Immortals of Meluha

If there has been one book that has been pitched blasphemously to me apart from the utter waste of time called 50 shades is definately The Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathi. To everyone who pitched me 50 shades, just know I’ve lost faith in you .And as far as the Shiva Trilogy is considered I mean it is classified as a mythology book which it clearly isn’t. So when I got saw this trilogy in my Mama’s(Uncle’s) bookshelf, I decided this is it. I am reading the book to find out myself. And boy was I not disappointed.

Immortals of Meluha is the first book of the trilogy. Now for anyone who is expecting a short summary, I am sorry, I am fairly poor at making those. Although I hope I’ll give you enough adjectives and reasons by the end of this review to make you want to grab the book for the weekend. As someone who is always hesitant in reading books by Indian authors, thanks to the booming novel industry of Sappy Love stories and Chetan Bhagat, this book is a breathe of fresh air. Finally can I say proudly that we have a book that matches the fictional novels of the west. (At least the first one as I’ve yet to read the other two).

I’ve always believed that Indian mythology is a work of genius. Everything about it just leaves me is awe. However, the sheer vastness of the mythology is one reason that makes it inaccessible to many including me. The element of holiness also stops a lot of people from appreciating the story. And this is where this book comes into play. Immortals of Meluha is based on the simple idea. An idea that it’s our actions, deeds and Karma that makes us a Madavev- The God of Gods. And hence anyone could be a Mahadev.

What I like about this book is that it uses the same characters and places that we know from listening to the mythology stories throughout our childhood to tell an original and gripping story. Although so heavily influenced by mythology, it ensures that the reader can enjoy the book even without any prior knowledge of it. Apart from that, it also shines light on important elements associated with mythology like having blind faith, social injustice of caste system, Vikarma system etc.

Perhaps my favorite element of this book which kept me glued in my chair was the lead character Shiva and his perspective. The writer did a fantastic job is showcasing the contrast between his thoughts and that around him. The blind faith that the people had that he’s their savior, the power that this gave him, his own need to understand the implications it could have, the climax and revelation are all well woven together and kept me on my edge.

Another important element of the book is that it’s very accessible to non-readers. While I can’t clearly distinguish between different styles of writing as I’m quite a novice, I can surely tell that this book doesn’t have the vocabulary as that of a Dan Brown or a Arthur Conan Doyle level. It is more in the likes of Harry Potter which is what I enjoy quite a lot. This could perhaps be the only drawback which I can think of for someone who enjoys reading quite a lot.

So to anyone reading this review hope you enjoy the read and to all those who’ve read the book I’ll love to know your thoughts. I’ll also be really grateful if you guys gave me tips on what points you’ll like the review to be based on. Or suggest me some books that I can read.

Thanks for reading

 

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