(Book 1 of the Shiva Trilogy)
#1 National Bestseller
Lord Shiva. Mahadev. The destroyer of evil. The God that we worship, recast into a man that was worshiped in the greatest land there was - Meluha. The Indus Valley Civilization.
In Book 1 of his trilogy, Amish, an IIM-C alumnus, takes us through a fairytale world of his own. While some believe mythology to be a fairytale in itself, Amish skillfully builds a fairytale from a fairytale! A Tibetan monk, a widowed princess Sati (who also goes by the name of Parvati), an ancient scientist named Brahma... oh, the list of innovations is delightfully endless!
Perhaps the only thing that I did not like about the book is the writing style. OK, I now that's probably what everybody else loved about it, but not me. I'm a purist - a tale of war must be written in a sombre mood, not like something out of Calvin and Hobbes. The language, the swearing ruin the plot at many places. It feels less like a story from India and more like American Pulp Fiction. Indeed, if not for the brilliant storyline, this would have been a huge flop.
Nonetheless, The Immortals of Meluha does leave you craving for more, to find out what eventually happens to our Tibetan tribal chief-turned-God. I, for one, cannot wait to dig into the second book in the trilogy - The Secret of the Nagas.
The third and final book - The Oath of the Vayuputras - will be released next year.