The Immortals of Meluha (Shiva Trilogy) Paperback – 24 Jul 2017
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Description for The Immortals of Meluha (Shiva Trilogy)
Today, Shiva is a god. But four thousand years ago, he was just a man. 1900 BC: the once-proud Suryavanshi rulers of the Meluha Empire are in dire peril. The empire's primary river, the Saraswati, is slowly drying up. There are devastating terrorist attacks from the east, the land of the Chandravanshis - and to make matters worse, the Chandravanshis appears to have allied with the Nagas, an ostracised race of deformed humans with astonishing martial skills. The only hope for the Suryavanshis is an ancient prophecy: when evil reaches epic proportions and all seems lost, a hero will emerge...
About the Author
Born on 18 October, 1974, Amish started life as a finance veteran and eventually transformed into a breakthrough Indian author. He made his way on to the bookshelves for the very first time in the February of 2010. He abandoned his 14 year career in finance when the first book of the Shiva Trilogy, the Immortals of Meluha was released and followed it up with the Secret of the Nagas and the Oath of the Vayuputras.
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Storyline: Shiva, a leader and a fierce warrior of a tribe called Guna in the Himalayan mountains, near Lake Manasarovar adjacent to Mount Kailash, who led a simple life, was lured by the advanced civilization of the Suryavanshis from a land called Meluha, in order to lead them to a war against their opponents, the Chandravanshis from a land called Swadweep, under the pretext that Chandravanshis want to destroy Meluha out of jealousy, with the help of Nagas, another deadly clan from down South of India. Meluhans differ from the Swadweepans in their disciplined and organized lifestyle in comparison to the free and conservative nature of their counterparts. Both of them follow and interpret their diety Lord Ram’s principles in their own way. In the process of administering their eternal, exclusive and prestigious drink ‘Somras’ on Shiva, the Meluhans discover that Shiva is none other than their long awaited Neelkanth, who is supposed to be their savior and destroyer of evil, as per the legend they believed in. Shiva falls in love with the widowed daughter (Sati) of Daksh, the emperor of Meluha and gets married to her. In return, Daksh forced Shiva to lead a war against the Chandravanshis led by their ruler Dilipa, after the suspected attack of the former’s great Somras manufacturing facility, by the latter. Shiva after defeating Chandravanshis in a fiercefull war, realizes that they are not at all evil but just different from the disciplined and advanced Suryvanshis. He repents for his mistake of being responsible for the death of so many innocent Chandravanshis, who also believed in the same legend, mentioned earlier, and waiting for their Neelkanth. The book is left open ended when Sati is attacked by a Naga when she accompanies Shiva in Ayodhya, the Swadweepan capital.
Positives: One of the best book series of recent times by an Indian author. A great interest is generated among the readers when one starts reading the book as it pertains to the identity and popularity of Lord Shiva, the highest worshipped God by the Hindus. Anxiety mounts every second as one is driven by interest to know what happens next chapter by chapter. One gets to know the origination of the Somras and its great immortal effects on human body scientifically explained. Terms associated with Lord Shiva and their importance explained with scientific logic like Mahadev, Nataraj dance posture, deadly weapon Trishul, tortoise formation in war etc are worth reading.
Negatives: Might be disturbing to staunch followers of Lord Shiva, that he was once a human being and was subject to all kinds of physical and spiritual emotions just like all of us and could be even be misled by someone else. This book questions the fact about the basic belief in every Hindu whether the Gods that they worship today were once upon a time just humans who have become great by their deeds and virtues
My rating is 3.75/5
I guess I fell for the hype. The only word that describes this book is childish. Tripathi's pen is poor, cliché and predictable. His characters are cartoons, unrealistic and superficial (like taken from a Bollywood movie). Half of the time I was thinking I am reading India-Pakistan war story for J&K.
It just narrates or relates the myths with modern concepts and author's imagination sounds to be very poor and unrealistic. It is like reading history book and relating the ancient things with current world. Shiva or any character in this book is not interested in any logical explanation.....like why on earth Nandi comes to Shiva asking for help....besides who invites/welcomes immigrants to own land when natives are already in trouble.....and Shiva also without seeking for any explanation follows with his own tribe to new place.....i can't imagine like thinking what the author has put this plot.....and author doesn’t bother to give any explanation…..All the time while reading the book…..you have to assume the things…..and read the new relation of ancient society with modern world.
He even tries to incorporate modern concepts like "terrorism" and "mass destruction weapon" in a story based in ancient India! And Neelkanth……OMG…..if that was that important author has taken almost 120 pages to explain….and besides no one ever questions that why Shiva was the chosen one….
Pathetic story…..reading this book is actually irritating yourself….
Maybe (just maybe!) I would only recommend this book to a teenager.
What I loved.
The writing style of Amish Tripathi is commendable. No one can discern that this book is work of an Indian Author. He is conscientious at writing. The use of words and ideas have created magic. If people say him Paulo Coelho of India then no one is wrong. Awesome literary work.
What I didn't like.
The plot. This is one brilliant story if we take away the name of Shiv Ji from there. Shiv Ji wasn't desperate to get Sati.
Shiv Ji doesn't use swear words. Shiv Ji was nonchalant. If this book was a work of fiction then I should say that Amish should have worked a little more on knowing everything about Shiv Ji. At some places I found it offensive regarding Shiv Ji, my Lord.
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