Author Amish Tripathi joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on his book 'Shiva Trilogy 3: The Oath of the Vayuputras'.
Q. Why did Shiva break his word to Vayuputras? Was this not a deviation from the character that has been depicted of him that the is always true to his words ? Asked by: Karthik
A. Yaar, if I answer this I'll be spoiling the book for those who haven't read the 3rd book... May I take a rain check on this question?
Q. I am a great fan of you...Do you want people to read your books as a act of fiction or a book developed on facts with your imagination? Also another question is, I liked all your 3 books and last book was more on philosophical side. Any deliberate attempts to make it more philosophical or it was pre designed that way? Asked by: Sriram
A. Thank you so much! I always tell people to read my books as fiction. I cannot claim that it's the truth. Only Lord Shiva knows the truth... As far as the philosophies are concerned, they are the core of my books. So I guess they always end up getting embedded in various conversations.
Q. When and what can we expect from your next series? Will that be Mahabharata as you have mentioned in the epilogue? Asked by: Karthik
A. I haven't decided what my next series will be as yet. And I'm not sure that it will be the Mahabharat either. Right now I'm still busy in the promotions of my third book. So I'll start thinking about this only a few months later.
Q. Hello, how do you define the Concept of God? Asked by: Srikar
A. Wow! I like the question. But it will be difficult for me to answer this question within this character limit. Check out my speech in the India Today Conclave, where I have answered this question. A link has been put up on my facebook page: www.facebook.com/authoramish.
Q. First of all Hearty Congrats on coming up with such amazing books. Now for the question which book or material has been the main source of information for you to come up with these books. I know the book is part fictitious but which book did you refer for the facts part. Asked by: Krishna
A. The historical portions have been drawn from non-fiction books e.g. the flow of the Saraswati has been drawn from the works of Michel Danino. But the story itself is fiction - it has been inspired from my understanding of the Puranas, especially the Shaivite Puranas. The philosophies are largely from the Vedas and the Upanishads. But inspiration has also been drawn from the scriptures of other religions.
Q. Hello Amish, My god!! I became diehard fan of your writings, it's fascinating. I've completed all 3 books, fantastic, really doubt, whether some other can do this. Just tell me, how did you managed to balance the belief, myth and fiction, because any slips would really result consequences. Asked by: Sathish (TN)
A. Thank you. As for how I did this, my genuine answer is it's Lord Shiva's blessings. He guided me - I just followed Him...
Q. How did you feel.... when a legend like SRK mentioned he had read your book... when he was asked question about it on KBC and any personal memories with SRK? Asked by: saurabh
A. I felt awesome! SRK is one of the biggest stars in Indian history.
Q. Do you believe in God and Religion? Asked by: Shobana
A. Yes. Very deeply. I respect all religions and Gods. Having said that, I do not judge atheists who choose to not believe in God. That is their prerogative. All of us have a right to our paths, as long as we don't try to force out chosen path on someone else.
Q. So, you are said to be India's literary pop-star! :) you made mythology cool. what next? Asked by: Rita
A. Who am I to make mythology cool. It was always cool. My books are only a small contribution to a very rich tradition. As for what is to follow, I haven't decided as yet. It will take a few more months for me to be sure.
Q. This is Sriram again, Thanks for answering my previous question ! ! this is out of pure curiosity, I see many management grads (esp from IIM) turning into great authors, story tellers, self help writers. Does management education added that value or its the peer group or you guys too bored of work and want to be more venturesome? Asked by: Sriram
A. Can't answer for others. But as for me, I didn't choose writing. I didn't even want to be a writer when I was young. I think the profession chose me...
Q. If you have to suggest books of the genre of Shiva Trilogy which book would you suggest. And if you don't mind sharing which is the book that you are currently reading? Asked by: Krishna
A. I'm reading a book called Tao Te Ching right now. It's on the philosophies of Lao Tzu. I'll also strongly recommend the Land of the 7 rivers by Sanjeev Sanyal. I just finished reading it and in my opinion, it's one of the best books of the year
Q. Will Shiva trilogy be justified if it is adapted to a film? Your opinions? Asked by: Rimo
A. I'm sure it will be adapted well. Karan Johar and his team have a lot of passion for this project and I'm sure that they'll make a movie that is worthy of Lord Shiva.
