The Shiva Triology by Amish Tripathi
Mythology has always held a special place in my heart. Perhaps it is because I was given the gift of these stories by my grandfathers. Coming from a mixed religious background and living in an Army cantt I was never able to absorb the flavours of the stories of both religions from community living. As a result my grandfathers would ensure that I heard some mythological stories based on their individual religions when I went home for the summer holidays. So in turn I heard about the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Shiva) from one grandfather and about Rustum and Sourab from the other. Thanks to this my fascination with mythology increased and I began reading up on Greek and Roman mythology as well.
It was always fascinating to me to see just how a particular story evolved. Take for instance the Mahabharata. It is one of the most complex stories from Indian mythology. It spans the life and times of over five generations of kings and princes not always limited to the same family. I love the way the Vishnu Avatar of Krishna also manages to interweave itself into the tale. Unfortunately the children today are not interested in this ancient tale. For them the new and shiny is what attracts the most, so I was thrilled when took out his take on the Ramayana. That series of 7 books gave the age old revered tale a brand new audience. He is now working on Krishana and the first book was as fantastic as one would expect from him. Ashok Banker
Seeing the success of the old mythological tale perhaps gave Amish Tripathi the boost he needed for his debut novel The Immortals of Meluha. His trilogy deals with Shiva, the destroyer. Well I for one have always been more interested in Vishu, the protector. After all who wants to worship a problem? I would rather worship the one with the solution. Of course I know the basic mythology…consort Parvati, sons Kartikeya and Ganesha. Of the family I think Ganesha is the most popular being the god responsible for removing obstacles in your way. Any how to get back to the Shiva Trilogy the author has not stuck to the basic story the way Ashok Banker stuck to the basic story of the Ramayan.
There are a number of changes and these twists and turns in the tale are what make it all the more interesting to the modern day reader. You cannot foretell what will happen. The description of the ancient society is very interesting and even though it is tough to imagine that it really happened that way in ancient India, it is still highly entertaining. Some old customs such as the vikarma tradition are true enough. So there is enough fact mixed in with the fantasy to make you believe that is how it happened.
The Shiva Trilogy by Amish
Amish suggests that Shiva was no God from the heavens but an ordinary man who gained God like stature due to his deeds. His tale begins at Mount Kailash in Tibet! Shiva is the warrior chief of a tribe which immigrates to the promised land of Meluha. The almost perfect kingdom which was established centuries ago by Lord Sri Ram.
Immortals of Meluha
Book one of the Shiva Trilogy
Here the story of the tribe's migration to Meluha is dealt with as well as the discovery that Shiva is the elusive "Neelkanth". When he and his tribe is given Somras, the magical medicinal drink which the Meluhans use to enhance their age and cure diseases, there is an outbreak of fever and illnesses in the quarters. After the fever is controlled Shiva retains an unusual talisman, a blue colored neck. This makes the good doctor believe that he is the benefactor that their legends have foretold of. The man who comes from outside the land and destroys all evil. The rest of the book deals with Shiva and his journey into Meluha and subsequently the kingdom of their arch enemies the nation of Swadeep.
Secret of the Nagas
Book Two of the Shiva Trilogy
The second book continues the tales of Shiva, the migrant who is now hailed as "Mahadev". He is married to his Sati, the princess of Meluha and has reached the holy city of Benaras. Considering how much our mythology has to say about Ganga and Shivji's role in bringing her to Earth, its quite a nice way to weave the city into the story. Now the focus is shifted for Shiva to fight evil, but who is evil? Certainly not the Chandravanshis of Swadeep, not the Suryavanshis of Meluha either, so is it the Nagas?
Oath of the Vayuputras
Book Three of the Shiva Trilogy
After reaching the shores of the Naga capital city, Shiva and his part consisting of Suryavanshis, Chandravanshis and Nagas have been attacked. Barely surviving the attack by the ships that came up the river Narmada, the last book left us wondering what would happen next?!
Amish Tripathi brought the old story to a new audience. The old tale was re-spun and the secrets revealed in the second book of the Shiva Trilogy left us all asking for more.
Karan Johar's Dharma Productions has landed the film rights of Amish Tripathi's best-selling debut novel, The Immortals of Meluha. It will be a film that I will not miss!
In the meanwhile I look forward to the end of 2012 when the Oath of the Vayuputras, the third and final book of the Shiva Trilogy is scheduled to be released.Will Shiva identify and destroy all evil? Or will he fight without realizing what he fights for?
Discover it all in the The Oath of the Vayuputras.
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