Well, its time that we got a new perspective to the most hated man in Hindu Mythology – the king of the Rakshasas – Mr. Ravana himself. Was he really all that bad? What turned into a monster? Was it pure ego? Did Rama really need a special weapon to kill him? Was he also a Siva devotee and a great scholar who mastered the Vedas, a man of brahmin origin who decided to turn into a formidable Kshatriya?
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.
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 perhaps the time has come for the dead and the defeated to speak. “Now hear the Ravanayana, for I am Ravana, the Asura, and my story is the tale of the vanquished.”
These and other aspects of Ravana – from his point of view – can be gleaned from Anand Nilakantan’s book ‘ ASURA: Tale Of The Vanquished’
Our newest library on the block – JustBooks AECS Layout, is hosting the author for a reading of the book at the premises. Come over and get to meet him.
Date: 9th September, 2012
Time: 4pm to 6pm
Venue: JustBooks, 1st Floor, Above Bank of Mysore, 60ft Road, AECS Layout, Kundanahalli, Bangalore
Contact: Rakesh – 8971512111
ASURA: Tale Of The Vanquished