Without a shadow of a doubt in my mind,this is by far the best novel written by an Indian author so far! I had heard about this book after it’s release and knew that it had created quite a stir among everyone.
The book is about the life of Lord Shiva.For all those who are not aware about who Lord Shiva is,I would like to tell them that Lord Shiva is considered to be as “The God of Gods” in the Hindu religion.Normally,people associate Lord Shiva as a God by birth but what if he was not?What if he was not a fragment of imagination but a man of flesh and bones like you and me who rose to become a God when the time was right.
The novel begins with a foreigner coming to the land of Tibet seeking Shiva for he believes that Shiva is their saviour as said by a prophecy. He convinces Shiva to leave his troublesome land where war rages every other day and warriors are forced to fight like barbarians.He escorts Shiva and his tribe to the well organized,prosperous land of Meluha. Meluha is the land dominated by the Suryavanshis who austerely abide by the rules set by Lord Rama thousands of years ago. Across the border live the Chandravanshis who are supposedly plotting an attack against the Suryavanshis.To make matters worse, they seemed to have formed some sort of an alliance with the Nagas,a sinister race of deformed human beings who possess extraordinary warfare skills.The prophecy states that in such a time, a warrior will arise who neither belongs to the Suryavanshis nor the Chandravanshis but will help restore peace between the lands. I am not going to elaborate further because I would urge all of you to actually read this book!
In my previous reviews I have always stated that a good book is one which comprises of crisp writing and should be a page turner.It sure as hell is a page tuner but it seems like the author has outstanding narrational skills as well.Each scene has been so meticulously written that you would not be able to help but shower praise on Amish, who seems well versed with the art of writing.It’s strange when you come to think of it that here is yet another person who has graduated from the top B-school of India but is now devoting his full time to writing.We may not be the most developed nation in the world but we are definitely have a power house of talent at our disposal!
Another aspect of our tradition that the book points out are the endless number of blind superstitions that we have instilled in ourselves. Since stone age we have been practising superstitions that don’t make a lot of sense but we follow it since we are forced to believe in it.I think it’s about time we stopped.
A simply outstanding novel which will keep you perpetually engrossed and a must read for all those who believe that Indian authors are fascinated only by”love stories”!