Right after I finished reading “As the crow flies” by Jeffrey Archer, I picked up the first part of the “Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathi” that is “The Immortals of Meluha.”
This book created a buzz in the sphere sometimes back and was on my “to-read” list.
Another reason being, a great amount of interest in mythology since I was a kid.
So, here I borrowed the book from my friend and started reading it.
Though, I was a little skeptical about the book since after reading a couple of good fiction, I was not sure that whether Amish will be able to meet my expectations.
You know, books can set you up in some kind of rhythm and once you’ve read a couple of books, I think you cannot look back. At Least that’s the case with me.
So, I guess I am responding to that rhythm right now. I don’t know if that makes sense or not but I felt like saying it anyway.
Anyway, like most of us, I was aware of the original Mahadev part of the story which is incessantly a part of our childhood.
By the way, for those who haven’t read it yet, You must have figured out by the name of the series “Shiva Trilogy” that it is based on the story of “Shiva-The Mahadev”.
In a nutshell, if I were to tell you the zest of the book then it would go like this which is evidently the prime plot of the whole story.
“A man can earn the status of God through his karmas.”
The blurb or synopsis of the book says exactly the same:
“THE STORY OF THE MAN, WHOM LEGEND TURNED INTO A GOD.”
The man need not necessarily belong to some higher class nor does he require to possess some godlike powers. Even a simple man can be the God to someone through his good deeds.
The way Amish has carved the story is impeccable.
However, some justification to old mythological facts appears to be weak but needless to say, the experiment with the story is much appreciated.
By the way,
Have you watched that critically acclaimed movie which was the talk of the town recently?
Umm, chances are that you might have guessed it right, I am talking about “BAHUBALI”.
Don’t know why, I felt some similarities in the book and the movie, especially the war scenes (Chapter 23 & The war with Kalkeya in part 1).
If you’ve read it then do let me know if you feel the same.
Now, coming to my favorite part.
Well, this is tricky but undoubtedly the last chapter of the book hooked me up. The conversation of Neelkanth with the priest was a worthy read.
There is one thing of that I am damn sure is that you will love that chapter.
The section is all about the realization of Neelkanth of committing a sincere mistake of being misled.
There is one great learning for us and our society.
Usually what we do is that we start hating someone just because his/her lifestyle is different from ours but we should not do that, right.
To rest my case, I would love to congratulate Amish for weaving such a literary art piece.
Overall, it was a good read and I am up again with the second part of the trilogy that is “THE SECRET OF THE NAGAS”.
Let’s see what it has in there?
I’ll update the article here once I am done with the second part.
Till then, kindly do let me know your experience with the book.