Book:The Immortals of Meluha
Summary: Immortals of Meluha by Amish is the first book of a proposed trilogy that focuses on the making of the legend of lord Shiva. Though the other two books are still to follow, the first book has shown enough promise to attract readers from all walks of life.The story unfolds the odyssey of a person called Shiva. He is like a clan leader, a patriarch, to be more specific, who came down from his home territory (i.e somewhere in Tibet) to Meluha (Somewhere in Sindh) in search of safety and shelter. Shiva, had to abandon his native place as it was frequently attacked by neighboring ethnic groups. Here for the first time we meet Nandi, who according to legends is a close follower of lord Shiva; but, here he has a different identity. He was an outsider who came from Meluha and offered Shiva a safe passage to their land. Shiva accepted it only to save his men and women from the barbarians. Shiva's arrival in Meluha started his journey of becoming Neelkanth - or the man with 'blue throat'. Shiva’s throat turned azure as soon as he drank Somras – a very famous bacchanalian energy drink. The Meluhans who call themselves Suryavanshi (a clan that follows Solar calendar), were a staunch believer in the Neelkantha legends and they believed that he would lead them to triumph over the Evil of Chandravanshi ( a clan that follows lunar calendar). Shiva, without knowing the implications of such a forced title and the honor attached to it, took the occurrence as a mere accident. But he was gleefully accepted by the king Daksha and his prime minister. Only his lieutenant, Parvatraj, had doubts. The lieutenant was a follower of Lord Rama, the virtous king and the law-giver, and was not ready to accept the supremacy of an outsider, taken for granted only because he had had a blue throat. Fair call! The drama in the story takes new twist with the introduction of Sati - the name which reflects divinity in its female form. Sati is the daughter of king Daksha which truly has a mythical base. On the other hand, she is the god-daughter of lieutenant Parvatraj and legend says that Sati is often called Parvati as she is a descendant of parvatraaj Himalaya. The romance of Shiva-Sati and their marriage serves the subplot where the main plot revolves round the battle between two kingdoms. The terrorist strikes by the ferocious Nagas also add new dimension to the buildup suspense.
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Social/Historical context: Though the story tries to redefine the nomenclatures like ‘Virtue’ and ‘Vice’, from the very beginning of the story, the web of legends, Puranas and folktales seem to mingle into a cohesive pattern to give us a glimpse of a time when the earth was ruled by old values and battles were fought for pride. That was the time when oracles used to turn the wheel of fortune and kingship was seen as an order of divinity, a time which we believe never existed in reality but only in epics and mythologies. And herein lies the greatness of our Classical super-past that always allows us a window to look through it only to find ourselves little insignificant beings in front of such a stupendous cultural cosmos. We also come to know about certain cultural rites beliefs and the logic behind such Dos and Don’ts. The story truly has captured the spirit of those bygone ages in their true color.
Writing Style: The author has used our Classical legends as the springboard of his story. The characters are not new, but the tales, told in the third person omniscient narrative, are totally a creation of esemplastic imagination. The legends like Shiva, Sati, Nandi, Birbhadra, Daksha - all roam around a certain topography as true human beings of flesh and blood. The objectivity of the author over the pivotal question of ‘Virtue/Vice’ also allows the readers to form their opinion independently. The divinity is seen from a benevolent perspective where ‘Karma’ or Achievements are the only yardstick for such lofty baptization. True to its pseudo-epic structure, tales are broken into episodes and readers will be glued to it once they start reading. The Unity of Time, Place and Action is observed meticulously though some reliable distractions have lent it a different layer to our ‘willing suspension of disbelief’.
My Thoughts: Gone are the days when we had the opportunity to learn about our golden past from books or TV. Now our minds are bombarded by and addicted to westernized life style and we have abandoned our history- our roots. This book will surely take the readers on a journey through our historical past and we may find, to our disbelief, that how legends are nothing but the core part of history and Myths are truly codified social laws. The book is a true gem for them who love history, legends and Mythologies.
Book Reviewed By Rana Mukherjee
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Immortals... offers a humanised version of the myth taking out the magical elements.
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I am Yuvarajan from Tamil Nadu am reading this book in Tamil version. In that book mentioned about 'Rama' and he live 1200 before the shiva's. In Ramayanam …
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Good Story and good language used.
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