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The Immortals of Meluha- A review

April 6, 2010

I read books like most people watch movies. Most of the books I buy for myself (as against gifted) are, those whom I heard recommended in some conversation or by reading in magazines. Many a time I don’t like what I read. (read: Chetan Bhagat types) Sometimes I pick a book out of curiosity, and such books never fail to impress me. I guess I pick random books very well.

And all these prologue, is for the book that I chanced on – Immortals of Meluha. I got this book in Landmark, after reading the back of the book excerpts and getting curious about it.

I am halfway through it, but I thought it is time the world knew the book. Just in case the video trailer had not reached you.
The land is Meluha (which we know as Indus Valley civilization). Time is 1900 B.C.
Meluha still lives by the ideals of Lord Ram, who lived many many years ago, and set up the way of life for these noble minded and honest people.
Meluhans (Suryavanshis) are waiting for an ancient legend to become true and save them from Chandravanshis and Nagas who are terrorizing Meluha.

A young tribal from Mount Kailash,Shiva is invited to visit the great country. His name is Shiva. How did Shiva become Mahadev, the destroyer of evil, Neelkanth?
Myths say, when evil becomes uncontrollable, when all hopes seem to have disappeared, then appears the saviour, the destroyer of evil.
“Immortals of Meluha”, is the first in the trilogy, that speaks about how Shiva became the saviour and was immortalised as God.

Do read it. For Rs.300, you have a treasure in your hand.
And if you have read it, hold your breath with me for the other two in the trilogy

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30 Comments
  1. priya permalink

    I too picked it up when randomly browsing…and is a very good read.

  2. Sandeep permalink

    Very very poor book. I am sorry, but considering the world standard, it has got a weak plot and a boring narration. THe concept and the last chapter can be given some credit, but overall the book seemed worthless to me.

    • Shuba permalink

      Oh! dont be sorry.. it is just an opinion 🙂

  3. Jayanti permalink

    I agree with Sandeep….not only there are historical and mythological gaps, but its just another racy tale that has been cleverly set in a period of history which evokes curiosity of every Indian and uses it as USP of the book and as an excuse for a weak plot and rather insubstantial characters!!

  4. Besides all gaps, I enjoyed reading the book. I think it is a de-construction of myths that have been constructed over a period of time.

  5. Varun permalink

    Overall the concept of the book is really nice. The author takes elements from Indian mythology and combines them properly with his own fantasy.

    In an interview over here http://www.whackk.com/july-2010/karma-shiva-and-adventure
    the author said that, “I need to take feedback honestly and sincerely to keep improving. But if the point is specifically on the modernity of the language, I don’t intend to change that. Language is a means to an end. The end in the case of a fiction book is to tell a story. If the language makes it easy, then the language is doing its job. If the language is too difficult and ends up making the story slow, then it is not doing its job. And the best way to make the language easy is to use words that people use every day, not trip them up with some classical words for which they would have to rush to the dictionary”

  6. I am half way through it, the awesome cover and description is the only thing i enjoyed int he book till now. silly americanized dialogues and phrases, bollywoodish melodrama thrown in every page. Then some words used which can only be found the in MS word thesaurus. It kinda ruins the mood and theme of the book. But i loved the idea and myth deconstruction. hope the story will get better and interesting in the second half. I really hoped it would have been as awesome as the cover and description

  7. Pavithra permalink

    Completely agree! The book is a debacle.. The author has no idea about Indian Mythology and has miserably failed in portraying Shiva as a modern day hero.. Characters lack depth and maturity! It is an insult to portray Shiva in this light, even in the name of imagination! The plot can be very well used for Rajinikanth’s next movie 🙂

    • abishek permalink

      i am sorry, but i dont think the characters lack maturity or depth. I think they have a lot of depth. I am really curious to know why you say that.

  8. SumsMystic permalink

    This is a common reply to all above replies. If we start imitating the style of western authors, we will lose our identity. So firt thing is that it is good if it has an Indian style of language/words/style. Also since this book is about a little of mythology, it would definitely not make sense to use any fashionable words or styles that would surely not be prevalant in 1900 BC. Remember it is BC and not AD. So its portrayed in a time long back….
    I think there are some people who see the books in the light of their favourite books (some may use Dan Brown as an example for instance). But this is a completely different subject and specific to India. Then again, if the book had contained pure mythology, it would have been a boring read as most of us have seen some episodes of at least one mythological serial at least in our childhood. So repeating that in a book would be boring. I did not see any americanized dailogues or phrases and neither did I observe any bollywoodish drama. I would in fact like to see an example of it, if at all present, and please explain along with that example as to how someone thinks that a particular dialog is americanized or is bollywoodish.
    I think we have this common habit of critising Indian authors just for the sake of it. Why not have rational thinking? Why not think for ourselves, see every book in its own light and not in reference to any other book, however similar it might be?

