In Retrospect – The Immortals of Meluha

“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

“Whether a man is a legend or not is decided by history, not fortune tellers.” 
― Amish Tripathi, The Immortals of Meluha
 “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 Amish Tripathi’s debut book part of The Shiva Trilogy. This is surely a page turner, mythological fiction mixed with a modern imagination.  It was like a grown up version of the Amar Chitra Kathas that I currently read to my four year old now.

The story starts out with Shiva, the leader of a Tibetan tribe migrating to the kingdom of Meluha  which is Lord Ram’s creation.  He is invited to immigrate and Shiva agrees keeping in mind the everyday battles his tribe has to fight in order to protect themselves from their enemies around the Mansarovar.  When Shiva migrates, he is administered the Somras which causes his throat to glow blue. This makes people of Meluha believe that he is the Neelkanth in accordance to the Legend of the Neelkanth. Thus starts Shiva’s journey. This is a primarily a story of the victory of good against evil or rather what is perceived as evil. It is a story of coming of age of sorts, of expectations that surge ones beliefs, of weakness turning to strength. It is a great read with ladlefuls of philosophy, science, mythology, romance, war and fantasy thrown into the mix.
This is a light fiction read. 

I was a little surprised by a swearing Shiva and the use of some colorful language in the book, but for some really strange reasons it made Shiva’s character very endearing as well. I wish Amish had developed the other characters a little more. The only fully developed characters seemed like that of Shiva and Sati. However, I guess that would make the book truly very long and out of context. All in all, a good page turner which is worth reading, but pure fiction.


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