“Hold your head high; you are in Ram’s kingdom,
Fight for justice; treat all as equal,
Protect the weak,
Know that Dharma is above all.
Hold your head high; you are in Ram’s kingdom.”
Amish Tripathi, an ex-IIM and banker turned author best known for his debut The Shiva trilogy comprising of, The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas and The Oath of the Vayuputras has come a long way. From being turned down by close to 20 publishers, he later on distributed the first chapter of The Immortals of Meluha for free at major bookstores.
In an announcement at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival, the author revealed about his upcoming next series of novels, The Ram Chandra Series. This series too is being published by Westland Ltd., the publishers of The Shiva Trilogy.
During trailing interviews with the bestselling author, he commented, he was “curious to know how the entire battle between Ram and Ravana unfolds”. Interestingly so the subject of this particular series revolves around the Hindu God, Lord Ram.
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“Everyone knows Ram Rajya. The perfect empire where Dharma and Honours prevailed over all. But how did a misunderstood king created a Ram Rajya? How did a tortured prince turned into a great king. And then into a God.” Is what Scion Of Ikshavaku will revolve around.
Why Lord Ram? In his own words, the answer to this question as to what compelled Tripathi to take up this as a subject to the upcoming series lies in the word “Lord” itself. Tripathi recalled how at a Literature festival held in Mumbai, a reader asked him, “why use the word Lord for Ram and it was this simple question that not only troubled him but got him to think deeply and eventually led to the inception of this series. ”
The first book of the four or five part series titled, Scion Of Ikshvaku is set to be released before October 2015. Ikshavaku was the first king of the Ikshvaku Dynasty and founder of the Suryavanshis, a dynasty Lord Ram belonged to. The book will explore the life of Ram.
In several of his interviews, Amish also mentioned another reason for choosing Lord Ram as the subject, “I agree how he treated Sita was unfair, but that was just one aspect of his personality.” True indeed it is not fair to judge a book just by its cover and hence, Lord Ram too just by his one act, he also added, “Ram was called ‘Maryada Purush‘. People erroneously translate this as ‘the perfect man’ when it actually means ‘the perfect follower of rules.”
Scion Of Ikshvaku, was launched with a YouTube trailer video on 23rd January, 2015 and comes with a full-fledged site http://scionofikshvaku.in/ where readers can tune in for news and development on the novel as well as the series.
So bookworms tighten your seat belts and await the rollercoaster ride that unveils itself in, Fall 2015.