I love to read books, I love the smell of a new book and I love to pan a book if it isn’t up to the mark. After all, I paid 300 bucks for it (or 30, if it’s a CST pirated version)
Most people have a bias against Indian authors and rightly so. They think, the authors write a book with a hope of bagging a bollywood movie deal; and we all know the standard bollywood has risen to in the recent past (Unadulterated sarcasm).
Coming back to the point, a good friend recently told me to read “Immortals of Meluha” by Amish whilst we were coming back from Goa. Surprisingly, I remembered what he said when I was in a bookstore couple of weeks later (you are not supposed to remember anything from a Goa trip) and picked it up.
The land is Meluha (which we know as Indus Valley civilization). Time is 1900 B.C.
Meluha still lives by the ideals of Lord Ram, who lived many many years ago, and set up the way of life for these noble minded and honest people.
Meluhans (Suryavanshis) are waiting for an ancient legend to become true and save them from Chandravanshis and Nagas who are terrorizing Meluha. A young tribal from Mount Kailash,Shiva is invited to visit the great country. His name is Shiva. How did Shiva become Mahadev, the destroyer of evil, Neelkanth?
Myths say, when evil becomes uncontrollable, when all hopes seem to have disappeared, then appears the saviour, the destroyer of evil.“Immortals of Meluha”, is the first in the trilogy, that speaks about how Shiva became the saviour and was immortalised as God.
The plot moves with a good pace and the historical data used is sound. The book literally transports you into the Meluhan era. The book finishes with an open end…and you are left wanting for more.
Here’s the trailer of the first book.
Last week, a sequel to the first book, “The secret of the Nagas” was published. The story starts from where the first book ends and is even more riveting than Meluha. It unravels the various facets of ancient India and sets up the stage for the final book in the trilogy.
VERDICT: Refreshing take on mythology. A must read.