Genre: Fiction, Mythological Fiction,
Date Completed: 6th April, 2012
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
The Immortals of Meluha is the first book of the trilogy by Amish Tripathi. It is a mythological fiction written with a point of view that Lord Shiva is not a God as such. He might have been a great ruler, a great leader, a great warrior, but might have existed as a common man, a foreigner amongst a civilization which was almost perfect in their way. The novel begins with a foreigner coming to the land of Tibet seeking Shiva for he believes that Shiva is their savior as said by a prophecy. He convinces Shiva to leave his troublesome land where war rages every other day and warriors are forced to fight like barbarians.He escorts Shiva and his tribe to the well organized,prosperous land of Meluha. Meluha is the land dominated by the Suryavanshis who austerely abide by the rules set by Lord Rama thousands of years ago. But they get attacked by Chandravanshis, who ally with Nagas who do not follow any rules of war and are known as terrorists. The legend says that in such a time, a warrior will come as a foreigner, to destroy the evil and restore peace in the world.
The story revolves around Lord Shiva and his realization as Neelkanth, the orthodox traditions in Meluha, the life style of Suryavanshis and their rivalry with Chandravanshis. Neelkanth has not only to fight with evil in form of Chandravanshis but also evil traditions in Meluha itself like Vikram tradition.
The Book is narrated in an awesome manner and qualifies to be one of the best novels by an Indian Author. Perfect description of each character, story narration, description of events and depiction of each emotion is very beautifully done in the book. The book is not only a page turner but it also keeps the reader’s attention glued. A perfect blend of humor, emotions, anger are the plus points of the book. Writing about some religion is always a risky business and writing about Gods while portraying them as simple human beings is like inviting troubles yourself. But this book is so beautifully written that people from every religion will enjoy it.
A benchmark is already set. The author needs to put a lot of effort in the sequel. Simply a marvelous book.