Immortals of meluha. Pages·· MB·9, Downloads. 'The Immortals of Meluha sees Lord Shiva and his intriguing life with a refreshing Page 7 Two. The Immortals of Meluha. 5 Pages·· KB·3 Downloads. The Immortals of Meluha - PDF EBOOK EPUB tvrprf. Description. Author: Amish Tripathi. BC . BC: the once-proud Suryavanshi rulers of the Meluha Empire are in dire peril. The empire's primary river, the Saraswathi, is slowly drying up. There are.

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LanguageEnglish. Immortals of meluha. IdentifierImmortalsOfMeluha. Identifier- arkark://t4rjh. OcrABBYY FineReader Ppi With a cliffhanger conclusion, this first in a trilogy will appeal to those who enjoy delving into works like The Lord of the Rings or The Chronicles of Narnia. Editorial Reviews. Review. 'Shiva rocks!' Times of India. 'Compels one to read till the end [and] site Store · site eBooks · Science Fiction & Fantasy.

Almost all the characters grew through the book, blossoming slowly to reveal themselves as complex human beings, not just cardboard cut outs. The only main character I can think of who remained more or less the same till the end of the book is Sati. I was proved wrong in my opinion of the book being another outlet of hero worship. In fact, if anything, he swore too much. I liked the way he grew in the book, gaining knowledge, experience and wisdom and never losing his humility though everyone worshipped the ground he stood on.

The writing, however, was poor. The author used over powering adjectives, melodramatic comparisons and seriously strong description. At one point in the book when Shiva first met Sati, Tripathi wote: The concept of the book was nice.

I liked the way the author contrasted the two civilizations of Suryavanshis and Chandravanshis. The detailed descriptions of the city were, I think, based on the Mohenjo Daro civilization.

Especially that part of the drainage system and the houses being at right angles with each other and the great bath. The society of the Suryavanshis was fascinating. I found myself wondering if it was actually possible to follow their beliefs and system in our society. Also the justification of the vikarma practice showed that the author gave great attention to the grays of the society where often the happiness of a few have to be sacrificed for the greater good of the others.

I look forward to the next book and I am glad that an Indian author has emerged who has been able to bring Indian mythology into the word of YA literature.

View all 23 comments. Feb 22, Priyanka Adhikary rated it did not like it. I first saw the ad for Immortals of Meluha on You Tube and it piqued my curiosity. A thriller set against the backdrop of ancient Meluha with Lord Shiva as the protagonist sounded novel.

The intriguing theme and the glorified blurbs heightened my expectations from the book. The cover was nicely done and impressive. So, with eager anticipation, typical of a bibliophile, I started reading.

But the first few pages itself planted a seed of doubt in my mind. With a plot that is virtually non-existent I first saw the ad for Immortals of Meluha on You Tube and it piqued my curiosity. With a plot that is virtually non-existent, characters that are quarter-baked, terrible language and dialogues that range from asinine to absurd, Immortals of Meluha can be best described as a brilliant concept gone complete awry in execution.

It is only because of my strict principle of finishing a book I start, no matter how horrible it is, that I managed to drag myself to the last page. The only thing rivaling the colander-like plot was the ridiculous ending. Reminded me the way Ekta Kapoor soap episodes used to get over, with a cheap suspense that materialized into nothing in the next episode. In short, a book that was a complete waste of time. Reading the yellow pages might have been a better way to pass time.

How this became a national bestseller is way beyond my comprehension!!! View all 3 comments. Jun 17, Priyanshi Durbha rated it did not like it.

I started off reading this book not out of some incentive, but out of an assignment at my previous workplace. At the outset, I had been right about my impression. The book is a midpoint between Chetan Bhagat's mind-numbing thrillers and a good mythology book. It's a sad state of affairs that most Indians have prescribed to a fast way of life and refuse to read a good book, but will take the short-cut by reading a fast-paced thriller that cheats us into finding out loads about our own culture.

