Amish Tripathi is a Mumbai-based author. Tripathi's debut work The Immortals of Meluha after being rejected from several publishers went on to becoming a surprise bestseller that too landing the top seller charts within a week of its release. The Immortals of Meluha, which also is the first in the Shiva Trilogy is a fictional biography of Lord Shiva. The story speaks about how Shiva was just a man, 4000 years ago but is now remembered as Lord of the Lords. The second book in the trilogy, The Secret of the Nagas, was an awaited book and lived up to the expectations of people.
Tripathi holds a weighty management degree from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta. He has worked in the financial service industry for about 14 years before turning to writing as a career. Amish was interested in being a historian, and he chose a career in finance because he thought he couldn't afford the former.
Immortals of Meluha, the first volume of the Shiva trilogy, had sold 175,000 copies by August 2011, when The Secret of the Nagas was released with 100,000 copies out of which 80,000 copies were pre-ordered.
Hi Amish, just wanted to thank you because you achieved what I was not able to do in 20 and 17 years respectively; get my children to read books. They got so hooked on to your books that they read ...More details
Hi Amish, just wanted to thank you because you achieved what I was not able to do in 20 and 17 years respectively; get my children to read books. They got so hooked on to your books that they read it continuously till they finished it, even ignoring their favorite games...:) Great work. Waiting for third book.Hide details
Amish Tripathi is synonymous with his first book, The Immortals of Meluha. It became a best seller within a week of its release making its way to the best-seller lists. It is the first of the Shiva...More details
Amish Tripathi is synonymous with his first book, The Immortals of Meluha. It became a best seller within a week of its release making its way to the best-seller lists. It is the first of the Shiva Trilogy which centers on Lord Shiva; it is a biographical account of the Hindu deity who in Tripathis’ words was – “just a man, 4000 years ago but is today remembered as the Mahadev (the God of Gods).”
The Shiva Trilogy is set in 1900 BC at the backdrop of Meluha and begins with the arrival of Neelkanth who drinks Somraas and his neck turns blue. Neelkanth is Shiva and he saves the people of Meluha from further wars. The trilogy also describes how gods were human beings ages ago until they achieved immortality as a result of their deeds and actions. Indians refer to those times as the Indus Valley Civilization. In the book, Meluha is referred to as the ‘near-perfect’ empire that was created by Ram many centuries ago. Several publishers declined to publish the first volume of the trilogy - The Immortals of Meluha until it was finally published in 2010 and it went on to become a huge success. It sold more than 125,000 copies and it became one of the best-selling novels of 2010.
Amish Tripathi had initially wanted to write a book on philosophy; however he changed course and turned to mythology. He is an aficionado on history, philosophy and mythology. Literary stalwarts such as Shashi Tharoor, Anil Dharker and Rashmi Bansal have praised his writing style which is reflective of a ‘compelling narrative style’.
Amish Tripathi was born in 1974 and studied at the Cathedral & John Cannon School and St Xavier’s College in Mumbai. He studied at the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata. He lives in Mumbai with his wife, Preeti and son, Neel. He has worked in the financial services industry. He is currently working on the third volume of the trilogy - The Oath of the Vayuputras. It is scheduled for release at the end of 2012.
Further, adding to the accolades, The Immortals of Meluha will be made into a film by Karan Johar and the grapevine says that Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra will star in the film. The second volume – The Secret of the Nagas will be launched on August 12, 2012. The Hindi version of the Immortals of Meluha has also come out; it is titled Meluha Ke Mritunjay.Hide details
The Secret of the Nagas is the second novel of the Shiva trilogy series by the Indian author Amish Tripathi. The story takes place in the imaginary land of Meluha and narrates how the inhabitants o...More details
The Secret of the Nagas is the second novel of the Shiva trilogy series by the Indian author Amish Tripathi. The story takes place in the imaginary land of Meluha and narrates how the inhabitants of that land are saved from their wars by a nomad named Shiva. It begins from where its predecessor, The Immortals of Meluha, left off, with Shiva trying to save Sati from the invading Naga. Later Shiva takes his troop of soldiers and travels far east to the land of Branga, where he wishes to find a clue to reach the Naga people. Shiva also learns that Sati's first child is still alive, as well as her twin sister. His journey ultimately leads him to the Naga capital of Panchavati, where he finds a surprise waiting for him.Hide details