There is simple book recommendation for you. If you have read The Immortals of Meluha and The Secret of Nagas, then you must read The Oath of the Vayuputras, the third and final book of the Shiva Trilogy written by Amish Tripathi. If you have not read those books, then you can give it a miss as this book will not make any sense to you.
But the question is, will this series will go down as the one which will be recommended in the book clubs and college libraries in the future ? The answer is both yes and no. Yes, because this Trilogy is the blueprint of how to make successful book based on cultural , ideological and mythological knowledge in making commercially successful project. Many writers in past had flirted with the geek mythology and were successful. The second part of answer is no because though this series is entertaining and page tuner, it still lacks the depth of language and editing required in the classified classic.
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Shiva discovers that the ‘Somras’ is the true evil and his best friend Bharspati was not dead but safe in Panchvati. Shiva and his crew approaches Vashudevs (a divine tribe of Lord Ram) to seek their help in destroying in the Somras forever. Meanwhile, the Kingdoms of Meluha and Ayodhya makes an alliance to protect the Somras. Shiva knew that if the inevitable war takes place, the odds are against him because he not only have to face an efficient army of Mehula but also the masses of Ayodhya. With the help of Nagas and Vashudevs , Shiva makes more alliances around the region to fight for dharma yudh. He also uses Vashudevs inter portal communication to warn the innocent citizens against the evil of Somras and announce the war against supporters of Somras.
Eventually the war takes place and after many twist and turns, Shiva seeks help of Vayuputras (a divine tribe of Lord Rudra) to grant him Divya Astra (Divine Weapon) to threaten his enemies. They promise to bless Shiva with the weapon on condition of not using it, to which Shiva agrees. During his journey, Shiva discovers many facts about his origin and how he was trained to be Neelkandth. Many dots related to his uncle, his childhood etc were connected.
The book has a tragic end with destruction of Lord Ram’s kingdom of Meluha and death of many important characters. There were many personal and emotional loss which the people in both sides had to suffer. The author uses the backdrop of book in giving many philosophical answers related to dharma, Morality and Karma. The quotes from Gita, Vedas, and Upnishads where also used. Many things in Hindu Mythology which we see as divine or magical has been given scientific outline and the legacy of Lord Shiva has been re-written in Amish’s own world.
All in all, one can’t complain too much with the book , nor with the trilogy. The people who are disappointed are the only one who expected too much from it. I think so the weight of expectation from many readers is the testament to the promise which Amish has managed after the launch of his first book. None of his books would win any Booker’s prize but Mr Tripathi and his hero Shiva has won many million hearts.
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