Vikram Sampath was recently in his hometown of Mysore to
launch his first book “Splendors of Mysore: The untold story of the
Wodeyars.” His book would be launched
at a function at the Raj Bhawan in
Bangalore where his Excellency the Governor of Karnataka
would be presented with the first copy.
He began his journey, uncovering and understanding the
Wodeyars, at the age of 12, when the Mysore bug’ bit him for the
first time. He was inspired to go through the not-so-hard ordeal as
he claims by the faulty depiction of the Royal House of Mysore in
Sanjay Khan’s ‘Tipu Sultan’. What ensued was a 15-year thorough
scrutiny of every record and source available on the subject and the
results are there for your perusal in a bookstore near you soon.
“History has its own contradictions, multiple
interpretations, and is as analytical and reasoning based as any
science. I don’t find what I pursued and what I studied all that
different,” he says, when asked about his varied and contradictory
passions. “I have the upper hand, at not being biased and having no
baggage to carry, I have a better chance at narrating a story as it
actually was better than any historian,” he adds.