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Book Review – The Immortals of Meluha

April 4, 2014 | By

The narration is captivating. The revelations and suspense leave you amazed when they unfold in layers revealing new mysteries and adding to your shock every now and then. Though the language reflects amateurishness but captivating plot makes up it.

1900 B.C. In what modern Indians mistakenly call the Indus Valley Civilisation. The inhabitants of that period called it the land of Meluha a near perfect empire created many centuries earlier by Lord Ram, one of the greatest monarchs that ever lived…Is the rough-hewn Tibetan immigrant Shiva, really that hero? And does he want to be that hero at all? Drawn suddenly to his destiny, by duty as well as by love, will Shiva lead the Suryavanshi vengeance and destroy evil?” (Source: Book’s Back cover)

The Immortals of Meluha is the debut novel by Amish Tripathi and the first of the three in Shiva Trilogy that took the country by storm, setting new publishing benchmarks and driving the readers crazy who loved Lord Shiva in a human incarnation. The book saw the portrayal of Lord Shiva, the Mahadev, into an ordinary human being who go on to acquire the stature of ‘Lord’ by his deeds, will and Karma.

The metamorphoses of a common man into a living God is thrilling and enthralling experience.The story begins with a tribal leader taking refuge in the most civilized society of that time which has the most sophisticated lifestyle. The people are happy and prosperous. It was a Ram Rajya.

On the first day of his arrival in the country, under the dramatic circumstances, his throat turns blue after he along with other people of his community were given Somaras, a special drink that makes people immortal, (justifying the title of the book – The Immortal of Meluha).

As his throat turned blue, people fell into his feet; soon he became the ‘Great Neelkanth’ who according to a legend is a reincarnation of ‘Lord Rudra’ the ‘Mahadeva’ – their idol.

The legend had it that a person who will have his throat turned blue after having Somaras will be the ‘Mahadeva’.

This changed the life of Shiva who, from within, never forgets his real identity, a tribal leader. Soon he gets to find some evils and superstitions in so-called most advanced society. And in spite of enjoying his power and position he decides to fight against evil and soon he becomes an idol not because of some legend but by his deeds.

The narration is captivating. The revelations and suspense leave you amazed when they unfold in layers revealing new mysteries and adding to your shock every now and then. Though the language reflects amateurishness but captivating plot makes up it.

It is must read, especially for the meteoric rise of a common man, on sheer courage and will power.

The Immortals of Meluha is available on Flipkart and Amazon.

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Pankaj Sharma is an avid reader, an active blogger and a passionate writer who wishes to read all the classics written by the literary geniuses of 19th and 20th century.
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2 thoughts on “Book Review – The Immortals of Meluha

  • Amit Gupta

    My first mythological read. I liked the way the author has tried to give a fictitious tale about Lord Shiva. Though the plot doesn’t justify the facts of the sacred texts yet on its own it creates a worthy myth. It maintains the glory of the Mahadev (Lord Shiva), but fails to do complete justice to him (as some acts portrayed by him in the novel are unbecoming of a God figure). It has a strong plot and the moment I thought it was becoming monotonous, the author played his cards and twisted the plot. The book ends with an unanswered question or rather leaves a path for the sequel to this book. Worth a read.

  • Neha

    Well said Amit. There are many twists and turns in the plot that keeps the readers engrossed. Once you start reading Meluha, you get completely hooked to it. I felt the ending was a bit abrupt; as you said it left many unanswered questions. But thankfully, I had got both the 1st and 2nd part of the series, so didn’t have to wait for the suspense to unfold. The third book, ‘The Oath of Vayuputras’ could have been shorter. Anyway, the whole series on Shiva was worth a read!!

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