“THE STORY OF A MAN, WHOM LEGEND TURNED INTO A GOD.”
Shiva Triology Book 1 – The Immortals of Meluha
From the unbelievable response and exceptional critical acclaim, The Immortals of Meluha did become one of the ‘actual’ bestsellers of India. While I was too shocked to see the author being compared to Paulo Coelho, I was equally curious to know what makes people draw such a comparison.
It has been almost five years since The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi got published and it still sells like a hot cake. Even my bookseller uncle seems to import hundreds of copies of this book each year for he could simply not stop recommending this book to each of the readers who asks for his advice.
I picked up this book for my best friend recommended this to me. I actually borrowed the book from him so that I can set myself on a journey to discover what makes this book so special?
Plot of The Immortals of Meluha
The Immortals of Meluha is the first book of the Shiva Triology which talks about a man who was destined to become a God, Mahadeva. This book describes how Shiva discovers the legend of Neelkanth and how it was prophesied that he would become the savior of the Suryanvanshi tribe living in the land of Meluha. While Shiva still considers him as a normal man, people of the Meluha consider him as their God. But is he really a hero? Or is he what he thinks of himself – just a common man who appears to have a blue throat by chance? Suryavanshis expect him to fight for them and destroy the evil. But how would he do that when he doesn’t even believe himself to be the Neelkanth? How would Shiva, a common man save the entire tribe?
This is what the story is. To my immense stupidity, I read half of the book considering this to be the actual story of the Lord Shiva which has just been narrated from a different perspective. Probably, someone does need to teach me what fiction is.
Anyways, I did discover that this isn’t the real story or legend of Lord Shiva. But I am pretty sure that this small confusion (actually a big one) has not affected my reading experience with this book.
First of all, this isn’t really a page turning book as I read in the reviews published on the book itself. I did have to force myself to keep reading for the first 100 pages. But once I completed them, all I had in my mind was ‘what happens next’. I really wanted to know what would be the next step of Shiva. What would happen to him now? Who are those mysterious characters which the author didn’t reveal so easily?
All these questions kept bringing me back towards the pages of The Immortals of Meluha. Now, as I have completed reading the book 1, I am just waiting for the second book of the Shiva Triology. Thanks to Amish Tripathi who ended the book exactly where I didn’t want it to end. Well, that’s how you create suspense in the story. Right?
I have been too late to pick up this book and I know most of you have already read it. What do you think about the book? If you haven’t read it, go read it now! It’s worth reading!
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