Book 64: The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi

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The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi

Finished reading on August 14, 2013

Rating 5/10

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.

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3 thoughts on “Book 64: The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi

  1. Shiva Trilogy is a masterpiece by Amish. Anyone with even the slightest idea about Shiva -the great Indian God- will simply love this one. This book and the other two of the Trilogy will sweep u off your feet. You will also have to keep all ur previous knowledge and notions about Shiva aside, when u dive into Amish’s story. This is because Amish has portrayed Shiva and his story in a very different manner. His characters are all human, including Shiva…. they eat, drink, love, get injured, and die too!! Probably, this is the factor which makes this story so interesting, so beautiful, and so much more believable!!!!!
    Shiva Trilogy. A absolute must read.

  2. Ha ha ha ha …Just read your review of this book and the only thing I can say is “Welcome to world of Indian Masala Writing” … He took a very interesting subject and just made the most mediocre entertainment that could be possible out of it..It may sound disturbing to you but to a common Indian who is not as well read as you are, this is what sells and mind you the main idea is to translate this into a commercially popular film in near future (already in the making) and this book has every ingredient for that 🙂

    I sincerely hope you have not mustered the courage to read the rest of the books in the series 🙂 .If this was 5 /10 for you then the other two are at max 4/10 🙂

    • I think I’ll get to the other parts some time.
      Great to hear it will be made into a movie though. 🙂 It is certainly entertaining enough for that.

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