Writer: Amish Tripathi
Publisher: Westland Press
Cover: Rashmi Pusalkar
The final book in the Shiva Triology is an amazing experience. Never before had the first day of a book written by an Indian author got such a great reception and response.
Verdict: On the 27th of February, I got delivered at my doorsteps, the final book in the Shiva Triology and man was it an experience. Never had the first day of a book written by an Indian author got such a great reception and response. About half the people I know were already reading the book and the others were in bookstores just to get the book which still lay waiting on my bedroom desk. Just for that, Amish deserves a round of applause, for he not only got the majority hooked to TV and Movies to start reading. Plus, he helped us rediscover our hidden treasure, our great Mythology.
The final book speaks about the war against the Somras, the true evil and see’s each character taking an all-together new mode, especially Kartik who from a feeble young boy transforms into a warrior. Also, we discover new insights, as to the reason for the deformations in the Nagas, the hidden sects of the Vayuputras and the Vasudevs and distant lands that we had a connect with. It was interesting knowing about our ancient war formations, weapons like the Bramhastra and Pashupatiastra which are explained in vivid detail.
The book is great throughout, but what wins you over is the last two pages.
Somehow though, the story moved along slowly in the first half, with not much happening as such. But thanks to the previous books, one was so much more interested in what happened next that putting down the book was something I had to do (at times because it was too late in the night or I was so lost in the book I never realised it was time to get on with my daily work). That in itself is a testament to the writers abilities. The book is great throughout, but what wins you over is the last two pages. Those two pages are the reason the book goes from good to brilliant. Though the story-line gets a little obvious at times (or maybe it was just me who kept guessing correctly), it only makes for the best possible drama and action. The fact that there are no real black and white characters only adds to it, speaking on lengths about how our karma dictates how we are perceived I also particularly enjoyed the philosophies that are explained not only by the Vasudev Pandits but also the character of Bhirgu, who is a staunch sadhu and not just your normal villain but a independent thinker with his own ideologies. The descriptions of the cities of not only Meluha but also Pariha are awe-inspiring.
Our history is so great that we couldn’t believe our civilization was once so advanced even by today’s standards. Thus, we elevate it to mythology like we elevate our heroes to Gods. These were real men who through their karma achieved the status of God, and our history is achieved the status of mythology and myths through its greatness.
The book is a must read and I believe it made a bigger impact for I finished reading it on the day of Mahashivratra. I would only have one suggestion to the author, please give references to all the research you have done. From Hariupa being Harappa, Pariha being an ancient city and all the kingdoms and races, Pashupatiastra and Brahmastra, etc. the book makes one want to know more about Indian Mythology and history (for the existence of the Saraswati and the nuclear presence in the city of Lothal are now giving our mythology a historical and realistic background) and having no references is a bummer. In the words of the writer, “Our history is so great that we couldn’t believe our civilization was once so advanced even by today’s standards. Thus, we elevate it to mythology like we elevate our heroes to Gods. These were real men who through their karma achieved the status of God and our history achieved the status of mythology and myths through its greatness.”