  9. “UN-PUTDOWNABLE! My advice is to read this book” my suggestion to amish is i read gita . People who read mythological books can understand the myth_words but general public will find difficult to understand it .its better to translate to audibale form and present . Coming to the book amish has shown the god of gods MRUTHYUNJAYA THE ESHWARA as seen wit the bare eyes . Its unexplainable experience it with your own eyes

  10. “UN-PUTDOWNABLE! My advice is to read this book” my suggestion to amish is i read gita . People who read mythological books can understand the myth_words but general public will find difficult to understand it .its better to translate to audibale form and present . Coming to the book amish has shown the god of gods MRUTHYUNJAYA THE ESHWARA as seen with the bare eyes . Its unexplainable. experience it with your own eyes

  11. Anjali permalink

    Its a very well imagined book. I use the word imagined because there author has taken liberty to create his own world and characters and cleverly merged it with mythology. It is interesting and creative. Waiting for the second and the third book.

  12. Hi,

    All said and done… The plot seems great… Lets not take credit away from the author… Re-Creating our ancient cities and the culture is a fascinating fact… A fresh idea, a fresh mind… Let him grow Indian style!!! :)… And its really good to see publication houses encouraging Indian authors too :)…

    thanks,
    Atul

  13. Upasana permalink

    I have been trying to get my hands on this book for long. Amazon’s out of print. It hasn’t reached overseas markets as yet and so I have asked for the book all the way from India. Waiting eagerly so that I get to read it. I did like the 1st chapter indeed. Don’t know about the others but I have a feeling this book will be worth reading.

  14. Enjoyed the book, and was surprised at how light a read it was considering its subject. But the ending…..did the author really need to do the good old “to be continued” ploy to ensure buyers for his next. I feel a mature (and less greedy) author would make a self-contained story in each novel of his trilogy, leaving just enough to tantalise to pick up the next…….eg. The Girl with a Dragon Tatoo

  15. shrivibhi permalink

    this book rocks
    my sis bought and i read t 13 times already
    cant wait for the 2nd book

  16. SAIKAT SAMANTA permalink

    Critics will always criticize………..as that is their job.
    But as I see it in fewer words………..the book is SIMPLY AWESOME . Indeed a readers’ delight , dramatic and moreover it cud be a great movie.
    Hats off to AMISH.
    Dear AMISH : Please keep up the good work and try to finalize the next two episodes asap.
    Regards,

  17. Abhishek permalink

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book…Though the author could have spared the suspense at the climax when Sati is about to be attacked by the Naga…Eagerly awaiting the next book.

    Also, if many of you think that the story needs to draw parallels from Indian Mythology, then it would be a repeat of what we already know. Hence, I think the author has created this concept.

    I’ll reiterate again….I wanted to know what happened to Sati….:)

  18. jojo permalink

    I really enjoyed the book. The only problem I had with it is where the author says that Shiva is “fair” and that Sati had “blue eyes”. That is most likely neither factually correct (Shiva and Sati/Parvati have dark skin and neither has blue eyes!), but it also shows how Indian authors still pander to the western look. Come on guys don’t whitewash your own Indian myths! I mean, if there is one thing that should stay Indian it is those. Be proud of dark skin, black hair and brown/ black eyes.

    I think the author should make a concerted effort to portray Shiva and Sati/ Parvati correctly in the next book. Not in a whitewashed , westernized fashion.

  19. Abhishek permalink

    @jojo

    Shiva does not have black skin! In fact, Shiva is fair and Parvati is dark. that’s all there is to it.

  20. jay Mehta permalink

    The story itself is woven quite nicely and really gets into its gear in the last chapter. Devoured the book in a few hours. But I do feel that the author should have stayed away from modern phrases like “nah” and “bloody hell”. It completely kills the era setting. Its like watching a film about 16th century Manchuria where all the Chinese actors speak in an American accent and in modern lingo “hey dude, lets rebel against the Ming Dynasty and Emperor Chow”. None the less, a great start from an India debutante. Hope his characters grow in depth in the coming novels. I eagerly await them.

  21. Anish permalink

    A plunge into yhe unexplored realms of Hindu deities being represented as immensely humane and far from being divine.This book claims that all Hindu gods are carriers of a particular destiny throughout the period of time.Like Shiva a tibetan rebel as portrayed in this book as one of the Mahadevs,a clan of the destroyers of evil.And ram as one of the vishnus.But none of the characters possesses super human abilitries as described by our epics.Definitely a pagew turner.Can’t wait for the next book ‘The secret of the Nagas’

  22. Mishad permalink

    It seems to be an interesting subject, eagerly waiting to have a copy of it.

  23. siva kumar permalink

    please tell me where i can get this book in Hyderabad?

  24. sati as mentioned in the book is bronze coloured
    and shiva is fair(acocording to myth and is smeared with ash)

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