The Shiva trilogy by Amish Tripathi

Genre: Mythological fiction

Okay. For people who have not read this book yet because you are not into mythologies, here’s my advice- Don’t miss out on this!

The Immortals of Meluha is the first book of the Shiva Trilogy, also, the debut book of Amish Tripathi. What an amazing to start a journey!

The story gives us the journey of a common man. A man, just like the rest of us. A commoner. Well, then what makes the man different? The man is none other than Lord Shiva. Still doesn’t make things clear? Keep reading.

From Mount Kailash, Shiva, along with his entire tribe (The Gunas), move to Meluha because of the constant trouble and wars caused by the Pakratis. Meluha, a place of absolute beauty and order, was the land of the Suryavanshis-the followers of Lord Ram. With an age old legend that a messiah will come and save them from the evil, they are utterly shocked to find that Shiva was the “Neelakanth” (the bearer of the blue throat) that destiny had in hold for them. Much to his surprise, Shiva denies their assumptions due to his unforgettable past.

After being identified as Neelakanth by Ayurvathi, the Chief of Medicine of the Meluhans, Shiva is taken to Devagiri, the capital city of Meluha to meet the emperor Daksh. During his stay in the capital along with his comrades Nandi and Veerabhadra, Shiva meets Sati and falls in love with her. I have to say, the romance between Shiva and Sati is very beautifully kindled and subtly written.

Meluha was almost a Utopia with its own set of problems caused by the Chandravanshis and the Nagas. For the rest of the book, Shiva leads the army towards victory over the Chandravanshis. However, things take a turn when the Lord sees the war from the perspective of the enemy and realizes his mistake while choosing sides. Shiva makes attempts to set things right by going to the enemy base to find the actual enemy. Guess who turns out to be the actual enemy? The Nagas.

The first book has a nail biting ending. When I finished reading the first book, I immediately started the next!

Highlights of the book:

There were many things about Meluha that were very impressive, in particular, the system of Maika. Under the Maika system, all pregnant Meluhan women are bound to travel to a camp when they are ready to deliver babies. Children are brought up in the Maika without knowing their birth parents. At the age of 15, a comprehensive exam is held, on the basis of which castes are allocated. After such allocation, there is one more year of training, this time, caste specific. Children are then adopted by parents from the caste allocated to them at the Maika.

I simply couldn’t get this out of my mind. This would define individuals for what they are, with no relation to the caste they are born in.

The war and fight scenes were very awe-inspiring. The writing had weight, and practically made it possible to visualize the entire scene in the mind while reading.

The book questions our beliefs. The fact that what maybe evil in your perspective might be holy for the other is emphasized.

Many other matters of regard such as female rights and equality, life of the disabled, etc were explained engagingly.

Quote that I liked:

“And if there is anything that appears like a miracle, the only explanation is that a scientific reason for it has not been discovered as yet.”

Being a believer of science, I couldn’t agree more to this.

Favourite character (other than the main)- Parvateshwar

Paravateshwar, the head of the Meluhan army, was indeed a man of his words (well, almost. I don’t want to spoil anything here, haha!). Being a true follower of Ram, he believed that rules were meant to be followed in all circumstances, with no exception for anybody. He is also the godfather of Sati. Although he portrays himself as a cold-hearted person, deep down, his heart aches when he sees his loved ones in pain. His loyalty, perseverance and rigidity mixed with his affection and love makes him a complete character that is worth admiring.

Who is your favorite character? Let me know!

Overall opinion: A mythology blended with modern ideas that is worth reading.

Review of the next book, “The Secret of the Nagas” coming soon!


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