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October 21, 2013 / subramanyam

My Take on Meluha Trilogy


          I normally stay away from books which are fictional accounts of Mythology. The reasons are multiple.  Being the conservative person I am and  given my religious views,  I might not really like the fictitious accounts of the authors and the wild and outlandish perceptions and imaginations are not really my cup of tea.

          So when Amish’s “The Immortals of Meluha” entered the market, I did not really go for it. In fact I did not lay my hands on the book till December 2012. Somewhere in November last year, there was this wonderful event in our company where we had to do 3 minute speech on the book that influenced us the most. While most of restricted ourselves to business and technology books, there was this girl, a fresher who spoke about Meluha series and the leadership lessons she learnt from the book. Her sincerity was amazing for she also pointed out the controversies around the book and was advising us to read it in spite that.

          Somehow, that speech made a connect and I picked up the book and here is my take on it. 

Plot and the links to Mythology.

                                Well, this is authors imagination of Lord Shiva and how would things be if he decides to come on to the earth like a normalThe_Immortals_Of_Meluha man. This is not Shiva Mahapuran but a pure work of fiction.  So as long as you read it in that way, there is no harm. However I would strongly suggest that one reads Shiva MahaPuran and understandsthe original story before reading this one.  This is just the imagination of the author. In his plot Amish not just uses the names but also maintains the relationships as is hence if you do not know the story of Lord Shiva and you believe that this is the original story then you would be grossly mistaken.

                                Having said that, I must accept that the Meluha trilogy has a very interesting storyline. (AMISH is blessed with great powers of imagination.) Set up in 1900 B.C. this story is about the empire of Meluha, a nation that’s plagued by a multitude of problems, the people are waiting for Neelkanth a man with a blue throat to come and save them.  Thousands of miles away from them, in the Himalayas Shiva is busy protecting his people.  Is he the NeelaKanth? What are problems that ail Meluha?  Do they ever get solved and what is Shiva’s role in this? Read the trilogy to get the answers. 

                Amish handled the very long story very well, as we read,  we see that the evil/root cause of the problem  is found and is  the-secret-of-the-nagas3brought to justice or at least we think so till the twists  come up take us to a different plane. It makes the read all the way more interesting.  The way various clans and tribes and their lifestyles are described is really awesome.  He describes the life styles of Suryavanshis, Chandravanshis, Vasudev’s, Naga’s ,Brangas, Ganas, Vayuputra’s and many other people in rather a beautiful manner. As we move from Immortals of Meluha to “The Secret of the Nagas” we are in for big surprise , the gripping tale has a solid climax that makes you  impatient till you lay your hands on “The Oath of Vayuputras”(3rd book).  It is in part 3 that a lot of mysteries get unfolded and the final battle to root out the evil begins.  What is the price that Shiva pays for all the good he delivers, how does his journey progress and what does all this mean to Meluhans is something one has to read. Awesome plot and fantabulous imagination.

How was the story told?

                Amish did a good job with the narration, the pace is good and the book is a page turner. You can read it very quickly and enjoy the way the story is progressing.  The conversations appear too modern for a story set up in 1900 B.C. Some people question the language used for Gods, yeah one might feel that inconvenience while reading the books.  The usage of many mythological terms, Mount Mandhar, Agni Pareeksha, Somras , Brahmaasthra, Paashupatashtra etc . can be misleading but again remember that it is pure fiction. so no qualms.  The language is simple, the pace good, the size of the book apt so one is bound to1360924818_482737264_1-Pictures-of--Amish-Tripathi-New-Book-on-Shiva-Trilogy-3-The-Oaths-of-the-Vayuputras-at-Infibeam enjoy Amish’s style of writing.

What did I like ?

                I did not see any malicious intention from the writer’s side as he wrote the book. While writing a book with a mythological backdrop, he did not take any pot shots at the mythological figures, he did not do any character assassination of any one, he maintained sanctity of most of the names he used and did write a book that can be admired.  I liked the approach of the author. Of course I also like the imagination of  Amish. I also liked his eye for the finer details, all this make the books an enjoyable read.

                I also liked the leadership and human relationship lessons told by Amish in these books. Duty minded Ayurvati, knowledge seeking Brihaspati, the duty-filled, honor filled patriot Parvatishwar, Anandmayi, Kali…… awesome characters that aid  Shiva and Sati in the quest of destroying  the evil.  The leadership Shiva displays, the way he breaks certain taboos and rules is awesome. The uncorrupted brotherly love between Karthik and Ganesh, the methodical Parvatishwar’s acts of honor, every instance and  every act teaches us a thing or two.

What did I dislike?

                The language,whether it is the  Gods or common human beings,  some words  just  do not  suit Indians. The conversations were too modern for a story set up 4000 years ago.  Then part 3 appears to be slightly lengthy at times I was feeling that Amish tried covering too many things in too much of a detail in the third book. That apart I donot have much of a criticism for the book.

                To Conclude, a trilogy worth reading, you would definitely like it and yeah do remember that it is not Shiv Mahapuran but a very nice and imaginative work on Lord Shiva by one  of one of the best writers of our generation.  All the best to Amish for his future books.

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  1. Digvijay Anand / Oct 22 2013 12:26 am

    Very well rounded and detailed review… Kudos…!!

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  2. subramanyam / Oct 22 2013 7:46 am

    Thank DJ, Welcome to Satyasurya. keep visiting often.

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