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The Immortals of Meluha
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1900 BC. In what modern Indians mistakenly call the Indus Valley Civilisation. The inhabitants of that period called it the land of Meluha a near perfect empire created many centuries earlier by Lord Ram, one of the greatest monarchs that ever lived. This once proud empire and its Suryavanshi rulers face severe perils as its primary river, the revered Saraswati, is slowly drying to extinction. They also face devastating terrorist attacks from the east, the land of the Chandravanshis. To make matters worse, the Chandravanshis appear to have allied with the Nagas, an ostracised and sinister race of deformed humans with astonishing martial skills. The only hope for the Suryavanshis is an ancient legend: When evil reaches epic proportions, when all seems lost, when it appears that your enemies have triumphed, a hero will emerge. Is the rough-hewn Tibetan immigrant Shiva, really that hero? And does he want to be that hero at all? Drawn suddenly to his destiny, by duty as well as by love, will Shiva lead the Suryavanshi vengeance and destroy evil?


Book Summary of The Immortals of Meluha

Shiva, one of the chief Hindu deities, is portrayed in an entirely different light in Amish Tripathi's debut novel, The Immortals of Meluha. The first book of The Shiva Trilogy, The Immortals of Meluha charts Shiva's journey from the mountains with his Tibetan tribesmen to the kingdom of Meluha, which is occupied by the Suryavanshis, a race of people who are descendants of Lord Ram and live along the banks of the River Saraswati.

When an episode involving the preserving drug somras leaves his throat blue, Shiva is hailed as the 'Mahadev' according to an ancient prophecy, the man who'll lead the Suryavanshis to victory against the Chandravanshis. Caught in the middle of a tense conflict, Shiva must now make some quick decisions to save Meluha from the wrath of the evil Chandravanshis and their twisted and disfigured assassins, The Nagas.

Will Shiva be able to rise to the occasion and save the clan of the Suryavanshis?

Why does the Princess Sati shy away from speaking to him every single time?

Who are the Nagas, and why are they assisting the Chandravanshis?

Set in 1990 B.C., the book takes readers on an imaginative and exciting journey through Amish's world.

Upon its release, The Immortals of Meluha received positive reviews from critics. It became a surprise bestseller in the first we

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Amish Tripathi born on 18 October 1974 is an Indian author. Tripathi's debut work The Immortals of Meluha was a surprise bestseller, breaking into the top seller charts within a week of its launch. In the Huffington Post blog, Vamsee Juluri, USF professor and author of The Mythologist, called it an unlikely bestseller, from the literary world’s perspective. In the recent past, Tripathi's Shiva Trilogy is being touted as India's Lord of the Rings.
The Immortals of Meluha was the first in the Shiva Trilogy, followed by The Secret of the Nagas released on 12 August 2011 and the yet to be released The Oath of the Vayuputras.The trilogy is a fantasy re-imagining of the Indian deity Shiva's life and adventures.Businessworld, India’s leading business magazine, said that "Amish is well on his way to become the Paolo Coelho of the East."
The Immortals of Meluha, the first volume of the Shiva trilogy, had sold 175,000 copies by August 2011, when The Secret of the Nagas was released with 100,000 copies out of which 80,000 copies were pre-ordered. The second edition of the book was already in print, even before the first edition of the book which was released on August 12, 2011.
As of April 2012, Amish Tripathi's first two books The Immortals of Meluha and The Secret of the Nagas(part of the Shiva Trilogy) have crossed a print run of 500,000. These books have continued to top the bestseller lists of Nielsen BookScan and are now at a print run of 558,000 copies with the gross retail sales being at Rs 13.75 crore within two years of publishing. The Immortals of Meluha is soon to be turned in a motion picture with Dharma Productions purchasing the rights of the book.