I w I started off reading this book not out of some incentive, but out of an assignment at my previous workplace. I wouldn't deny that Amish makes a genuine effort to reveal to the reader much about our mythology, but I have serious reservations against the way he does it.

Shiva, Amish's protagonist who is based on lord Shiva we are familiar with, is a characterization that is unorthodox and disturbing at times, if I may add.

Shiva uses expressions like "shit" and "dude", which made me squirm. The trilogy is based on mythology but what Amish does is modify it to make it more palatable to the chick-lit loving Indian. The story is well paced and certainly worth a try, if not for the language and terrible editing, but for the plethora of mythology that has been twisted for the reader.

Many people I know have taken to this book before reading up on their mythology. My argument is that "Immortals" is but a story that may go down generations, while the original tales will die a slow death. If you really want to learn about your culture, you might as well take up a Devdutt Patnaik or a Rajagopalachari. If you are merely looking for a fast read, the trilogy isn't disappointing.

Dec 28, Yamna Rashid rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Recommended to Yamna by: Anish Kohli. I do not want to go lenient because I consider it my right as a reader to be honest and open about the books I read. I apologize for any mistakes I made while pointing out certain points of the book. KnuckleHead fell through because of, well, a couple of disagreements about the book and conflicting schedules and whatnot.

I had never heard of this book before I met Mr. I also have been exposed to a limited amount of Indian mythologies, prime being those related to Krishna and Ram although I never watched any shows related to the mythologies.

Hence, when I first heard of this book, I was aware of Shiva, but I had no idea about the hierarchy of gods or how Shiva is portrayed in the legends.

I have always been a fan of stories from the medieval times, my favorites being the likes of The Inheritance Cycle. So, I agreed to read the trilogy when Anish suggested them to me.

I also, later on, agreed to a book-read with him Here is where the trouble started First of all, no one unfamiliar with the myths in the first place can understand most of the book.

This means the book came off more as fan fiction. They are so different from the originals, they offer no satisfaction and are nothing compared to the actual books. Shiva, one of the three main deities in Hindu mythologies, is called Neelkanth man with blue throat. He was described, according to Wikipedia, as kind, caring and devoted. Sati, daughter of a ruler, heard of him and vowed to make the man hers.

She goes into the forest near her kingdom, meditates for weeks and eats next to nothing to impress Shiva. In the end, Shiva admits defeat, marries Sati and falls in love with her. Sati had been a reincarnation of one of the Goddesses, who had vowed to exert revenge if she were ever disrespected.

Sati, angry, burns herself as a result. And here goes the story Tripathi portrayed Shiva, Sati, Nandi differently, but to make it more "interesting", he wove in about 5 different social issues in present-day India for seemingly to educate the society.

This is basically one in which the people do not keep their blood children. Those wishing to raise children can choose so from a wide range of kids growing in a secluded area off the society. That concept is further made implausible by the explanation that women carry a child till 9 months, travel to a place off the main city when they approach labour, give birth and leave empty-handed.

I know Tripathi had his reasons to put this theory in his book, but it seems cruel. It can be argued that the people did it to please Lord Ram. However, human beings have, to this day, suffered mainly due to emotions. Rage causes you to declare war. Pain causes you to commit suicide.

Pleasure causes you to love. And when human beings are known to have emotions, it seems pretty stupid to think the entire society did not protest.

I posed this question to myself: If I were someone hoping to be either a mother or a father, would I give that child up and later take in another child?

The answer is a clear no. In a world where abortions are frowned upon, I find it hard to believe Tripathi thought his concept was foolproof To make the matter worse, we get this wonderful quote from Mr. Nothing can be worse for a mother than having a child who does not measure up to her expectations First of all, what?!

Second of all, Mr. Tripathi, do you honestly think any mother will hate or dislike her child for not measuring up to her expectations? If this is not clear, how about you answer this: Do you really think your mother will stop loving you? Or she will not like you anymore? Or she will even consider that bad?? Or she will think that is the worst thing in her life? What kind of a person thinks a mother is capable of that? How is that logical? He majorly blew up chances of his words reaching me after this atrocious statement Tripathi explained that the maika system was put in place to promote equality.

