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Those In The Centre Of The National Debate Must Speak Out: Amish Tripathi

Author Amish Tripathi talks about his new book, Raavan, the third in his Ramachandra series, after Ram and Sita.

Those In The Centre Of The National Debate Must Speak Out: Amish Tripathi
Photograph by Suresh K. Pandey
Those In The Centre Of The National Debate Must Speak Out: Amish Tripathi
outlookindia.com
2019-07-21T14:21:48+05:30

Amish, the author who made mythology cool, is a bestselling Indian writer in English whose books have sold five million copies. His new book, Raavan, the third in his Ramachandra series, after Ram and Sita, is the darkest and deals with a complex character. Amish talks about villains in our stories, how India is not proud of its culture and extr-eme religious positions with Satish Padmana­bhan. Excerpts:

There have been so many retellings of the Ramayana and yet its power remains intact. How were you swept by it?

I had heard these wonderful lines—no Indian reads or hears the Ramayana for the first time. We are just born with it. We are a surviving ancient culture and these stories are in our genes, helping us explore them, learn from them, celebrate them. One reason why our culture has remained alive is our tradition of retellings—keeping the soul of...

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