Shiva Trilogy books cross 7 lakh copies & Rs 16 crores in sales!
“The Immortals of Meluha” & “The Secret of the Nagas” continue to top bestseller charts after 2 years
#1 National bestselling author, Amish’s first two books “The Immortals of Meluha” and “The Secret of the Nagas” (part of the Shiva Trilogy) have crossed a colossal print run of 700,000. These widely acclaimed books have featured on the bestseller lists of Nielsen Bookscan, Flipkart, Infibeam, among others and are now at a print run of 749,000 copies.
Very few books in India have been printed in such numbers. Considering the relatively higher average MRP of the Shiva Trilogy, the gross retail sales of both the books is even more impressive at Rs 16.89 crores within just two years of publishing.
Apart from the English edition, Westland Books has also published the Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi editions of “The Immortals of Meluha” including the Hindi edition of “The Secret of the Nagas”.
Within a week of its release, the books hit the bestsellers lists of several magazines and newspapers. The popularity of the books has continued to soar, and even two years later, they remain high on the bestseller lists.
Recently, well-known filmmaker Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions signed an exclusive agreement for the film rights of “The Immortals of Meluha”, generating further interest amongst readers in India. Amish’s third book of the Shiva Trilogy “The Oath of the Vayuputras” is now eagerly anticipated by his massive reader base across the country. It is set to be released by end 2012.
Mr. Gautam Padmanabhan – Chief Executive Officer, Westland Limited (Publishers of The Shiva Trilogy) said, “We are very pleased with the success Amish’s Shiva Trilogy has generated since its release. The first two books of the Trilogy have been instant bestsellers that have taken a path-breaking turn in promoting Indian mythology and spirituality.”
The Shiva Trilogy, (comprising ‘The Immortals of Meluha”,” The Secret of the Nagas” and yet-to-be-published “The Oath of the Vayuputras”) is a compelling tale of a Tibetan tribal called Shiva, who’s adventures nearly 4000 years ago, morphed into the mythical legends of the Hindu God Shiva. Through this fictional adventure series, Amish hopes to convey the philosophies and the spiritual messages of Lord Shiva.
About The Immortals of Meluha:
1900 BC. In what modern Indians mistakenly call the Indus Valley Civilisation. The inhabitants of that period called it the land of Meluha – a near perfect empire created many centuries earlier by Lord Ram, the greatest monarch that ever lived.
This once proud empire and its Suryavanshi rulers face severe perils as its primary river, the revered Saraswati, is slowly drying to extinction. Its people also face devastating terrorist attacks from the east, the land of the Chandravanshis. To make matters worse, the Chandravanshis appear to have allied with the Nagas, an ostracised and sinister race of deformed humans with astonishing martial skills.
The only hope for the Suryavanshis is an ancient legend: ‘When evil reaches epic proportions, when all seems lost, when it appears that your enemies have triumphed, a hero will emerge.’
Is the rough-hewn Tibetan immigrant, Shiva, really that hero? And does he want to be that hero at all? Drawn suddenly to his destiny, by duty as well as by love, will Shiva lead the Suryavanshi revenge and destroy evil?
This is the first book in a trilogy on Shiva, the simple man whose karma re-cast him as our Mahadev, the God of Gods.
About The Secret of the Nagas:
Today, He is a God. 4000 years ago, He was just a man.
The hunt is on. The sinister Naga warrior has killed his friend Brahaspati and now stalks his wife Sati. Shiva, the Tibetan immigrant who is the prophesied destroyer of evil, will not rest till he finds his demonic adversary. His vengeance and the path to evil will lead him to the door of the Nagas, the serpent people. Of that he is certain.
The evidence of the malevolent rise of evil is everywhere. A kingdom is dying as it is held to ransom for a miracle drug. A crown prince is murdered. The Vasudevs – Shiva’s philosopher guides – betray his unquestioning faith as they take the aid of the dark side. Even the perfect empire, Meluha is riddled with a terrible secret in Maika, the city of births. Unknown to Shiva, a master puppeteer is playing a grand game. In a journey that will take him across the length and breadth of ancient India, Shiva searches for the truth in a land of deadly mysteries – only to find that nothing is what it seems.
Fierce battles will be fought. Surprising alliances will be forged. Unbelievable secrets will be revealed in this second book of the Shiva Trilogy, the sequel to the #1 national bestseller, The Immortals of Meluha.
About the Author:
Amish is a 37-year-old, IIM (Kolkata) educated boring banker turned happy author. The success of his debut book, The Immortals of Meluha (Book 1 of the Shiva Trilogy), encouraged him to give up a fourteen-year-old career in financial services to focus on writing. His second book, The Secret of the Nagas has received similar success as its prequel and both the books continue to dominate the national bestseller lists. He is passionate about history, mythology and philosophy. He believes there is beauty and meaning in all world cultures and religions. Amish lives in Mumbai with his wife Preeti and son Neel.