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Be­cause he is one of the coun­try’s most read and cel­e­brated au­thors—his first tril­ogy on Shiva was the fastest sell­ing book se­ries in In­dia. His sec­ond tril­ogy, based on the Ra­mayana, is the sec­ond fastest sell­ing se­ries. He has signed a Hol­ly­wood film deal for the first book of his Shiva tril­ogy

Be­cause his nov­els based on mytho­log­i­cal char­ac­ters have in­tro­duced young read­ers from all so­cial cat­e­gories to In­dia’s an­cient mythol­ogy Be­cause he talks pas­sion­ately about In­dia’s cul­tural and sci­en­tific past, is a dar­ling of the rul­ing BJP dis­pen­sa­tion and has been ap­pointed direc­tor of the Nehru Cen­tre, the cul­tural wing of the In­dian high com­mis­sion in Lon­don

THE RIT­U­ALS OF A WRITER He can write any­where but he needs to play mu­sic and munch on cream bis­cuits while writ­ing. He also likes ev­ery­thing or­gan­ised in his life, even the cur­rency notes in his wal­let are ar­ranged from higher to lower de­nom­i­na­tions

—M.G. Arun, Sh­wweta Punj, Suhani Singh, Kaushik Deka, Prachi Bhuchar, Chinki Sinha, An­shu­man Ti­wari, San­deep Un­nithan, Amar­nath K. Menon, Anilesh S. Ma­ha­jan and Uday Mahurkar

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