However, that is just one way to look at it. I am a child who is born in that secluded place. I grow up, in the first few years, without the love of a mother and a father.

When the child begins to show talent, he is sorted according to his capability. If he seems good at medical science, he is given to a doctor parent. And so on. Because Tripathi says the children are given up so that e. Who can argue accurately that just because a farmer cannot afford to make his child a doctor, the child cannot follow that destiny?

There is no way to deduce that just by a small example. And where Tripathi thought of the maika system as efficient, I find it downright cruel and unfair. No mother or father should be deprived of their own child, no matter what To make matters even worse, a society being built to promote equality has the rule that rulers are allowed to keep their blood children. Since Tripathi was so focused on his system, he did not focus on any of his characters.

He barely touched upon their personal thoughts, hopping from one theory to another. When Shiva first sees Sati, he is smitten. And from then on, it is nothing but Shiva daydreaming about Sati and thinking of ways to meet her.

I would have appreciated this in a normal story, but it seems out of character here, especially since from then on, all we hear from Shiva is weird, modern-day playboy language and thoughts of having Sati for himself. Apart from this, very little of his thoughts are dedicated to the fact that the people he is around are considering him a savior To be able to explain the Meluhans and other stuff, Tripathi decided to put very little focus on the development of characters.

Shiva does not mature or become smarter. There was no difference between the Shiva on the first page and the one on the last page, save from the fact that he just realized his destiny as the savior. His companions are put in the story only for dialogue exchange; Tripathi did not include their personal thoughts or a change in their character as the story progressed The book has a complete absence of much-needed action or simply quite a toned down version of action you would expect from a story involving a savior.

There are a few scenes thrown here and there, all of them, save for the war in the end, half-baked and too dull. I could almost imagine all the times I have witnessed this ridiculous scene in a number of Asian movies, and clearly, this one also failed to impress me.

Dear Author, for your information, just because he is a man, it does not call for showing him as a flirt with a word-forming capacity of a year-old boy.

Sound familiar? However, I think he should have chosen the topics for a book that did not portray a mythological character. Since Tripathi wanted to educate readers so much, he barely focused on Shiva, pushing him back to make space for a number of issues such as that of vikarma. He was so bent on telling people vikarma are awesome that he forgot he was supposed to use Shiva as the main character, not just as a bystander. That just changed her character completely.

Where I expected a jubilant and impressive heroine, which could have been done even if she was a vikarma , Tripathi focused so much on the fact that was untouchable that he did not bother explaining any of her other characteristics.

He ended the book with a scene where view spoiler [ the vikarma are chosen to sacrifice their lives to stave off the enemy.

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He also did not explain why the Meluhans thought it fair that they were sending out only the untouchables for a suicide mission. Why have only the vikarma been presented with this honor? The concept behind vikarma is explained to Shiva with the words that people that have had misfortune in life become disconcerted and angry; they can become a threat to the society.

Hence, to prevent this anger from destroying a society, such misfortunate people are regarded as vikarma and prevented from being a part of the society. If I am not wrong, a person would be more likely to become angry IF they are subjected to a cruel, lonely life where no one is willing to touch them.

This concept is just assuming every single person with a misfortune in life will go on to become a threat even though there is no plausible reason why this should happen; each person has a different nature. Tripathi says the Somras helps secrete more anti-oxidants through urine or saliva, which is why the city has a separate shower area, and impressive plumbing to get rid of the toxic fluids.

Moreover, how come period blood is not toxic? I know there are a lot of negatives. Where Shiva was known to dance impressively, Tripathi portrayed it in a completely different light. He danced only for himself There are a few parts here and there that are interesting.

