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Immortals of Meluha (Shiva Trilogy #1)

 

Title: Immortals of Meluha (Shiva Trilogy #1)

Author: Amish

Genre: Fiction

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 ★★★★☆

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பக்கத்தில் இருப்பவன் கூட கண்டுகொள்ளாதது தெரிந்தும், உலகமே தன்னை கவனிப்பதாக நினைத்துக்கொண்டு ஒவ்வொரு காரியத்தையும் பார்த்து பார்த்து செய்யும் உங்களில் ஒருவன்..

Discussion

5 thoughts on “Immortals of Meluha (Shiva Trilogy #1)

  1. The second book also ends in a way dat makes u buy the third one! Btw, I thought suryavanshis are like americans, too obsessed with methodical life, while chandravanshis are like indians or asians

    Posted by Aditya | August 20, 2011, 8:26 am
    • Well.. when I read all are common for everyone and no economical differences made me think they are like Communists and The chandravanshis, who considers freedom as most preserved thing though there are economical differences.. This made me think they are capitalists..

      Posted by Anbu | August 20, 2011, 11:42 pm
  2. I wanted to read to read this book for a long time.. will get it from you 😉

    Its quite interesting as I think someone in India takes our rich mythology and spins his own imagination. I wish this attempt brings out many more 🙂

    Posted by Kanagu | August 21, 2011, 12:23 am

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