Q. Meluha had caught on like forest fire... I remember even the non-readers were picking up the book.. did you expect such a response? and what do you have to say about the fan following today? Asked by: Rita
A. Yaar, I didn't even expect the book to get published. So this is a dream for me! Also, I don't have fans, I have readers...
Q. How does it feel leaving a successful career and running after uncertainty? Asked by: IIM student
A. There is uncertainty everywhere in life... Which part of life doesn't have it?
Q. Which Mythology books inspired you to take up Shiva as your theme ? Asked by: Senthil
A. I have read most of the myths of Lord Shiva. But I had known of these stories for as long as I can remember since I grew up in a very religious household. I think it was Lord Shiva's blessings that the knowledge that I had emerged into a story.
Q. How do you honestly feel when people say your writing is simple. You take it as complement or hate it? Asked by: Amit
A. Ancient philosophers said that philosophical truths are very simple. The search for complexity is either driven by ego (to make yourself feel intellectual) or by insecurities. But am I simple enough? No. I have a long way to go. I still haven't got as much of a control on my ego as I should.
Q. What question would you ask Lord Neelkanth if he appears before you even as you type these answers? Asked by: Karthik
A. But Lord Shiva is always with me!
Q. When something right happens, people say its due to hard work but when wrong happens people say god isn't kind to you....how will you define the divine power. Asked by: sumit
A. Divine power is something that exists within you. You have to discover it. That is your purpose.
Q. What acted as a push to write this amazing storyline? Should be something Asked by: Priya
A. The push and inspiration was (and is) Lord Shiva.
Q. Be it god of puranas or common man of today's world, we are all involved in a moral,physical war or some kind of war or fight. Weapons,ideologies etc have changed but the basic thing is same i.e fight. what do you say sir? Asked by: Srikar
A. I agree. The fact that we are alive means that the debate is on. Good & Evil are in perfect harmony only in 2 moments - the moment of destruction and the moment of creation.
Q. Don't you think your book promotes smoking weed among public? Asked by: Sunil
A. No I don't think so. Smoking weed is bad for your health and you shouldn't do it.
Q. Did you realize that the 3rd book stretched beyond a point ? But it was still awesome to read. Asked by: Senthil
A. :-) It was long, yes. I'm glad you liked it
Q. You, Ashwin Sanghi and Ashok Banker have written mythology with a different take. Kudos for that! Asked by: Rita
A. Thank you. I'm a fan of Ashwin's and Ashok's books.
Q. Amish, what a book. Reading books was not my hobby, until a friend recommended "Immortals of Meluha", after that I have become an addict. Thanks for the wonderful experience. 1 question: Looking at my enthusiasm, my mom is too interested in reading the Trilogy, but she does not know English, will you be publishing the Trilogy in Malayalam? It will be a success for you as Keralites believe Parushuram was the one who created Kerala. So please publish the book in Malayalam Asked by: Adarsh
A. My publisher is working on a Malayalam translation as well. I'm not sure of when it will release but you can keep track of news on www.facebook.com/authoramish and on my twitter account (@amisht). And yes, I've aware of the legend of Lord Parshuram and Kerala. It is something I intend to use in another story...
Q. Are you seeing acceptance by the staunch believers as well? Have you had an encounter in which someone may not have agreed with your writings. Asked by: bhawna
A. There are many who like it and some who don't. But the beauty of India is that if you do something with love and devotion, others will respect your right to find your own path. I think anyone who reads my books, whether they like them or not, will certainly agree that the books have been written with love and devotion towards Lord Shiva.
Q. As an Atheist, Religion was invented to oppress women rights and to stop superior men from doing extraordinary things. so, What's your take on religion? Asked by: Kaushik
A. There are pro-women and anti-women interpretations in all religions. It's the duty of us religious liberals to propogate the pro-women interpretations. Even the Manu Smriti says that the Gods will abandon the land where women are not respected.