The war at the end is cleverly worded. We see the intelligent side of Shiva when he suggests brilliant ways of moving into the battle and formulates a plan that view spoiler [ leads his people to victory hide spoiler ].

The dance practices between him and Sati offered a brief glimpse into the love life of the actual couple. There are also titbits here and there that show the true love the two shared. Tripathi may have failed in quoting the correct nature of most mothers. If the society rewards trust, people will be trusting To conclude, this was a hit and miss for me.

However, for me personally, the story started with a boom, went slightly uphill and then went down and down, and continued to plummet until the end But, even though I tend to warn people off from the books I hate, for this one I have chosen to remain silent. If anyone ever asks me about my opinion, I will give my honest one but will urge them to read this one for themselves I wish I had had a better experience, but I guess some books are not meant for me.

To end this a quote: But he felt strong enough to carry it View all 49 comments. Sep 06, Qube rated it liked it Shelves: The Immortals of Meluha is a mythological novel erroneously labelled sometimes as epic fantasy that takes one of the gods of Indian mythology and portrays him as a man.

Amish intelligently tweaks and warps the cast of familiar characters familiar to Indians, at least , and paints a fantastical version of Shiva's life that is credible in some parts and amateurish in others.

It is not a version the religious or the traditional will appreciate, but is one that will appeal to those who are not av The Immortals of Meluha is a mythological novel erroneously labelled sometimes as epic fantasy that takes one of the gods of Indian mythology and portrays him as a man. It is not a version the religious or the traditional will appreciate, but is one that will appeal to those who are not averse to morphing mythology. I tried reading the novel objectively, independent of the Indian and mythological contexts, and found it middling in story line and execution.

But add the mythological context and powerful attachment to Lord Shiva in India, and the book becomes a big deal for some readers. There are couple of twists towards the end that are interesting. At the same time, some amateurish attempts to link up the modern and old eg. The author must be commended for his courage in playing with religious beliefs. Having said that, the success of his work shows that the average English novel reading Shiva devotee has high tolerance.

In summary, it is good in parts, and may be enjoyed by those Indian readers who are not very picky. Overall Rating: Setting 3 ; Story 2 ; Characters 3 ; Writing View 2 comments. Jul 21, Varun rated it really liked it.

By writing this book Amish unlocked an entirely different genre in the Indian Fiction writing scene. Strong narrative, vivid imagination and good story-pace keep you engaged with the book.

The way he weaves Shiva as a human character with an ethereal out-worldly aura is remarkable. Top that off with picturesque descriptions of tools, weapons, battles, strategies, and way kingdoms and ancient commerce behaved, keeps you wanting for more. The book was a good story in itself, but at the root of it By writing this book Amish unlocked an entirely different genre in the Indian Fiction writing scene. The book was a good story in itself, but at the root of it though I did not find the story engaging and suspenseful enough to read the next two books.

Oct 04, Riku Sayuj rated it liked it. It grows on you.. Jun 07, Neha rated it really liked it Shelves: A pure adult fantasy in a nice way Gods are humanized and traditions are questioned. Without revealing too much I would say it traces beautifully the journey of Shiva from being a tribal to a 'Mahadeva'. Only one issue the English used is too local and common phrases like 'dammit' 'what in the name of' etc soun A pure adult fantasy in a nice way To read more: View all 10 comments.

Dec 27, Ashish Iyer rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have read many Lord Shiva's book. But something was lacking in that book of Shiva. Shiva wasn't really smiling. Too serious. He was romantic alright, just the way I pictured Him to be. But he wasn't so cheerful. At least, smile a bit.

Shiva isn't Krishna, but at least some smiles would not hurt. Amish' Shiva gave me the Shiva I identified with the most.

Tho I don't mind a bit of swearing, he swears too much to my taste. But since the premise was human-turned-to-god anyway, it's not a big deal f I have read many Lord Shiva's book. But since the premise was human-turned-to-god anyway, it's not a big deal for me. Other than the swearing, I really like this Shiva. He was so humane and approachable. He made mistakes and learned from them. He became humble because of them, and rose above them.

