Tag Archives: Shiva Trilogy

Book Review: The Oath of the Vayuputras

The 3rd book of trilogy is here.. And yes it has the most befitting end to the series…

If you have read  The Immortals of Meluha and The Secret of the Nagas then you definitely might’ve already bought this book by now. If not then what are you waiting for? Buy it!! Others, buy all the three books now!


Fight against evil continues.. Realizing what is evil and how it is dealt with forms the core of the story.

Reader is grasped by the events unfolding. (It is recommended to keep Book 2 nearby, just in case.. :P)

When one uses their imagination rightly to combine archaeology,  history, mythology and science to write a book.. you get a pretty good book to read! That’s just what author has been able to achieve!…

Pace of story is just apt almost throughout, though tends to slow its pace at certain areas.
But then detailing given to the battle sequences (some  are a bit lengthy), locations etc is brilliant.There are instances when reader is elevated to a state of joy, sadness, respect etc., as if he feels for the characters in the book.

There are some lighter moments, some parts that makes you think, some moments even enthralls you, even might give you goosebumps!

Book provides nuances on life, love, human emotions, devotion, principles, faith, courage and so on.

I will definitely appreciate author for his study carried out including historical, geographical and cultural backgrounds of what would have been during those ages. His assumptions and possible scientific reasoning that would’ve been in use, is thought provoking (I didn’t find any problem in relating those comparisons 🙂 ). Religious ideologies of Zoroastrianism and Hinduism is put forward to reciprocate on one’s purpose in life by the author (who have been an atheist for sometime of his life’s journey.)

Mortal beings are subjected to emotions. And in midst of emotions one takes steps that decides his or her fate. Shiva characterization is complete. However Sati steals the show! (hmmm.. Now talk about women empowerment.).

I am not that fully satisfied considering: involvement of “Vayuputras” to the extent that the book’s title reflects; some particular characters were given significance in initial buildup but never reached anywhere; and with the end (author could’ve made it hmm… lets say a bit more thrilling.)

Nevertheless a good read! My Rating: 4/5

For all those who would like to buy the book, buy it quick… and for those who do not intend to buy the book and needs to know the story check-in here

PS: The end cites what Author Amish is possibly planning to write about next… 🙂

PPS: Karan Johar ll ve huge trouble to work out the movie 🙂


Book Review – The Immortals of Meluha

‘The Immortals of Meluha’ is one atypical piece of writing. I was actually captivated by the cover design when I first saw it at Landmark, Baroda. This book can be considered in a new genre – mythological fiction. You come across various mythological characters but more into a ‘humanized’ form. Have you ever thought as to what if Gods were not immortal beings but mere mortals? Mere mortals whose good deeds, have passed on over generations, as praises and stories to a stronger belief that they are immortals. Lord Shiva is considered to be one of the Gods in the Holy Trinity (Lord Brahma the Creator, Lord Vishnu the sustainer and Lord Shiva the destroyer). In this book too, Shiva is considered to be a man, a tribal leader from a Tibetan Tribe arriving to Meluha, a powerful and near perfect empire created by Lord Ram and is destined to be the destroyer of evil. A man who shall rise up to the challenges in his path and become an Idol, a God of Gods or Mahadev.
The message of the novel as I envisaged is Every single person have it in him/her to be a God. One has to identify his/her true potential and rise to the occasion when need arrives.
Shiva is portrayed with wider range of in depth character and emotions: A man who follows his heart and instincts, a man of valor and honor, a performer and a fierce fighter, a man who cares and loves everyone unconditionally, a man tormented by a past that haunts him and a man bemused about his destiny. His character as human is very much convincing.
The novel set in 1900BC begins with Shiva portrayed as leader of a Tibetian tribe called Gunas who have constant wars waged with Pakritis another tribe over control of the Manasarovar Lake. Along with his tribe, he is offered better living conditions in Peace in the empire of Meluha. However he has to face his destiny. The events and circumstances occur in his life after his arrival at Meluha that brings out the God in him or the legend that is Lord Shiva.
The Author has tried to mix the Hindu mythology and History of Civilizations and is just about successful in doing so. Well, one cannot compare the study undergone to works by foreign authors, however Amish has done a fairly decent job. Though there can be a few disagreement on actual history and mythology, please note that this book is true work of fiction. No disclaimer certificate is required, however(I believe so).
Many interpretations of What Evil is, of how rebels arise in society, how to manage a near perfect society, focus of hygiene and health services, war and peace, true meaning of god and immortality, equality are a few that a reader could come across.
In between the read, the story however loses its pace slightly due to poor editing and more of a film script. The colloquial way of dialogue presentation may not go well with many readers. The author sure has his eyes on a movie trilogy credits in mind maybe. Yet another IIM grad into writing.(How do they find time? Efficient time management? 🙂 )
Do check out this promotional trailer. Also here’s the first chapter .. Buy it and enjoy the read.
It took me 5 days to read. Though I started off slowly, soon this book kept me awake into the night and to the end, I got up in between my sleep at about 3.00AM read through to 8.00AM Sunday morning.
I’m eagerly awaiting the rest of the two books of trilogy. Also wishing the author, Amish, all the very best for the rest of the books.
Rate: 6.5 out of 10. Good read.