Have you ever come across an excerpt of a book somewhere, read it, and immediately wanted to have your hands on the whole book?
And when it came to you, you read the first chapter, and fell in love with it? Do you also have ‘Love-at-First-Chapter’ books?
I discovered The Immortals Of Meluha through an excerpt written in a Gujarati newspaper. Even in Gujarati, it was so compelling that I wanted to dive in the whole book on that very moment.
But I had to wait quite a while, and the wait was worth it.
Getting into The Immortals Of Meluha opened the doors of a whole new genre for me.
If you need a reason to explore this fascinating book, I will give you five.
The Engaging Story
Shiva Trilogy consists of three books: The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas and The Oath of the Vayuputras.
The Immortals of Meluha envelops you in its brilliant world-building from the very first chapter.
The story unfolds like a mystical journey. You meet many people on the way. Some you admire, some you fear. Some you trust, some you suspect.
Each chapter shows you something unexpected. By the time you reach the end of this book, a few of your questions are answered. But a lot more are raised.
And anxious to satisfy your curiosity, you make way towards the Secret of the Nagas.
As the title promises secrets, you begin reading fast. And as you walk through the first few chapters, you begin to question everything that you thought you knew about this book.
You will feel betrayed near the end. The whole journey of reading might seem meaningless. But you will not stop. By this stage in the book, you will crawl, if you have to, to know the truth.
The Oath of the Vayuputra’s will be a long walk. But the lessons you will learn will stay with you for life. You will reach the end wounded, yet fulfilled. And when you end this book, this will become a journey you will cherish for years to come.
The story will take you places.
The Larger than life yet Relatable characters.
As the book is based on mythology, all the characters come from the various legends and stories that some of us have been hearing from our childhood.
Almost all of them are revered by us in one way or the another.
When you read these books, the gods and goddesses we have grown accustomed to worship meet us as humans.
They have doubts. They fall in love. They are selfish. They cheat. They fight. They save. They do everything that each of us has to do in our lives. They make sacrifices. They strive to reach their ambitions.
And you get to know each of them, personally, in your own time. You are revealed their depth and beauty slowly.
You see them explore, succeed, fail and grow. You relate with them.
Each of them is marvelous in their ways. Some of them you will remember forever, some of them you will forget. But you’ll never find them repetitive or bland.
This book will introduce you to the gods and goddesses in their human form. Would you like to meet them?
The writing style makes it an effortless read.
It is said that the most wonderful things are often very simple. This Trilogy is a fine example of it.
The writing style of this book comfortable to follow. It does not make you overwhelmed.
You can easily grasp what the writer is trying to say. Even if you are a new reader who has just taken up reading, this book journey will be pleasurable to you.
In fact, if you are just beginning to explore reading, I would strongly recommend that you begin with these books.
It will be a monumental start for you. Easy, yet unforgettable.
It’s an interesting take on Hindu Mythology
Currently, many writers are exploring Hindu Mythology in intriguing ways. I have read a quite few by now like the Palace of Illusions, Asura and The Girl who swam with fishes.
But Shiva Trilogy was the doorway through which I entered this enchanting world of our mythology woven with folklore, fantasy, and faith.
If you are new to this genre and what to explore something deeply satisfying and different than the usual, go pick this book now.
I give this reason last because I think this one is enough. Read this if you want to know more about Shiva.
Who is Shiva? Aren’t you curious?
The God with no birth no death. The Omnipotent. He who is called “The Innocent One”. He who is the “Kala Bhairaav”.
Read this book to explore Amish‘s view of the married hermit, the father who beheads his son, the beloved who rejects and the lover whose laments shakes the core of the universe. The dancing warrior. Everything and nothing.
Read, share and pass on this book for Shiva, the God of contradictions.
That got a little intense, but regardless of my untamed outbursts of passion, the Shiva Trilogy is a marvelous choice to pick.
Which of these reasons do you think is the best? Which one applies most to you?
Have you read these books already? Great! Do tell me about your reading experience in the comments below. I love talking about books.