review
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Aug 02, 2014
Asura

Good reas

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prajwal 4 Reviews
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Mar 14, 2014
other side of Ramayana

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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Maurya 8 Reviews
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Dec 27, 2013
"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 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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