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 turned him into an Indian publishing phenomenon, with spiritual guru Deepak Chopra hailing Amish’s books as ‘archetypal and stirring’.
Amish’s 6 books till now — The Immortals of Meluha (2010), The Secret of the Nagas (2011) and The Oath of the Vayuputras (2013), which collectively comprise the Shiva Trilogy, and Ram – Scion of Ikshvaku (Book 1 of the Ram Chandra Series) (2015), Sita – Warrior of Mithila (Book 2 of the Ram Chandra Series) (2017), and Immortal India – Young Country, Timeless Civilisation (Amish’s first non-fiction book) (2017) — have 4 million copies in print with Gross retail sales of Rs. 120 crores.
His books have been translated into 19 Indian and International languages.
The Shiva Trilogy is the fastest selling book series in Indian publishing history. The Ram Chandra Series is the second fastest selling book series in Indian publishing history, with Ram – Scion of Ikshvaku, (Book 1 of the Ram Chandra Series), being the highest selling book of 2015 and Sita – Warrior of Mithila (Book 2 of the Ram Chandra Series), being the highest selling book of 2017. Immortal India – Young Country, Timeless Civilisation, Amish’s first non-fiction book has been on the bestselling charts since its launch in August 2017. The Indian language translations of Amish’s books have sold over 5 lakh copies, breaking records in this space as well.
Amish is a graduate of IIM-Calcutta and worked for 14 years in the financial services industry before turning to full-time writing.
Check out the video and know Amish’s journey towards becoming a literary pop star of the country. Familiarise yourself with the benchmarks his books have set in the history of Indian literature and hints at what is coming next!