The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi
Finished reading on August 14, 2013
It is supposed to take place in 1900BC, in India. And it’s about Shiva. The plot is great, it’s interesting to follow, the characters seem alive, it’s easy to imagine everything that’s going on….
But there are some disturbing anachronisms and/or doubtful things in his book.
For example while Chandravanshis are spying on Shiva and the royal family one of them is using a scope – a spyglass. Not likely!
While explaining how the “drink of the Gods”, somra, works, a “scientist” explains it to Shiva using terms like oxygen (which was discovered in the end of 18th century and the name was given in 1777) and oxidant. Facepalm… And the fact that there is a “scientist” in 1900BC? Sigh….. Yes, I know it’s not Europe, it’s India, but still!! And in one part Shiva is lying on his bed reading a book! Seriously?!
So this book kind of made me groan and sigh and want to hit my head against my desk in desperation just because of those small details. It’s fantasy and myth combined. But if there just weren’t those little annoyances, then it would be excellent!
In one chapter some religious guy is asking Shiva to remind himself about how humans see light and different colours. And it’s the modern description. Rawr! How many colours are there in the rainbow? Everyone knows there are seven. But it was Newton who said there were seven, he had originally written five, but later added indigo and orange so as “to divide the [spectral] image into parts more elegantly proportioned to one another.” One can read about that in Topper’s “Quirky Sides of Scientists”.
I’m awful, I know. And yes, I do realize that even the fact I know this kind of stuff is odd.
Otherwise it was fine.