Shiva, the Trimurti,… the Neelkanth,… The Auspicious One – has been worshipped in our country and beyond, since ages as the primal creator of life, mainly in the form of the linga. The book, ‘The Immortals of Meluha’ – the first among the trilogy by Amish Tripathi, very cleverly and fascinatingly brings this Lord of Dance to life.
Most Indians, especially Hindus, have come across several stories of Shiva’s life that usually depict him as God, right from the beginning, while with this book Amish Tripathi brings across a concept that presents Shiva as a normal being – a short-tempered yet sensible, pot-smoking yet balanced, skilled warrior, who eventually emerges as an admired legend,… as God, by virtue of his deeds. In his words, “the Shiva Trilogy interprets the rich mythological heritage of ancient India, blending fiction with historical fact”.
The events and situations in the book may have been referred from the long known myths, yet it’s a waste of time to actually start linking this story to the mythologies told, to figure what’s right and what’s wrong. The story is fresh with a well-crafted amalgamation of almost all emotions like love, respect, trust, friendship, hatred, animosity, etc. and to top it all, an easy and thoroughly enjoyable read. What attracts you first is its intriguing book cover and then what hooks you on is an interesting and gripping narration of Shiva’s life and adventures, making the book a quick page-turner.
The book takes you into Shiva’s world and his journey of life that comprises of interesting revelations and turning points that – feature Nandi, the bull in human form, bring across the use and effect of Somras, depict an unpredictable persona of Parvati and tell us – about the invention of Trishul, how Shiva got the title ‘The Nataraja’ and how the cry “Har Har Mahadev” gets initiated.
At every point of reading the book, you end up living the adventures described and simply want to know more. I suggest this book as a must-read to all and it’s not a bad bet at Rs 295/-
Eagerly waiting for the other two books of the trilogy – ‘The Secret of the Nagas’ and ‘The Oath of the Vayuputras’.
My rating: 5/5