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Author: Amish
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The Immortals Of Meluha is a thrilling story about a warrior named Shiva, who is given the responsibility to protect the empire of Meluha from dangerous intruders. This mythological novel is fast-paced, and focuses on duty, love, principles and more.

Summary Of The Book

The land of Meluha is an empire created by Lord Rama, and it is ruled by the Suryavanshis. This empire is powerful and proud, however, the Saraswati river that is their source of water is slowing drying up. On top of that, the empire is at war with the Chandravanshis who have allied with The Nagas, a group of sinister and deformed human beings who have extraordinary martial art skills.

The Immortals Of Meluha, published in 2010, is the first story of the trilogy. Daksha, the king of the Suryavanshis, realizes that his empire needs help. He invites a tribe from Tibet to help him fight off the enemies. The Tibetan Guna tribe is lead by Shiva, who is a fearless soldier, and the only one who does not fall ill on arriving at Meluha. To everyone's surprise, Shiva’s throat turns blue.

The locals believe that this warrior is their fabled saviour Lord Shiva, also known as Neelkanth. Shiva goes to Devagiri to meet Daksha and his daughter Princess Sati. There, he learns about the dangerous wars and terror attacks that the Chandravanshis have carried out on the Meluhans.

The brave warrior gets enraged, and declares a full war on the enemy. Readers will find this mythological fantasy to be gripping and exciting. Questions about Shiva’s duty, destiny, and karma arise throughout the book. The author has written a book that is adventurous, mystifying, and captivating, but at the same time he also has thrown light onto the subjects of what is evil, and who is truly a hero.

This page-turner is a treat for readers who enjoy history, fantasy, and adventure. The Immortals Of Meluha received good reviews from leading newspapers, and was a bestseller within its first week of release. 

About Amish Tripathi

Amish Tripathi, born in 1974, is an Indian author. The second book of the series, The Secret of the Nagas, was published in 2011. The third and the last, The Oath of the Vayuputras, was released in 2013. The author’s books have become the fastest selling book series in the history of Indian publishing. A total of 1.7 million copies have been sold, with a gross retail sale of Rs. 40 crores.

Tripathi’s books revolve around religious and mythological topics, as he is a devotee of Lord Shiva. Tripathi graduated from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and worked in the financial sector for fourteen years in companies such as IDBI Federal Life Insurance, Standard Chartered, and DBS Bank. In 2012, he was ranked at position 85 of Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 list.

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Author Amish
Book Details
Publisher Westland
Publication Year 2011
ISBN-13 9789380658742
ISBN-10 9380658742
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 412 Pages
Awards Nebula Awards
Award Year 1971
Dimensions
Width 0.28 inch
Height 0.04 inch
Weight 227 g
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02 December 12
Awesome book and other top books

There are few authors in India who write exceptionally well. Amish is one of those. I am a vivid reader and read almost all the books that come my way. This stands fifth.

1. Corporate Chanakya
2. That's the way we met - Sudeep Nagarkar
3. How I braved Any Aunty - Varun Aggarwal
4. The Backbenchers - Siddharth Oberoi
5. The immortals of Melhua- Amish Tripathi

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01 January 13
Just an average Fiction

I borrowed and read this book from my friend who bought this from flipkart.

Actually I am a follower (I believe) of Lord Shiva and not the man Shiva (The fiction Character Mentioned Here).

Some Twisted Facts.
1.How come Lord Ganesh is Nor Lord Shivas son (In the story he is the son of sati's first husband).
2.Lord Ram Married Sita by breaking Lord Shivas bow(Here Lord Shiva appears after lord ram).
3.And Lord Shiva and Lord Rudra are not two different persons who lived at different times they are the same person.
4.I did not see the the nagas (Serpents and not the nagas mentioned in the book) which is constant companion of Lord Shiva.
5.The middle eye of Shiva is also missing...

And most of the people would give him positive reviews due to
1.They consider this as just a fiction book (Like harry potter)
2.They don't know the true story of Lord Shiva.

I don't care who gives negative rating to my review but truth is truth.
This book is just a time pass read and one time read only......

