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The Secret Of The Nagas: Shiva Trilogy Part 2

UPDATE:  4th Jan 2011 – KARAN JOHAR via DHARM PRODUCTIONS has bought the movie rights to the SHIVA TRILOGY

Below is the Times Of India report (by Upala K Basu, TNN | Jan 4, 2012, 12.00AM IST)

Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions has landed the film rights of Amish Tripathi’s best-selling debut novel, The Immortals of Meluha. The book had attracted much attention since Amish announced he was on the lookout for a producer to adapt his book. Producers from Hollywood and Bollywood were vying for the film rights, even as his second book in the Shiva Trilogy,The Secret of the Nagas was launched.

Says an insider, “Karan credits the buying to the CEO of Dharma Productions, Apurva Mehta, who had been negotiating for the book rights for months.” The emotional content and the love story between Shiva and Parvati are very strong elements in the novel. Karan will look into finer details, apart from the screenplay. Since it deals with religion and mythology he will make sure that the subject will be treated with sensitivity.

That search has now ended. Says a happy Amish, “I believe that my books are a result of Lord Shiva’s blessings. He is a God who excites intense passions. If one wants to tell His story, it can only be done with intense passion and commitment. And that is what I saw in Dharma Productions towards The Immortals of Meluha. I believe that my book is in very safe hands with Karan and his team.”

Says Karan, “I was blown away with the world of Meluha and rivetted by Amish’s creation of it. I think the book lends itself beautifully for celluloid and we are very excited to promote Amish’s labour of love effectively.” Now the big question is who is going to direct a film of this magnitude from Dharma and which big star will play Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati?

Update: 9th Aug 2011 – The new video trailers for Amish’s adventure fiction  titled The Secret Of The Nagas (which is the second part of the Shiva Trilogy) has just been released! The Shiva Trilogy trailers have now become  a digital media event thanks to the breakout hit of the first part “Immortals Of Meluha”.

Watch the trailers for The Secret Of The Nagas book launch made by ad agency Think Why Not and  film makers Amit Pandirkar and Shibu below.

Trailer 1:  Introducing Sati

Trailer 2:  SOMRAS: The Elixir Of Immortality

Trailer 3:  Introducing The Naga Warrior

Credits:Concept, Storyboard & Scripted by: Think WhyNot Integrated & special thanks to Amish Tripathi for his valuable inputs
Debangshu Kerr — Creative Director
Hrishikesh Pote — Group Art Director
Shalini Iyer, Suruchi Shetty & Shaista Wadhwania — Project Management

A Film By: May Shower Pictures
Shibu Tholath –Producer
Amit Pandirkar — Director
Krishna Banjan – Cinematographer
Harsh Karangale – Music
Annu Poojary – Sound Engineer
Dominic Tholath – Associate Producer
Shirish Bichkar – Production Manager
Harsha Malaney – Asst. Director
Alisha Netalklar – Stylist
Samir Gohel – Art Director
Vijendra Solanki – Compositor
Amit Bankar – 3D artist
Parthsarathi Iyer – VFX Supervisor
Suresh Ghadigaonkar – Offline Editor
Synopsis:

About “The Secret of the Nagas” – The Secret of the Nagas is the second book of the Shiva Trilogy, the sequel to the No 1 national bestseller, The Immortals of Meluha.

Shiva’s hunt for the Naga who killed his friend Brahaspati and targeted his wife Sati, takes him down India’s major river networks, searching for traitors and seeking allies in his war against evil. But evil is rising again, more potent than ever. A whole nation is dying. Another, suffering for no fault of its own. Everyone is suspect: new friends, old allies and even his philosopher guides. At every corner, Shiva finds evidence of Naga activity. A crown prince is murdered. A people held to ransom for a miracle drug made only by the Nagas.

Shiva’s journey takes him across the length and breadth of Swadweep, to the land of the Brangas and further south, deep into the Dandak forest. Shiva searches for the truth in a land of deadly mysteries — only to find that nothing is what it seems.

Book 2 of the Shiva trilogy takes up from the point where Shiva is dashing to save Sati at the end of The Immortals of Meluha. Does he succeed? His archenemy seems to be winning every encounter. All Shiva knows for sure is that the Chandravanshis aren’t evil. But then, neither are the Suryavanshis. So who or what is evil? And who is the mysterious Naga that stalks his family? What does he want? What is The Secret of the Nagas?

To know more, buy the book now on Flipkart !

Below is the much talked about cover of the sequel: The Secret Of The Nagas.

The Secret Of The Nagas - Shiva Trilogy 2

SEQUEL to the bestseller Immortals of Meluha

Here’s a brief summary of the book taken from Flipkart’s site:

Much awaited Book 2 in Shiva Trilogy after the huge success of The Immortals of Meluha

Today, He is a God.

4000 years ago, He was just a man.

The hunt is on. The sinister Naga warrior has killed his friend Brahaspati and now stalks his wife Sati. Shiva, the Tibetan immigrant who is the prophesied destroyer of evil, will not rest till he finds his demonic adversary. His vengeance and the path to evil will lead him to the door of the Nagas, the serpent people. Of that he is certain.

