The Secret of the Nagas – Book Review

by Aman on September 20, 2011

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A few months ago I did my first book review, The Immortals of Meluha, and received a tremendous response to it from you guys. Heck, some of you even said it was better than the book! And yes, I’m being modest! So when Amish came out with the sequel and 2nd part of his Shiva Trilogy, there was no way in living hell that I wouldn’t do a review on it. So buckle up folks, lets murder this one nicely!

The Plot of The Secret of the Nagas

If you’ve read the 1st book, which you should have, The Suryavanshi’s have defeated the Chandravanshi’s thanks mainly to the antics of our dear friend Shiva. The nations of Meluha and Swadeep are a lot more cordial to each other but deep inside, they still despise the way of life that people live in the respective lands. It’s a lot like India – Pakistan. We may go gaga talking over peace till the cows come home but all it takes is one World Cup match to reignite the flame of old.

In the book, The Secret of the Nagas, Shiva and Sati along with their entourage travel to the holy city of Kashi where Sati gives birth to a baby boy. And through a twist of fate, Shiva has to travel east of India to the ancient sea port of Banga (no hints for guessing where this one is) in order to find out more about the Naga tribe. What Shiva doesn’t know is that his nemesis, the fierce Naga warrior, is actually near Kashi where Sati is and believe you me; she’s not his most favourite person!

In between you get to listen to the wisdom of the Vayuputras, albeit via radio waves, who speak to Shiva whenever he is in distress. Who cares if Alexander Graham Bell was not born and had not invented the phone back then, we Indians have a jugaad for everything!

With great power comes great responsibility. And you don’t need to be Spiderman to know that! Just like we all knew that Snape was not evil (my favourite character btw), Shiva, too, learns a lesson in humility when he learns the true identity of the Nagas. Needless to say, most of us had already guessed it by then. Nonetheless, respect for you Amish!

There are enough twists and turns towards the end of The Secret of the Nagas and throughout the book to keep one occupied and this one is a worthy sequel to the first book. Hell it has to be, if one believes the fact that 80000 copies of this were pre-ordered a month before its release! A little less than the traffic my blog gets in a day but commendable nonetheless.

The Good Bit About The Secret of the Nagas

Just like the previous one, the plot of The Secret of the Nagas is what makes this book really tick. It keeps you glued all the way till the very end just like the way Team India does while playing. Unlike them, however, the book wins with its unique storyline and interspersing of History and Mythology.

Amish once again proves his marketing skills through another amazing trailer film and superb cover design which captures one’s imagination even before you’ve read the book.

 

 

The Not So Good Bit About The Secret of the Nagas

The last time around when I said Amish’s use of the language was not up to the mark, I got a few terse replies telling me that it was perfectly suitable to the language of today. And though I do agree with you that it’s better than what Chetan Bhagat writes, I still go with the view that what separates a very good book from an exceptional one is its language. If you still don’t agree with me, don’t fret – I know the world is not perfect!

Also I felt the ending was way too predictable. Even Raju Bhaiya, my colony watchmen would have guessed it! But then again, I don’t blame you if you didn’t get it.

Final Word on The Secret of the Nagas

Buy The Secret of the Nagas from FlipkartRun out of your home right away and buy The Secret of the Nagas. Or better still, order it from Flipkart. It’s a really good book and one of those rare sequels that doesn’t disappoint! And if I’m recommending it, then it’s actually worth it.

I think Flipkart is offering this at a discount of around 40% which means that you can get it for just 190 bucks! Now that ain’t bad at all! So go ahead, splurge the cash and buy The Secret of the Nagas.

P.S – You can read an advance review of The Oath of the Vayuputras

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Malay September 20, 2011 at 5:16 pm

its 35% discount for Nagas… and 45% for Meluhas.. I think I will wait for 3rd part to release to buy the Nagas… tabhi sasta ho jaayega 😉 .. anyway, gud review 🙂

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Aman September 23, 2011 at 7:04 am

I think Flipkart even offers the option of clubbing the 2 books together so you save more..

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Shalini December 5, 2011 at 7:51 am

hmmm… mr.kohli suprises me yet again.. i was sort of expecting less stars for the second book…but i agree then..the world ain’t perfect 😛

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Aman December 6, 2011 at 5:56 am

Hey Shalini,

Glad to see you baack 🙂 I guess I kind of lowered my expectations from the 2nd book and it then exceeded those lower expectations…did that even make sense 😛

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Landon Nedukonta December 13, 2011 at 1:50 am

As literary fiction disappears from the pages of major book reviews, it becomes harder to find good books to read.

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nidhi February 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Joe !! I LOVED THE BOOK and am awaiting the sequel !!!what would we call the third part of the triology
BTW people busy writing notes and book reviews !! pls answer ur fone or reply to your text messages !!! i agree i am no shakes pere but never the less u literary snob please do revert to lesser mortals like us :p

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anju March 21, 2012 at 5:24 am

try this one http://www.OneBookforlifesuccess.com.It‘s endorsed by Bill Gates Sr and Abdul Kalam sir.

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garima May 26, 2012 at 8:31 am

awesome book love it very much!

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Aman June 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Glad you liked it 🙂

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Narendra Jasood September 12, 2013 at 5:20 am

Marathi Book publish?

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Narendra Jasood September 12, 2013 at 5:22 am

Is translate in marathi

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