Ever wondered how Gods achieved Godliness? Whether they were born great or achieved greatness or greatness was thrust upon them? Well.. Here is Amish’s take on that and an interesting one too.
The year is 1900 BC. The legendary Suryavanshi Empire, founded by Lord Ram is at the height of its powers. Yet it is torn by conflict with its neighbour, the Chandravanshi Kingdom and fraught by deadly terrorist attacks by the Nagas, the evil tribe. The empire is desperately waiting for the saviour, the incarnation of Lord Rudra who will come to fulfil the legend of Neelkantha. Is Shiva, the young leader of the Guna tribe from Mount Kailash the Neelkanth? Will he be able to save an ancient civilisation from extinction?
Well.. I don’t want to go further into the story for the fear of revealing the mystery. But I must admit that Amish’s interpretation of the legend of Shiva is an appealing one. He has concocted a perfect blend of mythology, history and mystery. The plot, making generous use of the mythological events is neat, well scripted and full of surprises. It is refreshing to read a book that separates mythology from the religion and tries to concentrate on the circumstances that may have been behind the events. I think Amish has set a precedent for a new genre of books that draws on India’s rich traditions and legends. Foreign authors have done it successfully and I hope Indian authors will also follow suit.
On the flip side, the language played a bit of spoilsport. It lacks the finesse that I would have loved with such a novel plot. The depiction of the places and events- cities, palaces, temples, battles could have been much more grandiose. But then you don’t always get everything that you wish for. Do you?
Overall, a definitely readable book. I especially liked Amish’s interpretation of Har Har Mahadev!. I feel Shiva Triology has the hallmarks of a successful movie franchise if landed in the hands of right director.
P.S. If you are reading this book and enjoying it right now, please keep the second book “The Secret of the Nagas” handy with you. The Immortals of Meluha ends very abruptly in a precarious deadlock situation and if you don’t have the next book at hand, the wait can be agonising.
Thank you for reading. I appreciate your time.
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