My brother & ‘The Hindu’ have introduced me to this book on the same day. Blending mythology & history and combining fact & fiction is my fav genre. So I couldn’t control my excitement when we ordered for these books. Added to that it has an interesting story line “The story of the man whom legend turned into a god”. And it also has very interesting cover images.
As mentioned in the blurb this trilogy deals with the story of Shiva from humanist point of view.The three installments of the trilogy take you through the ride of a Tibetan Immigrant who is driven by his innate sense of justice, his internal conflict between good & evil and his calling & destiny.
Even though the plot ideas & the screenplay are good the writing puts a major dent in the overall experience of the book.The language used is very amateurish & the narration of the scenes is too flat. The characters are not fully developed.The turmoil & anguish is totally missing .Compared to the first book the second one is better (may be due to my reduced expectations)as we can anticipate & enjoy the plot twists.But the author has the habit of abruptly ending the books which leaves out the sense of completion.
If we are drawing parallels to the mythological characters, few of those are used really well. The author’s thoughts on destiny,choosing,philosophical duality,perspective of evil are communicated as wordings between Shiva & the Vasudev’s. But most of the times the books hint you of Panchatantra stories as in giving moral lessons to children. The Meluhan way of life & the description of their architecture is straight out from the history notes.The symbols used to represent caste system appear as forced inspiration from Dan Brown.May be my own overactive imagination is drawing conclusions, but somehow the track of people finding the blue throat & recognizing him as Neelakant reminds me of Harry’s scar & that of the people living through ages & somras of vampires.
If you have fewer expectations & if you’re not looking for the Indian version of Dan Brown in this author then you will definitely enjoy the book better than me. But nevertheless as I have the habit of logically concluding the series I’m very much looking forward for the final installment.