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The latest BITSian author on the block

Saturday, November 22, 2008   (0 Comments)
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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.

Vikram studied Maths and EEE at BITS-Pilani. For further details on the book, www.vikramsampath.com

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