- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books (2 December 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1623651433
- ISBN-13: 978-1623651435
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,28,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Immortals of Meluha (The Shiva Trilogy) Hardcover – 2 Dec 2014
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PRAISE FOR THE SHIVA TRILOGY:
"Compels one to read till the end [and] leaves one thirsting for more."―Business World
"Amish draws from India's rich culture to fictionalize the life of Shiva, the Great God Mahadev, of Hindu theology . . . [A] dense but readily understandable immersion in Hindu culture . . . With a cliffhanger conclusion, this first in a trilogy will appeal to those who enjoy delving into works like The Lord of the Rings or The Chronicles of Narnia."―Kirkus Reviews
"Fascinating"―SciFi Now magazine
About the Author
Mumbai-born Amish Tripathi gave up a highly successful career as a banker following the enormous success in India of his first book, The Immortals of Meluha. Amish is passionate about history, mythology and philosophy, as well as world cultures and religions. He lives in Mumbai.See all Product description
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The novel is a pretty good read though and definitely a look at the world through a non-western lens. I am learning a lot about Hindu mythology, although I am not sure what is part of the standard mythology and what is the novel's own invention.
In Immortals of Meluha, one of the main Hindu gods, Shiva, is actually a mortal human and chieftain of a small tribe in Tibet. He and his tribe are invited by the Meluhans to immigrate into their country, which is peaceful and prosperous, unlike the area where Shiva is from where his tribe is constantly waring with neighboring tribes and struggling for survival. Once they reach Meluha, each member of the tribe is given a medicine which rids them off all illness and confers virtual immortality. In addition, Shiva develops a blue throat indicating that he is of special importance to the Meluhans. A prophecy indicates that he will deliver them from their enemies.
At this point, Shiva is not a god, he's just a regular guy trying to deal with a new culture that has huge expectations of him. The basic question facing him is what is the difference between good and evil?
There are some science fictiony aspects. The Meluhans, while just entering the bronze age, seem to have very sophisticated knowledge of medicine and chemistry. They understand anti-oxidants, for instance. They don't have gun powder or even crossbows, but there is some reference to divine weapons that could even be nuclear.
I'm going to read the next book. I'm interested in where this is going.
The story was compelling enough for me to order the other 2 books, though, and I was intrigued by his use of the neel kanth legend since many of us are awaiting the coming of the neel lohit.
The language and sentences used were very obvious and boring. Also as author tried to narrate Indian mythology in modern context you find it hard to accept the story. We Indians have heard mythology in older context and this is something contradicting and sound absurd. For Example..Gods are suppose to know everything...and its difficult to accept story about SHIVE internal struggles.
However in 2nd half the book picks up very well...the first half was more of build-up and the 2nd is what I really enjoyed. There are few parts of story that really touch heart. My favr scene was the short interaction of SHIVA with old begger in Ayodha who offer his food to Lord Shiva.
Many very good examples where author integrated mythological beliefs into story and explained old myths in scientific way. Like concept of Soma Rass. Advance readers might find story telling bit weak...but its a must read in my opinion. lastly this doesn't propagate Hindu religion but it beautifully describes goodness of Indian Mythology....things that my Grand-mom used to describe. Loved the way Rama character was describes. jai Sri Ram!!!
Amazon...the next 2 books not available in Kindle format????