In the wake of recent announcement of the pre-order of his next ‘Scion of Ikshvaku’, book 1 of Ram Chandra Series, best-selling author Amish visited Nasik today. The book itself will launch on June 22nd, 2015. Often described as ‘India’s first literary popstar’ Amish’s unique combination of crackling story-telling, religious symbolism and profound philosophies has made him an overnight publishing phenomenon.
Amish’s Shiva Trilogy :
‘Scion of Ikshvaku’ published by Westland Ltd., will be another one of Amish’s unique interpretations of myths, history and religious philosophies. The story tracks the journey of Ram, the son of Dashrath and the founder of what is known today as Ram Rajya, the perfect empire. It traces his struggle, his love, his destiny as he set about creating this perfect empire.
Sharing more about ‘Scion of Ikshvaku’ at Crossword, City Centre mall, Amish said, “It’s my fictional and respectful interpretation of the tale of Lord Ram and Lady Sita. The series will be a fictional interpretation, a fast-paced adventure based on the many versions of the Ramayan, melded with historical theories and my own imagination.”
When asked about his inspiration for writing the new series, Amish said, “My books are the blessing of Lord Shiva. And when I write down most of my stories, perhaps a few decades later, you will find that there is a pattern. Practically all my book ideas speak of the legends of a great race, the Vedic people of this age, from their creation more than 12,000 years ago, to their destruction 3,500 years ago. I believe that we are their lost descendants. The Shiva Trilogy and the new series are both stories on this grand continuum of the Vedic Age.”
Speaking about the expectations from the new series Gautam Padmanabhan, CEO Westland Ltd. released a statement saying, “Amish’s first series The Shiva Trilogy has over 2.2 million copies in print, and gross retail sales of over Rs 60 crores, making it the fastest-selling book series in Indian publishing history. He is one of the topmost Indian authors of the 21st Century and we are confident that his next series too will be a blockbuster bestseller.”
Described as ‘India’s first literary popstar’ by world-renowned film director Shekhar Kapur, Amish’s unique combination of crackling story-telling, religious symbolism and profound philosophies has made him an overnight publishing phenomenon, with spiritual guru Deepak Chopra hailing Amish’s books as ‘archetypal and stirring’.
Amish’s Shiva Trilogy — The Immortals of Meluha (2010), The Secret of the Nagas (2011) and The Oath of the Vayuputras (2013) — has over 2.2 million copies in print with gross retail sales of over Rs 60 crores, making it the fastest selling book series in Indian history.
WESTLAND LIMITED is a wholly owned subsidiary of Trent Limited, the retail arm of the Tata group, the largest diversified industrial group in India. Currently Westland Ltd. is the fourth largest English language trade publisher in India. Being an amalgamation of two companies, East West Books (Madras) Pvt Ltd. and Westland Books Pvt Ltd, it also has expertise in retailing and distribution of books. Westland’s bestselling authors include Amish, Ashwin Sanghi, Devdutt Pattanaik, Ashok Banker, Rujuta Diwekar, Rashmi Bansal, Anita and Harsha Bhogle and Preeti Shenoy among others.