Title: Immortals of Meluha (Shiva Trilogy #1)
Publisher: Westland, 400p
The novel tells the story of a tribal leader, Shiva, who believed to be Mahadev by ‘the Meluhan civilization’ – the greatest civilization of 1900BC. The people of Meluha believes Shiva will destroy the evil Swadweepans – The troubling Neighbours – and save the country. Had Shiva lived up to the expectations of the people and destroyed the Chandravanshis (Swadeep citizens)? Are they really evils? Read the book to know.
The novel setup in the 1900BC, the period of Indus civilization and Hindu mythology. We do not have much details about the Indus civilization and we cannot learn more until the archaeologists learn to read the scripts. So Amish took the mythological story with the location being Indus civilization. I have to admit it’s a great idea to mix both and write a story so interesting.
Though the story was set in 1900 BC, most of the events like terrorist attacks are more of current life. So many times I forgot that I was reading a mythological fiction. Amish had the advantage of not having any details of Indus civilization when he describes their life as much more advanced.
I couldn’t help comparing Suryavanshi way of life – Meluha – with that of a communist state and Chandravanshi’s – Swadweep – with capitalist country. When he started describing Chandravanshi life, I thought he moves a bit towards Communist government as better. But he maintained the balance by saying both has their advantages and both deserve to be there.
By seeing the title and Shiva being the hero, I had expected an out-and-out adventurous journey through the mythological age. But I was surprised as the story mixed up the love between Sati and Shiva very well in the adventure. I liked the twist at the end that gives the lead to the next book. The chapters that cover the war are the best part of the novel as per me.
There are negatives like not describing the places much, at many places we wonder whether we are reading a mythological fiction or contemporary one, etc. But the speed of the story and final few chapters made up for it. The end was very well intended to make you buy second book for sure. He succeeded in my case. :)..
My Rating for this mythological fiction is ★★★★☆
Title: And Then There Were None
Author: Agatha Christie
Genre: Fiction, Mystery
Publisher: Harper, p318
Ten strangers are lured to an island by a man called UN Owen. At dinner there was a recorded voice accusing all the ten of their crimes of murder and they would be punished. The murders start happening in the same way as a childhood rhyme. After few murders, they conclude the murderer was one of them. Who was it and how the mysterious murders happening? Has anyone escaped?
And then there were none, one of the best works of Christies I have read. A wonderfully plotted mystery novel that is so engrossing and I was unable to put it down even if I know I have something else to do.
The novel was short and to the point. There were no unnecessary descriptions of the places or the persons. The language was so simple and Christie succeeded in making the plot so mysterious that it was really difficult to find out who was the murderer?
The murders and other events were happening so quickly that it is very difficult to analyze by us on the murderer. Many of my reasoning were proved wrong in the end. Of course this is why she’s being hailed as one of the best mystery writers of all the time.
But I do wonder one thing, when we get to know about the laws in Muslim countries and communist countries about the murder sentence we argue that it is barbarian and these things should be stopped. But when the same ‘eye for an eye’ kind of things is were always likeable in fiction and we never hate the person who punish the guilty this way. Are the barbarianism is actually inside us all and we just refuse to accept it?
No prizes for guessing my rating★★★★☆