Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 5:32 pm
Kajol at the book launch of The Oath Of Vayuputras by Amish
Kajol, Shekhar Kapur, Anil Dharkar, Dolly Thakore at the book launch of The Oath Of Vayuputras by Amish in Mumbai on 26th Feb 2013, AMISH LAUNCHES THE CONCLUDING BOOK OF THE SHIVA TRILOGY –‘THE OATH OF THE VAYUPUTRAS’, Mumbai, 26th February, 2013: Amish’s much awaited book ‘The Oath of the Vayuputras’, published by Westland Ltd, was launched today at Crossword Bookstore, Kemps Corner. The last book of the Shiva Trilogy was launched in the midst of huge fanfare along with three special guests – Bollywood actor Kajol, critically acclaimed Indian film director Shekhar Kapoor and celebrated Indian columnist Anil Dharker.
Fans of the series lined up outside Crossword’s Kemps Corner outlet to witness the launch, many of which even flew in from across the country. Setting in the mood were also some ardent fans that came dressed as their favourite characters from the books, fervently chanting ‘Har Har Mahadev’. The launch was also coupled with music and performances from the music album Vayuputras, a compilation of songs based on the book.
Amish’s eagerly anticipated book in the Shiva Trilogy, ‘The Oath of the Vayuputras’ was released with an unprecedented print run of 5,00,000 copies; 3,50,000 of which have already been sold out even before release. The Release Type is Original; priced at Rs. 350.00 it features a Binding Paperback. Imprinted by Westland Ltd it runs with a Page Extent of 600 pp.
The final book of The Shiva Trilogy, The Oath of the Vayuputras talks about how the book evil has risen. Only a God can stop it. Shiva is gathering his forces. He reaches the Naga capital, Panchavati, and Evil is finally revealed. The Neelkanth prepares for a holy war against his true enemy, a man whose name instils dread in the fiercest of warriors. India convulses under the onslaught of a series of brutal battles. It’s a war for the very soul of the nation. Many will die. But Shiva must not fail, no matter what the cost. In his desperation, he reaches out to the ones who have never offered any help to him: the Vayuputras. Will he succeed? And what will be the real cost of battling Evil? To India? And to Shiva’s soul? Discover the answer to these mysteries in this concluding part of the bestselling Shiva Trilogy.
Shekhar Kapur called Amish ‘India’s literary pop star’ while Anil Dharker stated “What we are seeing today is publishing phenomenon.”
India’s Most Loved Actor, Kajol said about Amish’s books “They are really simply written. It’s that kind that interests my daughter and me.”
Speaking at the launch Amish said, “I am excited and slightly nervous for the launch. I hope the readers get the sense of completion from this third book of the Shiva Trilogy.”
Gautam Padmanabhan – Chief Executive Officer, Westland Limited (Publishers of The Shiva Trilogy) – said, “Today I feel a sense of relief that we have distributed 3.5lakh copies across the country to make sure Amish’s third book goes on sale on 27th morning. It is the single largest launch in Indian publishing. However, this is not the end of the road, we expect the trilogy to go from strength to strength. There is a lot of excitement with the book being adapted to a movie and many more things to come.”
Mr. Kinjal Shah, COO, Crossword Bookstores, “The ‘Oath of the Vayuputras’ is by far the biggest launch in the Indian publishing industry and we are delighted to launch it on the Crossword platform. Amish has huge fan following and it shows with the great response we have received this evening. The Shiva Trilogy has grown as one of the most read books in India and the numbers are only increasing. Amish’s writing has captured the audience with a genre like mythology which is incredible. We are confident that the last book of the series will do very well. I congratulate Amish and Westland Ltd. on the launch and we look forward to many more.”
The Shiva Trilogy, is a compelling, fictional tale of a Tibetan tribal called Shiva, whose adventures nearly 4000 years ago, morphed into the mythical legends of the Hindu God Shiva. The first 2 books of the Shiva Trilogy (The Immortals of Meluha & The Secret of the Nagas) have sold more than a million copies within a short period of two-and-a-half years. The books have been released across the Indian subcontinent in various languages, including English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu and Assamese. Additionally, Jo Fletcher Books have bought the English language rights outside of the Indian sub-continent and has published the first book, The Immortals of Meluha, in the UK in January 2013. The book will be released in the US in Summer 2014. The book is also due for release in Indonesia soon.
Amish is a 1974-born, 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. He is passionate about history, mythology and philosophy, finding beauty and meaning in all world religions. Amish lives in Mumbai with his wife Preeti and son Neel.