Yet another brilliant work from Amish. Finished in two days. The book is about 188 pages and has four sections- Religion & Mythology, Social issues, History and Musings. Mostly I liked the Religion and mythology section. But others are worth reading. He connects with readers very easily and I somehow end up agreeing with him. 😃😃. Looking forward to Raavan- The orphan of Aryavarta now.
Between scion of ikshvaku n warrior of mithila, there has been many overlapping narrative. While this can be need to connect dots, it sounded repetitive. Similarly, here as well, many articles/speeches had overlapping thoughts. While that's something expected of multiple articles/speeches, such repetition in complication made an otherwise amazing book, boring.
Thank you for collating such amazing ,thought provoking point of views. I forced my dad who loves history to read the book and after reading the first few articles he has become a bigger fan of yours(especially the one on Inter-faith dailogue ,purpose of God and a calm rebellion). "I'm going to recommend this book to every genuine person I meet" is what he said :) I'm yet to read the musings part and he has already completed the whole book. And now he wants to read the Shiva Trilogy and Ram Chander Series. Yaaayyy.. And I'm happy to oblige as I have 3 of them ready in my book shelf and going to borrow the others from my friends. So thank you for Immortal India. And I'm sure he going to love the other books as well. Happy reading!
As the blurb points out, this book is a compilation of articles and speeches (of Amish) covering myriad topics across history, mythology, social issues, and religion.
The book begins with a section on Religion and Mythology. Amish speaks about his faith, the way he is a devotee of Lord Shiva. Then we get to see his thoughts on Lord Rama, the purpose of God, his thoughts on Divine Feminine and other topics. The article on Lord Rama is my personal favorite, the way he understood Lord Sri Rama is amazing.
The second section of the book speaks about social issues. Amish begins with a piece on LGBT rights in India, then moves on to give his views on the Caste system, religious violence, government, corruption, the way the TV debates are happening in the country, the age of money in which we live and Ancient India’s approach to Charity. I loved his views on each of these topics. My personal favorite in this section is the article on Charity. Here Amish compares the Ancient Indian model vis-a-vis the current one the world is following and tells us as to how and why the former was much better. He also speaks about having focus and the importance of leading a life that is focused on a few objectives. That makes this section is a must-read.
Then we get into the section on History. Amish voices his opinion on the Aryan Invasion Theory and bogey of lies that are being peddled along with it. Then he speaks about the Young Indians, their rebellious nature and his views on it, he speaks about the importance of history, and why we ought to educate ourselves on that subject. Then he speaks about the freedom of expression, the importance of our Vedic learning and a few other topics. I loved the piece on “British Mumbai — Aamch Mumbai,” this speaks about the much-forgotten fact that Britishers were actually smuggling Opium through India and the erstwhile Bombay was one of the centers for this. I also liked the piece that deals with “The Laws that are dividing the country”. Then the piece on Wajid Ali Shah is something one should not miss; it is heartening to know that a Nawab helped a musical tradition to be alive when the nation was under a hostile occupation.
The last section deals with Amish’s Musings, he tells as to what gets him going, why he writes, spirituality & his son, some of the most impactful incidents of life with his Mom, his sister and his wife. He ends the book with a patriotic manifesto where he discusses swadharma vs. the collective greater good.
All in all a fantastic book. The only drawback might be the fact that we see ideas getting repeated, sometimes you read the same content more than once, this could have been avoided. Nevertheless, this is a must read for every Indian.
I have always argued that the best-selling authors must speak about social issues too. Given the amount the following that they enjoy, every word they utter can metamorphize itself into an agent of change. In his speeches, articles and Q&A sessions Amish did speak with a sense of responsibility and gave the right message to his audience.
Taking just the name “Amish Tripathi” is itself self-explanatory and makes you appreciate the revolution and surprise that he brought in the Indian publishing market with his Shiva Trilogy which is still talked as if it got released last week. After publishing 5 fictional mythology books, Amish Tripathi has come out with his first non-fiction work named “Immortal India” which is a short read of less than 200 pages that can be read in a single sitting of less than 6 hours itself. I have been reading Amish Tripathi’s articles as published since his arrival in Indian book industry hence I know his non-fiction writing capabilities and the book wasn’t much a surprise to me. But for the folks who have read only his fiction books will enjoy reading this book by him and appreciate it as much as his fiction books.
Amish Tripathi has shared his newspaper articles, magazine pieces and several speeches that he delivered at best conclaves, debates and public appearances. The best part about all these articles is his straight-forwardness about the issues. Amish Tripathi does not shy away from speaking his mind irrespective of what religion he follows, which political party he endorses and whatever ideologies he believes in.
The book starts with the section- Religion & Mythology in which my favorite articles are about why the author adores Lord Shiva among all the Gods, The Purpose of God, Recasting mythology and the alternate ending of the Shiva trilogy. The next section is about the social issues our country is facing as of now where author has very rightly narrated about how LGBT issue is never said to be criminal in any of our scriptures. Another impactful chapter is about how religious conversion is negative and never churns anything productive out of it. Almost every chapter in this section is unbeatable and the choice of putting them in the book is commendable. The data shared regarding the difference between our country and others tell us about how great we really are and how wrongly we are projected in newspapers.
The section about history is something for which I would like to personally thank Amish Tripathi. He discusses those topics that people aren’t aware about even a bit. The best information for me has been the chapter State vs Centre where author discusses how the decentralized powers are better than a centralized arrangement. And the last section- Musings is the best closure to this non-fictional attempt which brings the readers closer to their favorite author. Overall, this is a wonderful attempt and I would wish to read many more non-fictional works from the author. Amish have stamped his mark even in this genre too. I give this book 4* out of 5. I am not giving it more because the articles are already on the public forum and hence something distinct was also expected from the book. Recommended!
Just the name “Amish” itself is self-explanatory. His prose style is at once cerebral and deeply felt. Shiva Triology, a book close to the heart forever and always, his words made an atheist believe there is a supreme power, lord Shiva existed. Then scion of ishvaku again proved to hit me to the score. The way he plays with words, and narrates feels as though you are exactly there, you get so endorsed in those characters, that keeping the book down is out of question. After almost 5 fictional mythology books, Amish Tripathi has come out with his first non-fiction work named “Immortal India” His articles have always been influential. If you love his fiction, I am damn sure he won't disappoint you in non fiction as well.
He is the only one who does not shy away from speaking his mind irrespective of what religion he follows, or whatever faiths he believes in.
The book starts with the section- Religion & Mythology my favorite article about why the author adores Lord Shiva among all the Gods (as expected from Shiva Triology) The Purpose of God. The next section is about the social issues our country is facing as of now, and the most helpful topic for me. about how LGBT issue is never said to be criminal in any of our scriptures. To write such a thing in the indian society and making people read such brilliant works is highly commendable. Everything about the next section, makes you glued to read more and more.
The section about history is something for which I would like to personally thank Amish Tripathi. He discusses those topics that people aren’t aware about even a bit. And the last section- Musings is the best closure to this non-fictional attempt which brings the readers closer to their favorite author. Overall, this is a wonderful attempt and I would wish to read many more non-fictional works from the author. Amish have stamped his mark even in this genre too. Highly Recommended!