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After reading ‘Secret of Nagas,’ a Brazilian lady became Shiva worshipper, Brazilian boys came dressed as Shiva chanting Har Har Mahadev!

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Amish Tripathi (Photo: Supreet Kapoor)

Amish Tripathis book series – Shiva Trilogy – is India’s answer to George R R Martins – Game of Thrones series. Shiva Trilogy, which consists of three books – The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas and The Oath of the Vayuputra – has become the fastest selling book series in the history of Indian publishing. While more than 2.5 million copies of the trilogy have been sold, it’s already generated more than ? 70 crores of revenue. The trilogy has gained a cult status and has earned IIM Kolkata alumnus  Amish the tag ? India’s literary pop star. While Shiva Trilogy has Lord Shiva as the main character, Amish is now in the process of writing a series five books, which are an interpretation of the stories of Lord Ram. The first book of the Ramchandra series ? The Scion of Ikshvaku – already been released. In an interaction with Nation Next, Amish Tripathi, speaks about his books, Indian mythology and reveals why IIM alumni are able to market their books well. Excerpts:

Shivas trilogy was a roaring success and now you’re writing the Ramchandra series. Needless to say, there’s a lot of research involved. How much did you research for the Ramchandra series

I have been researching for my books for the last 30 years! I have been reading four to eight books every month since last 30 years. My grandfather was a pundit in Banaras, and both my parents are very religious. In my childhood, a lot of discussions would take place in the household about mythological stories. So, whatever I have learnt in my life is because of my family or because of my habit of reading.

When you wrote the Shiva Trilogy, you used a lot of Sanskrit words like Halahala. In the Ramchandra Series, what are type of religious jargons you’ve used

Tulsidas didn’t write the Ramcharitra Manas in Sanskrit, he wrote it in Awadhi, which was the language spoken and understood by people then, but he also used Sanskrit words. That’s the way I see things; one should write in modern, easy Indian English, which Indians across the states can understand but there are some Sanskrit words, which can’t be translated and they add to the charm of writing style. Even in Shiva Trilogy, I used few Sanskrit terms wherever I felt necessary but the books were basically written in Indian English.

What was your inspiration behind your first book ? The Immortals of Meluha?

The inspiration was the philosophy of ?What is Evil?? that emerged from a family discussion. At first, I thought that I would write a philosophical book. The philosophy turned into a fiction soon, and I thought if I had to convey the philosophy of ‘What is Evil? through a story, then the main character of the book should be Shiva ? The destroyer of evil.

A trailer was released when the last book of Shiva Trilogy was in the offing. You have always actively marketed your book in innovative ways, which is a rare phenomenon among Indian authors

A good book does not sell itself on its own; it needs marketing. I read a lot and I can give you a long list of books, which should have been bestsellers but they are not because they weren’t marketed properly.

What traits are making IIM graduates like you successful in writing?

It’s not that people from IIM are any more creative than other Indian authors. I think the only thing, which makes us different is the marketing. An IIM alumnus more often has a well-paying job. So, hes able to invest a good amount of money in the beginning. Many of us don’t inherit money from our parents, so if one is earning well, hes able to invest it in the book and marketing and that’s why IIM guys become more visible.

Such a hugely successful writer like you had to self-publish your first book…

A publisher has a right to say that he will not back your book with his money, and that’s absolutely fair. But he does not have the right to say that your book will never be published or no one will read it. So, I always tell authors that if the publisher doesn’t back you, to hell with it! You back yourself and publish it yourself! Others have a choice of not wanting to read it. It’s a free country but no one has the right to demoralise a writer by saying that ‘your book won’t ever be published.’

Whats the best compliment you’ve received for your books till date?

The Portuguese editions of my books have been released in Brazil. There’s a Brazilian lady called Friern Hardy, who has become a Shiva worshipper after reading my books. She came down to Mumbai with her family and met me for five minutes. She told me that she got really inspired by Lord Shiva after reading my books. She even went to see the four Jyotirlings, along with her family. That was very touching!