He seriously defended humanity, but he still enjoyed life and made jokes around as well, while he could.

He had his demons in the past Shiva's portrayal as a strong and mighty fighter at times conflicts with his easy banter and almost juvenile interactions with his friend, but in some sense, that's partly where the fun is. And how can I tell you how mesmerised I was whenever I read about Shiva's interactions with Sati here? Amish wrote them just the way I picture Shiva-Sati relationship. Shiva with all his passions and thinly veiled disappointments whenever Sati refused him again The love between Shiva and Sati was exactly as I pictured in my mind all these years.

A beautiful eternal dance of love. But perhaps the most impressive scene was when Shiva met the old beggar in Ayodhya. I won't give away anything here, but suffice to say that Shiva actually deserved the surprise.

The last chapter with the Pandit was very interesting too. The book is a fast paced read, written in an easy-going flowing manner. The ancient and the revered mixes nicely and effortlessly with modern concepts, and makes you smile. I know this is not Purana, but since it brings me closer to Shiva, what difference does it make? I love the book so much, it's difficult for me to lend it to my friend who also wants to read it.

I wish I can give more stars, but since I can't Aug 04, Rohit Raut rated it it was amazing Shelves: Entities of immense and unfathomable power that is limited only by imagination. Creators and destroyers of worlds. Bramha, Vishnu, Mahesh and all the myriad entities of good and evil in the Hindu Pantheon. Long has been my fascination with all of them, and like so many of us I have often asked the question "Did they really exist?

If they did, what would drive the actions of such giants? What would they be inspired by, when they could remake worlds in a whim? What i Gods. What if they weren't passive observers with their abodes in the skies, but instead were living, breathing, confused, loving, hating, full-of-life beings just like the rest of us? History meets mythology in The Immortals of Meluha which undertakes the unenviable task of retelling the tale of the Lord Shiva, the Destroyer of Worlds.

But the man we meet is not a celestial being. Instead, he is a great warrior with perhaps a destiny bigger than he can imagine, but one that he is relentlessly unsure of. How can a man who doubts himself be a Mahadev, a God of Gods? And what makes a mortal - a being of flesh and blood, a Mahadev?

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In the first book of a trilogy, we join Shiva - a Tibetan tribal general on a quest that will lead him to worlds beyond his imagining, and impossible choices as he is faced with the titanic task of saving a civilization he knows nothing about. Sit on the shoulder of the giants of lore, and take a magnificent journey through the India of myth in the Immortals of Meluha, a magnificent, spellbinding journey through epic wars, superhuman bravery, and a God's quest to conquer the greatest kingdom of them all - the kingdom of the SELF.

Highly recommended. Feb 07, Sailesh Ravindran rated it really liked it. The book is as all the reviews point out, a very good read. Ever since i read the synopsis on a website, i wanted to read the book and once i started reading the book it proved to be page turner indeed. The book has got all the goodness of a 'grandmother's tale' and all the masala of a 'bollywood movie'. I would rather say that, it is a grand mother's tale in a bollywood style. But then, The book is as all the reviews point out, a very good read.

But then, with the positives, there are also negatives.

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There are areas in the book where the author completely loses it. That perfect blend of the qualities i mentioned, entirely goes for a toss. Why the hell does he explain every word of Indian language immediately after the usage in English when he has glossary as an appendix. And, the author could have avoided the usage of the phrases like 'Damn it'.

Above all, the climax is a pity. Negatives apart, i would like to end the review on a positive note. The author indeed is worthy of all praises for showcasing our Mahadev as a simple man just like you and me with flesh, bone and blood. The messages it conveys is something worthy of keeping in your heart- "Har Har Mahadev", Everyone is God!!

Apr 06, Abhinav rated it liked it Shelves: Perhaps, he could have done with some perspiration too, so he could have strived to write this book much better than it turned out to be. And that is the biggest grievance I have with Mr. Amish over his bestselling debut novel. The storytelling is decent too, given it is quite a page-turner. And that is where pretty much all the good things about it stop.

