Asura- Tale of The Vanquished by Anand Neelakantan. I finished reading Asura yesterday and what a coincidence, it was Dussehra! I will start its review by. Asura: Tale of vanquished, brings out a fresh perspective to Ramayana. Why did Anand Neelakantan choose to tell the story of Asura from two perspectives. Book Review # Asura – The Tale of the Vanquished By Anand Neelakantan. Posted by Pradeep T. As I started reading this book, I was in a.

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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. It is neelaakantan in the way it captures the man, his emotions, his struggles and those of his people.

Namanya dilantunkan penuh puja-puji para pujangga, dan selama ribuan tahun setelahnya, aura bahkan berkembang sedemikian rupa sehingga bahkan disembah sebagai perwujudan dewata. I bought this book with loads of expectations and curiosity. Was it because I challenged the Gods for the sake of my daughter?

They are considered as evil, out caste and monster. I also found the voice of Ravana bordering neelaantan schizophrenic. It is also the memoirs of a leader whose love for the family makes him take regrettable decisions. Aku hanya berencana menahan Sinta di Alengka sampai pengasingan dengan Rama selesai.

Read this without any sentiments or biases. I should’ve realized this long ago. I never seen a disgusting character as Bhadra’s. Newer Post Older Post Home. Dalam banyak hal, meskipun Rahwana juga bukan seorang pemimpin yang baik, tetapi bangsa Asura bisa meraih kedamaian dan hidup yang lumayan tenang di bawah pimpinannya.

Aku bahkan pernah mendengar lelaki bangsa dewa yang menjual istrinya untuk dijadikan budak, menggadaikannya, atau mempergunakannya sebagai taruhan. Hard work or home work. If it is, what does the following disclaimer in the second page of the Book disclaim?


I am so flabbergasted while writing the review of this ths.

Asura: Tale of the Vanquished | Anand Neelakantan | Book Review

It is indeed very difficult to hold the plot without dropping the firmness of it for a whole pages and the author has more or less succeeded in doing so.

I am amazed at the amount of research the author had undertaken to pen down the book. Bhadra would faithfully serve Ravana as a soldier — risking his life multiple times. The book talks about how the dreadful caste system evolved in India, how civilised and modern the Asura kingdom was as compared to the almost barbaric Ayodhya Ravana, the first son of a Brahmin and a tribal woman is passionate, arrogant and brilliant. The story behind the origin of dashamukha was presented in such a fashion, I wondered if we all have a Ravan rooted somewhere inside us.

It was absolutely irresistible. However, Ram is never happy and at last enters the river Sarayu and gives up his life.

Gulf money and the rapidly expanding city of Cochin have, however, wiped away all remaining vestiges of that old world charm. It does have a call for caste-solidarity, but even that is not a noble call, considering that it is caste and not class that is being called to unite.

While counting his last moments, the protagonist expresses his fear of leaving Lanka in the hands of strangers.

Success breeds pride and vanity. All he wanted was to becomes the king of Asura empire. This shows that every kingdom has its share of mistakes and glories. While there is enough rant against Lord Rama, Ravana is also vilified quite a bit.

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Author goes on supporting this claim that, all these white skinned aryans, and brahmins are not good. 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.


View all 12 comments. We now know, that every human being has rights and deserves respect. Dec 19, Subramanyam K.

Hate the North Indians, they brought all evils into society.

But even when Ravana succeeds spectacularly, the poor Asuras find that nothing much has changed from them. May be instead of becoming a king, I should’ve chosen music or teaching or something” What I liked neellakantan the book?? I remember many an evening listening to the faint rhythm of Chendas from the temples and the notes of the flute escaping over the rugged walls of the school of music.

Asura: Tale Of The Vanquished

Apa yang menjadikan Rahwana seperti Rahwana dan Rama seperti Rama adalah tindakan dan pilihan mereka sendiri. The poor and lower middle class seemed to hope that X would bring about change for the better. Now the funny thing is that the whole novel is written at a time when the whole Aryan Invasion theory has been thrown out of the window, more or less. Rama is not been shown as a God who had the power to call for special weapons by just one mantra whenever and wherever he want to! 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 premise was interesting and given the success of the book I was expecting something fantastic. Poor Ravana, I thought, he is schizophrenic. The dark ages descend and Rama was the initiator, Ravana was the last hope for the Tamils – the golden age was lost forever.

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