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September 24, 2011

Notes on Amish Tripathi's 'The Immortals of Meluha'

The following book review is done in association with Stack Your Rack

Author: Amish Tripathi
Publisher: Westland Publications

It is always difficult to put down a review for a book which has already been claimed as bestseller having reportedly sold 1,20,000+ copies. But then you got to judge a book by what you read in it, minus the hype and the expectations. That, i believe is the best way to enjoy any book. The Immortals of Meluha, first book in the Shiva Trilogy is a thrilling book. It cleverly intersperse the fact and the fiction, introduces unimaginable mythological and historical characters, and keeps you hooked all the time.

The story takes place in the imaginary land of Meluha and how they are saved from their wars by a nomad named Shiva. It begins with the Meluhan king Daksha inviting tribes to stay at his country, one of them being Shiva's tribe. They soon come to recognize Shiva as their fabled saviour called Neelkanth after he devours a poison which turns his throat blue. Shiva decides to help the Meluhans in their war against the Chandravanshis, who had joined forces with a cursed group called Nagas. However, in his journey and the resulting fight that ensues, Shiva learns how his choices actually reflected who he aspires to be, and how it led to dire consequences.

The plot moves at a brisk pace, most of the characters are well etched out and the reader's attention is never allowed to flag with over-indulgence in any of the plot-points. The romance between Shiva and Sati gives you almost a Bollywood kind of feel but ultimately turns out to be immensely enjoyable. It brings out the human side of Shiva, and it does take time to adjust to his profanities and non-God side.

The book finally ends towards an almost spiritual existence of Shiva, making you reminiscent of Dan Brown's books, same feeling last felt in The Da Vinci Code which postulated Jesus Christ as a human who turned into a God by the virtue of his deeds. A lot has been said about the language of the book where even though story is set in the 19th century BC, the language (with references of weapons of mass destruction and department of immigration thrown in) is truly 21st century A.D. Purists may have a problem with this, but i believe if readers can relate more with the characters due to such nuances, it is absolutely fine.

Finally, the book ends with a lot of promise and a battle about to begin for supremacy. The set-up leaves you wanting more. The second book in the trilogy, The Secret of the Nagas has also been released in Aug 2011. I look forward in reading the same soon.


Rajlakshmi said...

I definitely need to grab this one... very well reviewed :)

Meetali said...

A small correction...the romance is between Shiva and Sati... what Nandi and he have might qualify for bromance.

Amit said...


Thanks, it is one of the better books I have read this year. Go for it, I am sure you are going to enjoy as much as I did.

Amit said...


True, corrected the post. Thanks for reading.