Amish Tripathi and back to History with him
Amish has been very famous, perhaps only second to Chetan Bhagat, in the recent years in India. His publications have thrown him to the top of the hierarchy when we talk about the authors who are writing anything other than contemporary romantic novels. One list is headed by Chetan Bhagat at the top and another is led by Amish Tripathi, without a doubt. His novels are from the historical annals of India – Ram, Sita, Shiva and so on... his novels bring historical facts to the modern readers with a newness that attracts the youths and young audience and take them back to Indian civilisational progress and its heroism.
His recent novel in the Ramchandra Series was Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta and this novel brought to him fame and reputation or simply added more to what already exists with him. However, there have been many reviews of this novel that highlight the other sides of Raavan that Amish simply excluded from his novel. Though what he writes is fiction based on historical and mythological evidence, he has to respect the sentiment of the masses when he alludes certain qualities to Ravan and tries to show him in a very good light and make him a figure of the causes that he was not – simply not!
Likewise, in many other novels by him, he ascribes the qualities that were not true or even beyond imagination in terms of fiction. However, his style has been like this always. He tries to attract his readers by telling confusing, complex or fancy facts about Gods, antagonists and other characters coming from popular Hindu epics, Indian history or from the mythology of India. This has been paying off very well for him and he can take things home after publishing his novels. However, the damage that he makes in terms of people's psychology and young readers' confusion, is immense and he should be worrying about the aftermaths of his novels.
In short, if you analyse it in terms of a selling formula or the ways to become a bestseller novelist in India, things are very good in terms of Amish Tripathi's novel doing very well and inspiring others to do the same and many more are truing to copy his style and write novels that come from India's historical perspectives and try to establish a narrative that was never true. However, in terms of long-term impacts on our society, the novels are very unhealthy and this trend may cause irreversible damage to our social conscience or collective thinking. When people ask confusing questions about Ram's morality when he killed Ravan or Lakshman's psyche when he chopped or Surpnakha's nose, you owe to our novelists who have been making heroes out of anti-heroes or proper villains, tyrants and ugly savages. They do owe more than a simple apology to their readers and also us as a society.
India is a complex thought and you cannot be very selective without taking care of the context. You cannot pick one isolated incident from our vast history and try to make Raavan a hero or Ram a villain. You have to take care of a massive, mammoth and philosphical historical sense. Are you ready? Amish?