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Anand Neelakantan On Asuras And Their Ways

Author Anand Neelakantan talks about his latest book, "The Asura Way" and how much we can learn from the bad guys of Indian mythology

Writer Anand Neelakantan has authored his first non-fiction book, "The Asura Way: The Contrarian Path to Success." Photo: anandneelakantan.com/website and Jaico Publishing House

You might know him as the acclaimed author of the Bahubali series, but more than that, Anand Neelakantan is a storyteller par excellence. With his engaging narratives speckled with fresh takes on Indian myths and legends, Neelakantan has carved a niche as a trailblazer in the Indian literary landscape. Through his acclaimed works, he offers readers a fresh perspective on age-old tales, reimagining characters and events with a thought-provoking lens that prompts introspection and sparks dialogue.

But steering away from his brand of fiction, he has now authored his first non-fiction book, "The Asura Way: The Contrarian Path to Success." OT caught up with the writer to discuss his new book and how writing takes him places. Here are the excerpts from the interview.