“The Immortals of Meluha” by Amish Tripathi

Amish Tripathi, a 38 year old IIM Calcutta graduate boring banker turned happy writer. His debut book, The Immortals of Meluha, the first book of the Shiva Trilogy, was a huge success, which encouraged him to give up his 14 year old job and allowed him to focus on writing. The book is followed by the other two books of the trilogy, The Secret of the Nagas and The Oath of the Vayuputras. Amish believes that there is beauty and meaning in every culture and religion. This book was in fact rejected by almost every publisher that he had approached. Finally the author went on self publishing and soon became a Best Seller. Later on he was taken up by a reputed publisher. This book which has been translated into more than 20 languages, has won many hearts.
The story focus on Shiva, a warrior who was living with his tribe, in what is currently known as Tibet. He soon comes across Meluhans who are in search of something or ”someone”. Shiva’a tribe were on a bad stage fighting the Prakratis decided to follow the Meluhans to their land. Accompanied by Nandi, Shiva and his group reach Meluha. But things changes when the Meluhans, the Suryavanshis (descendants of the sun) and the Swadeeps, the Chandravanshis (descendants of moon) are fighting over the Saraswati river. Whom would Shiva support? Is his decision is right? Who is the real evil?
The Immortals of Meluha, has some amazing characters which would stay with us even after the series is over. Nandi, the loyal Suryavanshi and Shiva’a trustful friend. Sati, the Suryavanshi Princess who was held down under the Suryavanshi laws and is also the love interest on Shiva. Brahaspati, the man with the logic, one of the most interesting character. Parvateshwar, the genuine follower of Lord Ram.
This book was being suggested by my friend and truly I feel that if I hadn’t read this book it would have been a great loss. The mythological aspect of the story is highlighted well. I was indeed blown away by the way the author used the small things to create big things. Characterization is very much relateable. From the beginning itself it keeps the reader moving, the plots twists, things change and the pages turn quickly. There is also this epic story line and the author has done his best to bring it out. For the readers to understand more there is a map and glossary in all the 3 books. The writing was definitely smooth and very accessible for any reader to be immediately drawn into the story. Altogether it is a fantastic book and the other 2 books are also equally great.
After completing the trilogy it makes the reader sit and think about the book. The book which has already won immense appreciation is among India’s best books. Every passage has rich meaning and therein lies the strength of the book. I rate this book 4.8 on 5 and suggest it to everybody who loves mythology, suspense and twists.
Reviewed by Prarthana Manoj

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