Review: The Shiva Trilogy

Amish Tripathi’s Shiva Trilogy consisting of The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas and The Oath of the Vayuputras gives its readers an insight into all the Hindu mythological tales that they would have ever heard or read.. All the wars, all the significant mythological events have been described in these books and in a very ‘Believable’ manner.. Lord Shiva hasn’t been glamorized as a God or anything.. Instead the author has blended all the qualities, the characteristics as we believe today into a more human form and thus comes the main protagonist of the story Shiva.. The story starts with the journey of the Lord from the highlands of Tibet to a kingdom called Meluha established by the Suryavanshi rulers following the code of conduct as preached by Lord Ram, with its ruler Daksha , his wife Veerini and their daughter Sati, Later it deals with the birth of Shiva’s and Sati’s son, Kartik and Sati’s long lost son Lord Ganesha and her sister Kali.. Starting at the end of the reign of Lord Ram and his successors it goes on to describe the causes and the effects of the greatest war ever fought, The Mahabharata..
It is basically a story of fight between the good and the evil.. it is the story about how excess of something can be so bad that it can lead to the destruction of ‘Almost perfect’ things.. It is a story that tells us that an even balance of Good and evil is needed in the nature.. A story about how a father’s love for his daughter makes him disregard the holy code of conduct, how commitment to one’s lord can lead us to the holy path of redemption.. All n all its a must read series for all those Bookworms.. Its a book which tells all the mythological tales under a totally different light so much so that nothing seems incredible and every piece of information just seems to fit..

RATING : 4/5

There are some parts with so many intricate details that u might at times get bored.. But inspite of that all the books are simply awesome.Β  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

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5 Comments

  1. Mythologies or their newer versions are written in exalted language. Descriptions when they are long, lest they should turn boring, carry the force of the language till language itself becomes the experience of the reader. Amish’s writing lacks that punch and spirit of the language. Shva’s soliloquies sound like a provincial boy speaking in his first year at an IIT. The problem with the new authors with bad English is that they have not read much. There is a natural process of changing a myth over the time and space. Probably; Levi Strauss (the anthropologist) dealt with that phenomenon in details, that is, how the myth changes. If a writer wishes to take up that phenomenon as a genre of his writing he might like to take some very good hints from him. but let me come down to the facts that are revealed through the book, the first one first:
    1. The language is not consistent with the theme. If you deal with the colossal do that through an exalted language. Otherwise do not do it.
    2. When the story is big and it deals with a civilization, your canvas has to be big; as big as War and Peace OR nearer home; why didn’t author read Mohan Jo Daro by Rahul Sankrityayan? or Anna Kareinina? Or even the smaller ones like Chaaru Chandralekha by Hazari Prasad Dwivedi? But you need to have had a vast reading and a sensibility of literature. Or you will make a mockery of the civilization or the myth. The Meluha book is absurdio ad reductum of the Shiva or the Ramayana myths- not from the angle of religion, that premise is not all at all taken here, but from the point of view of sensibility and literature.
    3. The book borrows several themes from several books; e.g. one is reminded of Robin cook’s Abduction immediately at the point when the Shiva and his Ganas are taken in for de-contamination and sterilization process at the border post of the Meluha country that itself reminds one of the perfection of Interterra- the perfect city.
    What is the problem in today’s writing and the best selling? Where are the editors? And what do they do? Are they literate enough,first of all ?
    4. Weak theories and academic points are used to explain the supposedly high profile aspects of a civilization. Transaction analysis
    was used at one place to explain love, and some other to explain the the untouchability in Meluha. Simple school science is used to explain several other phenomena. You don’t make a book on civilization with school- reading. At best, such general knowledge items are included in the writing very lightly without emphasising much on them because the reader is expected to know such things; and you don’t have to believe that the best-selling operates at the lack of basic general knowledge. And if you do and succeed on that, then God save the nation that has such a low caliber.
    Na janami yogam Japam naiva poojam
    nato ham sada sarvada Shambhu tubhyam.
    Rohan.

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