- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Westland Limited (22 June 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9385152149
- ISBN-13: 978-9385152146
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4,499 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ram - Scion of Ikshvaku (Book 1 - Ram Chandra Series): 2015 Edition with Updated Cover Paperback – 22 Jun 2015
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“For anyone who is familiar with the author's previous works, the book meets all expectations, for Amish bends it better than Beckham” - scroll.in
”Overall, Scion of Ikshvaku is a fast-paced, action-packed retelling of the Ramayana. I look forward to the next volume in the series” – Daily O
Like the Shiva trilogy, this again is not a retelling, but rather a complete re-imagining of the original story using the same characters but with fresh perspectives and modern sensibilities” – New Indian Express
About the Author
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 made him an overnight publishing phenomenon, with spiritual guru Deepak Chopra hailing Amish's books as 'archetypal and stirring'.
Amish's Shiva Trilogy — The Immortals of Meluha (2010). The Secret of the Nagas (2011) and The Oath of the Vayuputras (2013) — has over 2.2 million copies in print with gross retail sales of over Rs 60 crores, making it the fastest selling book series in Indian history. His books have been translated into 14 Indian and International languages. His next book, titled Scion of Ikshvaku, the book 1 of Ram Chandra Series, is expected to release later this year.
Forbes Magazine has listed Amish amongst the 100 most influential celebrities in India, three years in a row. He has also received the Society Young Achievers Award for literature in 2013, Man of the Year by Radio City, Communicator of the Year by PR Council of India and Pride of India award (Literature). Amish was also selected as an Eisenhower Fellow, a prestigious American programme for outstanding leaders from around the world.
Amish is a graduate of IIM-Calcutta and worked for 14 years in the financial services industry before turning to full-time writing. He lives in Mumbai with his wife Preeti and son Neel.
From the Publisher
A Conversation with Amish
On the 1st Anniversary of Scion of Ikshvaku, we caught up with author Amish Tripathi to know more about his journey with the book, the first installment in his epic Ram Chandra series. An excerpt from an interview with the author.
Q. How has the last one year been for you?
A: Amish: It has been fantastic. The journey of the Ram Chandra Series began at a LitFest in Mumbai in late 2013. I couldn't make up my mind on which of the subjects in my mind would be the one I'd write my next book series on. Then at this LitFest, someone came up to me and said very rude things about Lord Ram. That upset me a great deal. And I decided to start writing the Ram Chandra Series; I began writing the next day itself. In fact, I had even written an article at that time in Hindustan Times about the incident. And it is good to see that the first step of that journey, Scion of Ikshvaku, which released on June 22 last year, has been well received by readers.
Q. In the book you chronicle Ram’s journey, from a tortured prince to a great king and then a God. You interpret this timeless tale in your own unique manner and style, how did you arrive at the idea?
A: Amish: I believe that all my books are the blessings of Lord Shiva. My interpretation of Lord Ram's journey is based on various different versions of the Ramayan that I have read, mixed with my own imagination and interpretation.
All the books that I have written till now and what I will write in the next 20-25 years are linked to each other. There are clues for all these books in the Shiva Trilogy. In fact, many readers have already decoded many of the clues that were in the Shiva Trilogy and tied up in Scion of Ikshvaku. Many more clues will get tied up in subsequent books.
Q. In your previous series, you have interpreted Shiva a ‘rock star god’, one who appealing to youth because of his daredevil ways and rebellious attitude. Ram on the other hand is quite the opposite, he obedient and dutiful. Why did you pick Ram for this series?
A: Amish: Firstly, I didn't pick Lord Ram. Who am I to do that? As I said earlier, an incident happened which troubled me so much that I decided to write on Lord Ram. Also, I think both Lord Shiva and Lord Ram are cool in their own ways. Lord Shiva is of course a God of the rebels. But even Lord Ram can be seen as a rebel in his own right. For if we live in a society where nobody follows laws and a God comes in saying that we should follow laws, then He too is a rebel in his own way, right?
Q. How is your interpretation of Ram different from that of other writers?
A: Amish: It'll be difficult for me to answer that. I think it's best if you read my books and come to your own conclusion!