How have your foreign readers received your books

To be honest, I feel that the Portuguese readers tend to get a little more passionate. When the ‘Secret of Nagas’ was launched in Brazil, people came dressed as Shiva, and they were chanting Har Har Mahadeo. It felt really nice and I tweeted the picture as well. The scenario is also different for British readers. For us, Shiva is God, but the Britishers approach the book as a story.

Filmmaker Karan Johar is making films on all of the three books of Shiva Trilogy. In which capacity are you involved with the films

Karan Malhotra (who directed Agneepath) and his wife Ekta are writing the screenplay for the films. I’ll be there as a creative consultant but I’m not involved in the screenplay process. They will run the script through me, and I’ll be there for all the discussions. I’m busy with my next book.

What will be the genre of the film? Will it be a religious mythological film or a regular film?

When I sent my first book ‘The immortals of Meluha’ to different publishers, they all rejected it! They said that the book was religious and the youth wouldn’t be interested in it; so it wouldn’t sell. Some publishers even told me to write about college romance! They told me that they didn’t know how to classify ‘The Immortals of Meluha’ and place it under a genre; and if they couldn’t classify the genre, how would they sell it? I think we shouldn’t bother about the genre. If a film is made with all the heart and passion, it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t fit in any genre. No movie adaptation can be exactly like the novel. If we draw a rough sketch, one page of the manuscript translates into one minute on the screen and my books are 400-500 pages long. If word to word of the manuscript is converted into screen time, it will be a seven-hour long movie! So, obviously some changes will have to be there. As long as the soul of the book is  kept intact, it’s fine.

Do you think films on ancient Indian stories is a good idea in these times

I think ancient Indian stories can be exciting and inspiring at the same time, if they’re adapted in films. Plus, there are a lot of liberal messages that they can give. The biggest social problem India is facing today is the exploitation of women. Now, if you read our ancient stories, you’ll realise that women were revered a lot in those times. If you read the Rigveda, you’ll know that sages were given more importance than the kings. Many hymns in the Rigveda have been written by the then women sages. That was the respect given to women then! So, I feel that if we modernise the ancient stories in films, it’ll be very good for the society and the country.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I like listening to music a lot. I listen to western classical, Indian classical, rock, heavy metal, world music and regional music; especially Tamil music. I just don’t listen to rap music because I don’t understand it and it’s not music according to me. I like travelling as well. I and my wife travel a lot together in India and abroad. I love spending time with my family as well.

What would you like to say the youth of today?

Take the decision from your heart while deciding your destination, but use your brains to decide upon the road to the destination. I resigned from my well-paying job after my second book and I did it only when I realised that my royalty cheque would be bigger than my salary cheque. Before that for five to six years, I balanced life between writing my book and doing my job. One may call it boring, I call it pragmatic.

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Just because you don’t like Mr Modi doesn’t mean India is under threat: Harish Salve | Interview




Radhika Dhawad | Mumbai

Harish Salve

Senior advocate at Supreme Court, former Solicitor General of India and King’s Counsel Harish Salve, in an exclusive interaction with Nation Next, speaks about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Prime Minister late Indira Gandhi, recent gruesome murder of Shraddha Walker involving her boyfriend Aftab Poonawala, Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA) and much more!

Corrigendum: In one of the questions during Mr Harish Salve’s interview, interviewer mistakenly quoted former Chief Justice of India Justice Sharad Bobde, saying, “Constitution is under threat.” Justice Bobde never made this remark. We sincerely apologise to Justice Bobde and the audience for committing this mistake. Inconvenience caused is regretted!

Watch the full interview here: 

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Bet you didn’t know this about superbike ‘Dodge Tomahawk’




Avani Arya | Reporter : Shamanand Tayde | Nagpur

The superbike Dodge Tomahawk is the world’s most expensive bike which costs ₹35 cr. Know some interesting facts about it in the video.

