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Feb
09

The Immortals of Meluha

I’m an absolute sucker for Hindu mythologies – the Mahabharta, the Ramayana, the DashaAvtaar, the SaptaRishis, the Devas, the Asuras, the Apsaras – the triumph of good over evil.

I blame my mum who read me a chapter of the famous epics every night when I was a kid – who composed songs of Rama and Krishna and then I blame my father who bought me all possible books on these epics and each character that I could read as a kid – Long Live Amar Chitra Katha!

I had not read any book on Hindu Mythology in a long time until I got hold of “Palace of Illusions” a year and half back.

Krishna is my favourite God, so is Ganesha , but Shiva has fascinated me the most. The loner, the one with the bad temper, the recluse, the ardent lover, the superlative dancer, the protector.

I had heard such great reviews of Amish’s Shiva Triology that I finally picked up the two books released on my trip to India in December. The Immortals of Meluha and The Secret of the Nagas. I finished the first one yesterday within 2 working days ( I get just about 2-3 hours in the day to read the book given my workloads at home and office, so I’m proud of myself for this mini-achievement given that my reading habit has taken a beating post my move to Dubai). It is a book that you cannot keep down – every chapter, every page is a mystery waiting to be unravelled.

If you love Hindu mythology don’t give this one a miss. Secret of Nagas has begun and should be completed by the weekend. Can’t wait for the Oath of Vayuputras scheduled for this year end release.

Shiva – the NeelKanth, Suryavanshi and Chandravanshi – always shrouded in mystery and Amish attempts to demystify Shiva’s phenomenon.

(P.S: Moneyball reading was happening on the parallel – had to put it on hold after realising the breaks in reading were not doing justice to it. So I have kept it for the days I can finish it in one sitting – what a fascinating, intelligent read so far, but a bit technical and need to know a little bit of baseball to get a hang of it all , or probably to enjoy it a bit more )

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