Anand Neelakantan is an author, columnist, screenwriter, television personality and motivational speaker. He has authored five novels in English and one in Malayalam. 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 and Ajaya: Rise of Kali based on the Mahabharata. Neelakantan has also signed a three-book series deal with the producers of the blockbuster film Baahubali. The series is a prequel to the film with Netflix already acquiring the rights.