Reviewed: The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi

A friend who had read the book said to me that ‘The immortals of Meluha’ was based on Lord Shiva’s life.
Being a devotee of the lord, I dropped everything to read it myself.

It was in the very first chapter itself
that I had realized that the book was not based on Lord Shiva
but only inspired from his life, in bits and pieces.
I read it nevertheless.

Immortals of Meluha is the first book of the Shiva Trilogy
written by Indian author Amish Tripathi.
The story starts in Tibet where the good-looking, brave and no-nonsense Shiva
is enjoying his chillum in the company of his friend Bhadra discussing a rather critical matter.

At the same time, in a far distant land called Meluha,
the inhabitants called Meluhans are fighting wars each day against the terrorist armies.

The story revolves around the three main tribes –
The Suryavanshis, Chandravanshis and Nagas.
Meluhans are the Suryavanshis who are facing constant battle
with the Chandravanshis alongwith the Nagas.

In order to, fight fair and bring an end
to the troubles the Meluhan city is facing,
the emperor of Meluha – Lord Daksha –
sends his army to Shiva to come to Meluha.
The whole idea of inviting Shiva to Meluha
is backed by a myth that Shiva is the Neelkanth,
and their long awaited savior.

The following chapters unfold how Shiva and his tribe
acquaint themselves with the Meluhan traditions, rules and regulations.
Shiva meets Lord Daksha and his family.
He develops feelings for his daughter Sati
and soon learns about her tragic story.
The course of the story runs through several encounter attacks on the Meluhans
by the Chandravashi-Naga tribe that Shiva triumphantly saves them
from, thus proclaiming their belief of him as their savior.

The first part of the series ends surprisingly well,
in a way to heighten the readers’ interest
and jump onto the second book as soon as their done with this.

The protagonist of the book is Shiva. The other characters in limelight are:

Sati, Shiva’s love interest, and Emperor Daksha’s daughter,
Bhadra, Shiva’s close childhood friend,
Nandi, devotee of Shiva and captain of the Meluhan army,
the greatest Meluhan scientist and also Shiva’s confidante, etc.

The book is no doubt a fast paced
one but starts to lack interest when Tripathi gets into the depth of explanations
about the tedious journeys or the war descriptions making it a 500-odd page mammoth.
Although, his writing style is by far the best among all Indian writers of the period,
the language or style of dialogues used is rather annoying.
It is a story set in ancient India and so,
the constant use of expletives or flirtations Shiva is accustomed to look outlandish.

The characters are well established, and the author has done a brilliant job
in leaving no strings loose when it comes to the plot,
the events or the building tension due to war like situations.
This makes the book a really fantastic read.

If you happen to read it or have already read it, do share your thoughts below.




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