Plot Discussion: ‘The Immortals of Meluha’ is the first book in the Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathi.
It is set to the tune of Hindu mythology but describes the characters as mere mortals with real emotions and problems. The book follows the adventures of a nomadic chieftain Shiva whose life drastically changes when he is invited to the seemingly perfect land of Meluha by King Daksha. When he is suddenly declared as their savior, Shiva is forced to step up to his new position. His loyal new friends, the loving people and the feisty Sati show him a world of civilization and order that he could have never imagined possible. But the empire is surrounded with enemies who are determined to war with them. In this journey filled novel, Shiva is forced to philosophize, to protect those around him, to adjust to the new customs and to take decisions that would impact the lives of the innocent masses.
The book almost grabs you by the collar and makes you bite your nails even at the finish. The narrative is compelling, vividly graphic and moves at a brisk pace. The author has done a brilliant job linking several Hindu myths, almost convincing his readers that the story is not fiction. The characters were extremely well researched, relatable and likeable. While I found the writing too modern in some instances, it is this feature that many other readers appreciated. The book is refreshingly new and allows people to catch a glimpse of history and culture and it is a good read.
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This review has been contributed by Hamsini Hariharan. She’s working at BTL because she says that she likes Indian fiction but her true intentions are world domination through flower power.
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