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My two cents on The Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathi –

I have been a Lord Shiv fan since a while now. He is one of the coolest gods from the millions we have. So when I stumbled upon the link of the very first promo video of this trilogy some years ago it sounded very exciting. I could not wait to get my hands on the book. The first of it’s kind on the lord and one which had a very interesting take on the same. The premise being that Shiv was a man like you and me but his actions lifted him to a status of god over the years as his exploits were narrated from generation to generation

The first book of this series was a runaway success. But considering I had a long line up of ‘must reads’ then I could not read this one for quite a while. Finally when the book came into my hands, I eagerly started reading it. By the time I got to the 50th page I was cursing the language used and lamenting the loss of such a good subject by the author. However, I soldiered on, hoping that the story would pick up somewhere down the line. Thankfully it did. The storytelling was racy and of course the premise was unique anyway. Now I am not a grammar nazi to really kill Amish but then I am sure there are a few hundreds who would queue up. What went in his favor were the other thousand who bought and read it. All in all a good start and left me waiting for the second.

The second book released amid high expectations. The expectations had of course increased and I felt that somewhere the story went flat and the narrative predictable. It felt cliched. Again, I would credit the author for not losing his original style of writing even after he got thrashed in the first book by the literati. I don’t remember much of what happened in that book but was surely disappointed and waited for the last and final book with a little less enthusiasm.

There was a lot of euphoria around the release of the last instalment of this series. Amish marketed the book well and also released an audio album which I think was a superb idea, just that the execution was not great even though there were big names in that album cover. The kind of mixed reactions I got to hear about the book made me wonder if I should read it at all. Some loved it, many hated it.

I finally managed to complete it yesterday and I must say that it was not that bad after all. Amish has paid the price for being popular and it is in fashion to pull such people down. Yes I agree the language left a lot to be desired and great premise was not fully exploited but come on people, give this guy the due. I have great respect for anyone who gets a book published and Amish had three and all of them topped the best sellers list.

So even though it is a 3/5 rating from me, I would recommend this book to anyone who is a mythology fan like I am. Good job Mr. Amish. Har Har mahadev!

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2 comments on “My two cents on The Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathi –

  1. Vaishakhi Bharucha
    November 3, 2013

    Fair review here Nishant. Though I will disagree. It’s not so much his grammar as his style, or lack thereof that had me literally labouring through the first book with no intentions of reading the rest. Still, thanks for the review of the entire Trilogy!

    • nishbhagat
      November 3, 2013

      I agree with you Vaishakhi. You can call this series a ‘pop’ culture type rather than a classic

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