The much-awaited and anticipated new book from Amish, The Scion of Ikshvaku, the first book in the Ram Chandra series, was launched at Taj Krishna, Hyderabad.Amala Akkineni graced the occasion as the guest of honour and the Mr. K Mohanchandran, Area Director, Hyderabad and General Manager – Taj Krishna, was in conversation with the author. Amish, much to the delight of his admiring fans, answered all queries in his typical unassuming style. Speaking about the book
“It’s my fictional and respectful interpretation of the Ramayan. It speaks of the struggles that Lord Ram went through as he fought to establish the perfect empire.”
Published by Westland, Scion of Ikshvaku, is a mythological thriller that traces the lineage and life of Ram Chandra, often depicted in scriptures as the perfect man. It is another one of Amish’s unique interpretations of myths, history and perceptions about the beginning of the Raghuvanshi race that has played such a significant role in the shaping of Bharat, first as a loosely knit union of kingdoms to the mighty democracy that it is today. Suryavanshi Ikshvaku was the earliest known ancestor of Rama and his son Kukshi is considered to be the progenitor of the Raghuvanshi clan from which Ram is known to have descended.
The book begins with a gripping, short chapter with the abduction of Sita and then goes into a flashback about the marginalization of Dashrath’s Ayodhya, after he lost a crucial battle against Raavan’s demonic hordes. A weakened Ayodhya is led to the next era of its glorious destiny by the coming of age of Ram as he establishes his principles of Ram Rajya and democracy over the Suryavanshi Empire. From the first word onwards the book is a page turner that keeps the reader mesmerized and transports him/her to the ancient world where society was still to establish itself over the barbarism of mankind.
Amish’s Shiva Trilogy — The Immortals of Meluha (2010), The Secret of the Nagas (2011) and The Oath of the Vayuputras (2013) — has over 2.5 million copies in print with gross retail sales of over Rs 70 crores, making it the fastest selling book series in Indian history. His books have been translated into 14 Indian and International languages.
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’.
Forbes Magazine has listed Amish amongst the 100 most influential celebrities in India, three years in a row. He has also received the Society Young Achievers Award for literature in 2013, Man of the Year by Radio City, Communicator of the Year by PR Council of India and Pride of India award (Literature). Amish was also selected as an Eisenhower Fellow, a prestigious American programme for outstanding leaders from around the world.
Amish is a graduate of IIM-Calcutta and worked for 14 years in the financial services industry before turning to full-time writing. He lives in Mumbai with his wife Preeti and son Neel.