Anand Neelakantan

Author: Anand Neelakantan

Profile: Anand Neelakantan is an Indian author, motivational speaker, novelist, columnist, television personality, engineer and screenwriter. He is author of one novel in Malayalam and five books in English. He was born in Thrippunithura, Kerala and completed his education at the Government Engineering College. Since 1999, Anand Neelakantan has been working Indian Oil Corporation. Besides this he also draws cartoons for Malayalam magazines.

Asura: Tale of the Vanquished, based on the Indian epics of Ramayana was launched in 2012 broke into all the top seller charts within just 7 days. According to Amazon, one book of the 100 books to be read during a life time, is Anand’s Asura. Across the years, more than half a million books have been sold.

Writing style: A completely new genre – the counter-telling of mythology has been carved out by him. Most of his books voice the defeated or the suppressed party.

Published Texts:

Novels

Ajaya Novel Series

Ajaya: Roll of the Dice

Ajaya: Rise of Kali

Asura: Tale of the Vanquished

Ajaya: Roll of the Dice

Ajaya: Rise of Kali

Bahubali Series

2017 – The Rise of Sivagami: Book 1 of Baahubali – Before the Beginning

2020 – Chaturanga: Book 2 of Baahubali – Before the Beginning

Other

Bhoomija: Sita

Ravana’s Sister: Meenakshi

Shanta (The Story of Rama’s Sister)

Vanara: The Legend of Baali, Sugreeva and Tara

Pennramayanam (Malayalam)

Television

Siya Ke Ram (Star Plus)

Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat (Colors TV)

Sankatmochan Mahabali Hanuman (Sony TV)

Adaalat – 2 (Sony TV)

(Sarfarosh – battle of Saragarhi) Netflix

Awards and Acknowledgements:

2017 – Kalinga International Literary Award

2012 – Indian Express rated him as one of the most promising writers amongst 6 most remarkable writers of 2012 by Daily News and Analysis.

2012 – Indian Express rated him as one of the most read writers of 2012.

2013 – Asura: Tale of the Vanquished was shortlisted for Crossword popular award

2013 – Ajaya: Roll of the dice, his second book, was shortlisted for Crossword popular award

The Rise of Sivagami (Baahubali #1) received recognition from top book reviewers in India

2018 – The Rise of Sivagami book cover was revealed by SS Rajamouli, the Director of the film, Baahubali after which it became a blockbuster and was shortlisted for the Crossword Popular Award 2018

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