Authors: Amish Tripathi
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.
‘I wish many more would be inspired by Amish Tripathi...’
- Amitabh Bachchan, Indian actor and living legend
‘Amish is India’s Tolkien’
– Business Standard
‘Amish is India’s first literary popstar’
– Shekhar Kapur, renowned filmmaker
‘Amish is ... the Paulo Coelho of the east.’
– Business World
‘Amish’s mythical imagination mines the past and taps into the possibilities of the future. His book series, archetypal and stirring, unfolds the deepest recesses of the soul as well as our collective consciousness.’
– Deepak Chopra, world-renowned spiritual guru and bestselling author
‘Amish is a fresh new voice in Indian writing – steeped in myth and history, with a fine eye for detail and a compelling narrative style.’
– Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament and
‘…Amish has mastered the art of gathering, interpreting and presenting India’s many myths, folklores and legends, and blending all of that into fast-paced thrillers that change your views about Gods, cultures, histories, demons and heroes, forever.’
– Hi Blitz
‘Amish’s philosophy of tolerance, his understanding of mythology and his avowed admiration for Shiva are evident in his best-selling works.’
‘Tripathi is part of an emerging band of authors who have taken up mythology and history in a big way, translating bare facts into delicious stories.’
– The New Indian Express
‘…one must congratulate Amish on reintroducing Hindu mythology to the youth of this country.’
– First City
Scion of Ikshvaku
Ram Chandra Series
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Published by westland ltd 2015
First ebook edition: 2015
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To my father, Vinay Kumar Tripathi,
and my mother, Usha Tripathi
Khalil Gibran said that parents are like a bow,
And children like arrows.
The more the bow bends and stretches, the farther the arrow flies.
I fly, not because I am special, but because they stretched for me.
Table of Contents
Om Namah Shivāya
The universe bows to Lord Shiva.
I bow to Lord Shiva.
Rāmarājyavāsī tvam, procchrayasva te śiram
Paripālaya durbalam, viddhi dharma
Procchrayasva te śiram,
You live in Ram’s kingdom, hold your head high.
Fight for justice. Treat all as equal.
Protect the weak. Know that dharma is above all.
Hold your head high,
You live in the kingdom of Ram.
List of Characters and Important Tribes
(In Alphabetical Order)
Military chief of the Malayaputras; right-hand man of Vishwamitra
King of the north-western kingdom of Kekaya; a loyal ally of Dashrath; father of Kaikeyi
Ram’s half-brother; son of Dashrath and Kaikeyi
The Chakravarti king of Kosala and emperor of Sapt Sindhu; husband of Kaushalya, Kaikeyi and Sumitra; father of Ram, Bharat, Lakshman, and Shatrughan
King of Mithila; father of Sita and Urmila
A captain of the Malayaputra tribe; a Naga friend of Sita and Ram
Daughter of King Ashwapati of Kekaya; second and the favourite wife of Dashrath; mother of Bharat
Daughter of King Bhanuman of South Kosala and his wife Maheshwari; the eldest queen of Dashrath; mother of Ram
Trader and ruler of Lanka before Raavan
Raavan’s brother; he is also a Naga (a human being born with deformities)
King of Sankashya; younger brother of Janak
One of the twin sons of Dashrath; born to Sumitra; faithful to Ram; later married to Urmila
The tribe left behind by Lord Parshu Ram, the sixth Vishnu
The richest merchant of Sapt Sindhu; an ally of Kaikeyi
General of Dashrath’s army; one of the nobles
A feared race of human beings born with deformities
Lady doctor attending to members of the royal family of Ayodhya, she hails from South Kosala
King of Lanka; brother of Vibhishan, Shurpanakha and Kumbhakarna
: Eldest of four brothers, son of Emperor Dashrath of Ayodhya (the capital city of Kosala kingdom) and his eldest wife Kaushalya; later married to Sita
Daughter of Manthara; a committed doctor and
-sister to the four sons of Dashrath
Police and protocol chief of Mithila
Twin brother of Lakshman; son of Dashrath and Sumitra
Half-sister of Raavan
: Adopted daughter of King Janak of Mithila; also the prime minister of Mithila; later married to Ram
Daughter of the king of Kashi; the third wife of Dashrath; mother of the twins Lakshman and Shatrughan
Raj guru, the royal priest of Ayodhya; teacher of the four princes
The tribe left behind by Lord Rudra, the previous Mahadev
Half-brother of Raavan
Chief of the Malayaputras, the tribe left behind by Lord Parshu Ram, the sixth Vishnu; also temporary guru of Ram and Lakshman
Younger sister of Sita; the blood-daughter of Janak; she is later married to Lakshman
Refer to inside back cover for map of India in 3400 BCE