It is no surprise that the literary star of India, Amish Tripathi has won many hearts with his blockbuster selling books. The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas and The Oath of the Vayuputras, which form the Shiva Trilogy had taken all of India by storm and broke the record of fastest selling books in India’s publishing history with sales of over 60 crores. Sure when you see such record breaking statistics, you wouldn’t want to miss out on the amazing work the author produces. So here’s some good news for all the ones who loved the Shiva Trilogy, who are fanatics of Indian culture and heritage and are literary suckers.
Get ready for another amazing book by Amish Tripathi, Scion of Ikshvaku. While the title doesn’t give much away, there certainly is a lot that the book has to offer for everyone who loves a good read. Though the author had been very quiet about this new book of his, after incessant queries he finally revealed the subject of the book saying, “The series will be a fictional interpretation, a fast-paced adventure based on the many versions of the Ramayan, melded with historical theories and my own imagination.” The statement he made reveals that the author is coming out with the Ram Chandra Series, of which Scion of Ikshvaku is the first book and the series will consist of about 4-5 books in total. All the more reason for fans to revel!
Amish officially explained how Scion Of Ikshvaku gets the title. He said, “Ikshvaku was the founder of the Suryavanshi Dynasty, and Ram was one of the kings in the dynasty. In other words he was a young heir, or a ‘Scion’. Hence the name Scion Of Ikshvaku.” The name itself has been decided after much thought so we can imagine how thorough in research the book would be.
While the book is slated for release on June 22, 2015, the book cover has already been released by the hands of none other than our very own superstar, Akshay Kumar. On March 27, 2015 during a press conference, Amish Tripathi revealed the book cover saying, “The cover has many symbolic elements seamlessly integrated into its core, with the intent to maintain the high standards of visual appeal that we have set with my earlier book covers. Many of these symbols on the cover and through the books are clues to my stories for those well-versed with Indian scriptures. Of course the cover has to look good as well! I am very lucky that a fantastic team worked hard to make this cover design to a very high quality standard.”
I guess, we will just have to judge the book by its cover for now which is quite good looking and serves as a great teaser. The bad news is that we’ll have to wait till June to read this much awaited book. The good news is that the book is available for pre-order on many online portals as well as our nearest book stores.
I’m pretty sure from all the information we have so far about the upcoming series coupled with the credibility of the author, this one will probably change the way we’ve looked at Ramayana all along.