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THE IMMORTALS OF MELUHA – AMISH TRIPATI

What we call in modern world as Indus Valley Civilization, it is then called the ‘Meluha’ which was created by Lord Ram, one of the greatest Kings this land had ever seen. The inhabitants are called the Suryavanshis. They are disciplined and live by principles (the birth of laws) and it is considered a model life style. This proud empire is now facing a lot of perils. The River Saraswati is drying up; they face war horns from the Chandravanshis, who had now formed alliance with the Nagas, who are extraordinarily skilled war men and have deformed bodies.

The Suryavanshis,are driven by their old prophecy that says that a hero will emerge when everything falls out of place and when enemies seem to win. The hero is potentially called the next Mahadev. They set out in searching for the hero and find a man from Tibetian mountain named Shiva.

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Will Shiva be able to address and solve the impending perils? Will he do this for his duty and love he has for Sati?

This is what this book is about. However, we do not get all the answers in this book. But, this is the first book in the installment of Shiva Trilogy. This book went on to become one of the best selling Indian books worldwide. The world that had seen Shiva as the destroyer, as a superhuman, the supreme power, this book provides a critical insight about what makes a ‘Shiva’. This depicts Shiva as a human with deep and sensitive insights, that changes him into a Mahadev.

The book provides us with all the mythological stories we hear about Shiva, yet in a completely different perspective. The rational ideas and out-of-box thinking of such a sensitive subject itself is a bold move by the author. In a country like India, where religions remain as the major source of impact in our lives, Amish’s version of story might have created a havoc if not delivered properly (This can be known from the number of rejections he faced for publishing this book).

Personally, I was able to enjoy the book thoroughly. I had been well versed with the mythological aspects of Lord Shiva. The way the author had inserted those myths intelligently into his story silently persuades us to accept his perspectives. It is true that one may find to understand the terminologies, the names of persons and places a bit difficult. But the story soon makes us familiar and takes us along with it. The story is fast paced and thus keeps the reader in edges through every page. The book also provides a long annexure that consists of meanings and references of each terms that we do not use in daily life. That had come as an ample support.

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Characterisation of the already-known characters are very relatable and acceptable, yet the character seemed to be bi-dimensional at times. Nevertheless, it doesn’t greatly affect the story. The story is led like a proper detective story. The author had weaved the plot in between all the characters that we tend to mistake and blame every character for a problem. This book is unfinished (since it is a trilogy). It has interesting twists and turns that we are yet to get answers for.

For a debut author, this book is one of the best debut one can get. Taking such a complex topic and yet doing all the justice possible is not an easy job.

This book particularly makes the reader to rethink the legend we’ve heard all along. Though we know it is a fiction, we still can’t escape the vibrance and the aura of Shiva in the book. Even as a human, Shiva seems to be totally different from what people are. The reader is able to imbibe and understand his character as the author has portrayed.

This book thus was an inspiration to me that all humans can be god, provided that they have that passion and drive to discover that part of them. Personally, I had always liked Shiva and this book had given me a different perspective and a different angle from which I see him today.

“A man becomes a Mahadev, only when he fights for good. A Mahadev is not born from his mother’s womb. He is forged in the heat of battle, when he wages a war to destroy evil. Har Har Mahadev – All of us are Mahadev.” – This is what ‘The Immortals of Meluha is all about”.

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