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Anand Neelakantan

Anand Neelakantan is the author of the Bahubali trilogy, the official prequel to S S Rajamouli's prequel. The first book in the series, Rise of Sivagami, was released on March 15th, 2017 and continues to be the best-seller number 1, across charts. The book is in top 5 of Amazon best-sellers of 2017 and is shortlisted for crossword award. The book also received Kalinga International literary award for the best popular fiction in the year 2017. He is also the best-selling author of Asura: Tale of the Vanquished, which told the Ramayan from Ravan's point of view. Anand followed it up with the tremendously successful Ajaya series which told Duryodhana’s Mahabharata. Both Asura and Ajaya were shortlisted for Crossword award in 2013 and 2014 respectively. All the books of Anand have been translated to more than 9 languages including Indonesian. Asura is 6th among the 100 books to be read in a lifetime list of Amazon. S S Rajamouli has announced a mini-series on Anand's books in the lines of Game of Thrones in an international channel. Anand has also written script/screenplays for hugely popular TV series like ‘Siya Ke Ram’, ‘Ashoka’, ‘Mahabali Hanuman’, etc. He writes columns in The Hindu, Indian Express, The Pioneer, Washington Post, etc. and writes a fortnightly column called ‘Acute Angle’ in Sunday Express. He has upcoming series in Discovery channel, Star TV, Netflix and Amazon to be aired in 2018. Anand is also a prolific writer in Malayalam and regularly publishes his stories in prestigious literary Malayalam Magazine. Anand is a cartoonist too who has many of his works published. Anand's latest work is Vanara- the legend of Baali, Sugreeva and Tara.

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