ASURA: Tale Of The Vanquished Kindle Edition
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However, despite these observations, I still enjoyed the book a lot. Guess I am going to read his next book as well!
Ravan is one of the most fascinating characters in Indian Mythology. His character is much more nuanced than has been traditionally depicted. When I heard about this book on Ravan, telling his version of the story, I was truly excited and eager to read it.
However, this book did not match up to my expectations and this is in-spite of a very engaging and interesting story. This one's undoing is its lax editing and poor characterization. The book is longer than it should have been and certain portions are extremely dull and boring, especially the first half. Further, the way Ravan's character is developed is highly inconsistent. At times he is brave and knowledgeable, at times he is arrogant and acts like a fool, at times he is full of love and affection for his family, at times he insults and throws them out. There is nothing in the plot which can explain these inconsistencies, and this makes it really difficult to relate to the main character. Bhadra - the second main character and one of the narrators, also suffer from similar inconsistencies.
A good read if you are interested in Indian mythology, but definitely not something which will blow your mind.
Also the typos and grammatical errors make it a sub-par reading experience.
There is a parallel version given by Bhadra, a common man under Ravana who gives a neutral perspective regardless of the ruler and makes you reflect on both Rama and Ravana.
Loved the book. A must read. 4/5
The book takes the perspective of Ravana to bring into context rules, customs which were followed earlier and continue to be followed even today. The book questions some of the rules laid down by the society and makes you think would our lives be different if these rules were not there?