The Immortals of Meluha (Shiva Trilogy, #1)

<img alt=”The Immortals of Meluha (Shiva Trilogy, #1)” border=”0″ src=”” />The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi

My rating: <a href=”″>2 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
Publisher: Westland Ltd.
If I had read the Immortals of Meluha first there was no way I would have bought the secret of the Naga’s or even bothered to read it.
The author traverses through a hypothesis that Shiva was a migrant from Tibet who performed great fete, he eventually got deified. Definitely an interesting possibility with parallel examples of Gandhi and Lady Di. He has retold popular legends to fit the story narration.
Despite of an interesting concept being fairly well written the lack certain knowledge which is taken for granted is missing. Yet the IIM Alumnus must have done his research courtesy Romila Thappar and Baushem?
Some areas where the errors are unpardonably glaring
• Until the Gupta period, women did not cover their upper body. This trend was seen in Kerala almost up to Ravi Varna. The concept of women covering the head is post Islamic which has transcended from the Middle Eastern women via Kashmir—ref. Raja Taragnini.
• Knowledge was decimated through oral traditions for a long time. The written manuscripts were the part of Brahman cal heritage.
• It was considered an ill-omen to travel at night so the question of your queen Veerini reading in a prhaara lamp is ridiculous.
• Kathak is again the re-invention of Natyashastra tradition post Islamic before that it was not called any dance form. It was nartana, nrtya, ekaharya, abhinaya whatever depending on the rendering. If you do want to call it a form it is TandavaLakshana—ref.Natyashastra.
• Printing again is in and around Gupta period.
• There were no concepts of windows as such, there were doors and Jaali’s Jaali’s let in air and light.—ref. Shilpa shastra.
It is a good read, a thriller inspired by Amara Chitra Katha, no more. Worth ONE read, on a long train journey.
The author Amish Tripati is an IIM Alumnus, who has planned out a trilogy on Shiva. He intends following up the current novel with the secret of the Nagas.

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  1. I think you are being hard on a good book. The book tells a different story and attempts to take us to a different era. Admitted there maybe a few errors in historical references, but that wouldn’t warrant such a low rating. Had the storytelling been slacky too, then it’s different. But in this book, the story is fine, at least as far as I am concerned.

    Destination Infinity
    PS: The story in the second book is even better. Am about to read the third.

    1. 🙂 My take, anyway you are right about the second book being better, anyway maybe you should read all the three reviews, and frankly Amish is mediocre both in his craft and knowledge. Anand Neelakantan, Indusundaresan, Krishna Udayshankar, Sharat Komarraju are very good reads too. Particularly Krishna Udayshankar.

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