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1. ) The Immortals Of Meluha
1900 BC. 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. This once proud empire and its Suryavanshi rulers face severe perils as its primary river, the revered Saraswati, is slowly drying to extinction. They also face devastating terrorist attacks from the east, the land of the Chandravanshis. To make matters worse, the Chandravanshis appear to have allied with the Nagas, an ostracised and sinister race of deformed humans with astonishing martial skills.

The only hope for the Suryavanshis is an ancient legend: ?When evil reaches epic proportions, when all seems lost, when it appears that your enemies have? triumphed, a hero will emerge.?

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?

2.) The Secret Of The Nagas
Much awaited Book 2 in Shiva Trilogy after the huge success of?The Immortals of Meluha

Today, He is a God.

4000 years ago, He was just a man.

The hunt is on. The sinister Naga warrior has killed his friend Brahaspati and now stalks his wife Sati. Shiva, the Tibetan immigrant who is the prophesied destroyer of evil, will not rest till he finds his demonic adversary. His vengeance and the path to evil will lead him to the door of the Nagas, the serpent people. Of that he is certain.

The evidence of the malevolent rise of evil is everywhere. A kingdom is dying as it is held to ransom for a miracle drug. A crown prince is murdered. The Vasudevs ? Shiva?s philosopher guides ? betray his unquestioning faith as they take the aid of the dark side. Even the perfect empire, Meluha is riddled with a terrible secret in Maika, the city of births. Unknown to Shiva, a master puppeteer is playing a grand game.

In a journey that will take him across the length and breadth of ancient India, Shiva searches for the truth in a land of deadly mysteries ? only to find that nothing is what it seems.

Fierce battles will be fought. Surprising alliances will be forged. Unbelievable secrets will be revealed in this second book of the Shiva Trilogy, the sequel to the #1 national bestseller, The Immortals of Meluha.

About the Author
Amish is a 36 year old, IIM (Kolkata) educated boring banker turned happy author. The success of his debut book, The Immortals of Meluha (Book 1 of the Shiva Trilogy), encouraged him to give up a fourteen year old career in financial services to focus on writing. He is passionate about history, mythology and philosophy. He believes there is beauty and meaning in all world cultures and religions. The Secret of the Nagas is the second book of the Shiva Trilogy.

Amish lives in Mumbai with his wife Preeti and son Neel. He is presently working on the third book of the Shiva Trilogy, The Oath of the Vayuputras.

Know more about the Shiva Trilogy books through: Web: www.shivatrilogy.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/shivatrilogy

Interact with the author through: Twitter: www.twitter.com/amisht Facebook: www.facebook.com/authoramish

Specifications of Shiva Trilogy: The Secret of the Nagas and the Immortals of Meluha (Set of 2 Books) (Paperback)

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Author Amish Tripathi
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Publisher Westland
Publication Year 2011
ISBN-13 9785111121464
ISBN-10 5111121464
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 829 Pages
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One of the best

The shiva trilogy is one of the best books I have read. As the reviews of the book says "A definite page turner". When u start reading it u wont even knew when u reached the next page. The story is so paced that its not too fast nor too slow, just right that u ll keep on reading and end up cursing everyone who interrupts u.
The trilogy consist of 3 books
1. The immortals of Meluha
2. The Secret of the Nagas
3. The oath of the Vayuputhras
The story is about Shiva, who was once a normal fierce warrior of his clan, whom legend turned into a god in the hindu mythology.
Eagerly waiting for the third one...

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09 February 12
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Bhoom Shiva!

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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24 October 11
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Great Service, Refreshing Read

First things first, Flipkart is awesome... It was my first order from FK and with the safety net of COD. The books came in 2 days, all nicely packed. Now I buy more regularly with prepayment options.
About the books, both of them are a refreshing read... kinda Indian LOTR. I liked the first book more than the second. Found the story line a little too simplistic for my taste, would have preferred a little more complexities and layers to the characters. However, Amish Tripathi has done a commendable job of making mythology racy and totally believable. All in all, a good read. Waiting tho catch the 3rd installment in the series.

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12 March 12
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awesome flow

Dear all, Earlier When I chose these two books to read I was a little skeptical of Lord Shiva being personified. However to decipher a truth one has to go through it, this thinking compelled me read these books though reluctantly. As I proceeded my journey I was simply awestruck with the flow of thoughts and amazing use of philosophy, Ancient history, history, geography,science, military science, mythology etc. I am sure author or some of his family member is/was connected to our proud Armed Forces. actually after reading about 50 pages i started listening to it and such is the narrative power Of Amish. Both the books are worth a listening. To assure that it does not hurt our emotional feeling, so deeply attached to Lord Shiva. Eagerly awaiting the 3rd book in the Shiva Trilogy," Oath of Vayuputras". Amish keep writing such wonderful narratives.

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17 April 12
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Where angels fear to tread

The author deserves to be congratulated for a brilliant exposition of one of the basic truths of spirituality while charting an independent route away from the mythical path.

God is within. The hero Shiva is portrayed as a mortal human being but with outstanding leadership qualities, an incisive and analytic mind that does not go by blind faith or superstition but has a penchant for getting at the truth without prejudice or bias. Compassion for friends and victims of falsehood is another quality which stands out.

