"I'm not a historian, just a writer," retorts Amish Tripathi, author of the famed Shiva trilogy. An IIM-Calcutta graduate with an undiminished love for mathematics, Amish says he respects history but that mythology offers wider reading in country like India. On why he chose Lord Ram as his 'novel' god, he says Ram is looked upon by most 'dharmiks' as 'maryada purushottam' or the most lawful man and that's one reason for the book. He says India lost its liberal charm 1500-2000 years ago and introduced casteism, which mirrors today's elitist mentality. He also says that a person should be judged by his/her 'karma' and not by his caste. He ends this interview on a humorous note saying the actual fiction he indulged in was when he worked for a multinational company doing their insurance papers.