ASURAS - the evil ones! This is what we had heard all along our lives. That too, in Ramayana, we\u00a0had been conditioned to worship Rama and abuse Ravana. Here's a book that would change the\u00a0way you look at both Rama and Ravana, and even your life. Get a hat and throw it\u00a0off. Ananth Neelakandan deserves it for bringing this audacious, bold and an exceptional\u00a0perspective about the Ramayana we've always heard. Here comes the Ravanayana that has\u00a0to be heard too.\r\n\r\nRight from earlier days, only the positives of the victors and the negatives of the vanquished\u00a0had been heard. No one is bothered about the positive side of the so-called evils and the\u00a0negative steps taken by the Devas to vanquish the evil (only in the context of reference).Thanks to Ananth for having the guts to write about the other side of the coin. I have always\u00a0believed that myths had biased views. In case of Ramayana, I've always felt that. This book has\u00a0quenched my thirst to find answers about it.\r\n\r\nThis book hadn't depicted Ravana as a monster with 10 heads or Rama as a perfect man, who is\u00a0the incarnation of god. They both are depicted as normal human beings with their own flaws\u00a0and perfections. As the title goes, it focuses on the lifestyle of the Asuras and the history of the\u00a0one who is burnt down every year, so that Rama remains a god always- Ravana.\u201cFor thousands of years, I have been vilified and my death is celebrated year after year in every\u00a0corner of India. Why? Was it because I challenged the Gods for the sake of my daughter? Was it\u00a0because I freed a race from the yoke of caste-based Deva rule? You have heard the victor\u2019s tale,the Ramayana. Now hear the Ravanayana, for I am Ravana, the Asura, and my story is the tale\u00a0of the vanquished.\u201d\u00a0 This is how Ravana is introduced. He's one of the protagonists of the story\u00a0(the other being Bhadra). This makes the story very special since this itself provides a two way\u00a0perspective of the story. One is of that of Ravana, who is elite king and a fierce warrior.\u00a0Bhadra's view is more a common man's view that makes us connect with the story so much.\r\n\r\nThe ancient empire of Asuras are shattered by the dominant Devas who do anything to\u00a0acquire the empire from them. The Asuras hated caste-ridden, dominant and unjust Devas and\u00a0waited for a champion to save them from the wrath of Devas. There appeared a fierce and\u00a0ambitious young man \u00a0Ravana, who rescued lands and empires that belonged to the Asuras.Though Ravana did everything possible to set things right for the Asuras, something kept on\u00a0missing. That's when the events took a sudden twist, making Ravana, one of the most powerful\u00a0kings of the world.\r\n\r\nThe story is a roller coaster ride of emotions with unbelievable turn of perspectives. For readers\u00a0like me, who ought to think that mythological stories are just a glorifying poetry to the winners,this book was a life changing entity. It made me think, analyse, empathize and understand the\u00a0other side. While writing about Asuras, the author hasn't only glorified Asuras, but had given us\u00a0a balanced view of both positives and negatives of both the sides.As Ravana had clearly said in his last minutes, we burn a man, casting him to be evil just to\u00a0glorify the one we want to be titled GOD. This is high time we \u00a0think about burning\u00a0down Ravana every year. Please read this book to experience the never before heard emotions and life\u00a0of the underrated and under glorified clan of warriors who abolished caste and remained\u00a0faithful to the ones they trusted!