Q. Your books essentially humanize Hindu gods, why did you adopt this approach?
A: Amish: I'd love to say that I am being new in doing this. It may make me sound cool. But I am not the first one to write with this approach. This has been a rich tradition in India since ancient times. My books are only a very, very small contribution to this rich tradition.
Q. Looking back, is there something that you would now do differently in the first book?
A: Amish: There are always things that can be improved in whatever one does. So one should have an attitude of listening honestly to feedback and if one agrees with the criticism, then applying the lessons to the next work. But there is no point thinking too much about what could have been done better in something that's already released earlier. One can't turn back time!
Q. You have been lauded for the marketing strategies that you implement to promote your books. What were some of the things that you did differently with Sion of Ishvaku?
A: Amish: We did some very innovative things. The cover of the book was released by Akshay Kumar. We made a very professional trailer film for the book that was launched by Karan Johar and released in cinemas. Amazon worked very well with us to push pre-bookings of the book, along with which special bookmarks were also given. I personally delivered some books on the midnight of the launch. That was fun!
Q. How important are translations in your overall strategy to reach out to a wider audience?
A: Amish: Very important. Of the 3.5 million copies of my 4 books that have been sold, a good 5 lakh of them have been sold in editions of Indian language translations. So I strongly believe that there is a huge market for Indian language translations too. Publishers must translate well, market properly and distribute deeply to tap this market.
Q. Do you have a favorite ‘road story’ from your travels with the book in the last one year?
A: Amish: A funny incident happened in Hyderabad. I had just finished my event. And I was signing copies bought by readers and taking photographs with them. Since the event was reasonably well attended (there were probably 600 to 700 people there), the line for the book-signing was quite long. So one teenager boy went up to my wife, Preeti, who was sitting at a distance, to ask her for an autograph on his copy of Scion of Ikshvaku and a photograph with her. Preeti was obviously surprised. She asked why he want her autograph. So the teenager replied that the line of those waiting for my signature and photos was too long and he had a movie to go for! So he decided that since he can't get an autograph from the author, he'd rather get one from the wife and move on!
Q. What next for you? What will the second book in the series focus on?
A: Amish: I'm writing the second book of the Ram Chandra Series right now. I'm sorry I can't tell you too much about it though!
Q. Who are your literary forbearers, your mentors?
A: Amish: I read a lot; at least 4-5 books per month. And I have been reading at that pace for decades. So there are too many authors I've admired to be able to fit them into this answer. Also, I mainly read non-fiction. So most of the authors I like cannot be mentors in the fiction genre I write in.
Q. Any advice for first time writers?
A: Amish: I would suggest 3 things. First, when you write, write with your heart. Don't care about what critics, publishers or even readers will think of your writing. You can't do market research and write. That corrupts the book.
Second, once you have finished writing and the book is complete, then you need to put your pragmatic hat on and market the book properly. Nothing sells by itself in today's atmosphere.
Lastly, it's always wise to hold down a job and write in your free time. It allows you to pay your bills. And you will not be forced to compromise on your writing for the sake of money.
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Jai Shri Ram
The will definitely turn out to be a great movie. Trust me on this, very few books resonate with the experience with gives you a feeling that lingers in your throat & mind the moment you reach midway across the book.
I felt the same way while reading this. Though a fiction, there have been lots of traces that leads to stark reality accompanied with deep research & explanations.
The way it has been written & the climax which gives a feeling that, the story will make a refined series will undoubtedly touch your hearts.
Moreover, the humor content adds exuberance to the overall book.
Cover is enthralling. It's beautiful, refined & well defined with the plot at hand. I've read both the editions, old & new one & trust me it was worth it. The trident picturesque clearly explains the fantasy & dream aspects that are going to be presented in the book. The way Lord ram carries his bow & shots an arrow is worth watching. The fathom less war & battle cry depicted is just amazing. The soft touch adds another feather to the cap.
At first, the title maynot sound appealing to the ears, but trust me folks never judge a book by its title. Just like the folklore goes, 'never judge a book by its cover.'
The similarity goes undefined in this context as well.
The title goes in apt with the story in hand, well defined with the story written in detail, the explanations given across every segment of the book. Even the minutest detail has been explained with the figment of imagination satiating the curiosity of the readers goes in par excellence of the mature writing exhibited in this book.
