Anand Neelakantan was born in a village called Thrippunithura, on the outskirts of Cochin, Kerala. Thrippunithura, which is located east of mainland Ernakulam, across Vembanad Lake, was once the seat of the Cochin royal family. It is a vibrant town famous for its hundred odd temples; the various classical artists it produced and its music school. Growing up in a such place influenced Anand Neelakantan a lot and he says he was fascinated with the epics and Puranas. He was born in a family in which Indian mythology was and still is a living tradition. He was also influenced by his father who was well versed in Scriptures and Puranas. Ironically, Anand was drawn to the anti-hero of the epic – Ravana, and to his people, the Asuras. His fascination remained dormant for many years, emerging only briefly to taunt and irritate his pious aunts during family gatherings. He claims that Asura emperor Ravana would not leave him alone and for six years he haunted his dreams, walked with him, and urged him to write Ravana’s version of the story. Bhadra, a creation of Anand Neelakantan, tells half the story in Asura. Anand has moulded him as a common Asura who was inspired, led and betrayed by Ravana. Anand Neelakantan’s stories are different from all the Ramayanas that has been told in a thousand different ways across Asia over the last three millennia. Anand Neelakantan can arguably called as the author who invented a new genre in Indian literature- the genre of counter telling of popular myths. His second book Ajaya is Mahabharata written from the perspective of Kauravas, the traditional villains of the popular mythology.