Friday, 11 May 2012

The Immortals of Meluha(Shiva Trilogy #1) - Amish Tripathi

1900 BC. In what modern Indians mistakenly call the Indus Valley Civilisation. The inhabitants of that period called it the land of Meluha a near perfect empire created many centuries earlier by Lord Ram, one of the greatest monarchs that ever lived. This once proud empire and its Suryavanshi rulers face severe perils as its primary river, the revered Saraswati, is slowly drying to extinction. They also face devastating terrorist attacks from the east, the land of the Chandravanshis. To make matters worse, the Chandravanshis appear to have allied with the Nagas, an ostracised and sinister race of deformed humans with astonishing martial skills!

The only hope for the Suryavanshis is an ancient legend: When evil reaches epic proportions, when all seems lost, when it appears that your enemies have triumphed, a hero will emerge.

Is the rough-hewn Tibetan immigrant Shiva, really that hero? And does he want to be that hero at all? Drawn suddenly to his destiny, by duty as well as by love, will Shiva lead the Suryavanshi vengeance and destroy evil?

Amish Tripathi

Review :

Felt satisfied that I have read a good book after a very long time.The first book of Shiva Trilogy is a fantastic experience and I suggest everyone to read it as soon as possible. The author has blended fiction and mythology to provide a perfect entertainer . Lord Shiva's portrayal as a rough yet tender hearted barbarian is done with a surgeon's precision.All other characters are well described and they manage to find a special place in the hearts of the readers.

The author has done a good job of integrating all the details known to us about the Indus Valley Civilization and the city Meluha with its perfect rules and regulations invites the readers. I liked the various discussions between Shiva and the Vasudev pandits. The has managed to clear many wrongly understood concepts.His vivid explanation on the drink of Gods - the Somras deserves an applause.The interactions between Shiva and Brahaspathi makes one marvel at the scientist's intelligence.

Positives apart, there are certain areas in the book where the author lacks fire.The Neelkanth character is overdone and it is sad to see even monarchs and learned doctors believe the legend like mad.The character I liked very much was Parvateshwar, who is the only one who asks forgiveness instead of asking excuses. He also stands out in many other places like when he says 'I have opted for life - long celibacy'. Certain places lack pace and make the readers wish it would get over soon. Many mysteries, like who the hooded figure is, why does he try to kidnap Sati without harming her remains unsolved and makes one wait eagerly for the next book.

Overall , a top quality mythology fiction book that makes a fantastic read.

Rating: 4.3/5

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