Ten years. Nine books. Five million copies sold. The advance of Rs 5 crores per book. Listed in the 50 most powerful Indians by India Today, and among the top 100 celebrities in India as per Forbes India (regularly), Amish Tripathi a force to reckon with.

So who is this force of nature? A mythologist? A master storyteller? A nationalist? An inspiration in himself? Books en Beyond brought its members to face to face with the man behind the incredible Meluhha series, among other bestsellers. Amish took us through his own rags to riches story, where he spoke of his struggles as a writer waiting for recognition. An extraordinary man who believes he is ordinary, Amish is as grounded as he was. Fame hasn’t changed him, and wealth hasn’t altered his nature or habits.

The aficionados who wanted to know the man behind the name were treated to an energetic rapid-fire round full of tidbits of his personal life. Tea over coffee, morning walks over evening strolls, a closet singer who enjoys music, books over web series, and, surprisingly, reading non-fiction over fiction.

Amish has a huge number of young readers who admire and follow him on social media. Talking about his books, Tripathi said his latest novel, ‘Legend of Suheldev: The King who Saved India’, is closely connected to the times we live in. The novel carries a message: Indians cannot be defeated. Whenever we have lost, we have lost to ourselves, Amish said, as he cautioned people against dividing the country.

A jewel in the crown of Books en Beyond author interactions, this session was beyond compare.

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