Anand Neelakantan

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Anand Neelakantan
Anand Neelakantan
Anand Neelakantan
Born Thrippunithura, Kerala
Occupation Novelist, Engineer
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Government Engineering College, Thrissur
Genre Fiction
Notable works Asura: Tale of the Vanquished
Ajaya: Roll of the Dice
Ajaya: Rise of Kali
The Rise of Sivagami
Spouse Aparna Anand
Children Ananya Anand, Abhinav Anand

Anand Neelakantan (born 5 December 1973) is an Indian author,columnist, screenwriter, television personality and motivational speaker. He has authored four fiction books.His debut work Asura, The Tale of the Vanquished is based on the Indian epics of Ramayana. His next book series was Ajaya-Roll of the Dice , Ajaya – Rise of Kali based ,the two books on the epic Mahabharata told from Kaurava perspective. Anand's books voice the suppressed party or the defeated party.

Anand Neelakantan also had signed with The producers of Baahubali, the blockbuster film for a 3 book Series based on their film Baahubali and the series will be a prequel to the film. The first book of this trilogy , Rise of Sivagami was released in March 2017. Netflix has announced a webseries on the book. His books have been translated to different languages such as Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Bengali ,Gujarati, Assamese and Indonesian Bahasa.

Anand’s Asura is one of the 100 books to be read in a life time as per Amazon. The book has sold more than half a million copies across the years. Three of Anand Neelakantan’s books have been shortlisted for crossword award during the respective years and he is also listed as one among the 100 top celebreties in India in 2015, 2017 by ForbesIndia All his books have got critical accreditions from various people across the world

Anand also writes a column for New Indian Express on current affairs and his fortnightly column is called Acute Angle

Life and career[edit]

Anand Neelakantan is an alumnus of Government Engineering College, Trichur in Kerala. He has been working with Indian Oil Corporation since 1999. He draws cartoons for Malayalam magazines.[1]

His debut novel Asura: Tale of the Vanquished was published by Leadstart Publishing[2] on 14 May 2012. The book became a surprise bestseller, breaking into the top seller charts within a week of its launch.[3] His second book was based on Mahabharata and was part of a two book series. Ajaya: Roll of the Dice was released in December 2014 and the sequel Ajaya: Rise of Kali was released in July 2015.[4]

Anand Neelakantan's latest book, The Rise of Sivagami,[5] from the Bahubali: Before the Beginning trilogy released on 7 March 2017. SS Rajamouli, the director of the blockbuster film Baahubali, revealed the cover of the book at the Jaipur Literature Festival in 2017.

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  1. ^ "More to myth than meets the eye". The Telegraph. 24 January 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Actor Nagarjuna and Amala unveils Ajaya 2, Rise of Kali a book by Anand Neelakantan". Ragalahari. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  3. ^ "'Asura', a bestseller". The Hindu. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  4. ^ "From Duryodhana's perspective". The Hindu. 12 August 2015. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  5. ^ "The Rise of Sivagami (Bahubali Book #1)" by Anand Neelakantan, Westland Books
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  7. ^ "The most remarkable Indian writers of 2012". DNA India. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Anand's 'Asura' in the race for Crossword prize". The Hindu. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  9. ^ "The Rise of Sivagami | Anand Neelakantan | Book Review". Retrieved 2017-04-24.