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400px-Amish_Tripathi_555Amish is an IIM (Kolkata) educated, boring banker turned happy author. The success of his debut book, The Immortals of Meluha (Book 1 of the Shiva Trilogy), encouraged him to give up a fourteen-year-old career in financial services to focus on writing. He is passionate about history, mythology and philosophy, finding beauty and meaning in all world religions.

Amish has most recently written the Shiva Trilogy (The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas & The Oath of the Vayuputras), which have sold over a million copies in the Indian subcontinent since 2010. The books that he plans to write in the future are also in the areas of mythology & history.

Amish lives in Mumbai with his wife, Preeti and son, Neel.

The Immortals of Meluha

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 16123661Chandravanshis 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?

I enjoyed this the first of Amish’s trilogy based on Indian Mythology and Theology. It opened up a new world to me that I hadn’t known much about but now am eager to learn more. Likeable characters. Interesting twists and even a love story. Unfortunately these books are not readily available in Australia book stores and you will probably have to go online.

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Today, He is a God.

4000 years ago, He was just a man.

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. A kingdom is dying as it is held to ransom for a miracle drug. A crown prince is murdered. The Vasudevs Shivas philosopher guides betray his unquestioning faith as they take the aid of the dark side. Even the perfect empire, Meluha is riddled with a terrible secret in Maika, the city of births. Unknown to Shiva, a master puppeteer is playing a grand game.

In a journey that will take him across the length and breadth of ancient India, Shiva searches for the truth in a land of deadly mysteries only to find that nothing is what it seems.

If you haven’t read any of the emerging Indian authors yet this series is a good place to start. Amish’s treatment of the mythology and history of his India is wonderful. Shiva who we know as a god is here a man of flesh and blood. Ganesh, Kali and all the other gods and goddesses walk amongst us. They fear, they love, thirst and fight the war against evil.

But what is truly evil? Can any one man be the true personification of evil? Or are there merely misguided, ignorant or proud souls? Shiva has discovered those he thought were responsible for all the evil in his world are actually it’s saviors. Who is really causing the misery and misfortune he keeps encountering? Amish writes in a modern style about themes thousands of years old. His discussions on right and wrong as Shiva travels on his quest are thought-provoking but never bog you down.

The personalities are wonderful, India is beautiful and wild, and Shiva is confirmed as the deity I most want to go on an adventure with.

Book 3 is on my To Read list. The Oath of the Vayuputras.

Reviews by Leanne Ellis

Twitter: @amisht