Secret of the Nagas

By Amish Tripathi

This is the second part of the Shiva trilogy by Amish Tripathi. I was so impressed with the first part that I couldn’t help taking this help as soon as it was available. The cover has the Mahadev holding a hooded snake with an open mouth. This definitely compliments the title and successfully catches the attention of the reader.

Here as the story proceeds Shiva and Sati have their son Kartikeya, who is as brave as his father. The story also unfolds the identity of the naga who follows Sati. After meeting the nagas, Shiva questions the reason for isolation of the nagas. Sati also meets her twin sister Kali who is the queen of the Naga kingdom. The author has cleverly used present day science by introducing a liger in one of the fights. The encounter is so well written that the reader cannot leave the book unless it is over. Also the description of the route to the naga empire has been done beautifully. The characterization of Daksha continues to add mystery to the story. The interactions of Parvateshwar and Anandmayi add the much needed spice to the story. The end of this book again leaves the reader longing to read the third or final part.

The story is beautifully written and the flow keeps the reader engrossed. Infact it is very difficult to stop once you start reading. The language is simple and the mythological symbols are nicely woven in the track. Although one can read it while travelling to and from work, I would rather suggest one should read when there is a lot of time in hand for example on a lazy weekend. Therefore if you are going for a long journey than this is the right choice. This will make a good gift along with the other two parts. All in all its a great book to read.

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The Immortals of Meluha

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By #Amish Tripathi

This book was suggested by a teammate who said if I enjoyed reading then I must consider this. He was right. As the cover displays the central character of the book is Lord Shiva. The author has considered Lord Shiva a human being and tracked his journey from Tibet to Meluha.

The story begins with #Shiva as the head of a tribe from Tibet, pondering over the welfare of his people. He is assisted by Veerbhadhra who is ever ready to lay down his life for his beloved friend. They are brought to Meluha by Nandi. The king of Meluha is Daksha and Sati is his daughter. Although considered a human, Shiva still has all the characteristics of the lord like honesty, bravery, innocence, sincerity, etc. He falls in love with Sati, the moment he sees her. He also challenges age old customs. The story takes an important course when Shiva drinks somras and his neck turns blue. Everyone accepts him as the saviour. In the course of story he also befriends Brihaspati, the scientist. Each and every event has been nicely woven and the reader is completely engrossed in the book. The language is simple. Also the author has tried to give a scientific meaning to everything like the effects of somras, etc. The story proceeds towards fighting against the people who are trying to harm Meluha.

This is a beautiful book with very easy to understand language. Also the characters are wellknown. The story is narrated in a very interesting manner. It can be read by anyone. The author leaves you anxious to pick up the next book from the trilogy i.e Secret of the Nagas”. If you are going for a long trip then this is a perfect companion. Those who read while travelling will have a little problem since its very difficult to close the book once you start reading it. It is also a great book to gift.