|Author(s): Amish Tripathi
Series: Shiva Trilogy 01
Publisher: Westland, Year: 2011
Today, Shiva is a god. But four thousand years ago, he was just a man. 1900 BC: the once-proud Suryavanshi rulers of the Meluha Empire are in dire peril. The empire’s primary river, the Saraswati, is slowly drying up. There are devastating terrorist attacks from the east, the land of the Chandravanshis – and to make matters worse, the Chandravanshis appears to have allied with the Nagas, an ostracised race of deformed humans with astonishing martial skills. The only hope for the Suryavanshis is an ancient prophecy: when evil reaches epic proportions and all seems lost, a hero will emerge…
The Immortals of Meluha (Shiva Trilogy) is the first chapter of the Shiva Trilogy that showcases the making of Lord Shiva through a fictional medium. The narrative unfolds in the immemorial land of Meluha, where reigns the Suryavanshi clan, a highly civilized society of rules, regulations and guidelines. Abiding by their just means of lifestyle, there is persistent fear of terrorist attacks from the Chandravanshis, a clan-less civilization allied with the heinous Nagas. Together, they conspire to steal the secret formula of the Suryavanshi holy drink, Somrasa. With this paranoia, there are whispers of a prophecy pertaining to a blue-throated man from the lands of Sapt-Sindhu who would rescue the Suryavanshis from their turmoil. Enter Shiva, a tribal patriarch from the mountains of Kailasa, who travels from his home territory to Meluha in search of safety and shelter. The mystery of his throat turning blue after consuming Somrasa, begs the Meluhan people to ask a question of cosmic proportions, Is he the prophesied one? The story redefines the nomenclatures of iniquity and integrity precedented by legendary characters, folktales and Puranas mingling cohesively into an integrated pattern. The story written by critically acclaimed author, Amish Tripathi truly captures the spirit of these archaic ages in their true color. The books is available in paperback .
Dharma Productions has bought the movie rights for this acclaimed book.