The Shiva Trilogy
The Immortals of Meluha
My Rating :*****
This is the first book in The Shiva Triology series written by Amish Tripathi. It’s a historical Indian Mythological book. Author has used some of the same characters and places and written an story of his own and given an entirely different view for some beliefs. I have struggled to write a review for this because however I put it, it won’t give justice.
I first read this book in early 2012 or late 2011,even before second and third book was released. I just went in blind as I was looking for book escape. Next I noticed what was going around me after I completed this book. It got me hooked to the core. I saw more details of author post that and pre-ordered other 2 books n finished with in 2- 3 days of its release. I reread this again few days back. Keep all your thoughts aside and get immersed in Meluha.
Blurb from good reads
Now getting into this, what’s so good about this book? As I told earlier author has used many mythological characters, beliefs and places.
According to Author, Lord Shiva was just an human long long ago. It’s about Shiva’s Journey from human to supreme god. The ideology of author may not be same with our views. However in this case I liked his view point.
Some explanations I adored
2) Explanation for HAR HAR MAHADEV — it literally gave me goosebumps
3) Shiva being fierce warrior, consumate dancer and being called him Neelakanth( more about Neelakanth in 3rd book- oath of Vayuputras)
4) Nandi and Bhadra always being associated with Shiva
5) Explanation of civilized society
6) Formation of Trishula — wonderful
I m trying not to reveal too much here. All other characters are distinguished and distinct very well like Captain Nandi, Sati, Bhadra, Bruhaspati, General Parvateshwar, Emperor Daksha, Kritika, Ladi Ayurvathi. You will love this jovial, humorous Bhadra, charming Kritika, loyal Nandi and beautiful Sati.
I loved the explanation of temple and his talks with Pandit. Writing style and language is excellent. His journey in accepting his destiny and in search of evil is spellbound.
Some quotes of this books which I liked are
1) person’s ethics and character are not tested in good times. It is only in bad times that a person shows how steadfast he is to his duty.
2) Their exists a potential god in every single human being
3) There is no bystander in Dharmayudh
4) Good and evil are two faces of same coin
Author has tried very well to maintain the attention of readers throughout the book. It’s cliffhanger and wonderful last chapter builds up. You will be charmed by this chillum smoking, flamboyant Tibetan immigrant Shiva.
Enjoy.. Happy reading