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Tripathi completes Shiva Trilogy

Amish Tripathi is back with the final book in the Shiva Trilogy: ‘The Oath of the Vayuputras. One thing is sure. There is a lot more in the myths discovered by this man who left his MNC job and held the pen. Close on his heels there are a number of writers ploughing through the scriptures and trying to dig out new stories.

Released on February 27, 2013, through Westland Press, the last piece in the trilogy completes a mythical story about an imaginary land Meluha and how its inhabitants were protected by a nomad named Shiva. Shiva is a prominent figure in the Hindu mythology who is also seen as the destroyer.

Very much in the limelight, Tripathi had his way to runaway success with the first book ‘The Immortals of Meluha’ released in February 2010. It caused a near sensation in the Indian writing world and prompted other authors to jump into the fray. The commercial success forced publishers to think about roping in authors working along the similar lines. For them, it made a commercial sense. And it should be. In addition the Bollywood has also shown interest to feature such stories on the big screen. Maybe, that was the reason Karan Johar, the director of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and other films has bought the rights for ‘The Immortals of Meluha’. Johar also appeared at the launch of the last book. After all, it makes a business sense for the film industry. Movie viewers will also enjoy the new cinema soon.

The success, of course, inspired Tripathi to pen down the second part of the trilogy, titled ‘The Secret of the Nagas’. The books are centered around the Hindu god Shiva’s life. The success of the books paved way for mythological fiction. Tripathi tested this fairly new genre in Indian English. He, however, faced rejections before going for self-published in February 2010.

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