बाइक के दीवाने भारत में ही नहीं दुनिया भर में लाखों  हैं और सभी की नजर रहती है सबसे तेज दौड़ने वाली बाइक पर. india में भी महँगी bikes खरीदने के लोग दीवाने है. आपने देखा होगा कि filmstars के पास भी महँगी -महँगी bikes होती है, जिनकी कीमत करोडो में होती है. लेकिन आज हम एक ऐसी bike की बात करेंगे, जिसकी कीमत कई cars से ज्यादा है. इस bike की कीमत 35 करोड़ रुपए से ज्यादा है, यानी Mercedes जैसी कई cars इस बाइक की कीमत में खरीदी जा सकती है. इस बाइक का नाम है Dodge Tomahawk . इस बाइक को खरीदने के बारे में आम आदमी सोच भी नहीं सकता .  India में जो भी bikes बिकती है, वो कितनी भी sporty और अच्छी हो, उसकी कीमत लाखों में ही होती है, बहोत कम ही या कहे न के बराबर bikes की कीमत करोडो में होती है. इसलिए   Dodge Tomahawk bike कुछ ख़ास है. आईये जानते है इस बाइक से जुड़े कुछ Interesting facts.  

इस बाइक की इतनी स्पीड है कि आप लोग सोचने पर मजबूर हो जाते हैं कि दौड़ रही है या उड़ रही है. दुनिया की सबसे तेज बाइक का ताज इसके सिर है. यह सुपरबाइक 672 किलोमीटर प्रति घंटे की स्पीड से दौड़ सकती है. जो कि हैरान कर देने वाला है. इस बाइक को 15 साल पहले non-street legal concept के तौर पर मार्केट में पेश किया गया था.

Dodge Tomahawk नाम की इस सुपरबाइक को 2003 में North America के इंटरनेशनल ऑटो शो में पेश किया गया. जहां इसके डिजाइन को लेकर यह काफी पसंद की गई थी.  Dodge Tomahawk में 4 wheels है, दो आगे और दो पीछे दिए गए हैं.

Dodge Tomahawk सुपरबाइक 2 सेकेंड से भी कम में 0 से 60 किलोमीटर प्रति घंटे की speed लेती है. बाइक में 8.3 लीटर वाला वी-10 SRT VIPER इंजन लगा है जो इसे 500 एचपी की पावर देता है. यह सुपरबाइक 712 nm  और 4200 rpm  का torque जनरेट करती है.

इस बाइक की कीमत करीब 35 करोड़ रुपये है . इसलिए इसे खरीदना हर एक इंसान के लिए पॉसिबल भी नहीं है. आपको इस बारे में जानकर shock लगेगा कि इसे सिर्फ दुनियाभर में 9 ही लोगों ने खरीदा है.

तो यह थे Dodge Tomahawk सुपरबाइक के बारे में कुछ Interesting Facts

Script by – Shamanand Tayde

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Special Court grants bail to ex-Home Minister Anil Deshmukh’s son in money laundering case




Radhika Dhawad | Mumbai

Special Court grants bail to ex-Home Minister Anil Deshmukh’s son Hrishikesh Deshmukh in money laundering case

Special Court granted bail to former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh's son Hrishikesh Deshmukh on Monday. 

Anil Deshmukh

In a major development, Special Court granted bail to former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh’s son Hrishikesh Deshmukh on Monday in an alleged money laundering case. Hrishikesh, who was arraigned as an accused in the chargesheet, was granted bail after a special court designated to hear cases related to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) recorded his appearance.

He had filed an application through his advocate Aniket Nikam after appearing before the court and requesting the same to accept his appearance and grant him bail.

Hrishikesh also pointed out that the accusations in the ED’s case were confined to the alleged acts of omission and commission by his father in his capacity as the former home minister from January 2020 to April 2021. The plea also cited that the former home minister had already been granted bail in the case by the Bombay High Court. 

The court had in February this year issued summons to Hrishikesh after ED submitted its complaint (chargesheet) in the case.

Bombay High Court granted bail to NCP leader Anil Deshmukh in October this year in the same case. While Deshmukh had secured the bail in the ED case, he remains in custody in connection with the CBI case registered against him in April last year.

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