In ‘The Immortals of Meluha’, Amish Tripathi potrays Lord Shiva, Nandi and various other mythological characters as mortal human beings.
The book starts with Shiva and his fellow Gunas leaving their homeland and in search of safety and shelter and come to Meluha. On the way they are injured and are nursed to health by Ayurvati and her team. They are administered the Somras and after that Shiva’s throat turns blue and he is addressed as the Neelkanth – or the man with ‘blue throat’.
The Meluhans call themselves the Suryavanshis, followers of the Sun God, and believe in the Neelkanth. They also believe that it is “He” who would help them win over the Chandravanshis, the followers of the Moon God, of Swadeep, with whom they are war over their sacred river ‘Saraswati’. The Chandravanshis have a secret alliance with a cursed and disfigured group called Nagas, masters of martial arts.
King Daksha and his prime minister, Kanakhala, believe in him and only his lieutenant, Parvateshwar has his doubts. Shive falls in love with Sati, King Daksha’s daughter and they get married and have a son Kartikeya.
The main plot revolves around the battle between the Suryavanshis and the Chandravanshis and the terrorist attacks from the Nagas.
The book has mythology, garnished with romance and adventure. It is slow initially and as the plot deepens, so does the involvement in the book. Then it becomes gripping and then the story ends leaving you in suspense.
What do you do next? You want to get hold of the next book on the Trilogy ‘The Secret of the Nagas’ as soon as you can. I did just that.
Book Source: Bought