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The Immortals Of Meluha | Book Review

The first part of the Shiva trilogy by Shri Amish Tripathi made it to bestseller list of 2010 and deservedly as here is a book in historical/mythological fiction genre that has the power to grip the reader from beginning to the end with its simple story-telling and lovable characters.

Book Title : The Immortals Of Meluha
Author : Amish Tripathi
Publisher : Thinkink / Westland

This is a story of a man, a leader of a Tibetan tribe called “Gunas” named “Shiva”, whose destiny brings him to the mighty empire of Meluha in the sapt-sindhu where he is expected and readily accepted as a saviour thanks to a blue throat developed when he drinks the Somras giving him the name “Neelkanth”. The reader journeys with Shiva as he starts understanding a new civilisation, their codes of conduct, their problems and their strengths. He finds a love on this journey and leads one of the greatest battles of the time thinking that he is fighting a “Dharmyuddh” only to discover at the end that he has known only one side of the equation so far, that a change in perspective may change the world for the humans.

What’s most appealing about the Immortals of Meluha is the character of Shiva himself. A good man at heart with keen understanding who suddenly finds himself being considered God, with attached restrictions on his personal life as a mortal and the scrutiny and ramifications that every action of him gets subjected to. Being an outsider in a foreign land, who slowly discovers a place for himself and earns respect of people around him for his bravery as a warrior as well as his ability to love as a friend. Shiva symbolises every great man in the history who did not go in search of glory, but whose destiny found him and the man rose to fulfil his destiny and did such great deeds that elevated him to the status of Gods.

Hindu mythology is an ocean where sometimes you may find yourself in confusing tales and inter-relationship of various gods, demigods and humans. Shri Amish Tripathi has made a very nice attempt to cover all the most known aspects about The God of Gods, Mahadev’s life in this book, trying to rationalize and integrate the events described in various Hindu scriptures.

He also tries to represent a few incidents that the reader can associate with modern India like terrorist attacks and lack of diplomatic communication relations between two great empires finally leading to a war for no reason.

The next two parts of the trilogy are: “The secret of the Nagas” and “The oath of the Vayuputras“. A must read for all the logical beings who love to assemble a new full picture by putting very well known pieces together…. BTW: The book is available as AudioBook version as well.

UPDATES:
Official trailer of the book (a nice initiative in its kind, for Indian author):

Introduction to Sati (Isha Talwar is the actress, by the way):

Somras – The Elixir of Immortality

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  1. An enjoyable read The Immortals of Meluha by Amish . loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and original, this book is going in by “to read” list.

  2. More and more Bollywood movies are being made, based on the books. It is not all new trend, earlier also, SaraswatiChandra, Devdas and many more movies made based on the book, but the trend is re-appearing of course. After Hello and 3 Idiots based on the books of Chetan Bhagat, Saat Khoon Maaf on Ruskin Bond’s book; now its time for the books of Amish Tripathi! Well, yes, Karan Johar is going to create films based on the Shiva Trilogy. Hrithik Roshan will be played the protagonist and the search for the actress to play “Sati” is going on. Ref: http://in.movies.yahoo.com/photos/the-search-for-sati-continues-slideshow/
    Let us look forward to see who is finally casted for the stuff.

  3. Shuddhi – would be the name for the film based on this book. Hrithik is confirmed to play Shiva. The actress to play Sati is not finalized yet. The movie would be directed by Karan Malhotra.
    Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shuddhi_%28film%29

  4. Now it seems that Hrithik is not doing the protagonist in the film – Shuddhi.
    Ref: http://bollyspice.com/75501/shuddhi-hrithik-roshan
    Also there are no new for the progress of the film. There were also rumors that the film will not be based on the book – Immortals of Meluha. Let us see what path it takes.

  5. The movie – Shuddhi – doesn’t have to do anything with the book – The Immortals of Meluha.
    Ref: Interview of Karan Johar.
    But Karan also confirms that he have the rights to make a film from the book (and possibly the rest two parts of the same) and the project is in pipeline.
    Let us see how it works out. It would be interesting to watch these popular books on celluloid.

  6. Now it comes to the news that we may see Tiger Shroff as the protagonist in the upcoming movie based on this book. As the project have to be taken on hand after the most talked “Shuddhi” movie, we don’t think it can hit the screen at least for two years. Though, it is destined to be remain in news like: http://zeenews.india.com/entertainment/movies/tiger-shroff-to-play-shiva-in-immortals-of-meluha_155408.html

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