The Immortals of Meluha

The Immortals of Meluha

The Shiva Trilogy, Book 1

Book - 2013
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"This once proud empire and its Suryavanshi rulers face severe perils as its primary river, the revered Saraswathi, is slowly drying to extinction. They also face devasting terrorist attacks from the east, the land of the Chandravanshis. To make matters worse, the Chandravanshis appear to have allied with the Nagas, an ostracised and sinister race of deformed humans with astonishing martial skills. The only hope for the Suryavanshis is an ancient legend: When evil reaches epic proportions, when all seems lost, when it appears that your enemies have triumphed, a hero will emerge. Is the rough-hewn Tibetan immigrant Shiva, really that hero? And does he want to be that hero at all? Drawn suddenly to his destiny, by duty as well as by love, will Shiva lead the Suryavanshi vengeance and destroy evil? This is the first book in a trilogy on Shiva, the simple man whose karma re-cast him as our Mahadev, the God of Gods."--Publisher's description.
Publisher: London : Jo Fletcher Books, 2013, c2008
ISBN: 9781780874005
Branch Call Number: FIC Amis
Characteristics: 437 p

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venkatesh
Oct 12, 2018

Sorry, I could not get past a few pages of this book... started reading like a Hindi movie script. The hero (Shiva) rescues the heroine (Sati) from some bad guys and the heroine soon falls in love, so on... but and this is not saying much -- I thought the author's writing style was better than the story/plot.

Also, one of the things that bothered me was that the author seems to have gotten the timing wrong of Shiva's growth to fame -- Shiva was worshipped already during the Ramayana times, Ravan, during his time, wrote paeans to Shiva (look up "Shiva Tandava Stotra" on youtube).. While in this book, Shiva seems to be doing his thing way after Lord Ram's time. Someone who has read this book completely should correct me... if I missed something by my brief read.

Read these other books this summer, similar genre, equally well written but the story is way more spectacularly made and engrossing..

1. Ajaya by Anand Neelakantan
2. Rise of Kali by Anand Neelakantan
3. Ashok by A. K. Banker
4. Asura by Anand Neelakantan (available in Library)

A. K. Banker knows how to tell a story (any story in fact).. but Anand Neelakantan is way more imaginative.

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jayeshaminnew
Apr 05, 2017

Love the way Shiva is portrayed as a man instead of God and how he is going to be God by his karma. Very well written. Must read!

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rajaram74
Jul 18, 2016

Awesome series and interesting perspective

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sandeepbansal
Jan 08, 2016

Good book with a story centered around one of the most revered Gods of the Hindus- Lord Shiva. The book incorporates lots of interesting stories from the Hindu mythology like Shiva's blue throat, Shiva's dancing prowess and beautiful constructs nice, original stories around them.

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Kelticat
Oct 20, 2014

Nice to see a storyline from a non-eurocentric mythology. Well written. I would read more of his work.

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Kelticat
Oct 20, 2014

Good and evil are two sides of the same coin. Shiva, a Tibetian tribal leader has been tasked by Hindu priests to define evil. Though different factions declare the others as evil, Shiva only finds that the different philosophies are merely that, different. He meets a strong and lovely young woman, whose father is a very weak man. A menacing figure watches and occasionally attacks her.

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