In essence, is God a resident in Heaven equipped with immortality and possesses powers beyond comprehension?

In contrast, Shiva is one among us who does not get swayed by instant benediction of Godhood by others but stays firm with his outstanding qualities. It is not Neelkanth that makes him God but his innate inequalities and self-actualization. Kudos to the Author for throwing open the door to Divinity for anyone.

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15 June 12
Repetitve and Childish

The plot is simple, a man from nowhere is destined to save a group of well organized people who have trouble from a group of deformed people. The first book deals with how the suryavanshi people defeat the evil Chandravanshi people, who happen to be "not evil" in the end. After reading the whole book and getting to know that what was true in the first chapter is false in the end is so pathetic. The only good thing about the book is we get to know a lot from the hindu mythology.

A novel should have its ups and downs throughout, this is where this book fails. It is not engaging and you have to push yourself to complete the book. The romance is so confusing and the dialog exchanges are repetitive and cheesy. The english (for a periodic novel) is so informal. The author wants to just wants write something like The lord of the rings, but sorry to say he falls short by many light years.

People who are new to reading may like it, even to them i would recommend Chetan Bhagat (five point someone and all his other books are just repetition). If you are so desperate to read books and don,t have any other book in hand read this otherwise go do something useful.

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22 August 12
Good resurfaced fiction

A good story, which is best read; out of the actual puranic context.Because a lot of changes with regards to timeline, story, characters...etc are done in this manifesto. People who read this book please enjoy the story alone and please dont conceive this as the ultimate explanation of 3500 years old puraNa. There is a lot of difference between the original and this one. So just read it as another story and I promise u'll never stop once started reading.

Author has best tried to mix up records from vEdas(like starting from rudra, indra refereneces for shiva and vishnu), vEdaantas and puraaNaas but still I can sense the novice attempt, an extempore rather. He has tried to stay out of shaiva prejudices by giving prominence to vaishnava gods too which things we never find in original; and which is best thing about this book. But at the same time He has mixed up epochs like (in the original puranas) most of these shivaleela explained in here took place in kRitayuga(the starting epoch in this manvantara)but he mixes tretaayuga(by referring narasimha and raama), dwaparyuga(by referring vasudEva and vaayuputra)...etc So please dont believe in the story.
Apart from the actuality, if I'm asked to opine about the book; it is one of the best - near to truth; fictions I have read, incessant page turner, you'll never stop once engaged reading.

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30 July 12
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Simplay Amazing!

Shiva Trilogy 1: The Immortals of Meluha blends in refreshing perspective, clear, suspense filled narrative

Right from the beginning through the middle and towards the end, a reader feels on edge, wondering "Oh no, what will happen next to Shiva?" because though we may be familiar with Shiva Puran, the story makes you perceive Shiva's story with a refreshing perspective. Shiva, the warrior and chieftain of a tribe, is persuaded by the famed descendants of the Suryavanshis (who claim Lord Rama belongs to their tribe) to fight the Chandravanshis whom they say are cruel, ruthless, violent beings that conduct violent terrorist attacks on the Suryavanshis.

Their belief is that the Savior who will appear and defeat evil will have a blue throat after drinking the divine drink Som Ras, and because Shiva who was given the drink, developed a blue throat. This conveys to the Suryavanshis that Shiva is indeed the Lord Neelkanth who will save them. He refuses to believe that he is Divine because of the Blue Throat but every one else completely trusts in his divine power. It is in this most unlikeliest of situations that he meets the beautiful Suryavanshi Princess Sati and he knows he has lost his heart to her.
As soon as I had read (and reviewed) “The Immortals of Meluha“, I knew I had to read the sequel. It was too interesting to leave the trilogy midway and not know what happens next. So it was no surprise that 80K more people agreed with me. That is the number of copies of The Secret of The Nagas that had been pre-ordered as per some article I had read. Thanks to Flipkart the book was delivered within a day after its official release and the wait was not too long. Now I cannot wait to pre-order the book-3, hope Amish Tripathi comes out with it soon.

The Secret of The Nagas picks up from where Meluha ended; and steams ahead for a few chapters before resorting to a tranquil place in the events that take place at Kashi. After those few languid chapters, the book keeps on speeding ahead with new revelations, new opinions and ends with a nice twist (although a tad foreseeable), and yet keeps the readers hanging for the part three of Shiva Trilogy – The Oath of Vayuputras. Many new characters have made an appearance. Primary of those are the sons of Shiva/Sati, the royal families of kingdoms in Swadweep, and a few Naga characters too. There were a few parts of the book where I felt Amish was going on a tangent, but later on realized that events that took place earlier always had an impact on the happenings later on.

While the events in book-1 took place in Meluha and ended in Swadweep, events in book-2 unfolded in Swdweep and ended in Dandak Forest – the Naga territory. Going by the same logic I’m assuming events in book-3 would be concentrated around the Dandakaranya. Comparing this book to “The Immortals of Meluha“, I feel the first part of trilogy was better – but then that book was a genre changer. While “The Secret of The Nagas” pales in front of Meluha, it is better than most of the books I’ve read this year. Amish Tripathi is a very good storyteller and has rarely penned in any flab in the book. Each word, each event, each chapter moves the story forward with an eye on whatever is to happen in the next chapter or next book. The author has a very firm control on the flow of the book.

