IMMORTALS OF MELUHA
Om Namah Shivayi.
The universe bows to Lord Shiva. I bow to Lord Shiva.
Amish, an IIM graduate created a gripping mythological plot by breaking the rooster coop of the traditional writing style. He combined the essence of mythology, philosophy and adventure in Shiva Trilogy. The author contemplates the readers to think about the possibility of Lord Shiva in blood and flesh, who was raised to be a god because of his karma. He urges us to think out of the realm of human imagination and learn the lessons of life with the humble Shiva. Thus the nomadic journey begins.
‘The Immortals of Meluha’ is the primary key that connects us to the world of Meluha.Amish introduces Shiva as a village head who was forced to take a shelter in the metro politician city of Meluha far away from his Himalayan roots. When the author describes Meluha, we may find him narrating the old tales of our land Bharath.The very old rich traditions, customs and the decline of the country and the rise after hitting the rock bottom will show the connections between meluha and Bharath.
The social norms, the culture, the sophisticated and modernized civilization of meluhians show one side of the coin. The well built laws and social systems of meluha are quiet interesting and terrific.Those laws can be found as the exact replica of which existed in our olden systems.Maika system of meluha can be found as the fairest system that validates a person based on his talents and not on his ancestry.This can be an antidote to the old system of cast discrimination or to the existing reservation system.
You will come across the familiar characters like Nandi, ayurvathi, Brahaspathi and parvatehswar who will unleash the story which their land beholds. The arrival of the Neelakand, the title which Shiva couldn’t accept just because his throat turned to be blue will lead him to the prophecy, untouched stories and the ugly face of Meluha.In the beginning we can find a Shiva who is an absolute slacker but as the story progress we can find him as a listener, a student, a rebel and a policy maker.
The most interesting part is, which is rich in philosophy and full of banters of the vasudev pandits.The way they make Shiva understand the real meaning of the title which he is bestowed and the way they generate a carving in Shiva and of course the readers for the lessons, make us think, are leaves really green in colour?
The precision of passing knowledge as if measured, only to quench the thirst and not more will leave us in search of more and more.
His meeting with Lady Sati was not written in an extraordinary manner where the male shows the dominance but with the natural human emotions. There is surely a spark and it is kept in limit. There is a specific unwritten line which both keeps up.
“Sati had a calm confidence which had not covered the ugly distance towards arrogance” this was Shiva’s first impression about Sati. Sati is one such formidable character in this story who will make us awe in respect. Shiva’s urge to impress his lady love and the mistakes he makes is an eye opener to the cruel Vikarma system.
Lord Daksha playing the cupid between Shiva and Sati and his efforts to withdraw the rules of vikarma all shows his immense love for his daughter.Daksha is shown as a character who spend his whole life trying to impress others. You can find him as a weak character who is a little selfish and a great manipulator.
Shiva’s journey from a nomad to a mahadev gives an insight into the role of a mahadev.A man become mahadev only when he fights for good. He is the one who absorbs the negatives. He is forged into the heat of battle when he wages a war to destroy the evil.
The strength of this book is the wonderful meaning that each passage holds which make us to map them to the current socio-political ambience. A satire is created which criticizes the society and its deeds in a curt manner.
This book is one such journey where we can expect anything. Expect the unexpected that’s what the story holds with it. Serendipity causes major twists and turns in the story. It will bombard with you in such a way that it will make you think what will happen next. Refrain yourself and enjoy the journey of the Shiva from a nomad to a Neelakand.If you read the first book of this series then it’s sure that you won’t be able to hold yourself back from grabbing other two books. The sly voices of vasudev pandits will enchant our mind even after the story ends.