Amish Tripathi (born 18 October 1974) is the Director of the Nehru Centre in London and a columnist, and author. He is very well known for his books The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas, The Oath of the Vayuputras, Scion of Ikshvaku, Sita: Warrior of Mithila, Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta and Legend of Suheldev: The King Who Saved India. The Shiva Trilogy was the fastest-selling book series in Indian publishing history while the Ram Chandra Series was the second fastest-selling book series in Indian publishing history. In 2017, Tripathi launched his first non-fiction book, Immortal India.
Tripathi in 2015
|Born||18 October 1974|
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Occupation||Director of Nehru Centre, London|
|Alma mater||Cathedral & John Connon School, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, IIM Calcutta|
|Spouse||Preeti Vyas (divorced)|
Amish's 8 books have sold over 5.5 million copies in the Indian subcontinent since 2010. Forbes India has regularly ranked Tripathi among the top 100 celebrities in India. He was listed among the 50 most powerful Indians by India Today in 2019. He is also the first author in Indian publishing history to have all 6 of his fiction books simultaneously in the top 10 of the HT-Nielsen Bookscan national bestseller list for 4 weeks in a row.
Early life and educationEdit
He worked for 14 years in the financial services industry, in organizations such as Standard Chartered, Development Bank of Singapore, and IDBI Federal Life Insurance before turning to become an author.
The Immortals of Meluha, Tripathi's first novel and the first in the Shiva Trilogy, was published in February 2010. The second book in the series, The Secret of the Nagas, was released on 12 August 2011, and the third and final installment, titled The Oath of the Vayuputras, was released on 27 February 2013.
The Scion of Ikshvaku was released on 22 June 2015. It is the first book in the Ram Chandra Series. It follows the story of Ram and is a prequel to the Shiva Trilogy. The Scion of Ikshvaku won the Crossword Book's "Best Popular Award". Sita: Warrior of Mithila, the sequel to The Scion of Ikshvaku, was released on 29 May 2017. It opened at #1 on the national bestseller lists and became the highest-selling book of 2017. Raavan: The Enemy of Aryavarta, the third book in The Ram Chandra series, was released on July 1, 2019. Legend of Suheldev: The King Who Saved India, his first historical fiction book and the first book in Indic Chronicles was released on 20 June 2020.
Tripathi released his first non-fiction book, Immortal India, in August 2017. It is a collection of his writings, such as articles published in various newspapers, speeches he wrote, debates he took part in, and select interviews at public forums.
Tripathi's novels have been translated into many languages, including Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati, Assamese, Malayalam, Marathi, Kannada, Estonian, Spanish, Portuguese, Indonesian, Polish, Czech, French, and Odia. Tripathi supports the translations, saying:
I genuinely believe that five years from today, we will have a situation when other languages will account for higher sales of books than in English. That is the big change happening in publishing where readers are taking pride in their own culture. Another comparative example would be television, where regional language channels garner more TRPs.
All of Tripathi's books (released and planned) are on religious topics. Being an atheist in his youth, Amish returned to faith while writing his first book. His grandfather was a Sanskrit scholar and a Pandit in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Tripathi says that he gathered most of his knowledge of Hindu theology and religion from his grandfather and his religious parents. He believes that "religiosity and liberalism go hand-in-hand in India". Sandipan Deb, former Executive Editor of Outlook and Editor of Financial Express, writes of the philosophical depth of Amish's books: "Through all Amish’s books flows a current of liberal progressive ideology: about gender, about caste, about discrimination of any kind. And what I believe separates him from the horde of Indian writers who have jumped on to the mythology bandwagon after Shiva’s (Shiva Trilogy's) success, is his historical research."
Awards and recognitionEdit
- Listed among Top-50 Most Powerful People by India Today (2019)
- Honorary Doctorate by Jharkhand Rai University for outstanding contribution to Art & Literature (2019)
- Hello Hall of Fame Awards for Literary Excellence (2019)
- Jashn-e-youngistan Award (2018)
- Ustad Bismillah Khan Award (2018) for contribution to Indian culture
- Kalinga International Literary Award (2018)
- Distinguished Alumnus Award (2017) from IIM - Calcutta
- Forbes Celebrity 100 List (2017)
- Raymond Crossword Popular Fiction Award for his book Scion of Ikshvaku in (2016)
Ram Chandra SeriesEdit
- Scion of Ikshvaku (2015)
- Sita: Warrior of Mithila (2017)
- Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta (2019)
- A book will come to finish the series. As all of them ended on Kidnapping of Sita.
The Immortal Writers' CentreEdit
- Immortal India (2017)
- "About Amish". Author Amish. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
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- "Amish Tripathi - Forbes India Magazine". 30 October 2013. Archived from the original on 30 October 2013.
- "Amish Tripathi - Forbes India Magazine". 16 December 2013. Archived from the original on 16 December 2013.
- "Amish Tripathi - Forbes India Magazine". Forbes India.
- "Amish Tripathi - Forbes India Magazine". 21 January 2016. Archived from the original on 21 January 2016.
- "2017 Celebrity 100 - Forbes India Magazine". Forbes India.
- "2018 Celebrity 100 - Forbes India Magazine". Forbes India.
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- "Amish Tripathi | IIM Calcutta". www.iimcal.ac.in. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
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- "New feather in the cap: Amish Tripathi becomes director of Nehru Centre in London". The Economic Times. 21 June 2019. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
- Molekhi, Pankaj (12 September 2010). "Amish Tripathi finds peace with religion through mythology" – via The Economic Times.
- September 3, Utpal Kumar/Mail Today; September 3, 2017UPDATED:; Ist, 2017 12:13. "The answer to religious extremism lies in religious liberalism, says Amish". India Today. Retrieved 20 June 2020.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
- Deb, Sandipan (30 June 2015). "Why Amish is special". Livemint.
- "Jharkhand Rai University (JRU), Ranchi". Jharkhand Rai University (JRU), Ranchi.
- "Hello! Hall Of Fame Awards 2019: Photos and the complete winners list - Times of India". The Times of India.
- "Tweet". twitter.com. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
- Admin, India Education Diary Bureau (30 May 2018). "Prestigious Kalinga International Literary Award 2018 to Amish Tripathi, Kalinga Literary Award 2018 to Padmaj Pal, Kalinga Karubaki Award 2018 to Nirupama Rao".
- "Distinguished Alumnus Award | IIM Calcutta". www.iimcal.ac.in.
- December 1, Indo-Asian News Service; December 1, 2016UPDATED:; Ist, 2016 18:42. "Amish Tripathi, Twinkle Khanna & Ruskin Bond win Crossword Book Awards". India Today.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
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