Good mythological fiction
30 March, 2014
A man who becomes a God. This mythological novel traces the journey of one man, Shiva, Chief of the Gunas tribe, who, tired of constant battles with neighboring tribes, is persuaded by a Meluhan, to bring his whole tribe across the mountain to Meluha, promising a land of peace, beauty and organization.
Upon arrival in Meluha, Shiva's tribe are all made to drink the somras and in doing so, Shiva's destiny emerges in the form of a cold blue light in his throat. He is the awaited Neelkanth, one that will rid the world of evil, if the legend is to be believed. But the challenge for the Emperor of Meluha is to get Shiva to accept that he is the Neelkanth and to accept his fate to save them from evil and then to accept that he is the Mahadev, the God of Gods.
Mixing science with superstition, this novel highlights the depth of the Indian culture in 1900 BC and the development of the caste system.
I think the author may have deliberately kept the dialogue light, especially that of Shiva, who sometimes comes across as a happy-go-lucky adolescent, to balance the often weighty philosophies delivered by the pandits or priests.