The author shares his inspirations, favourite books and what to expect from his Ram Chandra series
It was much-anticipated and quite expected. When Amish Tripathi announced at the recent Jaipur Literature Festival that his next series would revolve around Lord Ram, our first thought was, ‘but of course’.” Since then there’s been a flood of information: a harsh comment about Lord Ram at another literature festival had triggered the idea (“I was so upset by it, this is my reply”); the first book of the Ram Chandra series, Scion of Ikshvaku, will come out by October this year; and the marketing will be extremely innovative—much like the video trailers that launched his Shiva Trilogy.
“I already have the entire story and the ending in mind. I just need to figure out how many books the series will have—definitely more than three,” smiles Tripathi, who is re-reading popular works like Valmiki’s Ramayan and the Ramcharitmanas, along with lesser-known versions like the Sri Ramayana Darshanam in Kannada, as part of his research.
Meanwhile, what does he read for fun? The author who has stated that he reads between four and eight books every month (“I’ve been doing this for decades”), says “I am interested in ancient myths of all cultures, and I read them all—from Indian to Khemit and Hellenic.” But currently on his bedside table is BR Ambedkar’s Who Were the Shudras?
Surya Praphulla Kumar