The writing is a major let-down, for a story of this scope deserves a hell lot better prose than what Amish offers. No, don't even get started on how this is written in a modern style, the existing standards of Indian popular fiction, blah blah.

When you have a story like this, you have to work hard enough to give it the writing it deserves. Why does King Daksha seem to go around 'hugging' everyone 'tightly'?

Why does everyone seem to 'guffaw loudly' Jai Shri Siddhu! Like some of my friends would say, "Kitna rota hai bey. I'm one who changes sides as I switch from literary to popular fiction, but I'm usually on the side of the latter esp.

Amish fails considerably.

I'm going with a rating of 3 to 3. Go for it if you're looking for a fast read, nothing more given you haven't read it already. View all 6 comments. Mar 22, AC rated it did not like it. We hindus have a big heart and usually accept these kinds of remodelling of our sacred books.

But this work is hopeless. This book is just a overhyped and overtalked about indian book, that has no moral value to impart. The writer starts of by saying that he wants to make shiva believable as a man and someone just like us, yet in the entire story, miracles keep happening all the time none of which happen in our lives and Dear Amish - Please stop making Ekta Kapoor soaps out of Indian Mythology.

The writer starts of by saying that he wants to make shiva believable as a man and someone just like us, yet in the entire story, miracles keep happening all the time none of which happen in our lives and hence cannot be related at all. Poor usage of langauge and random usage of swear words make the book an absolute pain to read.

Just for an instance, I started counting the number of times the word "hell" has been used by shiva in the entire book - 32 times. The writer who has studied Finance and got an IIM degree, is expected to do a little bit more research before writing on topics as popular as shiva, since shiva is worshiped in every house in India and people know stuff already.

NeelKanth does not mean blue throat - Neela in sanskrit means dark and not blue. Next time, please do some more digging and get some depth. Characters in this book keep dragging the same question again and again - for eg. And in answer shiva keeps swearing - "What the hell with this blue throat?

The meeting of shiva with his love is completely ridiculous. Seems like Amish Tripathy picked it out of some bollywood crap movie and put it there. Please Mr Author, these are dangerous waters, tread with caution. This is completely worthless piece of work which has nothing to contribute to the society, this book was written for the sole purpose of making money, and that, it has done successfully - thanks to the ample publicity.

Playing with a soft ball is a better time pass than reading this book. Oct 28, Harish Challapalli rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The first time i came across reading a book with mythology blended with some fiction!

The author should be appreciated for his braveness in thinking to write a book like this! He has chosen a high profile god in India as a lead in his franchise!

The author not only succeeded in avoiding it but also came up with this wonderful epic book! One thing i would like to tell for the would be readers of this book, pls Awesome!! One thing i would like to tell for the would be readers of this book, pls remove Lord shiva and think u r reading about a leader shiva. Else u might feel uncomfortable with the book! I havent found anything negative in this book! I started the book with a different set of mind and the ending was much pleasure. U can find mind boggling twist n turns in this first part.

All the mythological characters were introduced and taken in the story with perfect elegance and one cannot find any mistake in it as far as i felt Cant wait to move on to the second part!

View 1 comment. Sep 27, Prakash Swamy rated it it was amazing. Started reading this book only last week after hearing about it from a few friends. Ended up wondering how did I not pick this up for reading till now! Reading about his Life - even imagined one - was a revelation.

A friend warned that once you pick it up, you can't put it down. How true? Finished the book in one go, in just 3 sittings. It has been a long while since I've done such voracious reading! He sure knows how to tell a story, with memorable characters who we'll end up rooting for, vivid detail of the great nation of Bharat, its people and culture several thousands of years ago and truly nail biting action and heart tugging romance that actually place you right in the midst of it all.