If you’ve read The Immortals of Meluha, you must read The Secret of Nagas. And if you’ve not read the books of Shiva Trilogy and are even a tad interested in Indian Mythology, go buy both the books now and read them.

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24 June 12
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I didn't think I would be saying this but "I am eagerly waiting for the last book "The Oath of the Vayuputras""!!!

"To read is Fun for it takes you Far Away"
For someone who believes this, I was wandering around for a good fantasy Indian author for long.... Friends suggested few yet I ignored thinking "What could be New with the legend of a god we all know"!
And one day I just picked it up after a Lady I follow on twitter began sharing her thoughts about it....
As I began reading "the Immortals of Mehula", it seemed simple yet as I moved on to the sequel "The Secret of Nagas", somehow the characters of these Legends we know as "Gods" struck a chord with me... The Lord who was awaited for Eons arrives as a simple tribal Leader... Nothing more.... He is ordinary Guy yet his mind remains pure.... His experiences of Friendship, Love, his pain, regrets are what makes this a Brilliant Saga...!!!
Do remember though that in this Book they are Humans...And hence the emotion feels so much more REAL!!!
Amish Tripathi has a magic that few Indian Authors exhibit when it comes to Characterization... Loved the way you Legend is so Humane.
I didn't think I would be saying this but "I am eagerly waiting for the last book "The Oath of the Vayuputras""!!!

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04 January 13
Bland! Though Imaginative ..

Like many of you around here, I too was drawn into the "The Shiva Trilogy" .. say coz of the hype around it! Plus you come here at Flipkart and have a look at reviews .. and your jaw drops .. 5 stars .. and 5 stars .. OMG ! Where in the world was I to have missed this masterclass .. ?
So .. as Lord Shiva would it .. I order the 2 set pack .. and it reaches me within 3-4 days (Flipkart service!)
Now,The Book ! I'm not gonna write separate reviews for both ..
Guess what ! I marvel at the fact ... what kind of readers do we have in India? U understand you want to read "The Shiva Trilogy" akin to Harry Potter ! I mean straight outta fancy world .. but then HP had every character's life drawn/painted infront of you. OK! You want to compare it with Dan Brown stuff ... Nah! You cant ! Dan Brown writes well researched facts.
So what is this book about ? I dont know .. Looks like Amish was creating stuff right from his "imaginative world" (which btw is impressive and commendable) .. but where is teh chain ? Where is the link ?
Its like a flight of ideas put together!
Let me tell you what i did not like in this book -
1. It looks like a 5th grade novel .. The language is simple! Mind you! Language can be lucid yet impressive. Here this wasnt the case. It was BLAND!
There was repetition - everybody's description involved a doe shaped eye! if it wasnt for the doe, it was almond!
Then
2. Was it Imagination or Day Dreaming or .. - I know Shiva smoked weed ..
So my point is .. Amish starts the book with 1900 BC ... The reader immediately swiches his frame of mind to 1900 BC ... and now u talk of
- light and formation of rainbow
- water being made of oxygen and hydrogen and free radicals stuff !
- there were explosions ... how ?? gunpowder ? i thought in 1900 BC .. they only used spears, arrows and other shrapnels or blunt & heavy weapons !
- lot of times in the book "India" is mentioned ! Is it so ? in 1900 BC ?
So facts like these makes reader wonder .. what is the author thinking of ?
3. Plagiarism - scenes drawn/inspired as such from 300 !! Heights ! Isnt it ? I mean movies like it .. almost everyone has seen .. and every single person can correlate with it. Didnt Drapku remind you of the crooked guy in 300 ??? and his duel with parvateshwar and his inability to lift his arm high enough .. ?
4. Makes the plot, but disappoints. There are times in the book when he builds up ur interest to something .. say any encounter .. b/w Shiva and the hooded Naga .. and then he disappoints ..
- all the battles were described non-fluently and does not live upto the build up!
- Shiva would just run across the flood of arrows shot at him avoiding them with his sword ! :O ... WOW!! matrix slo-mo !
5. Another thing I absolutely detested to the point of chagrin was some character's portrayal - say Anandmayi for eg. I understand she is to be portrayed as a "sex-symbol" but is there nothing more in her life than "a low-cut blouse" and "what-can-you-do-for-me-parva?"
Then for God's sake we have known "Ayurvati" is the best doctor in the whole world. Just stop reminding us or her!
All this is just the tip of iceberg !
In a nutshell, its not a quality read!
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Why 2 stars ?
I do think Amish has really put lots of imagination behind this plot.
If you see, this whole concept of God-lizing Shiva is unique and figment of his imagination. his explanation of Kashi, Mansarovar Lake, Lord Shiva's trishool, his dance .. is all good !
+1 for it.
Though it could have been way better, still .. his idea is outta text! and creditable!

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