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Asura

Tale of the Vanquished: The Story of Ravana and His People
Written by: Anand Neelakantan
Narrated by: Denzil Smith
Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
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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 3,000 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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Amazing Narration by Denzil Smith

At first I thought who would read about a Villains story as our movies portrayed Asuras as Villains.
Anand showed what the Asuras life will be In lanka lands and he showed Ravanas life from his perspective. Denzil's Narration gave life to this story. He really inacted every scene with different vocal sounds for each characters in the story.

Each and every character is well explained and the narration created an interest to listen to this story everyday. Waiting for more from Anand and will read all the stories which are narrated by Denzil Smith.

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perspective changer over Ramayan

not geeky like ramayan, no magical chants or astras
simplicity in potraying Ravan's life
good one...! definitely recommend one

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A must to listen

Beautifully expressed the auras pint of view which gives a good perspective to the other side of story. Truly interesting

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A different view of Ramayan

At the beginning i was not liking it but as the story grew i started enjoying it. i just wanted to finish tbe book as soon as possible as it was so interesting. this book is from view point of Ravan.

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An epic retold from the oppressed persons view.

Truly an epic told from the eyes of the oppressed with a cynical humour connecting to today’s politics. A great listening experience.

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A welcome dissent.

Asura is a well written book and a treasure to those interested in alter narrative of Ravana. The author should be appreciated for his writing a mythology with a rational and realistic approach.

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Strongly opinionated

The book is strongly opinionated. At every point in the book, one segment of the people are *always* right and other are *always* wrong. It becomes too repetitive after a while.

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excellent perspective

very good narration, very interesting view on Ravana and asura's way of living and cultural indifference.

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A perspective that is debatable yet logical.

Loved the conclusion. Who the world belongs to?..Is it the Raavans...the Ramas..or the catalysts. ...A must read/ listen i think..

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loved every bit of the storyline

The storyline and narration is complimenting each other word to word. Voice modulation done by Denzil Smith is amazing. Story from Raavan's perception gives different angle to conventional Ramayana story. Loved every bit of the storyline

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Excellent storytelling!!

I really liked the storytelling and the narration. Whether I like all angles or not, it make us stand in front of us. Very fluent language. Throughly enjoyed.