Q. @ Amish: Wow you answered my question, thanks for that. And I will be waiting for the book on Parashuram. Another question: What will be your advice to youngsters (not that you are not an youngster)who are running away from family life and god in search on money? Asked by: Adarsh
A. I'm certainly not a youngster. As for chasing money, nothing wrong with that. The ancients had the concept of Purushartha, where you had to achieve balance in dharma, kama, artha (money) and moksha to live a fulfilled life. The point is of balance. Do not chase money to the exclusion of other parts of your life
Q. Amish, I am your fan and thanks for giving us The Shiva Trilogy. What's your other hobbies? Asked by: Amit
A. I love reading, traveling, listening to music, spending time with my family.
Q. Sir, haven't you been too practical in approach while writing this trilogy? Asked by: RANJIT
A. Really? I don't think so. What makes you say that?
Q. It was a good series. Especially the analogy between Daiviastras and the Nuclear weapons. I was bit shocked when you made Sati as a widow whereas the history we knew made Shiva the widower who later marries parvati. Asked by: Karthik
A. This must be debated. Perhaps the story came to me in this manner because Lord Shiva wanted to say that we must respect widows. Having said that, think of the name of Sati ji's 1st husband - it's Chandandhwaj. Chandan is many times taken as a colloquial name for moon. And dhwaj means flag, but in ancient times also meant mark. Who else has the moon as His mark? Lord Shiva. That's why He is also called Chandrashekhar. So the name was picked such so as to say that it was Lord Shiva Himself. Having said that, all of us right-thinking Indians must oppose the way widows are treated in India. They MUST be treated with respect. That's what Lord Shiva is telling us.
Q. Does India need a Shiva in current times? Do you see someone rising? Asked by: Kailash
A. Lord Shiva lives within all of us. We have to find Him
Q. Sir, once again its me... In all your novels , I see so many analogies with present day scenarios... I cant stop thinking that way? Did you think that wya while penning the book? Asked by: Sriram
A. Yes I do. There are issues which trouble me and I guess they come out in the books.
Q. Now that Shiva has attained Cult status (:P), any idea of recreating other Gods? Asked by: Senthil
A. I must say that I have not created a cult. The cult of Shiva always existed. My books are only a very very small contribution to His glory. And yes, I do have stories on various other Gods and insha'allah, I'll write all of them.
Q. Are you planning to write any other genre of books other than mythology? Asked by: Sunil
A. At this point of time, all the story ideas I have are all in the history/mythology space...
Q. Hi Amish, the trilogy gives a feeling that gods were great men. But isn't it better to follow great men rather than worship them as gods?? PS: Me being an atheist has not influenced the question. Asked by: Vivek
A. :-) We're saying the same thing actually. Check out the speech I made in the India Today Conclave on this topic. I spoke on it in detail. The video is available on my facebook page: www.facebook.com/authoramish
Q. Would it be right for me to say that the book is the best effort to familiarize the gen next with Indian mythology? Asked by: Vivek
A. My books are only a very small contribution to a very rich culture and history. Let's not make it more that.
Q. The questions does not seem to stop so does the answers. Since the series was on Shiva-Hindu god, did you find any Muslim or christian readers? Not sure if books and art has religion! Asked by: Adarsh
A. Many of my readers are Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsees etc. And to me this shows the essentially secular spirit of most Indians. We are very religious and proud of our own religions, but we also know to respect other religions.
Q. Stories on various other Gods.. This is getting really interesting! Waiting for them to unfurl Amish! Asked by: Senthil
A. Thanks. Hope you like them when they come out.
Q. I read the 3 rd book in two days.. somewhere i still feel that few secrets are still not revealed..the plot was awesome but the ending was not that satisfactory... would like to know more about what about sati's dream and all.. Asked by: Akanksha
A. I'll have to give away some spoilers to answer this question. But let me tell you one thing. Not all questions are meant to be answered. Some are supposed to be thought over...
Q. Hi Amish, you have done a great job aligning the mythological characters and the events in a sensible way. In reality each of the character and the events represent a hidden truth..But as a reader I was completely fascinated by the trilogy.....congratulations.... Asked by: Govindh
A. Thank you so much. It's all Lord Shiva's blessings.