Anand Neelakantan

Anand Neelakantan

Anand Neelakantan
Born (1973-12-05) 5 December 1973
Thrippunithura, Kerala
Occupation Novelist
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
Spouse Aparna
Children 2

Anand Neelakantan (born 5 December 1973) is an Indian author. He has authored three fiction books based on the Indian epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Life and career

Anand Neelakantan is an alumnus of Government Engineering College, Trichur in Kerala. He has been working with Indian Oil Corporation since 2000. He draws cartoons for Malayalam magazines.[1]

His debut novel Asura: Tale of the Vanquished was published on 14 May 2012. The book became a surprise bestseller, breaking into the top seller charts within a week of its launch.[2] 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.[3]


Ajaya Series

Awards and accolades

Anand Neelakantan was rated as one of the most promising writer by Indian Express, amongst the six most remarkable writers of 2012 by Daily News and Analysis and rated as the second most read writer of 2012 by Financial Express.[4] His first book Asura: Tale of the Vanquished was shortlisted for Crossword popular award in 2013 and his second book, Ajaya: Roll of the dice was shortlisted for Crossword popular award in 2014.[5]


  1. "More to myth than meets the eye". The Telegraph. 24 January 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  2. "'Asura', a bestseller". The Hindu. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  3. "From Duryodhana's perspective". The Hindu. 12 August 2015. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  4. "The most remarkable Indian writers of 2012". DNA India. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  5. "Anand's 'Asura' in the race for Crossword prize". The Hindu. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
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