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The Immortals of Meluha

(Shiva Trilogy #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  85,251 ratings  ·  4,697 reviews
1900 BC. In what modern Indians mistakenly call the Indus Valley Civilisation. The inhabitants of that period called it the land of Meluha a near perfect empire created many centuries earlier by Lord Ram, one of the greatest monarchs that ever lived. This once proud empire and its Suryavanshi rulers face severe perils as its primary river, the revered Saraswati, is slowly ...more
Paperback, 436 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Westland (first published January 1st 2010)
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Dr. G.P. This is all imagination but very cleverly linked to some Hindu Gods. It is one's guess whether the majority likes it or not but the story has been…moreThis is all imagination but very cleverly linked to some Hindu Gods. It is one's guess whether the majority likes it or not but the story has been catching. One remembers the related God at every step. It is good none of the Gods has been downgraded in the name of fiction.

Stories of Gods are also imagination as they are without any scientific basis. In this way there are no facts but all fiction.(less)

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The book is based on the belief that perhaps the actions, the deeds and karma are the only deciding factors in transforming an ordinary man to Mahadev - God of Gods.

WHAT I LIKED THE MOST ABOUT THE BOOK
Using the same characters, places and names which are associated with Lord Shiva -Mansarovar,Sati, Nandi, Daksh, Gunas, makes the whole story very believable and easy to relate to.Many euphoric moments throughout the narrative, especially the episode when Neelkanth inspires the Suryavanshi army to
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Jo
Nov 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
I first heard about this book from a friend who had said that the book was a good read. Curious I tried reading up more about it and saw that noted columnists like Anil Dharkar and Sandipan Deb had given it great reviews. I read the first chapter online and liked it well enough that I decided to buy it. I went to quite a few book shops and found that it was sold out in most places. That is really surprising for a first time Indian author. Finally I found it in a tiny little shop, the proprietor ...more
Indian
Dec 02, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good story poorly written

Amish Tripathi weaves a splendid but totally fictional & fantasized account of Shiva's travails.

For the folks looking for Lord Shiva's methodologically accurate chronicle would feel frustrated. This book is certainly not for the purists; they should explore authentic SHIVA PURAN for that goal.

This is a fabricated, but very well conceptualized story, weaving together the history (Indus Valley Civilization), geography (North Indian plains above the Vidhya’s) & myt
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Rajat
Apr 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
Flat and ordinary writing. The book never touches a pinnacle like it should, especially when you're reading Indian mythology. Indian mythology, a subject which in itself offers a vast, vivid, picturesque, setup with a lot of thrills, mysteries, a set of complete civilization which defined the future. The leading characters should be larger than life but in this book, the author is just engrossed in moving the story forward while he forgets to add any substance to the grand character Shiva himsel ...more
Anish Kohli
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Death is the ultimate destroyer of a soul’s aspirations. Ironically, it is usually the approach of this very destruction which gives a soul the courage to challenge every constraint and express itself. Express even a long-denied dream.”
This was supposed to be a BR with Sillyhead! but it fell through due to real life shit. Sucks ass. I know not when I will get another chance to read with her. While she finished the book ages ago and wrote an amazingly detailed and dissecting review of everyt
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Saburi Pandit
Apr 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book is a nightmare for all those who not only are devout lovers of Shiva but worship him for what we know of him. For me it definitely was a nightmare. The idea of his journey from human to supreme being is the only thing about the plot that I liked and which had tempted me to buy this book. But, very sadly, I could not relate to the Tripathi's take on Tibetan Shiva and to the very vague writing (which killed me)!! Moreover, if you really want to read a good mythology, why not read Shiva P ...more
Tanvi Srivastava
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh! What a book I have just finished reading... spell-binding and refreshingly different from the rest..! Amazed by the writer's flights of fantasy and how beautifully he has woven the mythology with fiction in a contemporary style..!! Must read..!
Vaibhav Agnihotri
Dec 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
I tried to avoid reading this book but eventually i fell prey to the so called 'positive reviews' and some really good marketing by Amish. Now i regret wasting my money & time on this one.
The idea of portraying lord Shiva as 'just a man who went on to become a god' is really cool & a fresh one. Full marks to that. But apart from that everything is horrible.

1. Alternate history is alright as long as you make it believable. The nature of light and the reason behind the formation of rainbow
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Scarlet
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: disappointing, india
Actual rating: 2.5

There were times when I believed this book to be five-star worthy, but these moments were too few and far in between. Now, having finished the 400-odd pages that comprise the first instalment of the highly acclaimed Shiva trilogy, I can’t even bring myself to round up the rating to three.

