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'Scion of Ikshvaku' to be 5-6 books series: Amish Tripathi

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Bestselling author Amish Tripathi's new offering "Scion of Ikshvaku" is the first of a five-six book Ramchandra series and explores the life of Lord Ram.

"Scion of Ikshvaku" traces the story of Lord Ram, the son of Dashrath and the founder of what is known as Ram Rajya. A fictional interpretation based on the many versions of the Ramayana, the series is a fast-paced adventure melded with historical theories.

The book talks about the perfect empire where 'dharma' and honours prevailed over all, how a misunderstood king created a Ram Rajya and how a tortured prince turned into a great king and then into a god.

Ikshvaku was the first king of the Ikshvaku dynasty and founder of the Suryavanshis (sun gods), a dynasty Lord Ram belonged to.

"In other words he was young heir, or a 'scion'. Hence the name 'Scion Of Ikshvaku'," explains Tripathi.

The book, published by Westland, will be out some time later but a chapter is now exclusively available on Kindle.

The chapter (number three in the book) was unveiled yesterday here and there was a reading session too by Tripathi and actress Gul Panag.

"I am always experimenting with different and unique ways to engage with my readers. With this exclusive chapter launch on Kindle, I'm hoping to not just engage with my readers but also start a dialogue with a new set of readers and allow them to sample my narrative and hopefully excite them to join me in this journey," says Amish.

Westland CEO Gautam Padmanabhan terms Tripathi as a strong story teller who is extremely focused.

"While writing he is completely immersed and when he finishes his story he gets involved into marketing," he says.

Tripathi himself says follows two phases - writing and marketing.

First Published: Fri, June 05 2015. 13:22 IST