Book review: The Immortals of Meluha

The book portrays the ancient Indian society divided among Suryavanshis (followers of the path of sun) and Chandravanshis (follower of the path of moon) and the up surging conflict between them due to their conflicting rather parallel philosophies.
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The Immortals of MeluhaΒ by Amish Tripathi
It interestingly explains the principle of duality of the universe where two balancing forces coexist. And just like Suryavanshis and Chandravanshis, they fight with each other considering it to be an eternal war between good and evil. Of course, none is evil among the two; they simply are different from each other. From the spectacle of one side the other seems to be evil.
The story further expounds the role of Shiva, leader of Guna tribe of Mt. Kailash in destroying the evil. He comes to Meluha where he discovers his destiny much larger that the massive mountains. According to the ancient legend, he is entitled as Neelkanth (one who destroys evil and imbibes the negative energy of the world).
This book is a work of fiction. However, it fetches its concepts, certain characters and plot from the ancient Indian mythology and historical facts. Mahadev! God of Gods, Lord Shiva, who is the destroyer of evil, fierce warrior, astounding dancer (The Nataraj) and a passionate lover has a fearsome temper but a benevolent and forgiving heart. The author makes us think whether Lord Shiva is just a myth or was it possible for a man in real to possess a character so great to emerge as a godlike figure. God lives within us. Every human who fight against evil with an honest heart can be a Mahadev, is explained by the book. Despite this, it keeps the ancient mythological figure of Mahadev untouched with the name of Lord Rudra.
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Amish Tripathi
If one thinks that the book is merely a work of fiction or meant for the believers of mythology and ancient Indian religion then I would say it’s wrong. It clearly demonstrates a model of a nearly perfect society. It further studies the practices, laws and conditions which lead to imbalance and then downfall of a society. It is quite relevant to the present factors which are shattering the Indian social skeleton.
It explains β€˜flexibility and stability’ as the key ingredients of a successful society. Flexibility in a society allows all the members to discover their true selves and grow to their potential. And in a stable society, one can pursue his dreams without confronting the daily survival challenges.
Overall, it was a great experience reading this book. The story is an amalgamation of great love, invigorating battle scenes and values for a society which entertains and teaches at the same time.

Namrata Kumari

Hello! My name is Namrata Kumari. I am a daily 10 to 8 office worker and lately, I realized that this is not what my life should be like. I cannot just commute to my work place, work there for ten hours, come back to my apartment and sleep to wake up to do the same old thing day after every day. I know there are people just like me who wish to break through this monotonous cycle and make their lives even more purposeful. I chose blogging as a way to bring the much needed change in my life and to reach out those who share the same feelings. If you have any valuable suggestions then please share it below in the comment box.

30 Comments

  1. So this one has an almost-utopia? πŸ™‚
    So many immortals and gods for the week, I would say πŸ˜€

    Meanwhile, flexibility and stability – never coming πŸ™

  2. I know that you won't read it. This according to what I have understood about your choice. πŸ™‚ anyways, thanks for your comment.

  3. And I guess, the next part of the book talks about some human dystopia. I am getting to be a fan of Utopic and dystopic whatever… Thanks to you. πŸ™‚

    What you said about flexility and stability.. πŸ™ it is something not at our reach in the near future. :((

  4. I love your honesty, dear! πŸ™‚ I however, loved this book for I have a keen interest in Indian mythology. πŸ™‚ thanks for your reply.

  5. I love this book and liked the second from the series but third is too much exaggeration. Tell me how you like it after you read the complete series. This one bowled me over.

  6. I will start reading the Secrets of the Nagas today. Will tell about my experience after reading Shiva triology. πŸ™‚ Thank You Saru.

  7. I would recommend an extended dystopian adventure between all the books of Divergent & The Hunger Games, plus movies like Equilibrium & V for Vendetta πŸ™‚

    It is good to see some message coming up through fiction; lets make people at least think about it – something might strike some day πŸ™‚

  8. I read the book and I loved the series. Especially the second one. The first and the third in the installment were okay but the second was one hell of a read!! πŸ™‚

  9. Good Review !
    I have read the trilogy and I loved all the books. Amish Tripathi has done a great job penning down the mythology with fictional but pretty relevant messages. Even being an atheist, I loved to read about a God just because of how he has jotted down the reality of today's life and those amazing messages and woven into the tale.
    Har Har Mahadev ! (Everyone is a Mahadev)

  10. Oh yes! This is something apart from those campus romance and love stories. happy reading!!! I am sure you would enjoy this. πŸ™‚

  11. Not many would say what you said being an atheist. This speaks a ton about you and your unbiased judgement. Thank you, Anmol. πŸ™‚ keep visiting.

  12. Thank you, Amit ji. I am yet to read the other two from the triology. Let's see which one I find the best. As far as ratings are concerned this book wins the race. πŸ™‚

  13. I am yet to read this book. Hubby bought it & I have to find time… πŸ™‚
    Nice review, Namrata!

  14. I read the series and liked it, especially the last book. The chapter on Sati's desth brought me to tears. I have been told to believe and pray Lord Shiva since childhoid, common in Hindu families, and this novel actually made me love the God Shiva more. It brought out the human side of all the Shiva stories I have been hearing till now.
    Good review Namrata. Once you complete reading the next two book of the series do write a follow up review. It will be interesting to know your view on those as well.

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