Who would have thought that reading about Hindu Gods and Goddess would turn into a bestseller series and a hopeful Bollywood movie adaptation.
Shiva Trilogy like the Holy Trinity (Sorry about the terms I am still stuck on this book) has a more plausible story as to what would have happened in 2000 BCE ( it is roughly 4-5000 years back) India with all the known gods , goddesses, sages , demons(!!!) having central characters and Mortal!!!
The Shiva Trilogy has
- The Immortals of Meluha ( A masterpiece!!)
- The Secret of the Nagas (Worthy sequel )
- The Oath of the Vayuputras (Over rated maybe)
Move away Sparta(Watch the ’300′ movie) and the Chinese civilizations (All your Kung Fu movies) Indus Civilizations has arrived. Amish has written this book making it sound that the Indus Valley Civilization was the most advanced and most coolest country ever. They had Somras(Immortality potion), good health care, roads, dams and even what sounds like a nuclear bomb(!!!) all in ancient India comparatively which makes the Modern Indians look like cavemen with stone tools (?).
So summarizing the series is can also be named as “Life and Adventure of Lord Shiva”. Shiva , a Tibetan becomes the prophesied Neelkanth who Demigod in charge of getting rid of the Evil. Shiva is a cool guy with great attitude falls for Sati has children fights the enemies , travels all over India to search for Evil, protect the Good and worshiped by people in all the kingdoms. And then his friends turn enemies and avenges them to save Mother India.
The character of Shiva is so endearing. You just want to be that guy. He is funny, heroic , romantic with his philosophical one-liners. (Could there be one-liners Philosophical ??? You have to read it to know that.). The way he handles being the Living God and not loosing his cool , humbles everyone in front of him. It was like a very good “Hero” that everyone wants to be with.
Now I know more about Indus Valley Civilizations than what my history teacher tried teaching from that huge book of hers. That doesn’t mean that anyone should start quizzing me about the ‘which year which battles took place’ and ‘who discovered what’.
Amish is not the pioneer for this genre Historical Thrillers of Indus Civilizations but he sure did made it popular. There were a slew of historical novels released after “Immortals of Meluha” made it into the bestsellers list and none of them have this comic timing even in books that makes one laugh. All Indian parents would also thank him for making children read about their religion and make them know who is who (Mine definitely did). Amish has brought this new feeling with my fellow countrymen, the feeling of being proud of our country and the heritage we all have.
Indian movies are famous for their drama, comedy, action, romance, thriller all mixed into one huge pot, this book is nothing but a bubbling pot of entertainment which gives you all of these and much more.