It’s Mahashivratri, and who better than author Amish himself to talk about Shiva and his significance in the present times. Amish, who shot to fame for his human take on Shiva and Sati’s story through his books The Shiva Trilogy, speaks exclusively to News18 on his book and what fascinated him to write on Shiva.
As it happened.
Feb 24, 2017 3:05 pm (IST)
Thanks guys. My apologies that I cd not answer every Q. There were more Qs than we expected. Happy MahaShivaratri! @CNNnews18@News18Movies
News18 Movies: Do you feel like writing anything other than stories inspired from Indian mythology?
Amish: Perhaps sometime in the future. But I think our ancient Indian stories are so cool, that one can spend many lifetimes adapting/writing them
Feb 24, 2017 3:01 pm (IST)
Aravind: Name three books that are close to your heart?
Amish: I read too much to give all-time favourites. But of the recent books I've read, I liked Sanjeev Sanyal’s Ocean of Churn.
Feb 24, 2017 2:57 pm (IST)
Acharya Chanakya: How would you sum up lord Shiva in 140 characters, if you have to?
Amish: Lord Shiva is the entire universe, yaar. How can we confine Him to 140 characters?
Feb 24, 2017 2:55 pm (IST)
Avinash Dulla: What was the hardest scene to write in shiva trilogy? And how long did it take u to write?
Amish: The scene when Lady Sati died. I cried a lot while writing that scene. It was very difficult. I was very disturbed.
Feb 24, 2017 2:53 pm (IST)
Nagesh Pai: Why does Shiva have his registered residence in china?
Amish: He is the only one among the Tridev Who lives on earth. At Kailash Mountain, Tibet. That's what we Shaivites believe
Feb 24, 2017 2:50 pm (IST)
Rohit Omar: Well @authoramish as Narayarn’s abode is in other dimension, i.e. Vaikunth, he is present in Earth in Shiv’s form, that’s what I believe in.
Amish: Fair enough. I respect your views on this. In India, we have the space to allow all Truths to coexist. Ekam Sat Vipra Bahuda Vadanti.
Feb 24, 2017 2:49 pm (IST)
Priyanka Jain: Hey @authoramish @BaahubaliMovie released a poster today. #Prabhas What do you think?
Amish: Rocking poster. I loved the 1st movie. Can't wait 4 d sequel. Need to know: Kattapa ne Baahubali ko kyo maara?
Feb 24, 2017 2:42 pm (IST)
News18 Movies: In Oath Of Vayuputra, there is a mention of Egyptian assassins. What led to their origin in the story?
Amish: In ancient times, there was a lot of interaction between Egypt, India, Mesopotamia etc. The idea came from some things I've read on this
Feb 24, 2017 2:37 pm (IST)
Overwhelmed by the response by the readers! Amish will try his best to answer as many questions possible (Photo: Network18)
Feb 24, 2017 2:35 pm (IST)
Preetha Ramesh: Any difference in the way shiva is perceived in the north and the south of Vindhyas?
Amish: There are different perceptions in every state, in every district. But there is a unifying thought too. Depends on what u want to see.
Feb 24, 2017 2:33 pm (IST)
News18 Movies: Shiva is known as the destroyer? But don’t you think he can be called the god of love?
Amish: Actually, nothing dies in the Universe. It only changes form. The correct way to see it is that Lord Shiva is the transmutor. He changes the form from one to the other. What is destruction for one form, is creation for another.
Feb 24, 2017 2:32 pm (IST)
Prashant Hiremath: Which community does actually represents Mahadev?
Amish: Let's not try to divide God among different groups. That's counter-productive. All of us are in Him and He is in all of us.
Feb 24, 2017 2:30 pm (IST)
News18 Movies: Does Shiva and Sati’s story resonate with the current society we live in?
Clearly it does. In fact, their story has resonated through the ages. That's why the stories are still alive and celebrated today.
Feb 24, 2017 2:29 pm (IST)
News18 Movies: Shiva is known as a masculine god but do you feel he was a feminist?
Amish: In fact, He is known as the ArdhaNareshwara. And He clearly showed that He believes in equality between men and women.
Feb 24, 2017 2:28 pm (IST)
Satya Saraswat: Have you been to Kailash Mansarover?
Amish: Not, yaar. I have visited most Jyotirling temples. But somehow, a plan for Mansarovar has not worked out yet.
Feb 24, 2017 2:27 pm (IST)
Anand Dhulipala: When is the announcement of second book in Ram Chandra Series ? PS :other than soon
Amish: Very soon! But seriously, I'll make an announcement on the 2nd book of the Ram Chandra series soon. In a few weeks.
Feb 24, 2017 2:19 pm (IST)
Amish Tripathi at CNN-News18 office answering questions (Photo: Network18)
Feb 24, 2017 2:17 pm (IST)
News18 Movies: Shiva is worshiped across the country in different forms. Which is the most absolute form of Shiva?
Amish: We Shaivites believe that He is the source of creation. Therefore, His absolutel form is when He is formless.
Feb 24, 2017 2:15 pm (IST)
Jagannath: Which of the Shiva temples have you visited in South India and which one is your favorite?
Amish: I have visited many. Difficult to pick a favourite. Having said that, tell me a place whr Lord Shiva doesn't exist!
Feb 24, 2017 2:11 pm (IST)
News18 Movies: What is the significance of Shivratri in today’s times?
Amish: Too complex for a 140 character answer! But every lunar month has a Shivaratri. And once a year, we have a MahaShivaratri. But it is essentially a celebration of Lord Shiva and all that He stands for.