READ THIS BOOK ONLY FOR TIME PASS JUST LIKE ANY OTHER BOOK

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03 August 11
Interest - Lost & Found

not long ago I was an avid reader of books until audio books came by and other interests preceded by hungry to read and be addicted to books until I read The Immortals of Meluha last month in 2 days!!! This was one hell of a page turner and I simply couldnt believe the fact that people in India have started to write some simply amazing books which cater to a large audience who have been longing for... What Amish has done is simple fantastic as most of the young Indian Authors in the past have stuck to the usual youth rom-com books. This is a wonderful book and this has triggered a chain of events in my family where they are longing to read it as soon as others are done with the book.

And as a matter of fact, I booked The Secret of the Nagas book immediately after reading the first 2 chapters... And to top it up, Flipkart has been amazing and your site UI as smooth as a butter and sometimes better than Amazon's look n feel. I wish all the success and luck for Flipkart as well as Amish...

And BTW, Waiting desperately to hear about the 2nd book!!!

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27 February 13
Apart from concept, everything else is crap.

Apart from the concept, everything else is crap. According to me, the book became a best seller only because of marketing!!!
After listening to lot of praises for this book, I started reading with lot of expectation. But after a few pages, I was completely let down. There was nothing in the book till the end!! Its not the end, you need to read another book (go through another torture) to know what exactly is happening!!
The description is crap!! Especially the war. Amish has described the war in the crappiest way possible!!! The description of how the people would be at that time, the way they live, everything is crap!! He himself lacks the imagination. What can a reader imagine while reading it!
While writing a story which has taken place in a completely different time, the author should explain about the people of that time. He has to create the scene for the reader. Here Amish has done nothing like that! His descriptions are vague. You just cannot imagine the place the way he is described!!
If you don't like all descriptions, and just like the story, then you might like the book. Many of my friends are not at all bothered about the description. They just told, those things are boring!! So if you are that kind of person, then you might like this book.

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02 February 13
Party spoiler is here!

There are books which are written for reading and then there are books which are written for movie making. This one falls in the latter category. Reads like a movie script.

A far better work could have been written when your central character is one of the strongest characters in Hindu mythology. The author takes Lord Shiva and reduces him to the level of a hollywood movie actor or even worse.

If you think chetan bhagat deserves a man booker award then you may recommend this for a nobel in literature. Otherwise this is not a book that you will want to read a second time.

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22 November 12
Don't judge a book by its exterior

Ok, i made a mistake. I liked the cover page. People told me fascinating things about this book. Some one even said that Amish tripathy is India's J.R.R Tolkein( I am sorry on that persons behalf).
If bollywood was a book and salman khan its lead hero, than Immortals of meluha is definitely an amazing chapter. Only thing Amish Tripathi missed were the songs. He should have added a few from Salman Khan's Bodyguard. Each and every song of the movie fits the plot. I can imagine Lord Shiva with a poker face after reading this book, ohh wait there are two more.(cough)...Well if you love Bollywood, than you will enjoy it. Even i like bollywood(why shouldn't I?), but why should i waste my energy reading a transcript which involves Shiva as ancient bodyguard ? The romance between the two was bad. The fight sequences were average. The characters were high!
If you want me to tell you about this book. I will only say that its bad!

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07 November 13
Blasphemous Crap

Well, I am not much into review writing but after reading this book, I deemed it right to write the review for this blasphemous piece of crap.

Just after reading few chapters of the book, I felt like I am reading the story of a "Masala" or 'Mass' movie with the character of the Hero played by 'Shiva', the leading lady by Sati and all others fitting into somewhere in the plot (And heck, there are cheap humor too in the whole tale!)

The author have no idea on how he had tried to blaspheme the name of The Nataraj, the Shakti of the universe with his cheap character building, who falls for pretty women, use cool words (as per today's genre of writing) like 'Bastards', smokes weed with his friends and one who blurts out bawdy jokes! And to my disbelief, he has portrayed several of the other characters of the Hindu Purana as people with deformities (Goddess Kali, Ganesh) or twisted the characters so much, which is so inappropriate - as an example Krishna as a Pandit of a temple (!).

Apart from the Character building, the historical and factual knowledge of the author is very shallow and he twists the facts suitable for his plot. The writing style and the literary usage is too poor to even read by a novice reader.

I found all the three books of the author a waste of time, money and the twisted facts presented in his books as blasphemy at its best. Ignore the Marketing gimmicks (you will find ads of the trilogy in every book shops and online portals) and Avoid it for the best. Try Devdutt Pattnaik's books instead if you are looking for a light Mythological read.

