LIST OF BOOKS BY AUTHOR AMISH TRIPATHI
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Amish Tripathi (born 18 October 1974) is an Indian diplomat, columnist and author, known for his novels The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas, The Oath of the Vayuputras, Ram: Scion of Ikshvaku, Sita: Warrior of Mithila and Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta. The first three books collectively comprise the Shiva Trilogy and the latter three are the first three books of the Ram Chandra Series which is going to be a collection of five books. The Shiva Trilogy was the fastest-selling book series in Indian publishing history while the Ram Chandra Series was the second fastest-selling book series in Indian publishing history. In 2017, Amish launched his first non-fiction book called Immortal India. Gautam Chikermane of Swarajya Magazine says "Amish’s influence goes beyond his books, his books go beyond literature, his literature is steeped in philosophy, which is anchored in bhakti, which powers his love for India".
Amish's 7 books have sold over 5 million copies in the Indian subcontinent since 2010. Forbes India has ranked Amish among the top 100 celebrities in India in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018. Amish has been listed among the 50 most powerful Indians by the India Today magazine in 2019. Amish was also selected as an Eisenhower Fellow, an exclusive programme for outstanding leaders from around the world. He is also the first author in Indian publishing history to have all 6 of his fiction books simultaneously in the top 10 of the HT-Nielsen Bookscan national bestseller list for 4 weeks in a row. BBC has called Amish's writing “gripping and unputdownable”.
Tripathi has written two types of novels, fiction and non fictions..
The Immortals of Meluha, Tripathi's first novel and the first in the Shiva Trilogy, was published in February 2010. The second book in the series, The Secret of the Nagas, was released on 12 August 2011, and the third and final installment, titled The Oath of the Vayuputras, was released on 27 February 2013. The trilogy is a fantasy re-imagining of the Indian deity Lord Shiva's life and his adventures, and it is the fastest-selling book series in Indian publishing history.
THE IMMORTALS OF MELUHA
The Immortals of Meluha is the first novel of the Shiva trilogy series by Amish Tripathi. The story is set in the land of Meluha and starts with the arrival of the Shiva. The Meluhans believe that Shiva is their fabled saviour Neelkanth. Shiva decides to help the Meluhans in their war against the Chandravanshis, who had joined forces with a cursed Nagas; however, during his journey and the fight that ensues, Shiva learns how his choices actually reflect who he aspires to be and how they lead to dire consequences.
Tripathi had initially decided to write a book on the philosophy of evil, but was dissuaded by his family members, so he decided to write a book on Shiva, one of the Hindu Gods. He decided to base his story on a radical idea that all Gods were once human beings; it was their deeds in the human life that made them famous as Gods. After finishing writing The Immortals of Meluha, Tripathi faced rejection from many publication houses. Ultimately when his agent decided to publish the book himself, Tripathi embarked on a promotional campaign. It included posting a live-action video on YouTube, and making the first chapter of the book available as a free digital download, to entice readers.
Ultimately, when the book was published in February 2010, it went on to become a huge commercial success. It had to be reprinted a number of times to keep up with the demand. Tripathi even changed his publisher and hosted a big launch for the book in Delhi. It was critically appreciated by some Indian reviewers, others noted that Tripathi's writing tended to lose focus at some parts of the story. With the launch of the third installment, titled The Oath of the Vayuputras, in February 2013, the Shiva Trilogy has become the fastest selling book series in the history of Indian publishing, with 2.5 million copies in print and over ₹60 crore (US$8.4 million) in sales.
THE SECRET OF THE NAGAS
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.
Tripathi started writing The Secret of the Nagas while the first part of the trilogy was being released. He relied on his knowledge of geography and history to expand the locations visited in the story. The book was released on 12 August 2011, and was published by Westland Press. Before its release, the author confessed that many revelations would be present in the book, including the true nature of many characters. Two theatrical trailers were created for showing in multiplex cinema halls, as Tripathi believed that the film-going audience also reads his books, and that would create publicity.
