Monday, July 08, 2013

Review- The Immortals Of Meluha by Amish Tripathi

Goodreads Summary:

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?


REVIEW:

I had been seeing Immortals Of Meluha (IoM)  in the number 1 spot of the National Bestsellers section at bookstores but I never even bothered to pick it up and read the summary because from the looks of it, it didn't seem like something I'd normally read. Then author Amish Tripathi came to my city to launch the third and final bool in the Shiva trilogy, The Oath Of The Vayuputras. After listening to him talk and getting my copy of IoM signed, I wanted to read the book but never got to it until a bunch of us Indian bloggers started an Immortals Of Meluha Read-along. We decided to read one chapter of the book per day for the entire month of June but it took me much more time than a single month to finally finish it. 
I will honestly admit that I know nothing about Indian mythology save for a few things here and there. I never really took an interest in it and I prefer it that way. So for me, The Immortals Of Meluha, the story of Lord Shiva, was a learning experience. I have no idea about the original story but author Amish's take on it was quite good, but trust me, I didn't understand much of it. 
Maybe it was my lack of attention while reading, maybe it was the slow pace at which I was going with the book or maybe it was just me. I don't know what to say about the story because it had me confused and I was very bored to flip back and get my facts straight. But like I said, this book has at least given me some information about Indian mythology. 
Now as for the characters, I did find many interesting characters here and there. Shiva was shown as a great man whom I admired. He is truly a hero and I love his humble and kind nature. He is very sweet. Even though everyone is in awe of the Neelkanth, Shiva still remains grounded. I was very eager to know what Sati had done to be deemed a Vikarma and I liked getting to know more about that. I like how Sati is fierce, strong and for her time and age, very brave and independent. The chemistry between Sati and Shiva is very visible. It's obvious the two have feelings for each other and they made for a great couple. 
It's too early to have a concrete opinion on the Naga King. Maybe, just maybe that is why the second book is called The Secret Of The Nagas. Only time will tell us, but I know for a fact that the Nagas will be good guys. 
Author Amish's writing was quite good but it was very "today" for a book set in 1900 BC. And that was because the author wanted to connect with the youth and make Shiva look like us normal beings. I would have loved a more literal style of writing. 
Overall, The Immortals Of Meluha was an interesting take and fans of mythology will enjoy it. Unfortunately for me, although a highly enlightening experience and a very interesting read, it was a bit dragged and the time I took to finish it says how hard it was to get into it. The book ended on a cliffhanger and it was such that although I want to know what happens next, the sheer time investment these book need has me worried about it. But I must say that I am proud of myself for having read this bestseller even when I was highly tempted to give up and sat through it, so yay me! 

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10 comments:

  1. Good job Sarika! It's difficult to stick with a book when it's dragging and a bit confusing! I loved your review friend! I really felt like I understood what the book is about based on your review. I love mythology, but if it isn't done right, it can bore me. Thank you for such a thoughtful, and honest review :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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    1. It's done right and all, it's just that I had a seriously hard time getting into it. Thank you so much, Lindy. I'm proud of myself to have read the book. :)

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  2. Well I love mythology.. and I hate when its written in the way our 'sankshipt Ramayana' was written in school... IoM had been on my tbr pile for long, and when I finally got my hands on it, I couldnt stop reading! Amish's interpretation of Shiva is Beautiful, the writing style definitely connects to the youth.. I dont want to give away a lot because I have finished reading the series., I will just say that nothing is as it really seems and Amish has provided a new revolutionary theory about India and its mythology-one you will want to beleive.. Though Vayuputra's end was disappointing for the fans, if u think from the author's POV, it makes sense.. Yes the cliffies in btwn the books is a bit too much to take, though! :) -Manmita

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    1. Aw, I'm so glad you liked the book, Manmita. It really was very interesting and Amish's take on Shiva was quite fascinating as well. I don't know if I'll be continuing with the series, but I must admit that you've made me curious. :)

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  3. I'm not much aware with the Hindu Mythology except the whole Ramayan story, so I like that atleast I get to learn something from it. But a boring story doesn't sound very good and it surely doesn't make me want to pick this book up. Though I have a question: Is Shiva the god in this book or just some character's name? Because I don't think I would be interested in reading about any kind of romance among Gods.

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    1. Correct, you put it right out there, Aman. It's good but hard to get into. And Manmita has answered for you below. Shiva is human but given Godly status. The romance was subtle but really nice though. :)

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  4. Shiva is human but is given the status of god..

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  5. The whole series has the unexpected twist and turns, awe-inspiring folds after folds. Amazing story to read and even to tell… Most of the Indian writer fell to spell bound the reader and turn dreary to the readers, instead Amish have scholarly written this, It was not only similar to what a reader expects from international writer but at par to the best writer amongst the world… Inspiring and even character building giving a lost codes and ethics the modern acceptance, motivational and frankly makes you think… Not even a single character has lost their character was. Daksha, Nandi, Parveteshwar, Anandmayi, Bhagirath all remain the same till the end, till the last page of series final book. It was, as if all the character has really lived to 200 years making their character unflinching...

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  6. Actually it was Amish's Shiva Trilogy made me to read mythology books after on. He made me to fall in love with Shiva. Yes the end of Trilogy was very usual but still Shiva Trilogy will be one among my best collection of books.

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