Theme consists of gameplay, politics, mystery, suspense, copious amount of humour, change in society, friendship, love, happiness, joy, sadness, war, suffering, humanity, gods, angels, demons, mystical weapons, universal power all inhibited with many other aspects making this book a complete surprise to the new readers.
Story consists of a couple of warriors along with a traction who's none other than the avatar of vishnu who wishes to bring change to the society via waging a full scale war. Fate brought them under strange circumstances when never in their wildest dreams they decided to opt for politics or lust for kingdom . The fate of the humanity rests upon their hands. However, reason being the same the never-ending zeel to bring happiness to others, freeing them from the clutches of evil.
Little did they knew their lives are gonna change because they've been living in an illusion. Because things are not always what we perceive themselves to be. What came next was beyond their feeble imagination.
The book talks about a mysterious mystical epic war. A battle between angels & demons, God & Satan himself, good versus evil, heaven versus hell and so on.
All in the pretext of a common goal to be achieved at a set duration of time. The game may very well change the fate of the world, as it lies in the mere pawns of the game created by nature itself. The embodiment & manifestation of weapons talked about is what makes it all the more interesting to read!
Language is excellent. The choice of words, vocabulary selected in contemporary & in conjunction with the setting. Some touches of American, Britain accent has been retained in some places.
Next comes narration, now here I'm succumbed to loss of words. No words can define the amount of depth, perseverance, research, patience has been entailed in this book that compels the readers to go to the very end to know what happens. The plethora of pain that has been taken to narrate such long epic tale is riveting, retelling & making the readers realise the true meaning of life is worth commending upon. No less that I expect from a debut book to make such an impression & leave such foretelling remark on the mind & soul.
The story of Lord Ram is absolutely amazing.
If you're a fiction lover, sci-fi reader, one who loves being an mythological adventures, watches ramayana then you're simply in for a treat of a lifetime.
Procrastination of the sequel is a sheer torture.
It is a sheer pain to be kept waiting for the next one!
The writer should be tortured and jailed for keeping the readers waiting for second part.
The anticlimactic ending was well anticipated for a sequel to come in the distant future.
Just go for it!
The first chapter begins with the kidnapping of Sita by Raavan in his pushpak Vimaan and death of Jatayu, a naga, who tried to save Sita. The story breaks at second chapter and it narrate the turn of actions that leads to this event.
The narration begins with the battle of Karachapa, in which the unconquerable chakravarti king Dashrath is defeated by the king of Lanka, Raavan. Coincidently, on the same day Ram is born to Kaushalya, the eldest wife of Dashrath. Dashrath is convinced that Ram is born with a bad karma and is a bad omen, as on the day of his birth he lost his battle.
Amish’s has brought all the characters in the book alive with true emotions. The scenes will come vivid from the book, be it Kaikeyi saving Dashrath in the battle field, or Bharath avenging her sister Roshni, Manthara performing the rituals of her deceased daughter, Lakshman risking his life time and again to save Ram, Ram admiring Sita the first time he see her, Sita standing bold in the market place saving a teenage, Urmila crying to join Lakshman in the exile and many more.
Really appreciate Amish’s imaginations of inheriting Draupadi’s swayambar from Mahabharat into Sita’s Swayambar. Hanuman ji did do a guest appearance in this book, who with his men are still on the way locating Ram.
The author has brought into focus many of the social norms like caste system. Why birth should not be important but the actions should be important. He does open debate against polygamy just for political alliance. He has made successful attempt to link the vayuputras, nagas and soamras from his previous Siva Trilogy. I loved this book. This is one of the finest books I read in 2015. No doubt I will recommend this book to all readers.
What I have learned from his writings is that "Birth does not have a role in deciding one's caste. The discipline and their deeds together decide one's caste"
Amish has become a master at mixing fiction with myth and beliefs and he has presented a good start to the series. Looking forward to more books in this. This book won't disappoint you if you thought Amish would present a similar story as that of Shiva's Trilogy.
What is exciting about the book?
- Improvised story line with objective premise. Amish has given good explanations to many mythological phenomena.
- An unemotional viewpoint towards the characters. Amish has maintained an unbiased tone towards the actions of the characters.
- More than enough to keep readers captivated. While it is true that not every secret will be revealed in the book, Amish has thrown many a things for some gratification.
All in all, another bestseller from Amish. It will help provide you another perspective.
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