27th December 2012, Mumbai: Renowned filmmaker Karan Johar, and Amish, the bestselling author of The Immortals of Meluhaand The Secret of the Nagas, unveiled the cover of the much anticipated 3rd book of the Shiva Trilogy, The Oath of the Vayuputras. The concluding book of the Shiva Trilogy is set to be released in early March, 2013.
Also gracing the occasion was Gautam Padmanabhan, CEO, Westland Ltd, the publishers of Amish’s books, and Rashmi Pusalkar, the designer of the cover of The Oath of the Vayuputras.
The Shiva Trilogy (comprising The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas and the yet to be released The Oath of the Vayuputras) has been one of the most successful book series in the history of Indian publishing. It has sold almost a million copieswithin a short period of two-and-a-half years, with gross retail sales of approx Rs 22 crores. The books have been released across the Indian subcontinent in various languages, including English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati and Telugu.
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.
Speaking on the occasion, Karan Johar said, ‘Amish’s books have always had a fantastical visual element to them and his book covers reflect that beautifully. They are rich in symbolism and meaning, while remaining stunning to look at.’
Amish added, ‘I think Rashmi, the designer, has done a superb job with the cover of The Oath of the Vayuputras. She has managed to bring in many symbolic elements seamlessly, while ensuring that this cover maintains the high standards of visual appeal that she set with the covers of my earlier books. I’m lucky to have her as the cover designer of my books.’
Mr. Gautam Padmanabhan – Chief Executive Officer, Westland Limited (Publishers of The Shiva Trilogy) – said, ‘Westland is delighted to be publishing Amish’s Shiva Trilogy. It mines our grand Indian heritage and makes our ancient philosophies and stories relatable to a whole new generation.’