A lot of Indian authors have been trying their hand in the genre of Indian mythology but the Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripati definitely takes the cake. The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas and The Oath Of the Vayuputras, represents the whiff of freshness that has stormed into the Indian literary scene and what was most unique about this trilogy was the concept; Shiva-the man who legend turned into God. And what made Amish Tripati click was his idea of turning a mythology into a tale, beautified and enhanced to appeal to the masses.
The trilogy traces the journey of Shiva, a tribal leader from Tibet into Neelkanth, the destroyer of evil and the journey is simply superb. Both the sun and the moon dynasty treat the Legend of Neelkanth as God and as Shiva’s journey gain pace and he destroys evil, he is gradually designated as The Mahadev, the God of the Gods. Shiva is described as a cool, enigmatic guy who through his deeds assumes the status of The Mahadev. The simplicity of Shiva’s character and his powerful yet simple thinking keeps the readers transfixed.
Each and every character in the Shiva Trilogy have been beautifully depicted, be it Sati, the stunningly beautiful, saree clad, skilled swordswoman who marries Shiva or Shiva’s closet friend Veerbhadra. The characterization gives the readers the opportunity to let their imagination run wild and when you read about the hooded Naga figure, you can almost see him in front of you. While Shiva travels along the length and breadth of the country countering the forces the evil, the writing of Amish offers a deeper philosophy behind the definition of evil.
Though the third book of the trilogy, The Oath of the Vayuputras left a lot of readers disappointed and was not at par with the expectations that the first two books had set, the end of the trilogy did leave the readers seeking more from Amish’s stable. What sets Amish apart from the other authors who have tried their hands in this genre is Amish beautifully describes the romance between the Gods, their relationship with their children, the importance of a close knit family and a plethora of other values and all these help the readers understand the characters of the book better.
Another facet that definitely needs mention as far as the Shiva Trilogy is concerned is the exhaustive research undertaken by the author. Amish is wonderfully in sync with what and how his readers want each of characters of his books to be and he has enhanced the heroism of even the minor characters in the tale. The author’s farsightedness regarding the success of the book also needs a mention here. The Shiva Trilogy has already bagged a movie deal and critics believe that it is India’s answer is The Lord of the Rings.
The books are definitely page turners replete with secrets, mysteries and small doses of mythology here and there. The language used is simple, modern English and this is one of the reasons why it has been such a hit with the masses. Each chapter has a gripping end and you are bound to turn to the next. All in all, the Shiva Trilogy is sure worth a place in your collection.
Har Har Mahadev!!