Let’s start with the plus-points: I thought the story was brilliant. Amish Tripathi’s imagination is fantastic. The idea that Gods were originally humans, elevated to divine status by their kar
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Maninee
When I first heard of the book I was a bit apprehensive for a few reasons.
1) I’m not a fan of Indian mythology, I adore Greek mythology and I am mildly interested in Egyptian but Indian mythology never appealed to me.
2) The author had said in an interview that he worshipped Shiva. People tend to sometimes show their own heroes/idols in a supreme being/perfect way therefore I assumed that Amish Tripathi had done the same.
3) The Indian market is full of books written by authors who come from field
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Priyanka Adhikary
Feb 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
I first saw the ad for Immortals of Meluha on You Tube and it piqued my curiosity. A thriller set against the backdrop of ancient Meluha with Lord Shiva as the protagonist sounded novel. The intriguing theme and the glorified blurbs heightened my expectations from the book. The cover was nicely done and impressive. So, with eager anticipation, typical of a bibliophile, I started reading. But the first few pages itself planted a seed of doubt in my mind. With a plot that is virtually non-existent ...more
Priyanshi Durbha
Jun 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
I started off reading this book not out of some incentive, but out of an assignment at my previous workplace. At the outset, I had been right about my impression. The book is a midpoint between Chetan Bhagat's mind-numbing thrillers and a good mythology book.
It's a sad state of affairs that most Indians have prescribed to a fast way of life and refuse to read a good book, but will take the short-cut by reading a fast-paced thriller that cheats us into finding out loads about our own culture. I w
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Yamna Rashid
Disclaimer: No part of this review is intended to offend anyone’s religious views. I do not want to go lenient because I consider it my right as a reader to be honest and open about the books I read. I apologize for any mistakes I made while pointing out certain points of the book. Please bear in mind that I was, up until this book, only slightly educated in Hindu mythologies and have less than sufficient knowledge to consider the facts portrayed by Tripathi as right or wrong
***Mild spoilers in
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Qube
Sep 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: indian-authors
The Immortals of Meluha is a mythological novel (erroneously labelled sometimes as epic fantasy) that takes one of the gods of Indian mythology and portrays him as a man. Amish intelligently tweaks and warps the cast of familiar characters (familiar to Indians, at least), and paints a fantastical version of Shiva's life that is credible in some parts and amateurish in others. It is not a version the religious or the traditional will appreciate, but is one that will appeal to those who are not av ...more
Riku Sayuj
Oct 04, 2011 rated it liked it
It grows on you.. even though childish for the most part, the child in us can not help but grow to like shiva
Neha
A pure adult fantasy (in a nice way)... 'The Immortal of Meluha’ is a mythical fiction book… The legends of the past have been recreated.. Gods are humanized and traditions are questioned.

Without revealing too much I would say it traces beautifully the journey of Shiva from being a tribal to a 'Mahadeva'. Even other popular characters of Ram, Nandi, Sati, Daksha, Brahma are neatly placed. Only one issue the English used is too local and common phrases like 'dammit' 'what in the name of' etc soun
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Varun
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
By writing this book Amish unlocked an entirely different genre in the Indian Fiction writing scene. Strong narrative, vivid imagination and good story-pace keep you engaged with the book. The way he weaves Shiva as a human character with an ethereal out-worldly aura is remarkable. Top that off with picturesque descriptions of tools, weapons, battles, strategies, and way kingdoms and ancient commerce behaved, keeps you wanting for more. The book was a good story in itself, but at the root of it ...more
Ashish Iyer
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have read many Lord Shiva's book. But something was lacking in that book of Shiva. Shiva wasn't really smiling. Too serious. He was romantic alright, just the way I pictured Him to be. But he wasn't so cheerful. At least, smile a bit. Shiva isn't Krishna, but at least some smiles would not hurt.

Amish' Shiva gave me the Shiva I identified with the most. Tho I don't mind a bit of swearing, he swears too much to my taste. But since the premise was human-turned-to-god anyway, it's not a big deal f
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Rohit Raut
Aug 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Gods. Fables. Deities. Myths. Entities of immense and unfathomable power that is limited only by imagination. Creators and destroyers of worlds. Bramha, Vishnu, Mahesh and all the myriad entities of good and evil in the Hindu Pantheon. Long has been my fascination with all of them, and like so many of us I have often asked the question "Did they really exist?".

If they did, what would drive the actions of such giants? What would they be inspired by, when they could remake worlds in a whim? What i
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Sailesh Ravindran
Feb 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
The book is as all the reviews point out, a very good read. Ever since i read the synopsis on a website, i wanted to read the book and once i started reading the book it proved to be page turner indeed.

The book has got all the goodness of a 'grandmother's tale' and all the masala of a 'bollywood movie'. I would rather say that, it is a grand mother's tale in a bollywood style. It has got everything, mystery, myth, history, spirituality, suspense, action, love, friendship & what not.

