Title: The Immortals of Meluha: Book Review
Book: The Immortals of Meluha
Author: Amish Tripathi
Publisher: Tara Press
Genre: Mythology fiction
First Published In: 2010
Pages: 418 (Paperback edition published by Westland Ltd)
Major Characters: Shiva, Sati, Nandi, Veerbhadra, The Lord of the People, Daksha, Brahaspati
About the author
Amish Tripathi, born on 18th October 1974, is the author of the Shiva Trilogy and the Ram Chandra series. He studied at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta and after that worked for 14 years in a bank. His first book, The Immortals of Meluha, was published in 2010 and became the fastest-selling book series in India. The success of The Immortals of Meluha encouraged him to quit his job and focus on writing. His books are mainly based on history, mythology, and philosophy.
The Immortals of Meluha- Book review
The Immortals of Meluha is the first book of the Shiva Trilogy. The other two books being The Secret of the Nagas and The Oath of the Vayuputras.
The Immortals of Meluha is the story of a Tibetan immigrant named Shiva, whose deeds would later make him gods of gods, the Mahadev. In the story, Suryavanshis (followers of the solar calendar) face great danger as the Saraswati river is on the verge of extinction, and face terrorist attacks from Chandravanshis (followers of the lunar calendar). The Nagas, murderous and deformed humans, have allied with the Chandravanshis to make the situation worse. Shiva is supposed to lead the Suryavanshis in the battle against Chandravanshis and destroy the evil.
The Immortals of Meluha will take you back to 1900 BC. and let you see the rise of Shiva through the eyes of the author. Shiva is one of the most worshipped deities of Hinduism, and he is considered the destroyer of evils. But Amish has portrayed Shiva in his story as a skilled warrior, a passionate lover, a common man with a kind and humble soul, and no godly powers. Shiva’s character is very well designed with his compassion for the weak, excellent dancing skills, and volcanic anger on the evil.
If you are an Indian, you might have heard about the magical powers that God possesses, like disappearing, flying, destroying anything with just a thought, releasing magical arrows, etc. But Amish has abandoned all the supernatural aspects and described everything in the story as a science. To read the scientific replacements of all the magics makes the story fascinating.
The Immortals of Meluha is a brilliant combination of mythology, history, and fiction. The story also covers social issues like discrimination against women and the caste system.
Amish explains every minute detail of architecture, the appearance of characters, and the battle actions that would allow you to imagine and live a whole different life in Meluha. All the characters are very well designed, and you would be able to empathize with them easily. In addition, The Immortals of Meluha will entrap you with excellent dialogues and philosophies which would keep running in your mind for the days to come.
“There are many realities. There are many versions of what may appear obvious. Whatever appears as the unshakeable truth, its exact opposite may also be true in another context. After all, one’s reality is but perception, viewed through various prisms of context.”
― Amish Tripathi, The Immortals of Meluha
When I bought this book, I was immensely obsessed with it. I found myself in a flow because I couldn’t stop reading the next after finishing each chapter of the book. The story completely captured my thoughts, pushed me to imagine every detail in the story, and get lost in the ancient world, which existed some 4000 years ago. There were many euphoric moments, one of these was when everyone was roaring- Har Har Mahadev (All of us are Mahadev).
“A man becomes a Mahadev, only when he fights for good. A Mahadev is not born from his mother’s womb. He is forged in the heat of battle, when he wages a war to destroy evil. Har Har Mahadev – All of us are Mahadev.”
― Amish Tripathi, The Immortals of Meluha
The Immortals of Meluha is a thrilling and highly appealing story with fantastic narration. If anyone avoids this book, I would consider it a profound loss for him/her. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a thrilling and captivating story.