“1900 B.C. 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…Is the rough-hewn Tibetan immigrant Shiva, really that hero? And does he want to be that hero at all? Drawn suddenly to his destiny, by duty as well as by love, will Shiva lead the Suryavanshi vengeance and destroy evil?” (Source: Book’s Back cover)
The Immortals of Meluha is the debut novel by Amish Tripathi and the first of the three in Shiva Trilogy that took the country by storm, setting new publishing benchmarks and driving the readers crazy who loved Lord Shiva in a human incarnation. The book saw the portrayal of Lord Shiva, the Mahadev, into an ordinary human being who go on to acquire the stature of ‘Lord’ by his deeds, will and Karma. The metamorphoses of a common man into a living God is thrilling and enthralling experience.The story begins with a tribal leader taking refuge in the most civilized society of that time which has the most sophisticated lifestyle. The people are happy and prosperous. It was a Ram Rajya.
On the first day of his arrival in the country, under the dramatic circumstances, his throat turns blue after he along with other people of his community were given Somaras, a special drink that makes people immortal, (justifying the title of the book – The Immortal of Meluha).
As his throat turned blue, people fell into his feet; soon he became the ‘Great Neelkanth’ who according to a legend is a reincarnation of ‘Lord Rudra’ the ‘Mahadeva’ – their idol.
The legend had it that a person who will have his throat turned blue after having Somaras will be the ‘Mahadeva’.
This changed the life of Shiva who, from within, never forgets his real identity, a tribal leader. Soon he gets to find some evils and superstitions in so-called most advanced society. And in spite of enjoying his power and position he decides to fight against evil and soon he becomes an idol not because of some legend but by his deeds.
The narration is captivating. The revelations and suspense leave you amazed when they unfold in layers revealing new mysteries and adding to your shock every now and then. Though the language reflects amateurishness but captivating plot makes up it.
It is must read, especially for the meteoric rise of a common man, on sheer courage and will power.