Amish Tripathi is still overwhelmed by the response his books have got. He seems to have struck publishing gold with his Shiva trilogy The Immortals of Meluha,The Secret of the Nagas and The Oath of the Vayputra. With a Rs 5-crore deal for his next trilogy,Amish sometimes does find the sudden change a bit hard to comprehend. However,he is aware of the pitfalls too. One book flops,and I will have to go back to my banking profession, he says ,seated at The Indian Express office in Nariman Point. Across the world,non-fiction books have a bigger market because they have already mastered the art of narration. We need to adapt to that if our books have to be page-turners, he says.
Amish started writing his first book while he still had a day-job. It is only when I got my royalty cheque after the second book that I became comfortable with the idea of quitting my job to become a full-time author, he says. When Amish started writing,he had made character sketches of his main protagonists and also read a lot of self-help books. However,none of this helped. He had to eventually resort to music. But,Amish has had his share of critics too. His language has been quoted to be too simple and the books have been dissed for the number of grammar and typo errors. Amish says,I take full responsibility for it. The best part about being a human is you can learn from your mistakes.
A creative advisor for Dharma Productions adaptation of The Immortals of Meluha,he is also writing his next trilogy. This time,however,he will find a different protagonist than Shiva,he says.