Monday, 14 August 2017

The Immortals of Meluha .. By Amish (Shiva Trilogy # 1)

On India's 70th independence celebration, I would like to start the review of this fantastic series which is soulfully connected to India's one of the oldest mythologies.

This is one of the most intriguing books about the stories of deities I read so far. Can't really say if it could be compared to Shiva Puran, which I haven't read, but would rather categorize it under pure imagination or fantasy for that matter.

Meluha is a perfect empire created by Lord Ram many centuries ago. However, as the time goes by the Suryavashis of this empire face a major crisis in the form of their slowly dying holy river Saraswati and continuous assaults from Chandravanshis, who have joined forces with the Nagas, a cursed race with physical deformities. 

The present king of Meluha, Daksha, sends his emissaries to Tibet, to invite the tribes that live there to Meluha. Thier brave warrior chief, Shiva who accepts the proposal and travels with his tribe to the mighty land, finds that they are all subjected to somras, the elixir of life, on the way to Meluha. When the Meluhans discover that Shiva's throat turned blue after drinking the somras, they announce him as Neelkanth, their fabled savior.

What follows is a captivating adventure of Shiva's epic deeds, Sati's enchanting endurance, and the mystery that the tale covertly possesses and promises to grip us till the end.

I enjoyed this book immensely and was pleasantly surprised by how the author used the legend in an interesting form of storytelling.

Amish explains the caste system established by Lord Rama based on people's merits and not based on their inheritance was enlightening. I especially liked the way he narrated the story not based on fictitious renditions, but rather in a scientific manifestation of the fabulous miracles we encounter while reading the book.

I would like to conclude the review by saying that it is a "must-read" category series of novels with an admirable writing of an awesome story that is guaranteed to keep you engaged till you finish the trilogy itself.

Happy Reading!!!

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