The Immortals of Meluha is the first novel of the famous Shiva Trilogy. This particular novel has been set in the land of Meluha and the story starts off with Shiva, the Tibetan tribal arriving there. You would be engulfed by this thrilling tale of the warrior named Shiva, and how he protects the people of Meluha from intruders and other harm. This book has been written by Amish Tripathi, who is an Indian author born in 1974. He is a graduate from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and has worked in the financial sector for almost 14 years. The two other books of this Trilogy include The Secret of the Nagas and The Oath of the Vayuputras. This book was published on 17th May, 2011 by Westland. If you wish to get this book and do not have the time to go down to a store, then online book shopping would be a good idea. In order to get the best price possible, visit the Junglee website and compare prices offered by various retailers listed there. Doing so would save you some money, and the book will be delivered wherever you want.
The story has been set in the land of Meluha, an empire that had been created by Lord Rama and at present is ruled by the Suryavanshis. This is a flourishing, dynamic and proud empire. However, the river Saraswati that flows through their kingdom is slowly drying up and that is now rearing its head as a major concern to the people of this kingdom. To add to their woes, the Chandravanshis have befriended the Nagas. The Meluhas have been at war with the Chandravanshis for a considerable period of time. The Nagas are another sinister clan consisting of deformed people, and they are known for their exceptional martial art skills. At this crucial moment, the ruler of the Meluhas, Daksha decides to call for help in the face of this impending danger. Daksha, the Suryavanshi King invites a Tibetan clan, which is lead by Shiva. He is a rather fearless soldier and the only one who is not taken ill on arrival at Meluha. In fact, to the great surprise of everyone else, Shiva turns all blue.
This incident makes the people of Meluha believe that he is their saviour, Lord Shiva. He is also known as Neelkanth. Shiva meets Daksha and his daughter, Sati; this is when he finds out about the impending danger from the Chadravanshis and how they have attacked the Meluhans in the past as well. He is absolutely enraged on hearing this and declares war. You are bound to find this mythological fantasy both gripping and enticing at the same time. The plot moves on at a dexterous pace combining the elements of thrill, adventure, mystery and more. The story throws up pertinent questions on Shiva's destiny, duty and karma; and you would find him emerging a hero in his quest for truth.
The Immortals of Meluha received amazing response from readers all over the nation. The Statesman found the characters "well etched" and commented that they can capture the "reader's attention". In fact, the interactions between Sati and Shiva are nothing short of "intriguing", says Lisa Mahapatra from The New Indian Express. The English paperback edition of this book spans across 412 pages. The book's ISBN 10 is 9380658745 and ISBN 13 is 9789380658742, and can be bought in stores across the country.