Monday, September 5, 2011

Intriguing pages

Avid readers quizzed Amish Tripathi on his writing and philosphy during the launch of The Secret of Nagas

The launch event of Amish Tripathi's second book, The Secret of the Nagas at Landmark recently was absolutely packed with fans of his Shiva Trilogy.

It wasn't just that every seat was taken, or that shoppers paused to listen to the author speak; it was how knowledgeable the audience members were about the books, and how vociferous they were in their praise of the series.

The book, which is a sequel to Amish's hit debut novel the Immortals of Meluha (2010), has already climbed to the top of Indian bestseller lists, and the two books between them have had a print run of three lakh. The trilogy is the author's take on Indian mythology, based on a simple premise — what if Lord Shiva had once been one of us, a tribal living 4000 years ago? — and it's clear that it has struck a chord with Indian readers.

“Thanks for creating a Shiva I can identify with,” said one fan. Another thanked the author for openly opposing the Aryan invasion theory: “I'm so happy to find someone in the mainstream willing to proclaim the fact.” (Amish called it a “nonsense theory” during the event.)

Full report here Hindu

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