Amish Tripathi

Amish Tripathi at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017

Amish Tripathi, is a best selling Indian author, known for his novels ‘The Immortals of Meluha’, ‘The Secret of the Nagas’ and ‘The Oath of the Vayuputras’. The three books collectively comprise the Shiva Trilogy, a mythical fantasy based on Lord Shiva.

‘The Immortals of Meluha’ was a bestseller, that broke into the top seller chart within a week of its launch.

The Immortals of Meluha by FGLF 2017 participant Amish Tripathi

The manuscript for ‘Immortals’ was written over a 5 year period, whilst Amish held down a full time banking job – “mostly during home-to-office commutes” – and was rejected by more than 20 publishers claiming it would never appeal to India’s youth.

Deciding to self-publish together with his agent, ‘The Immortals of Meluha’ was released with a print run of just 5,000 copies. To hook readers, Tripathi gave out sample chapters for free, got shops to display posters and uploaded a promo trailer on YouTube. The first book by the new author and small publisher hit the bestseller lists within a week. The rest as they say … is history.

The Shiva Trilogy has become the fastest selling book series in the history of Indian publishing, with 3.5 million copies in print and over Rs 70 crore (Rs.700,000,000) in sales.

The Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathi at FGLF 2017

The Shiva Trilogy books have been translated into English (South Asia), English (UK), English (US), Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Gujarati, Assamese, Malayalam, Kannada, Estonian, Spanish, Portuguese, Bahasa Indonesian and Oriya.

Amish is currently busy with the Ram Chandra Series, the first book of which, ‘Scion of Ikshvaku‘, was released in June 2015, and revealed by the author at the Jaipur Literature Festival.

The Scion of Ikshvaku by Amish Tripathi at FGLF 2017

‘The Scion of Ikshvaku’ traces the story of Lord Ram, the son of Dashrath and the founder of the Ram Rajya. It is a gripping tale of a perfect empire, where ‘dharma’ and honor prevail, how a misunderstood king created a Ram Rajya, how a tortured prince turned into a great king and ultimately into a God.

A fictional interpretation based on the many versions of the Ramayana, the series is a fast-paced adventure melded to historical theories.

Amish is currently working on the 2nd book of the series.

Amish originally wanted to be a historian, however, he chose a career in finance because he couldn’t afford the former.

He worked for 14 years in the financial services industry, in companies such as Standard Chartered, DBS Bank and IDBI Federal Life Insurance, before starting his writing career.

The author’s wife, Preeti Vyas, is credited as being the driving force behind the marketing of his books. It was Preeti who suggested that bookstores offer free copies of the opening chapter of ‘The Immortals of Meluha’ to customers. The strategy got readers to return, buy the book and make Immortals a bestseller within a week of its release. Amish and Preeti were college sweethearts and met in 1990, standing in line for their ID cards at Mumbai’s St Xavier’s College.

Amish looks back at his journey from banker to bestselling author at INK Talks in 2012.

Amish Tripathi has been awarded the Society Young Achievers Award for Literature in 2013. He has recently been listed as one of India’s “New Icons” by the DNA newspaper in its eighth anniversary special.

Other Notable Awards include : Communicator of the Year Award 2014; Man of the Year 2013 by Radio One; Pride of India 2014; India’s First Literary Popstar 2015; and 50 Most Influential Young Indians. Forbes India has ranked him among the top 100 celebrities in India four times in a row, in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.


Amish Tripathi at FGLF 2017

Don’t miss Amish Tripathi’s events:

LITERARY DINNER: Amish Tripathi on his Shiva Trilogy.

  • Day 2: Thursday, January 12 2017
  • Time: 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

IN CONVERSATION: Amish Tripathi on The Shiva Trilogy.

  • Day 4: Saturday, January 14 2017
  • Time: 2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.