Amish Tripathi is a recognized contemporary Indian fiction writer best known for writing The Shiva Trilogy. His debut novel, Immortals of Meluha, made a record-breaking sell within a few weeks of its launch making him an internationally acclaimed Indian author.
Amish Tripathi was born on 18 October 1974 in Mumbai and grew up near Rourkela, Odisha. He is an alumnus of St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. Between the time Tripathi gave up being a historian to becoming a full-time author in 2014, he had been working the the field of finance at multiple companies, most of which were of the IDBI Group. The foundation of the smart marketing strategies Tripathi used to promote his books was laid during his time as a marketing and product management professional.
His first novel, The Immortals of Meluha, was published in 2010. The re-imagination of the legend of Shiva is set in the land of Meluha. The story moves forward with the arrival of the protagonist, who helps the Meluhans against evil forces. Shiva’s journey teaches him a valuable lesson and shows him his destiny. The book received rave reviews from critics all over India and paved way for the sequels; The Secret of the Nagas and The Oath of the Vayuputras. The Shiva Trilogy became a huge commercial success acquiring the status of the most rapidly sold books in Indian history. The trilogy has been translated into 14 different languages. Moreover, Dharma production of Indian cinema has recently bought the film rights for The Immortals of Meluha.
Tripathi’s novels have been translated into a number of languages, including Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati, Assamese, Malayalam, Marathi, Kannada, Estonian, Spanish, Portuguese, Indonesian, Polish, Czech, French and Odia.
Amish Tripathi believes that he had interpreted Lord Shiva’s story with devotion and respect, and thus the trilogy has not been seen as controversial. To his surprise, he was even advised to “create a controversy” so as to create more buzz and eventually boost sales. Anyway, Tripathi’s first book entered the top seller chart within a week and the Shiva Trilogy made him India’s fastest-selling author, with more than 2.5 million books sold.
- The Immortals of Meluha (2010)
- The Secret of the Nagas (2011)
- The Oath of the Vayuputras (2013)
- Ikshvaku Ke Vanshaj (Hindi)
- Ram: Scion of Ikshvaku (2015)
- Sita: Warrior of Mithila (2017)
- Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta (2019)
- Legend of Suheldev: The King Who Saved India (2020)
- Immortal India (2017)