Hello! Anybody there 🙄 So eh! After another long slumber, I am here with a post! A book review after a long time at that, thanks to BlogAdda who home-delivered this book and its sequel!
I had read this book last year when Meira presented it to me on my birthday 🙂 The offer from BlogAdda came exactly when I was planning to re-read the book before I get to the sequel, The Secret of the Nagas. And what could be better than a chance to read and review both of them 😀
Shiva has been my favourite form of the Almighty from when I cannot even remember. So, this book was something I really expected a lot from, and I did like the major part of it 🙂
Set in 1900BC, what we all know from our history lessons as the Indus Valley Civilization, and what the inhabitants called as Land of Meluha , the story revolves around a Tibetan tribal leader Shiva, who immigrates to this land along with his tribe in pursuit of better prospects for them all. However, destiny has other plans for him. The Suryavanshis who inhabit Meluha, the empire created by Lord Sri Ram are facing several perils, including the extinction of their primary river Saraswathi and surprise terrorist attacks by Chandravanshis, who have allied with the powerful and sinister Nagas.
The only hope for the Meluhans is the ancient legend which tells them that a hero will emerge and destroy the evil when it reaches epic proportions. And Shiva is believed to be that hero! Caught between the sudden change in role that he is not able to embrace completely, his duty towards this almost perfect land which has sheltered his tribe and love, the book traces Shiva’s journey on the route to destroying the evil! Will he be able to do it, and how? Read the book to know more 🙂
What I liked about the book?
1) The literary expressions describing nature – the rivers, mountains, oceans and even the land of Kashmir are simple yet beautiful! Almost paint a perfect picture in front of your eyes!
2) The book draws parallels to many current problems in the society, and also solutions for them! There are even lessons to learn here and there on raising children, true love and so on, beautifully interspersed within the natural flow of the story at hand.
3) The book so reaffirms the power of faith in being able to achieve anything in life. I also liked the explanation of the author for ‘Har Har Mahadev’ – Everybody is Mahadev. Kind of reflects one of the most famous thoughts of Vivekananda ‘Each soul is potentially divine; the goal is to manifest the divinity within’.
4) The author throws in some elements of surprise when they are least expected and leaves the reader wanting for more!
What I did not like?
1) Even though it might be nice to know Lord Shiva is one amongst us and very cool, certain exchange of words I thought did not suit the period the story is set in and the mood of the book.
2) I felt the ending is too abrupt. Agreed that it is gonna be continued in the sequel, but it could have probably been more polished.