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 Nandi 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.