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Asura : Tale Of The vanquished (The story of Ravana And His People)
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About the book

The story of the Ramayana has 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 a has 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 Ifreed 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 an9 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 one a moment and hear my story, for I am Rhadra, 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 l3evas. 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 then that Ravana, by one action, changes the history of the world.

About the Author

I was born in a quaint little village called Thripoonithura, on the outskirts of Cochin, Kerala. Located east of mainland Ernakulam, across Vembanad Lake, this village had the distinction of being the seat of the Cochin royal family. However, it was more famous for its hundred-odd temples; the various classical artists it produced and its music school. I remember manymevenings spent 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. Gulf money and the rapidly expanding city of Cochin have, however, wiped away all remaining vestiges of that old world charm. The village has evolved into the usual, unremarkable, suburban hell hole, clones of which dot India.

Growing up in a village with more temples than was necessary, it was no wonder that the Ramayana fascinated me. Ironically, I was drawn to the anti-hero of the epic— Ravana, and to his people, the Asuras. I wondered about their magical world. But my fascination remained dormant for many years, emerging only briefly to taunt and irritate my pious aunts during family gatherings. Life went on. I became an engineer; joined the Indian Oil Corporation; moved to Bangalore; married Aparna and welcomed my daughter Ananya, and my son, Abhinav.

But the Asura Emperor would not leave me alone. For six years he haunted my dreams, walked with me, and urged me to write his version of the story. He was not the only one who wanted his version of the story to be told. One by one, irrelevant and minor characters of the Ramayana kept coming up with their own versions. Bhadra, who was one of the many common Asuras who were inspired, led and betrayed by Ravana, also had a remarkable story to tell, different from that of his king. And both their stories are different from the Ramayana that has been told in a thousand different ways across Asia over the last three millennia. This is then Asurayana, the story of the Asuras, the story of the vanquished.

Contents

1The end9
2The seed15
3Captives21
4Guru27
5Dasamukha the ten faced33
6Devil's raid43
7Lore or the losers48
8Maharaja62
9Maricha the beloved62
10The Pearl island beckons77
11Traitor85
12The wait89
13Lanka's welcome93
14Betrayed98
15Poisonous brews104
16The pirate's seige114
17The silver tongued127
18Brother's brother138
19Pirate troubles149
20Wedding bells160
21Happy family173
22Revolutionaries180
23Revolution comes home185
24Death of a revolutionary192
25A little worm198
26The Untouchable king204
27Love at last212
28An asura princess218
29Let her live228
30Lanka lost232
31Den of death237
32Patriot242
33Son of darkness249
34Riot255
35The duel263
36A country thanks ITS hero278
37A daughter's marriage286
38The Time has come294
39Return of the Asura princess301
40Adieu Maricha305
41The police station315
42Meesenger of death321
43Let my city burn332
44Messenger of peace335
45Looming war342
46For my people346
47War without ethics355
48Sons are sons359
49Death visits again364
50For whose sake368
51A hero returns374
52A prime minister's mission381
53Violation389
54End of an idealist395
55Kumbhakarna's attack402
56While they pray409
57Funeral of martyrs418
58Did I fail as king425
59I wish you death431
60End of a Dream438
61Victors and their ways446
62Life sprouts agains463
63Childish dreams474
64Sword of dharma477
65The beginning486
Glossary497
Acknowledgements503

Asura : Tale Of The vanquished (The story of Ravana And His People)

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Edition:
2012
Publisher:
Platinum Press
ISBN:
9789381576052
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504
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About the book

The story of the Ramayana has 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 a has 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 Ifreed 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 an9 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 one a moment and hear my story, for I am Rhadra, 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 l3evas. 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 then that Ravana, by one action, changes the history of the world.

About the Author

I was born in a quaint little village called Thripoonithura, on the outskirts of Cochin, Kerala. Located east of mainland Ernakulam, across Vembanad Lake, this village had the distinction of being the seat of the Cochin royal family. However, it was more famous for its hundred-odd temples; the various classical artists it produced and its music school. I remember manymevenings spent 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. Gulf money and the rapidly expanding city of Cochin have, however, wiped away all remaining vestiges of that old world charm. The village has evolved into the usual, unremarkable, suburban hell hole, clones of which dot India.

Growing up in a village with more temples than was necessary, it was no wonder that the Ramayana fascinated me. Ironically, I was drawn to the anti-hero of the epic— Ravana, and to his people, the Asuras. I wondered about their magical world. But my fascination remained dormant for many years, emerging only briefly to taunt and irritate my pious aunts during family gatherings. Life went on. I became an engineer; joined the Indian Oil Corporation; moved to Bangalore; married Aparna and welcomed my daughter Ananya, and my son, Abhinav.

But the Asura Emperor would not leave me alone. For six years he haunted my dreams, walked with me, and urged me to write his version of the story. He was not the only one who wanted his version of the story to be told. One by one, irrelevant and minor characters of the Ramayana kept coming up with their own versions. Bhadra, who was one of the many common Asuras who were inspired, led and betrayed by Ravana, also had a remarkable story to tell, different from that of his king. And both their stories are different from the Ramayana that has been told in a thousand different ways across Asia over the last three millennia. This is then Asurayana, the story of the Asuras, the story of the vanquished.

Contents

1The end9
2The seed15
3Captives21
4Guru27
5Dasamukha the ten faced33
6Devil's raid43
7Lore or the losers48
8Maharaja62
9Maricha the beloved62
10The Pearl island beckons77
11Traitor85
12The wait89
13Lanka's welcome93
14Betrayed98
15Poisonous brews104
16The pirate's seige114
17The silver tongued127
18Brother's brother138
19Pirate troubles149
20Wedding bells160
21Happy family173
22Revolutionaries180
23Revolution comes home185
24Death of a revolutionary192
25A little worm198
26The Untouchable king204
27Love at last212
28An asura princess218
29Let her live228
30Lanka lost232
31Den of death237
32Patriot242
33Son of darkness249
34Riot255
35The duel263
36A country thanks ITS hero278
37A daughter's marriage286
38The Time has come294
39Return of the Asura princess301
40Adieu Maricha305
41The police station315
42Meesenger of death321
43Let my city burn332
44Messenger of peace335
45Looming war342
46For my people346
47War without ethics355
48Sons are sons359
49Death visits again364
50For whose sake368
51A hero returns374
52A prime minister's mission381
53Violation389
54End of an idealist395
55Kumbhakarna's attack402
56While they pray409
57Funeral of martyrs418
58Did I fail as king425
59I wish you death431
60End of a Dream438
61Victors and their ways446
62Life sprouts agains463
63Childish dreams474
64Sword of dharma477
65The beginning486
Glossary497
Acknowledgements503
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