Book Review: Asura is Ramayana told from Ravana’s perspective. Here Ravana is the Hero, and his circumstances justify his actions. His actions as a bride’s father start making sense.
Finally completed the Anand Neelkantan’s Asura:Tale of the Vanquished: The Story of Ravana and His People book.
The book is purely a work of fiction, with generous doses taken from the Indian mythology and story telling prevalent in south India. any resemblance with any person or thing is totally coincidental. This is what the Author tells the reader.
As can be guessed from the title of the book, it’s a tale seen from the eyes of Ravana, the defeated. It has Ram, Sita, Lakshmana, Hanumana and every character which you can assume will automatically fall in.
The story tells how the character Ravana, kidnaps back his long lost daughter Sita, from another character Janaka.
The book also talks about an untouchable boy learning Vedas and; Rama punishing him for breaking the Varna Code.
What I felt after reading the Book
To begin with, the book is interesting. Because it tells the reader how subjective any truth can be. The moment we change our perspective, things start unfolding. Many times they seem logical as well. That said, after completing the book, I felt more knowledgeable about life as well.
That said, the only weak point of the book is that, once the 90 percent of the book is complete; and you assume it to be heading to an end; it surprises you in a not so enthusiastic way; that there’s still a part of the fiction to be told.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars. As you should be a Book lover(habitual reader), to appreciate the book.