Monday, 26 July 2010

2 States – A Comical love story!

I have read it few months ago, and loved the book. So, why am I writing about it today? Something happened, which prompted me to write about this now, and it’s not that I read the book or any specific part again today. Infact, it’s somewhere in my house, and I don’t know where I put it after reading. So, what happened?

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

The Immortals of Meluha

I am not a big fan of English fiction, have read some Tom Clancy ones earlier, but recently tried one of the English translation of my favorite Hindi thriller writer, Surendra Mohan Pathak, The 65 Lakh Heist! and loved it. Then comes Chetan Bhagat series, I tried 2 States while travelling to Mumbai on business trip, and that opened up a new frontier for me in reading. I was limited to Hindi fictions only so far, and liked the simple yet interesting writings of Indian writers. Now, after just 4 months, I have finished all Chetan Bhagat books, two of the SMP translations, and few others.

Recently finished The Immortals of Meluha, a 400 pager fiction about Shiva. A mix of mythology, history and fiction. This is a thriller, and first part in the Shiva trilogy. I really liked the pace of novel, as things happen very fast and you are really hocked to the book till very last page. The only downside of this book is that its not complete in its own, and you have to wait for the second part. Any such book in my opinion should be complete in its own storyline, and the sequel should start the story from where we left it. As we don't know when the next book will be published, and then we have to wait for the third and final book as well. What I am thinking of is that I will wait for both the parts to be published, and then will start from book 1 again, to finish it altogether. But, if you like good fast thrilling story, with mythology mix, I recommend this book to you. Also, I got mine at Landmark, without any discount, but I now am ordering all my books online, with Cash on Delivery option, as the online store gives you 20-30% discount on the price, which you won't get in stores. And with CoD, no online payment issue at all. The author has launched a website for this book as well, and also created a trailer for its promotion, watch it here:

Also, you can visit the website at ShivaTrilogy. This is a new type of publicity, and it worked as well to create hype about the book. But the book does live on its hype. The way story of Shiva or Mahadev is re-imagined with the timeline of Indus Valley civilization, and the way Ram Rajya principle was explained, it’s worth reading. But you must know that all this is pure fiction, and not history. Some of the facts were used from history and mythology, to create a pure fiction thriller, retelling the story of Shiva, the Mahadev, starting with him as a normal human being to his becoming of Mahadev. I will not say much about story, but the presentation will keep you glued to the book.