One of my friend recommended this book and while reading I was so lost in it that I didn't realized I was on the last page. The ending of the book leaves you with curiosity to quickly jump to the next part. Same with the 2nd part "The Secret of Nagas"... Now I can't wait to get my hands on the last piece of the triology. The books is so brilliantly written that it truly deserves the title "Master Piece"
This book is a sure shot "BUY"
The book dates back some mid 1900 BC which in itself is intriguing. The author is an IIM grad making it more intriguing and then comes the cover of the book; DO NOT judge a book by its cover!
For starters, this book is a lovely read. The language is simple and lucid. The events are described with leisure ( I mean this guy described almost everything and everyone with so much leisure that it kind of gets too much at one point). Some might call it proper character development, well I just started skipping descriptions as I proceeded.
For readers who read Amitav Ghosh, Rushdie, Tharoor and the likes, the narrative will disappoint. It gets to you after a point. The lingo is definitely uncool and doesn't for one bit justify the need for modern english in 1900 BC.
On a general note, the narrative is plain, character description overdone, hits the imagination factor good, could've been edited better, very very Bollywoodish ( irritated me a lot) and a good timepass read.
The book was marketed brilliantly (has the IIM DNA), the cover is awesome so is the content. The narrative ruined it for me.
Its a well presented novel.. Its worth reading... The vocabulary is clear and simple yet very standardize version. It depicts lord Shiva as a human being and the depiction is more realistic. With the cover page ppl should not be mislead as a spiritual novel rather I would call this as a historic story with modern touch..Kudos to Amish for such a nice literary work. Way to go Amish
My apologies if the review is not of much help as its my first one.
This book was a gift from a close friend. Thought I never read a book, he asked me to at least initiate and I won't regret it. Amish's the authors first publish give the world a more practical and realistic approach towards the religious stature called 'GOD's, Immortality by Karma.
As a great person once said, 'It is not the end, but the journey is the essence, that whole experience is the real achievement'. The story is, as mentioned, on the cover is about SHIVA, and a swift journey from a barbarian to a worshiped and idolised soul 'The Destroyer of all Evil'. It never lets you go, the whole reading experience was like rediscovering the complex concept of GOD's, was completely immersed into it. It gives a very different angle to the whole thing. Have nearly finished the second part and have pre-ordered the third installment, just saying that I did not regret it and I would suggest neither would you.... go for it without a second thought.....Bravo Amish.....>>
A well said tale of Shiva and journey of people in search of god. Conceptually as valuable as a novel. Creates a story based on the contrast between its main characters: physically strong and “simple”
it is superb. visualize each word like living in itttttt. excellnt use of words. it is the best book after The Alchemist i've ever read. He can be said the next Paulo Chaelo but the first amish trpathi is better Great suspnse at the end HHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRR HHHHHAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRR MMMMMMAAAAHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAADDDDDDDDDDEEEVVVV!!!
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I highly praise Amish for taking such a challenging subject and making a fiction out of it. The beauty of the book is in its stream-lined flow synching with the mythologies we have been told. In The Immortals of Meluha we are introduced to a mortal tribal nomad from Tibet called Shiva, who takes few decisions and leaps of faith which take him to sect of Gods. The background of the story has been set in a pretty good fashion and is very racy. Though, in the second book The Secret of the Nagas, the Godliness of Shiva is slightly diminished just to expose his rational thinking about the other developing characters and situations. Some situations gave me spasm of thrills.
Now the legend is seeking answers to some UN-answered questions and so are we. Have pre-booked The Oath of the Vayuputras.
A brilliant debut by any kind of author of the genre.
I was hesitated to read the book as my initial thoughts were mingled with hesitation.
But one fine morning I woke up and found the Novel by my side, and started the day with the Novel. Well, I wont exaggerate but the story and Amish's magnificent style of presentation blew me, and for the whole day I couldn't help myself doing anything but to read the book till I was at the end page. Well, it made me skip my dinner too, if not my lunch.
In short, a must read for my fellow Indian Brothers and Sisters, and an excellent material for the outsiders to have a glimpse of the true glories and richness of India in Her past.
Lets take a brief moment to appreciate Amish for bringing up our Desi Hero .. Shiva.
And as Shiva thundered, let all thunder 'Har Har Mahadev' .. 'Everyone is a Mahadev in Himself' ..
This is the first 400 page book that completed in two days. It was extremely engaging and kept me going on. its easy for any Indian to connect to it and hence you end up feeling that you are in the story. A good read for sure.
The book falls well within fiction kind.
Theme: The book centers on ancient prophecies, the quest for power, judgment of right and wrong and romance.
According to the author the events in the book took place in an era set around 1900 BC at a place whose natives called it the Land of Meluha.
The book is by far one of the most intriguing and exotic pieces I read, crafted by someone as a debut. The way the author has unveiled the suspense intensifies the thrill even more. And the more you go forth, and follow the trail of words, the more you feel getting entwined in the mystery of the surreal world..
Indeed a good novel to give yourself a break.
As always not all are perfect. There are a few cons that came to my notice.
The book undoubtedly is fictional but there was no mentioning of it anywhere. Then there was this juxtaposition of the world ‘then’ and ‘now’. The book idolizes the theme of flawlessness. How were people to know and even make glasses to use as vision improvement tools as early as back then? How could they understand the breaking up of colors then, and the key to all, how did they realize that it was ‘oxygen’ and not merely air that sustained life.
As for the fact that the author did his research, but that was not good enough. The main character himself along with his name is derived from the Hindu mythology. If that were meant to be the case, he need not juxtapose the two times of those days and what is now. Whatever is shown to happen in the book does not imply that our current system of governance and livelihood is functioning based on the turn of events and guided by the system as of then. It is just too dumb. Anyone with the slightest idea of the country we live in now can mark the absurdity of the mistake. You need not have to make it all so perfect; there was no harm in showing a different version of the administrative system then.
Then there were those names. He supposedly picked out random mythical names that popped out in his head. He did not give it a second thought that choosing names from altered eras (Yugas) and different epics can throw a reader’s mind into chaos! He could have chosen not to. But did he?
How did it affect me?
As for me I am an atheist. It did me no good other than amusement. And when I write this, I mean no offense against any other person who holds unlike beliefs. I have never believed in someone with that entire godlike figure with tremendous power. But the way the author has represented Shiva as a mere human who rose to a man of that stature by his just words and deeds really kept me mesmerized and I respect him for that.
But I would recommend this book to all alike whether you do believe in Him or not. If you have ever read the mythological epics even for once, or if you had the slightest interest in the same, I advise you read this to gain an entirely new perspective.
A saga that tells that all can rise to become Shiva by virtue of his deeds.
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