Immortals of Meloha - Book review

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A review of the book Immortals of Meluha which is the first book of the Shiva Trilogy by author Amish Tripathi

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Immortals of Meloha - Book review

  1. 1. Immortals of Meluha – Book Review Good Tastes Club Feb 2013
  2. 2. Video - Trilogy
  3. 3. Introduction – Trilogy • Immortals of Meluha is the first book of the Shiva Trilogy • The book is based in ancient India in 1900 BC which is towards latter part of the Indus Valley Civilization • There are two other books with the second part called The Secret of the Nagas which was published in 2011 • The last book is called The Oath of the Vayuputras which is due for release on Feb 27th, 2013
  4. 4. Indus Valley Civilisation (IVC) • Bronze Age Civilisation between 3300 BCE to 1300 BCE • Is the worlds largest known ancient civilisation spread over 1.25 M sq kms • Harappa, Lothal, Mohenjo-Daro and Dholavira were the largest cities • IVC cities are famous for the use of brick, multi storied houses, use of wheel and other transportation techniques and their understanding of science and technology • Another important aspect is their use of complicated drainage systems and significance of water in their lives
  5. 5. IVC Continued • The people of IVC were familiar with boats and sails and appear to have travelled afar by sea as well • Ancient texts suggest that the Sumerian name for IVC was Meluha and there existed trading links between the 2 famous civilisations • Some historians even argue that IVC morphed into what we call the Vedic civilisation with the start of the Iron Age instead of what conventional history says • The IVC text is yet to be deciphered which makes the civilisation as mysterious as ever
  6. 6. Basic premise of the book • The book is the story of a perfect society of Meluha which is going through turmoil and its very existence is threatened • The people believe in the legend of the Neelkanth, the destroyer of evil who will come and destroy evil • The Neelkanth will be identified when he drinks Somras – the drink of the gods and his throat will turn blue in colour • The central character of the book is Shiva, a tribal chief from Tibet who is an immigrant to Meluha. • Shiva is the person whose throat turns blue when he drinks the Somras
  7. 7. Basic premise continued • Shiva seems to be an unwilling Neelkanth at first and seems to be searching for his own destiny • The perfection of Meluha and love of their people drives him to help them more as a warrior than a God • As his quest continues Shiva delves further into the land to try and understand about the fight against evil that he has been chosen for • At the end of the first book Shiva is still searching for many answers that will explain his destiny
  8. 8. Complicated Book? • Book on God but as a human – Surely will upset the religious • Are younger readers really interested in mythology or spirituality that this book deals with? • A fictional book based in 1900 BCE is surely of no interest to historians either • Who is this book appealing to?
  9. 9. Conceptual framework • Authors interpretation of Man, Karma, Myths and the Mahadev • The belief that who we call Gods were actually men in flesh and bones but achieved super human status due to their deeds – their karma • Mahadev or the God of Gods is the person who destroys evil at its peak • This book is about the second Mahadev, a man called Shiva who comes to India from the shores of the Mansarovar Lake
  10. 10. Perfect cocktail? • Treating of mythology as a jumbled memory of a true past • Re-interpreting concepts like Somras, Caste system and Karma • Providing an interesting idea on the drainage system of IVC and giving new perspective to history • Humanisation of Shiva by describing his affection for dance and smoking • Elevation of a human to super human status because of his deeds and deeds only
  11. 11. Criticism of the book • Some critics believe that the story loses focus along the way • Usage of jokes with an English concept in an Indian content • Infusing of IVC and the Vedic period
  12. 12. About the Author • The author is Amish Tripathi an IIM Kolkatta graduate and ex banker • Gave up his self proclaimed “boring banker” career to take up writing full time. • The Shiva Trilogy has since become a bestseller having sold more than a million copies and translated in various languages • Unique book in terms of the marketing strategy across the Internet in general and social media in particular
  13. 13. Innovative marketing
  14. 14. Similarities to Da Vinci Code • Concept of a man in flesh and bones now elevated to the status of God • The trials and tribulations of this person as he searches for his true calling • Effective mix of history, mythology and spirituality • Walking a tight rope on religious sentiments
  15. 15. Further reading • http://shivatrilogy.com • Underworld by Graham Hancock • Alternate versions of Indian history • Legend of Lemuria and Kumari Kandam
  16. 16. Thank You

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