In college my grass head bong (bengali for those who don't know) friends used to reverentially call on the name of Shiva before sucking in on weed. I found it kind of funny and thought it was some crutch to legitimacy for smoking pot.
The Immortals of Meluha gives the back story to the reverence. The crutch may have been a figment of my imagination....or not...
Amish Tripathi's trip into the myths of history, reimagining Shiva, is immensely enjoyable and a fast paced, gripping read. Except for the occasional technical glitch of faltering on 'show don't tell' which is something only a writer will care about you will have a whale of a time.
I went from Immortals to Nagas at a breakneck, un-put-downable pace, and was left thirsting for the final part of the trilogy.
This book ploughs through the crusted layers of ancient history and revives Shiva in a fresh perspective. A breath of fresh air coasting down from the Himalayas. Breathing life back into Hinduism (the science, not the religion)....this is but the beginning....
Okay I am tripping now...no pot but... :)
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