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The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi
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Apr 03, 12

Read in April, 2012

Fast paced, gripping and wonderfully written, this novel makes a great read. This is not to negate the fact that it probably does not do justice to the Hindu mythology. The portrayal of Shiva as a love struck tribal trying to impress Princess Sati completely contradicts the well-known legend of Shiva-Sati according to which, it was Sati who had prayed for years, before Lord Shiva agreed to marry her. The author has also been heavily criticized for portrayal of Sati as a widow.

However, if one can manage to look beyond the aforementioned flaws (which by no means can be easy for ardent Shiva devotees and historians), one would realize that it is a wonderful story with a very positive message and that in itself is good enough. The author successfully convinces that greatness is not a quality one is born with but a trait which is consciously inculcated by making informed choices. It is a story of a man, as ordinary and fallible as all of us, who genuinely tried to question and understand what is 'right' and was not afraid to realize that 'right' and 'wrong' may actually be two sides of the same coin.

Shiva's argument that everyone who fights for 'good' is a 'Mahadev' and therefore every man can be a Mahadev ('Har Har ho sakta hai Mahadev' i.e. 'Har Har Mahadev') is not only extremely inspiring but also believable.

Amish’s writing is honest and powerful and the underlying philosophy is secular. One can clearly see that the author himself has tried to understand 'righteousness' without being prejudiced by any religious or philosophical outlook, which is an admirable feat. And this is what makes it a great work, despite the alleged mythological inaccuracies.

The book is not about Hinduism but about humanism. It is not about what is 'right' or 'good' but what should be right AND good...in any time and in any world. Therefore, I recommend it for everyone. If you genuinely want to become a good person, this is your book. Happy reading.
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Quotes Tripti Liked

Amish Tripathi
“Whether a man is a legend or not is decided by history, not fortune tellers.”
Amish Tripathi, The Immortals of Meluha

Amish Tripathi
“A person's ethics and character are not tested in good times. It is only in bad times that a person shows how steadfast he is to his dharma.”
Amish Tripathi, The Immortals of Meluha

Amish Tripathi
“A man becomes a Mahadev, only when he fights for good. A Mahadev is not born from his mother's womb. He is forged in the heat of battle, when he wages a war to destroy evil. Har Har Mahadev - All of us are Mahadev.”
Amish Tripathi, The Immortals of Meluha


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