“Someone had advised to me that maybe I should write campus romances,”says Amish Tripathi as he talks about his journey from being that 'sales guy' to a best-selling author.
The man behind the Shiva Trilogy (Immortals of Meluha, Secret of the Nagas & Oath of the Vayuputras) and the Ram Chandra Series (Scion of Ikshvaku, Sita-Warrior Of Mithila) has no intentions of going back to sales or writing about anything else. This is a subject that 'grabbed his soul'.
Over the years, Amish has built a solid base of fans who love the way he 'humanises' divine figures, making their stories relatable to the youth. Of course, what makes his works stand out is the fact that he adds his own interpretation and twists to legends that have been mainstays for Indians in their formative years.
From the story of Shiva, and now The Ramayana, Amish has managed to make these tales of old relevant topics of discussion. Maybe The Mahabharata will come next he adds, as he mentions three more books that will be part of the Ram Chandra Series.
Besides his distaste for controversy as a means to sell books and his refusal to pander to popular topics that work for the youth, Amish makes a strong argument about the never-ending battle between the Right and the Left of the political spectrum.
“We need more centrists,” explains Amish, otherwise it is just people screaming at each other on television debates and no one is listening.
“Liberals in India have not realised that ancient culture is actually their biggest ally,” the author adds. Watch the video to learn about the compelling argument he makes for this.