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The Immortals of Meluha: The Shiva Trilogy: Book 1 Hardcover – December 2, 2014
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PRAISE FOR THE SHIVA TRILOGY:
"Shiva rocks!" —Times of India
"Compels one to read till the end [and] leaves one thirsting for more." —Business World
About the Author
Kolkata-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.
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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????
1)Premise of the novel is fascinating & very thought provoking.
2)The pace of the plot is just right.Not too slow,not too fast(Like Chanakya's chant).
3)The plot itself is not cheesy.It has some serious muscle to it.At no point I felt like I was reading the script of a bad bollywood movie.
I had bought this novel along with Chanakya's chant back to back in the same week.And,I could tell clearly where Chanakya's chant novel dropped the ball with respect to this one.
Amish has got some serious talents required for a good fiction writer,who can churn out some deadly novels.This is where Ashwin Sanghi(Writer of Chanakya's chant) clearly lacks and it shows.I feel Ashwin can be a better bollywood script writer than a novel or fiction writer.A novel requires lot of detail in every page without ever boring the reader.
In my opinion,get this book.Worth it!
I had heard a lot of positive reviews of this trilogy, and decided to pick it up when I found it in the Kindle ebook format. The author has done a pretty good job of "humanizing" Shiva, and seems to have set a decent stage for the next book, where I suspect the real action will begin (I haven't read that book yet).
PROBABLY A SPOILER:
The author also has an interesting take on the societies of the Suryavanshis and Chandravanshis. IMO, both societies do not fulfill the principles of a true Utopian "Ram Rajya", i.e. the Suryavanshi society is almost Dystopian, while the Chandravanshi society is almost anarchaic / chaotic. I use the word "almost" because in spite of the flaws in these societies, citizens of both appear to be highly contented, which is uncharacteristic of true Dystopian and Anarchaic societies. The author has presented the duality of these two societies in a fairly simplistic and easy-to-understand manner, which is quite commendable.
The book is fairly easy to read, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in an alternative take on Indian mythology. It might help readers knowing a bit about traditional Indian mythology in advance, to truly appreciate how the author deviates from it.
There are quite a few spelling errors in the book - not sure if that's there in the original print publication, or if it is true for the Kindle format. If not for this, I would've given it 4 stars.
Overall: I am looking forward to reading the next book in the trilogy.
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