The Immortals of Meluha: Book review
By: Manas Chaturvedi
The Immortals of Meluha. Debut novel of the trilogy series by a debutant author, Amish Tripathi. Bestselling book of the year 2011 in India, selling more than 125,000 copies. Instant success. A possible movie in line with the plot in plan.
All this hype and success was enough for me to buy this book and go through what thousands of readers were talking about. And I was not disappointed. I am already on the second novel of the trilogy series, The Secret of the Nagas, as I write this. This review is being written for those who haven’t yet got a chance to read this amazing piece of mythological bestselling fiction.
What was once your life is now your legend.
Before I start to write this review, I would like to make one thing straight. This book is not based on religion, God or any other philosophy related to religion, nor is it written for religious readers. I, myself, am an atheist, and a proud one. This is a mythological fiction book, and even though you are a ‘non-believer’, you will still enjoy this trilogy series.
The story of this book revolves around one of the most revered and worshiped Gods in Hinduism, Lord Shiva. The whole plot of this book is centered around Lord Shiva. The story is circled around 4000 years ago, when Lord Shiva, or simply Shiva for now, was a normal village tribesman who led his small tribe of the Gunas located at the foor of Mount Kailash in Tibet. The Gunas lived a normal life suited for a small tribe. Until one fateful day, the Gunas, along with Shiva, were invited by the Suryavanshis, who ruled a majority of North India, or Sapt-Sindhu( as it was called at that time) to migrate from their simple way of life back there at Mount Kailash, to a more efficiently-run Meluha, a near-perfect empire ruled by the Suryavanshi rulers. What follows is the journey of Shiva as he embarks on the path of becoming a legend, a Neelkanth, a Mahadev, or simply put, God of Gods. As the back of the book rightfully mentions it’s plot in a sentence;
THE STORY OF THE MAN.
WHOM LEGEND TURNED INTO A GOD.
The book is elegantly written. The historical characters and events mentioned in the story has been thoroughly researched and well documented. The debutant author has also done credible work to hold on to the interest of the readers throughout the story. The end is abrupt, but that’s what makes the readers of the first book wait for the release of the second part of the trilogy series. One thing is guaranteed. If you have read the first book, there is no looking back. You have no choice but to complete the trilogy series, for the plot and the story is that much fascinating! A must check book for fiction lovers.
Will come back with the review of The Secret of the Nagas in the coming days. Keep reading bookworms!
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