The Secret of the Nagas was in high demand before its release, with 80,000 copies pre-ordered. The book quickly reached the top of best-seller listings, selling 95,000 copies the first month, before going for a re-print. As of June 2015, over 2.5 million copies of the Shiva Trilogy have been sold at gross retail sales of over ₹60 crore (US$8.4 million). Although the book was commercially successful, The Secret of the Nagas received mixed reviews from critics. While it received praise for its "impressive conception" and story development, it also received criticism for Tripathi's usage of non-literary language
THE OATH OF THE VAYUPUTRAS
The Oath of the Vayuputras is a 2013 novel by Indian author Amish Tripathi and the final book in his Shiva trilogy. The book was released on 27 February 2013, through Westland Press and completes the mythical story about an imaginary land Meluha and how its inhabitants were saved by a nomad named Shiva. Starting from where the previous installment left off, Shiva discovers that Somras is the true evil in The Oath of the Vayuputras. Shiva then declares a holy war on those who seek to continue to use it, mainly the Emperors Daksha and Dilipa, who are being controlled by the sage Bhrigu. The battle rages on and Shiva travels to the land of Pariha to consult with Vayuputras, a legendary tribe. By the time he returns, the war has ended with Sati, his wife, being murdered. An enraged Shiva destroys the capital of Meluha and Somras is wiped out of history. The story concludes with Shiva and his associates being popularized as Gods for their deeds and accomplishments
Tripathi had confirmed in September 2011 that he was writing The Oath of the Vayuputras, with Westland announcing the release date as 27 February 2013. The book was longer than the previous installments of the series and Tripathi clarified that all the loose ends left out in the previous book would be addressed, with the death of certain characters. Following the release of the cover art, it was announced that the publication rights of the books have been bought by both US and UK publisher houses. Like The Immortals of Meluha and The Secret of the Nagas, the book contained innovative marketing techniques, including launching interactive apps, merchandise and a music album titled Vayuputras, containing music inspired by different events in the series.
After its release, The Oath of the Vayuputras received positive reviews for the story and characterisation with Business Standard calling Tripathi 'India's Tolkien'. However, his continued insistence on using modern, easy English gave way to a negative review by Mint. The book was a commercial success with 350,000 copies for pre-order, and an initial print-run of 500,000 copies. On the first day of the release itself, the book sold the initial print-run breaking the record for the fastest selling book in India.
Ram Chandra series
Scion of Ikshvaku was released on 22 June 2015. It is the first book in the Ram Chandra Series. Like the Shiva Trilogy this one is also a fantasy re-imagining of the Indian epic Ramayana. It follows the story of Ram and is a prequel to the Shiva Trilogy. Scion of Ikshvaku won the Crossword Book's 'Best Popular Award'. On 18 October 2016, Tripathi announced that he will be releasing two new books in 2017. One will be his first non-fiction book while the other will be the sequel to the book, Scion of Ikshvaku, from the Ramachandra series with name Sita: Warrior of Mithila which was released on 29 May 2017. It opened at #1 on the national bestseller lists and became the highest selling book of 2017. Raavan :The Enemy of Aryavarta, the third book in The Ram Chandra series was released on July 1, 2019. It held #1 ranking in Ht- Nielsen Bookscan for more than four weeks. Ram Chandra series is the second fastest-selling book series in Indian publishing history
SCION OF IKSHVAKU
Scion of Ikshvaku (also known as Ram: Scion of Ikshvaku) is a fantasy book by Indian author Amish Tripathi, released on 22 June 2015. It is based on Ram, the legendary Indian king regarded as an incarnation of Vishnu. The title was revealed by the author at the Jaipur Literature Festival. The story begins with King Dashrath of Ayodhya being defeated in a war by Lankan trader Raavan, and the birth of his son Ram. It follows through Ram's childhood and tutelage, along with the politics surrounding his ascension to the throne, and ultimately his 14-year exile, accompanied by wife Sita and brother Lakshman.
SITA: WARRIOR OF MITHILA
Sita: Warrior of Mithila is a fantasy book by Indian author Amish Tripathi which was released on 29 May 2017. It is the second book of the Ram Chandra Series. The Series is a retelling of the most famous epic of India, the Ramayana. Each book in the series focuses on one important character of the Ramayana. Sita: Warrior of Mithila focuses on the story of Sita.
