Amish Tripathi is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. Although he originally wanted to be a historian, Tripathi initially chose a career in finance because he couldn't afford the former. He worked for 14 years in the financial services industry, in companies such as Standard Chartered, DBS Bank and IDBI Federal Life Insurance, before starting his writing career.
The Immortals of Meluha, Tripathi's first novel, was published in February 2010. It is the first book in the Shiva Trilogy. The second book in the series, The Secret of the Nagas, was released on 12 August 2011. The third installment, titled The Oath of the Vayuputras, is expected to be released in late 2012. The trilogy is a fantasy re-imagining of the Indian deity Shiva's life and adventures.
The Immortals of Meluha in Gujarati was the best seller Gujarati novel of the year 2012.
The Immortals of Meluha and The Secret of the Nagas, the first two novels by Tripathi, have been commercial successes. As of August 2012, more than 749,000 copies have been sold.