Synopsys – Trilogy of Shiva
The philosophy of circle of life, that every good things inevitably converts in to evil and when there is no way to rectify that evil then a great leader emerges and destroys the evil.
Amish Tripathi’s trilogy on Lord Shiva consists of three books, ‘The Immortals of Meluha’, ‘The Secret of the Nagas’, and the ‘The Oath of the Vayuputras’.
Story revolves around one of the most revered gods in Hindu mythology – Lord Shiva, who is portrayed as a simple human being – and who, by the end, becomes a friend to the readers because they can identify with his humanity.
The characters in the series are semi-based on true mythological figures, with twists on what these characters may have been like as mere mortals. The trilogy focuses on religion, truth and the constant battle between the good and evil. The language of the books is modern, every-day and very simple English, which makes it easy for any reader to relate to.
The first book, ‘The Immortals of Meluha’, begins with introducing Shiva, who has been portrayed as a Tibetan Barbarian hailing from the warrior tribe (known in the book as the Gunas). He arrives in the fictional city of Meluha on the request of King Daksha, whose land has been faced by terrorist attacks from the Chandravanshi tribe which he believes has allied with the Nagas – considered a lowly race – anyone from Meluha with a physical deformity is sent to be a Naga. While in Meluha, Shiva is recognized as the Neelkanth – an incarnation of the Mahadev, after he drinks the Somras – a healing potion, which makes his throat turns blue.
Then follows the love story of Sati, daughter of King Daksha, and Shiva. Sati is a ‘Vikarma’ – an untouchable – and when she rejects Shiva’s advances, he challenges the law of Vikrama. In the book the word denotes an ‘untouchable’ who has to suffer in the present life due to the actions performed in the previous life.
In the second book the ‘Secret of the Nagas’, Shiva plays the role of being the saviour who has left his homeland to fight evil. He and Sati are happily married. Along this path, Shiva learns that the Nagas are not evil, and that he had misjudged. The story explains how he realizes that metaphorically, a book cannot be judged by its cover. The cover of the book shows Shiva holding a snake which symbolizes evil, which he thought the Nagas represented. Evil is finally revealed in the third book, ‘The Oath of the Vayuputras’.
Shiva takes it upon himself to fight against the fiercest of warriors, thereby leading the people away from what they believed to be good. And then, well, you can guess how it all ends!
The series encapsulates the author’s imagination into an ordered, comprehensible melodrama while highlighting certain key topics like loyalty, companionship and the battle to banish evil from our minds.