Well, last Friday I ordered a copy of The Immortals of Meluha from Flipkart, mainly cause I had seen it on almost every major bestseller list and figured it’d be a good read over the weekend. Believe me, the last thing on my mind then was that I would be writing a Book Review on The Immortals of Meluha. I’ve never done Book Reviews in the past (makes me wonder why, though) and they’re not exactly funny to read which is the USP of this blog (please please say I write kick-ass funny stuff).
So I’m out to try out a new social experiment. Doing Book Reviews with a taste of sarcasmic(is that even a word!) truth in them. Something similar to what happens at The Vigil Idiot. So here goes nothing.
The Plot of The Immortals of Meluha
The Immortals of Meluha is the first book in the Shiva Trilogy series written by Amish Tripathi (who by the way happens to be an IIM pass out and we all know the recent spate of books being churned out by these guys. Am sure at this rate the IIM’s will open a publishing house of their own very soon. One up for 100% placements!).
Like the name suggests, The Immortals of Meluha is set in the imaginary land of Meluha which actually is the Indus Valley that we read so long back in our history course. All through the Immortals of Meluha, you’ll be visiting places like Harriyappa (yeah, the same Harrappa – Mohenjedaro one) which makes me wonder, no actually quite sure, that Amish would have topped his History course. Meluha, is the land of the legendary Suryavanshi’s (the good folks) who are at constant war with the Chandravanshi’s (the not so good folks). To make matters worse, the Chandravanshi’s have aligned with the warrior tribe called Nagas (the real mean ass ones) who carry out constant terrorist attacks on the Suryavanshi people. The Immortals of Meluha actually reminded me of India – Pakistan – Taliban somehow!
Well, so what do the Suryavanshi’s do now? It’s simple guys, they need a Hero to save them. You see, all evil things need to be destroyed by a Hero. Superman does it. Batman does it. Hell, even Nagaraj and Super Commando Dhruv do it! The same is done in The Immortals of Meluha by Shiva, the Nomad. He is the would-be-destroyer of evil, the Neelkanth that was prophesied by the Gods lest all hope faded for mankind. Ok, not that dramatic but you get what happens in The Immortals of Meluha.
So does our Hero go out and destroy the evil Chandravanshi’s and the Nagas? Well, I don’t want to play spoilsport for you at this moment but yes, evil is destroyed. Now whether that evil is something within Shiva’s heart or elsewhere is left for you to find out. And yes, like every Hindi movie,even in The Immortals of Meluha, there’s a pretty girl involved called Sati (C’mon guys, if Superman can have Lois Lane and Spiderman can have Mary Jane, what makes you think we Indians aren’t cool with chicks!)
The Good Bit on The Immortals of Meluha
The Plot Rocks! Swear-on-my-mom, it’s actually really good! The plot is original and I really loved the fact how Amish has gone ahead and interspersed History and Mythology to create one spell-binding plot in The Immortals of Meluha. Some people might complain that the story dragged at times but I actually liked his attention to detail while describing some of the key essential characters and items used in the book.
Another major influencer for me to purchase The Immortals of Meluha was due to it’s amazing cover. So whoever said, never judge a book by it’s cover, must have been wrong or had never thought bout our friend Amish. The portrayal of Shiva against the backdrop of a lake and mountains is straight out of The Lord of the Rings. 5 Stars for That!
I had not seen the teaser video of The Immortals of Meluha before and saw it while writing this review but that’s one impressive trailer. As a marketer, I really appreciate the way the author and his team have gone about promoting the book by creating a buzz around it.
The Not So Good Bit
With the utmost and sincerest apologies to the author, I found the writing in The Immortals of Meluha to be a little below par. Now yes, I’m no Shakespeare myself when it comes to the language but at places, it was downright appalling. You have words like ‘Goddamnit’, ‘bloody hell’, ‘In the name of God what is this nonsense?’ etc, which I guess would be great for an Indian audience but not very English-like!
Final Word on The Immortals of Meluha
The Immortals of Meluha ain’t that bad for a debut novel. Like I said, buy it for the plot alone and you won’t be disappointed. If you don’t have high standards of English like me (I love sarcasm!), then you might even love it. It costs INR 295 and you can find it at any of the major bookstores or over at Flipkart.
The best part was that I was just about to buy The Immortals of Meluha from Landmark but at the last minute changed my mind and decided to check it out on Flipkart. And saved myself 50% in the process! Yabba-Dabba-Doo! One weekend read for 148 bucks ain’t that bad!
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