Born into a conservative family where Hindu scriptures and Puranas are still a part of life, inspired by his home town of Thripunithura which has more than 100 prominent temples, it is no surprise that Anand chose to write on subjects that are close to his heart and upbringing. However, as a born rebel and a cartoonist at heart, Anand Neelakantan has never accepted anything without questioning.
Anand Neelakantan’s debut novel Asura tale of the Vanquished, the story of Ravana and his people was a runaway best seller and set the charts on fire when it was launched in May 2012. Anand’s debut work Asura Tale of the Vanquished was a surprise bestseller of 2012, breaking into the top seller charts within a week of its launch. Asura, tale of the Vanquished became the number 1 best seller of 2012 as per Crossword list and CNN IBN. Anand Neelakantan was chosen as one of the six most remarkable writers of 2012 by DNA It continues to dominate the charts even after 3 years. The book was shortlisted for Crossword popular award for the year. The book has been translated into Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Gujarati, Marati among others. The audio book of Asura is one of the five top most selling audio books ever in the country.
His second book, AJAYA : Epic of the Kaurava Clan – Roll Of The Dice was number one best seller across charts for 6 continious weeks.. The book was shortlisted for Crossword popular award for the year and has been translated into Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Gujarati, Marati among others
Anand Neelakantan has written columns for Deccan chronicle, Asian Age, The New Indian Express, The Wall Street Journal, Speaking Tree etc. His interviews have been published in The Hindu, The Indian Express, Malayala Manorama, Mathrubhumi, The Telegraph, The New Indian Express, Afternoon DC etc.
Anand was twice shortlisted for Crossword awards and was also featured in Forbes celebrity long list