But then,
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Abhinav
I've just finished this book & all I can think of right now is a silent plea to the Almighty - "Hey Mahadev, you blessed Amish with tremendous amount of inspiration to write a book like this. Perhaps, he could have done with some perspiration too, so he could have strived to write this book much better than it turned out to be."

There, I said it. And that is the biggest grievance I have with Mr. Amish over his bestselling debut novel.

I don't need to go over the plot (hell, all my friends in c
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AC
Mar 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
Dear Amish - Please stop making Ekta Kapoor soaps out of Indian Mythology. We hindus have a big heart and usually accept these kinds of remodelling of our sacred books. But this work is hopeless. This book is just a overhyped and overtalked about indian book, that has no moral value to impart. The writer starts of by saying that he wants to make shiva believable as a man and someone just like us, yet in the entire story, miracles keep happening all the time (none of which happen in our lives and ...more
Harish Challapalli
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fiction lovers
Recommended to Harish by: chanchal pati
Awesome!!

The first time i came across reading a book with mythology blended with some fiction! The author should be appreciated for his braveness in thinking to write a book like this! He has chosen a high profile god in India as a lead in his franchise! even a minor misinterpretation would lead to a major criticism from every one. The author not only succeeded in avoiding it but also came up with this wonderful epic book!

One thing i would like to tell for the would be readers of this book, pls
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Prakash Swamy
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Started reading this book only last week after hearing about it from a few friends. Ended up wondering how did I not pick this up for reading till now!

Lord Shiva has graced my Life when I started practicing Isha Yoga more than three years ago. Reading about his Life - even imagined one - was a revelation.

A friend warned that once you pick it up, you can't put it down. How true? Finished the book in one go, in just 3 sittings. It has been a long while since I've done such voracious reading!

'Immor
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Avanthika
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Long since I read this book, still I could feel the reverberation of "Har Har Mahadev" in my ears _/\_
Being the first novel in Amish's Shiva Trilogy series, this novel is all about the rise of Shiva and his romance with his better-half, Sati <3 :)
What intrigued me to read this book is the fact that this book is not for those who believe in Shiva Puran, Saivisam and lord Ram's ways of ruling.
Its a piece of pure-imagination, where the author gives scope for tribal Shiva to elevate himself to be
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Mihir
Jan 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Full Review originally at Fantasy Book Critic

ANALYSIS: There’s quite a backstory to The Immortals Of Meluha. It was a book that was rejected by almost every publisher that the author had approached. Disappointed but not defeated the author went on to self-publish it and with a strong online presence managed to sell enough copies to become an Indian bestseller. He was of course then taken on by a traditional publisher and became a reputed bestseller all across the Indian subcontinent while bein
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Parvathy
Aug 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Myth lovers
" The Immortals of Meluha" is an easy read for anyone who is having even a passing interest in the Hindu mythology. I have read interpretations on various other mythologies such as Greek, roman, christian etc but those were mythologies that I acquainted myself with for the sake of curiosity. But the Hindu mythology is something that I was led to believe from my very childhood itself as a result I found it very hard to remain objective throughout the book. Of course as we grow more and more knowl ...more
Antara
Aug 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Most books that I read, I either like or dislike, love or hate - but every now and then, there comes along a book that just plain exasperates me because I cannot decide which side of the fence I'm on. This first part of the best selling Shiva Trilogy is exactly that kind of book.

On one hand, the idea of a fictionalized biography of Shiva the God as a man, is nothing short of genius. The author is brilliant in the way he blends mythology and history to tell the epic story of Shiva, a tribal warr
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S.Ach
Jul 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In my college days, I was a big fan of Microsoft's AoE (Age of Empires) game. Those who are familiar with the game, know how interesting it is to build up your civilization over the ages, from dark age to imperial age and you win by building an army and destroying your opponent.
One day, my friend came into my room while I was playing and told me about cheat codes. And with the help of a cheat code, during imperial age while heavy fights were going between me and my opponent, where the units wer
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Kaushik
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
The only advantage of a book with an interesting story line; but with poor writing is that you can finish it in 4-5 hours. This book is so poorly written that it reads like the author put together panels from an amar-chitra-katha comic. The only saving grace for the writing was that it was evenly immature all across the book. In the acknowledgments, the author thanks his editors for "improving" his english. Either the editors are in the wrong job or the author did not know any english when he wr ...more
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Amish is an IIM (Kolkata)educated, boring banker turned happy author. The success of his debut book, The Immortals of Meluha (Book 1 of the Shiva Trilogy), encouraged him to give up a fourteen-year-old career in financial services to focus on writing. He is passionate about history, mythology and philosophy, finding beauty and meaning in all world religions.

Amish has most recently written the Shi
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Shiva Trilogy (3 books)
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