The Trilogy is based on the premise that Shiva was not a mythical God, but an ordinary human being who became a God because of his karma. The 3 books in the Trilogy trace the journey of Shiva from a human being to that of a God. The Immortals of Meluha is the first book in the series. For more on the first book, you can read my review right here.

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Shiva and Sati travel to Kashi , where a community of Brangas inhabit, in order to get more information on the Nagas. At Kashi, Parvateshwar is mortally injured in a riot at the Branga community. Their leader Divodas gives Parvateshwar a healing herb which works. Shiva learns from Ayurvati that the herb is only available at Panchavati , the capital of the Nagas.

Divodas explains that they get the herbs from the Nagas due to a plague infesting Branga. Shiva decides to travel to Branga and Divodas orders special ships to be made for the journey. Meanwhile, Sati gives birth to Kartik, her son with Shiva. As he leaves for Branga, Sati stays back at Kashi to prevent a lion attack on the local villagers. They are helped by a group of Naga soldiers, led by a man and a woman, who assist them in killing the lions.

Both were denounced by Daksha since born with deformities. An overwhelmed Sati brings back Kali and Ganesh to Kashi. At Branga, Shiva meets the recluse bandit Parashuram, who can enlighten him about the Nagas and the medicine.

After defeating Parashuram, Shiva comes to know that he is a Vasudev, the group of scholars who have been guiding him on his journey. Parashuram is also surprised to see Shiva as the fabled Neelkanth; in remorse for his actions, he severs his left hand.

Shiva recognizes Ganesh as the Naga who attacked Sati and as the supposed killer of his friend, the scientist Brahaspati.

Enraged, he leaves Sati and takes up residence at the Branga locality. One day, while playing with Kartik at a local park, Ganesh saves them from a lion attack. Daksha blames Shiva for causing distrust between him and Sati; he is asked to leave for Meluha. Shiva travels to Panchavati under the guidance of Kali, who is the Naga queen and knows how to reach the capital through the treacherous Dandak Forest.

On their journey, the entourage is attacked from the river side by a cache of ships containing the weapons of mass destruction known as Daivi Astra that was once forbidden by Lord Rudra, the legendary supreme ruler of India. After fleeing from the attack and safely reaching Panchavati, Shiva and Sati suspect Daksha to be behind this. Kali takes Shiva to a nearby school in the capital, where he finds Brahaspati, perfectly alive and teaching a class. Characters and locations[ edit ] Tripathi believes that "Myths are nothing but jumbled memories of a true past.

A past buried under mounds of earth and ignorance. He is a Tibetan immigrant to Meluha and the chief of the Guna tribe. On arriving in Meluha and consuming the Somras a potion , his throat turns blue making him the Neelkanth of the Meluhan legend, which speaks of the appearance of Neelkanth as a destroyer of evil.

The Meluhans end up believing that Shiva would be their saviour. Sati — A Meluhan princess, she is the daughter of King Daksha. Shiva falls in love with her but could not marry her initially because of a law that considers her to be a Vikarma, an untouchable; he later marries her going against the law.

According to the Meluhans, Vikarmas are people who bear misfortunes in this life due to sins of their past births. Sati is a skilled swords-woman and is very brave since childhood. A loyal devotee of Shiva, who is often considered for his opinion and suggestions by Shiva.

He was later renamed as Veer Bhadra, a title earned by once defeating a tiger singlehandedly. Though he does not believe the legend of the Neelkanth, he believes that Shiva is capable of taking Meluha to its new glory. Daksha prajapati — The King of the Meluhans, he is appreciative of every effort that Shiva does to save his country.

Bhagirath — The prince of Ayodhya, who is the target of an assassination plot. Anandamayi — The princess of Ayodhya. A strong-willed woman, Anandamayi courts Parvateshwar as her consort.

Ayurvati — The Chief of Medicine, Ayurvati is another intelligent and revered woman, who is capable of curing any disease. She is the first one to realize that Shiva is the "Neelkanth", their savior. Kali was born with two extra functioning appendages, hence she was ostracized from society and declared a Naga.

Ganesh was raised later by Kali, and they created the formidable Naga army. Races[ edit ] Suryavanshis — The Suryavanshis are followers of Shri Ram and the Solar Calendar and try to lead a life that is as ideal as possible. The Suryavanshis believe in Satya , Dharma , Maan—truth, duty and honor. Chandravanshis — The Chandravanshis are followers of the Lunar Calendar. Traditionally the Chandravanshis and Suryavanshis are enemies. Naga — A cursed race of people who have physical deformities.

They are extremely skilled warriors. Kingdoms[ edit ] Meluha — The empire of the Suryavanshis, also known as the land of pure life. It also includes parts of eastern Afghanistan. Swadweep — The empire of the Chandravanshis, also known as the island of the individual.

Shiva travels there with his entourage in search of the recipe for a medicine and to know the truth about the Nagas. Characters and locations adapted as per the books from the series and from the official website. It had to be reprinted a number of times to keep up with the demand. He also wanted to expand the geography of the story, allowing the characters to travel far East of India and also far South to the land of the Nagas, an ancient empire that existed more than five thousand years ago and was filled with eternal wars and the legend of a blue-throated god who would save the world.

Rashmi Pusalkar designed the book cover, which depicted Shiva holding a snake and looking towards the banks of the city of Kashi. The videos were conceptualized and marketed by Sangram Surve and Shalini Iyer of Think Why Not team, who also undertook the advertising of the book. Tripathi believed that this would "work as the audience that visits theaters is the same that reads my books.

Actor Vivek Oberoi was present with Tripathi at the launch. This was the first time ever that an original soundtrack was made for a book series. But it is executed poorly. And the breathless pace of the action hardly ever lets up The Secrets is not a bad book. The plot holds your attention and the story races along, but the writing veers between the pedestrian and the ridiculous. Tripathi is an excellent story-teller. But he is a poor writer.

He felt that the solid plot and the unambiguous storytelling of The Immortals of Meluha was missing in The Secret of the Nagas, whose ending failed to live up the curiosity. There are obvious and woefully inept attempts at literary flair that make the novel a tiresome read.

The book suffers from a rash of exclamation marks and unnecessary italics. Instead of simply talking, people bellow, scream, whisper and fall silent. The net result is text that is labored, trite and awkward. Desai also noticed that there were too many characters in the book, most of them remaining unexplored.

Likening the book with a computer game, the reviewer concluded that "one of the remarkable qualities of [the book] is that it is a very visual tale and less like a literary exercise. The writer has to keep the momentum of the first part going, while setting up all the pieces for the finale, scattering around a few clues to tantalise the reader enough to stay with the storyteller for the full journey.

But Amish does not disappoint. That is the big change happening in publishing—it is taking pride in its own culture than knowing other cultures like in television, where regional language channels have more TRPs.


The secret of the Nagas: A review

Today, He is a God. The hunt is on. The sinister Naga warrior has killed his friend Brahaspati and now stalks his wife Sati. Shiva, the Tibetan immigrant who is the prophesied destroyer of evil, will not rest till he finds his demonic adversary. His vengeance and the path to evil will lead him to the door of the Nagas, the serpent people. Of that he is certain. The evidence of the malevolent rise of evil is everywhere.


The Secret of the Nagas






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