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Book Review: The Secret of The Nagas – Amish Tripathi

Update: Oath of Vayuputras is up for grabs!

As soon as I had read (and reviewed) “The Immortals of Meluha“, I knew I had to read the sequel. It was too interesting to leave the trilogy midway and not know what happens next. So it was no surprise that 80K more people agreed with me. That is the number of copies of The Secret of The Nagas that had been pre-ordered as per some article I had read. Thanks to Flipkart the book was delivered within a day after its official release and the wait was not too long. Now I cannot wait to pre-order the book-3, hope Amish Tripathi comes out with it soon.

The Secret of The Nagas picks up from where Meluha ended; and steams ahead for a few chapters before resorting to a tranquil place in the events that take place at Kashi. After those few languid chapters, the book keeps on speeding ahead with new revelations, new opinions and ends with a nice twist (although a tad foreseeable), and yet keeps the readers hanging for the part three of Shiva Trilogy – The Oath of Vayuputras. Many new characters have made an appearance. Primary of those are the sons of Shiva/Sati, the royal families of kingdoms in Swadweep, and a few Naga characters too. There were a few parts of the book where I felt Amish was going on a tangent, but later on realized that events that took place earlier always had an impact on the happenings later on.

While the events in book-1 took place in Meluha and ended in Swadweep, events in book-2 unfolded in Swdweep and ended in Dandak Forest – the Naga territory. Going by the same logic I’m assuming events in book-3 would be concentrated around the Dandakaranya. Comparing this book to “The Immortals of Meluha“, I feel the first part of trilogy was better – but then that book was a genre changer. While “The Secret of The Nagas” pales in front of Meluha, it is better than most of the books I’ve read this year. Amish Tripathi is a very good storyteller and has rarely penned in any flab in the book. Each word, each event, each chapter moves the story forward with an eye on whatever is to happen in the next chapter or next book. The author has a very firm control on the flow of the book.

If you’ve read The Immortals of Meluha, you must read The Secret of Nagas. And if you’ve not read the books of Shiva Trilogy and are even a tad interested in Indian Mythology, go buy both the books now and read them.


Book Review: The Immortals of Meluha – Amish Tripathi

When I heard about the book “The Immortals of Meluha” I was very skeptical about it. With the image of Shiva on the cover page, my first reaction was why should an agnostic like me buy a religious book? Seeing it on home-page of Flipkart for so long, and reading/hearing good reviews I came close to buying the book many times, but the reluctance was always there – even when I knew it was fiction I always felt it had something to do with religion and wanted to read some random pages before I should buy it. On a chance visit to some mall that had Landmark, I finally read 2-3 pages, realized it is about mythology, not religion (two completely different ball-games although I’ve seen many people confusing them), and was instantly sold on the book.

Recently I’ve got interested in Indian Mythology (thanks solely to Prem Panicker’s Bhimsen), and not for any religious reasons. Indian Mythology has many weird, many strange, but entirely gripping stories, and who does not love that! Amish Tripathi plays with Indian Mythology in a very captivating manner. The basic premise is simple – Shiva was not a God, but a man who was considered a God because of his deeds. Everything else follows suit. Nandi is a good friend and companion to Shiva, Veerbhadra is not Shiva’s reincarnation, but his childhood friend and many more mythological characters are turned into real-life characters. My favourite was that Brahma was an inventor akin to Einstein/Newton/Da Vinci rolled in one.

The book was definitely a page-turner and completely enjoyable. Although there was one thing that ruined the simple joy of book reading and that was the pathetic binding of the book. I don’t know about other places, but from the Landmark where I bought the book, all the books had very shoddy binding. As soon as I started reading the books, the front cover fell off and I had to take immense care that the pages did not tear off. I hope, for the next two books of the trilogy, Amish gets another publisher or at least asks the publisher to bind the book properly.

If you are interested even a bit in Indian Mythology and the stories surrounding it, I would recommend “The Immortals of Meluha“. Hoping the next two installments are at least at-par with this one. The expectations off the author would be very high after his gripping first book.

Edit: The sequel to Immortals of Meluha – The Secret of the Nagas (second part of the trilogy) is releasing in July 2011, and can be ordered from Flipkart.

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