The book is based on Sita, the legendary Indian queen regarded as an incarnation of Lakshmi. The title was revealed by the author at his Facebook Page. The story begins with King Janak of Mithila finding a girl child abandoned in a field. She is mysteriously guarded by a vulture from a pack of wolves. King Janak adopts her but he had not wondered that this orphan girl will be the one needed for the protection of the divine land of India from the demon-like desires of King Raavan. It follows through Sita's childhood and tutelage, her marriage with Ram, and ultimately her 14-year exile, accompanied by her husband Ram and his brother Lakshman.
According to a survey conducted by Landmark Bookstores, the book as deemed as the most anticipated book of 2017 with 36.85% of the participants of the survey inclined to buy it.
RAAVAN: ENEMY OF ARYAVARTA
Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta is a 2019 mythological fiction written by Amish Tripathi. The third book in the Ram Chandra series after Scion of Ikshvaku (2015) and Sita: Warrior of Mithila (2017), it chronicles the life of Ravan until the time he kidnaps Sita.] The book was released on 1 July 2019 and published by Westland.
Acclaimed author and journalist Gautam Chikarmane praised the book in Open The Magazine writing, “In Amish’s darkest work so far, Raavan captures this subtlety and takes you on a rollercoaster of compassion and fury, love and rage, strategy and spontaneity…Raavan is arguably the most complex villain in Indian literature, and Amish delivers one of the kind we have never met, re-imagining evil in ways we have not known.” Gautam also noted Amish’s penchant for weaving in deep philosophies (“From the physical to the philosophical, the discourse between the two, both silent as well as verbal, is beautiful, gentle, calming”) into a good story (“we are wonderstruck at Amish’s craft of storytelling”) as he wrote, “Weaving familiar characters and their stories, he uses ancient time-space landscapes to deliver modern-day lessons. From independent India’s relentless contempt for wealth creation and the choking hold of bureaucracy on its people in general to the exploration of the recent Sabarimala controversy in particular, Amish continues with his bigger motive: to make India ‘worthy of our ancestors once again’.”
Tripathi launched his first non-fiction book, Immortal India in August 2017.The author has put together a collection of his writings, essentially articles published in various newspapers, speeches he has written, debates he took part in and select interviews at public forums in his new book Immortal India. Amish writes articles in top publications like Times Of India, Hindustan Times, Outlook Magazine and India Today magazine in India, and newspapers like Washington Post in the West.
With Immortal India, bestselling writer Amish has stepped into the shoes of a non-fiction writer for the first time. The author has put together a collection of his writings, essentially articles published in various newspapers, speeches he has written, debates he took part in and select interviews at public forums. The book unabashedly touches upon topical issues, ranging from freedom of expression, LGBT rights, Uniform Civil Code to religious conversions and more. The author, who captured readers’ imagination with his debut book, The Immortals of Meluha, in 2010, has come a long way since then, writing four more books. Having written extensively on Indian mythology, it isn’t surprising to see that Amish weaves significant tidbits from mythology into the modern world in his writings in Immortal India. The narrative is tight and arguments lucid, which make every chapter extremely interesting and the book a page-turner.
Immortal India is divided into four sections—religion and mythology, social issues, history and musings—with each having several chapters. The book brings out a side of Amish that you may not be aware of if you haven’t heard him speak at public gatherings or read his published articles. A reader who has only been introduced to his fiction would be taken aback at the clarity of this young author’s thoughts. Take, for instance, the chapter, Arguing Amicably, under the section social issues. In it, Amish argues that pronouncing judgments in haste or demarcating everything as ‘right’ or ‘Left’ isn’t the appropriate approach towards creating a world view about one’s own nation. Not everything wrong that happens with a Muslim should be labelled as Hindu extremism or vice-versa. Issues such as lawlessness or religious persecution should be dealt with a calm mind and investigations need to be concluded before pronouncing judgments, he says.