Book Review of 'The Immortals of Meluha'
Updated: Sep 16
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The book, 'The Immortals of Meluha' written by Amish Tripathi, is a fiction story book with names of Shiva, Veerbhadra, Nandi, Lord Brahma, Rudra and Brihaspati.
Though, the characters names are similar to Hindu Gods, however, it has nothing to do with the celestial deities.
Meluha is a place where the Suryavanshi's live and they have their enemies the Chandravanshi 's who have stopped the flow of river Saraswati. In ancient times, the rivers Indus, Saraswati, Yamuna, Ganga, Sarayu, Brahmaputra and Narmada use to flow and hence this place use to be called the land of seven rivers.
As per the Suryavanshi's, the flow of river Saraswati was very important, which emerged as the confluence of Sutlej and Yamuna.
Unlike most of the rivers of Punjab, the Saraswati river was calm and even though the river sensed that her days are numbered as per the story, yet She flowed majestically emitting a brilliant view for the onlookers.
The problems lies in the fact that Meluha's thought the Chandravanshi as their enemies and that they have conspired to kill the Saraswati river and hence stop the production of Somras, which as per the people of Meluha, is a drink of the Gods.
Taking Somras at defined times not only postpones death, but also allows one to live an entire life as if they were in their prime of youth - mentally and physically. As per the meluha people this Somras was invented many years back by one of the greatest scientist ever lived named Lord Brahma.
Here also the author have taken the name of a Hindu God, but the name have no connection with the Trimurti. It's just a name which is similar to the name of one of celestial deity, Lord Brahma.
The emperor of Chandravanshi's was Dilipa and he was the ruler of Swadweep, King of Ayodhya and the chief of Chandravanshi's.
Shiva who became the neelkanth after taking the Somras is an immigrant from outside who as per the legend was the destroyer of evil.
The story has many tales where neelkanth infused strength in the minds of the Suryavanshi's who were continuously attacked by the Chandravanshi's and the Nagas.
Neelkanth or Shiva with his intellect foiled all their assault and even saved the lives of the princess Sati, several times.
This is a story about love, war, introspection and later Shiva's thought about evil and good.
Amish writing skills is quite extraordinary and the way this book is written is lucid and in simple language.
Amish is a 1974-born, IIM (Kolkata)-educated banker-turned-author. The success of his debut book, The Immortals of Meluha (Book 1 of the Shiva Trilogy), encouraged him to give up his career in financial services to focus on writing. Apart from this Amish is also an Indian - government diplomat, a host for TV documentaries and also a film producer. Amish has great passion on history, mythology and philosophy.
The thing which I didn't like was dragging too much of the same story of neelkanth and the blind faith of the people that he is their savior.
The ending was also not upto the mark as i feel that it could have been in a better way, since the book makes one feel that a second series is about to come with a sudden termination of the story.
I enjoyed reading the book and if I have to rate the book on 10 Stars and 10 being the highest, i will give the book 8 stars.
(Please Note: The above are my own personal thoughts after going through the book. Your views, facts, and opinions after reading the book may differ)
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