The concept and symbolism of Shiva and the imagery it evokes has been the mainstay of many books and movies before. But nothing beats author Amish Tripathi's Shiva Trilogy, which has not only made it to the bestsellers list but also given him the moniker of 'India's first literary pop star' by Director Shekhar Kapur and his first book is being adapted into a Bollywood movie by filmmaker Karan Johar.
Amish's three books in the Shiva Trilogy are The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas, and The Oath of the Vayuputras, which have sold over a million copies in the Indian subcontinent since 2010. Recently, his last book in the Shiva Trilogy - Vayuputras - was launched with much fanfare across India.
The success of his debut book encouraged him to give up his banking career to focus on writing. The books that he plans to write in the future are also in the areas of Hindu mythology and history. As a writer, he has now created history: In one of the biggest book advances paid to an Indian author, Westland publishers gave Amish close to $1 million as an advance for his next series.
Amish believes that the Hindu gods were not mythical beings or a figment of rich imagination but creatures of flesh and blood, and that they achieved godhood through their karma and deeds. He believes that Vishnu and Shiva are not individual names but titles given to men who are the greatest of leaders that become god-like.
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