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23 September 11
Nice concept, but written in a very americanised language- full of slangs

The concept on which the story builds is very creative. But somehow the description seemed to me to be a 'khichdi' of scenes and story-lines from various movies. I could see scenes from Troy, 300 in the war descriptions. Then again Shiva is a character having self doubts very similar to Neo (Matrix) and needs Trinity (Sati) to remove them. The role of Oracle is played by the 'Vasudevas'. All in all a nice attempt but somehow I feel that management graduates in our country have too much proclivity for creatively packaging the product that they have lifted from various shelves and flourishing it in a nice and marketable manner.
For the connoisseurs, there is a book "Vayam Rakhsamah" by Acharya Chatursen, which also builds the story on Ramayana, but uses the history in a more systematic and scientific manner not to mention its ingenuity, though the book is written in chaste Hindi.

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03 December 11
Huh?

I have to admit that i am very curious as to what the author's sources of reference were. Mytho-thriller? Seriously? With all due respect, I thought the book was a Raja-Mantri story in essence with the Shiva angle thrown in for sensationalism. The philosophical tone adopted by several characters in the book appeared to be rather forced. I found that the absence of any reference to Shiva's yogic leanings among other features contributed to a rather inadequate and superficial portrayal. The manner of ending the book was most disappointing as it was not a particularly exciting ending. The episode format did not work well and fell flat.
The book would have enjoyed a lot more integrity if the author had not made it a Shiva trilogy. Any other tribal turned hero would have fit the bill just as well as his weak and rather boring characterization of the Adiyogi. Mediocre and uninspired.

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27 August 11
Entertaining

1. According to this book, Lord RAM is well before the time of the arrival of Lord Shiva or Neelkanth. If that is the case, how did Lord Ram perform poojas to Lord Shiva in Rameshwaram which is described in detail in RAMAYANA? May be that was a different Lord Shiva in scriptures, with a different Goddess Shakthi with a different Ganapati and different Karthick as sons.

2. Lord Shiva is documented in the scriptures as a god possessing qualities of high meditation and is third eye in the forehead is the wisdom eye. There is also a documened story in the scriptures that say he burnt the ANGELS OF KAMA for disturbing his meditation. Will such an highly meditative mind seek solace or peace in marijuana as is described so often in this book? There are hearsay stories about Lord smoking marijuana by certain sections of people who use the Lord as a cover for their addictions and nothing more than that. THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO SCRIPTURAL REFERENCE TO LORD SHIVA SMOKING. May be that was a different Lord Shiva in scriptures.

3. In Immortals of Meluha - THE ORACLE FORETELLS THE ARRIVAL OF NEELKANTH - THE NEELKANTH ARRIVES BUT HE IS FILLED WITH DOUBTS ABOUT HIS ABILITIES AND HIS PASSAGE BEGINS WITH STRUGGLES AND FIGHTS FROM AGENTS OF THE KINGDOM OF NAGAS. THE STORY IS FAMILIAR AND REMINISCENT OF NEO AND MATRIX.

4. In THe Secret of Nagas - THE LORD OF PEOPLE OR GANESH AND QUEEN OF NAGAS or KALI have mutations in the body that makes them look paranormal for which the society is afraid of them and cannot accept them but it helps them to perform things unimaginable to normal human beings. REMINISCENT OF A WHOLE LOT OF POPULAR HOLLYWOOD MOVIES like XMEN, Wolverine etc etc.

5. BOOK IS ENTERTAINING. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND IT FOR CASUAL READING BUT IT IS A FIGMENT OF IMAGINATION AND NON FACTUAL LIKE DAVINCI CODE. IF YOU WANT SCRIPTURE LESSONS THEN THIS BOOK IS INADEQUATE. BUT IT IS DEFINITELY ENTERTAINING.

6. THE BOOK IS WRITTEN BY A VERY EMINENT PERSON, EDITED BY EXPERTS AND ENDORSED BY EQUALLY EMINENT SCHOLARS. NEITHER DO I MAKE ANY ATTEMPT TO BELITTLE THEM NOR DO I CLAIM TO BE AN EXPERT. I JUST SAY THE DISCREPANCIES.

7. HOWEVER BOOK IS DEFINITELY VERY THRILLING AND A GOOD TIMEPASS. STRONGLY RECOMMENDED TO BUY as fiction.

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