Amish has vividly re-imagined Lord Shiva as an intelligent, witty, strong willed and macho man who rose to be God of Gods Mahadev , rather than sticking to the standard known premise of him being worshiped as a God. The way Amish has beautifully tied together every legend associated with Lord Shiva, from Kailash, Manasarover to Tiger Skin to Neelkanth to Bharathanatyam dance to Trishul to the war cry 'Har Har Mahadev', leaves one in suspended disbelief thinking 'oh, this is how it must've been'!

Lord Shiva is also portrayed as a revered Leader who's a non-conformist and didn't bother too much about hierarchy, class, creed, taboos or the business-as-usual way of doing things. The way Amish points out how culturally, socially and technologically the Suryavanshis a race of Indians who're the inhabitants of Meluha or the Indus Valley were superior and how talent or skill was respected over birth and how women were equal to men, will serve even the current society and generation well.

I also had a few deeply spiritual experiences similar to the ones I had in my Master Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev's presence or while attending Isha Yoga programs while reading the book - esp. Immortals of Meluha is highly recommended for anyone who loves fiction and is interested in history of a great nation and the mythology that surrounds that history!

Shambo Mahadev! Oct 13, Avanthika rated it it was amazing. What intrigued me to read this book is the fact that this book is not for those who believe in Shiva Puran, Saivisam and lord Ram's ways of ruling. Its a piece of pure-imagination, where the author gives scope for tribal Shiva to elevate himself to be the God-of-Gods breaking the rules of Lord Ram with the course of time with his intellect and bravery. I could literally visualize Shiva's Rudhrathandav with Sati, for they're written with words of throbbing energy.

There are quotes, which you cannot forget for the rest of your life, once you read them. I could sense the love in Amish Trivedi which he had for his beloved Mahadev, Shiva. Cant wait anymore to grab the second book! If you're that single person who cannot come out of Indian Mythological facts, this book can hurt your sentiments, seriously.

There's no point in rating this book badly if you're so attached to cliched facts, its obvious that you can't digest this book. It was a book that was rejected by almost every publisher that the author had approached. Disappointed but not defeated the author went on to self-publish it and with a strong online presence managed to sell enough copies to become an Indian bestseller.

He was of course then taken on by a traditional publisher and became a reputed bestseller all across the Indian subcontinent while being translated into many languages as well.

The story focuses on Shiva, a twenty-one year old warrior who is living with his tribesmen in what is currently Tibet. Shiva detests the needless violence and decides to follow the Meluhan party back to their land. Things seem troublesome in Meluha wherein the Suryavanshi kings Descendants of the Sun are the rulers and the people live by Suryavanshi standards. They are facing friction from their eastern neighbors, the land of Swadeep ruled by Chandravanshis Descendants of the moon as both sides are clueless in regards to the drying up of the Saraswati River and hence blame each other for their differences.

Thrust into this maelstrom of people and events, is Shiva who while being a foreigner is still caught up in the throes of an ancient prophecy whilst not believing it personally? Thus begins the first chronicle of the Shiva trilogy. I was able to read this book when it was released in India and I have to say I enjoyed it a lot for a variety of reasons.

The mythological aspect of the story is highlighted in a big way; the author has utilized a lot of aspects of mythos associated with Lord Shiva and had inserted them intelligently in the story. Secondly the story is pretty linear and very fast paced, from the start the reader is introduced to an ancient world however the plot twists and the pace will have the readers racing along smoothly.

For many readers the terminology and settings of the story might be very different that what they have come to expect within epic fantasy however the glossary provided will help tremendously in their understanding of the plot and terms.

Characterization is very relatable however the characters seem a bit two-dimensional. This might also be due to the fact that this was a debut novel and written a few years ago. I would recommend the readers refer to the glossary whilst reading the story as that way they can get more out of the story and its intricacies. This was a very crucial move by the author as readers on reading the last words will want to jump into the next book immediately.