The evidence of the malevolent rise of evil is everywhere. A kingdom is dying as it is held to ransom for a miracle drug. A crown prince is murdered. The Vasudevs Shivas philosopher guides betray his unquestioning faith as they take the aid of the dark side. Even the perfect empire, Meluha is riddled with a terrible secret in Maika, the city of births. Unknown to Shiva, a master puppeteer is playing a grand game.

In a journey that will take him across the length and breadth of ancient India, Shiva searches for the truth in a land of deadly mysteries only to find that nothing is what it seems.

Fierce battles will be fought. Surprising alliances will be forged. Unbelievable secrets will be revealed in this second book of the Shiva Trilogy, the sequel to the #1 national bestseller, The Immortals of Meluha.

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The Immortals of Meluha: India’s first Video Promo for a Fiction Novel

UPDATE – 11 July 2011:  According to Outlook Magazine, within a week of launch, The Immortals of Meluha hit the bestseller charts and within four months, it sold 45,000 copies! Last month, the total sales touched an astounding 125,000 copies (and these are only the legal sales… there are thousands of pirated copies being sold in the streets as well).

These are mind-boggling stats for English fiction sales of the Action genre in India, that too by a débutante author.

Crosswords Book Launch saw 128 books sold the very day, a record for a single bookstore launch. You can now buy the book online here (Free Shipping for India): Flipkart.com

It was selling more than 600 copies a week at Crosswords alone. Probably 1000+ a week if we include Landmark.

For those curious about what “Meluha” means, here’s some light on the region: Indus Valley Civilization & Mehluha

India’s first Video Promo for a Fiction Novel

An amazing new Indian thriller “The Immortals of Meluha” written by Amish Tripathi has used a Video Trailer as a promotion tool which is quite a first in India. Videos are usually the reserve of movies. A Fiction novel? Never seen a video promo for it.  Watch the trailer below:

The background music has been composed by Taufiq Qureshi who is none other than the son of maestro Ustad Allahrakha & brother of tabla wizard Ustad Zakir Hussain!

Those who can’t wait for the book to come in stores, can get a sneak peak here: Chapter 1 download

You can check out reviews here: Mayavi.info and at Shivatrilogy.com

I find it is a sign that Indian writing in English in the thriller/action genre is being accepted by the mainstream. Salman Rushdie, V.S.Naipaul, Vikram Seth, Jhumpa Lahiri and now Aravind Adiga wrote a different kind of fiction. Chetan Bhagat and Shobaa De were pretty successful commercially in India too, but again, no one wrote a successful action thriller. If the preview is anything to go by, this could be India’s first bestselling action trilogy. “The Immortals of Meluha”, the first part of what is known as The Shiva Trilogy will be available in bookstores like Landmark/Crosswords on Feb 28th.

About the book:

“The IMMORTALS OF MELUHA” is the first book in the Shiva trilogy.
It is set in 1900 BC, in what the modern Indians mistakenly call the Indus Valley Civilization. The inhabitants of that period called it the land of Meluha – a near perfect empire created many centuries earlier by Lord Ram, one of the greatest monarchs that ever lived.

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India and China will alter the world: Naipaul

Source: IANS.

Nobel Prize winning author V.S. Naipaul says that India and China “will completely alter the world” although he bemoans there “are no thinkers in India”.

“It’s a rather calamity of India today that there are no thinkers. A big country, a powerful country of a billion people. There are no thinkers in India. What is important today is the economic development of India and China that will completely alter the world,” Naipaul told The New York Times in an interview.

In contrast “nothing that is happening in the Arab world has that capacity”, Naipaul said, adding, “It has capacity for mischief. They are spreading their little wars to Indonesia, the Philippines and all these other places. But that’s just mischief. What’s happening in India and China will bend the world and will change it forever.”

Naipaul, whose writings about the world of Islam and its troubles have been considered prophetic, had a sobering view of the Sep 11 terror attack on America. “What happened on Sep 11 was too astonishing. It is one of a kind, can’t happen again. But in the end it has had no effect on the world. It has just been a spectacle like a bank raid in a western film. They will be caught by the sheriff eventually but they’d raid a few banks,” he said.

On the Arab world he said “intellectually it is a great tyranny. Because it is a tyranny people’s can’t grow intellectually and be on the level of the world they envy. But it has always been like that. Religion has always been a tyranny and it becomes an expression of state power.”

He spoke of his controversial views on Islam with undiminished vehemence. “I became very interested in the Islamic question, and thought I would try to understand it from the roots, ask very simple questions and somehow make a narrative of that discovery,” he said.

He wondered to what extent “people who lock themselves away in belief…shut themselves away from the active busy world?” He said he was also interested in “to what extent without knowing it” they were “parasitic on that world”? He said there were “no thinkers to point out to them where their thoughts and their passion had led them”?

He reiterated his famous observation that as a form of writing the novel is dead. “What I felt was, if you spend your life just writing fiction, you are going to falsify your material,” he said. “And the fictional form was going to force you to do things with the material, to dramatise it in a certain way. I thought nonfiction gave one a chance to explore the world, the other world, the world that one didn’t know fully.”

“I thought if I didn’t have this resource of nonfiction I would have dried up perhaps. I’d have come to the end of my material, and would have done what a writer like Graham Greene did. You know, he took the Graham Greene figure to the Congo, took him to Argentina, took him to Haiti, for no rhyme or reason.”

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