The writing is definitely smooth and the prose very accessible for any reader to be immediately drawn in to the story and world presented. One of the things that I found to be a bit jarring was the modern day slang and jargon that was utilized throughout the story.

The author describes many situations and often the characters mouth dialogues and terms as if they were living in the modern era instead of four millennia ago as per the tale settings. This was a point, which has been criticized by many readers as well as many critics and is a thoroughly valid one. This is the one major flaw of an otherwise very good debut.

Many might feel that the story seems very formulaic by epic fantasy standards in spite of the Indian settings and that might something to keep in mind while reading this debut. The characters appear a bit two-dimensional and are also a bit predictable however since this is the first volume, I think we can wait to see how the individual and overall characters arc pan out in the remaining volumes. I had hopes that this book would be a good read however the author did one better and made it a fun one.

Amish Tripathi is a talented man and he proves himself to be an effective storyteller as well. This book is highly recommended for those wanting to read something different in the field of epic fantasy. Amish joins the diverse epic fantasy wave spurred on by the likes of Saladin Ahmed, Martha Wells and few others, with his take of a fantasy tale with a terrific Indian mythological bent.

Aug 17, Antara rated it liked it. Most books that I read, I either like or dislike, love or hate - but every now and then, there comes along a book that just plain exasperates me because I cannot decide which side of the fence I'm on. This first part of the best selling Shiva Trilogy is exactly that kind of book. On one hand, the idea of a fictionalized biography of Shiva the God as a man, is nothing short of genius.

The author is brilliant in the way he blends mythology and history to tell the epic story of Shiva, a tribal warr Most books that I read, I either like or dislike, love or hate - but every now and then, there comes along a book that just plain exasperates me because I cannot decide which side of the fence I'm on.

The author is brilliant in the way he blends mythology and history to tell the epic story of Shiva, a tribal warrior from Tibet whose destiny leads him to become the promised saviour of Meluha the land of the Indus Valley civilization. Names that you would remember vaguely from mythology, Amar Chitra Katha and your grandmother's stories are fleshed out into real and mostly believable characters.

Added to this, is the epic staging of this story in the age of the Indus Valley civilization when India was the torchbearer of knowledge, wealth and progress. Combined with the author's keen eye for detail and obvious passion for philosophy, we should have had an epic set of novels that would have turned India's rich mythology into a cracker of a trilogy.

First up, the language is atrocious - apart from the fact that the author and the editor seem to have messed up frequently on the basics of English grammar, I'm just not ready to download Shiva-the-Epic-Warrior using "bullshit" and "ditto" amongst a host of anachronistic and unintentionally funny words.

Even more importantly, the character development is insanely shoddy. Epic characters like Sati, Daksha and Nandi are given so little time and attention that you hardly understand them, leave alone connect with them.

Shiva's character is unsurprisingly the best written - he is strong, responsible and kind as well as immature, mischievous and impulsive. The biggest disappointment in the book is the Shiva - Sati love story that had immense tragic and romantic potential but was completely wasted.

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The only hope for the Suryavanshis is an ancient legend: When evil reaches epic proportions, when all seems lost, a hero will emerge.

Is the unexpected, rough-hewn Tibetan immigrant Shiva that hero? Drawn suddenly to his destiny, duty, and by love, Shiva will attempt to move mountains and lead the Suryavanshi to destroy evil. Kolkata-born Amish Tripathi gave up a highly successful career as a banker following the enormous success in India of his first book, The Immortals of Meluha.

Amish is passionate about history, mythology and philosophy, as well as world cultures and religions. He lives in Mumbai. Reviews Review Policy. Published on. Flowing text. Best For. Web, Tablet, Phone. Content Protection.Most of the logic and philosophy in the book is difficult to download.

A simple man, who is placed in a foreign land, out of his depth and looking for solid footing. Meanwhile Shiva finds himself falling in love with the one woman who was made for him, the one he cannot have, as the norms of the society dictate. When Shiva first sees Sati, he is smitten. In short, a book that was a complete waste of time.

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