March 18, 2013

The Oath of the Vayuputras - Stunning!

Shiva Trilogy comes to an end with ‘The Oath of the Vayuputras’.
Meluha which appeared to be a perfect land that ever could have existed has hidden in itself the worst secrets that get revealed in the ‘Oath of the Vayuputras’. Battle scenes are beautifully demonstrated with absolute perfection and clarity with no loopholes. The system followed by Meluha  as we know is described well enough in ‘Immortals of Meluha’ leaving the readers in awe. But then, what lies beyond anyone’s imagination is the pernicious effects of the system that has been overlooked many years. Shiva finally discovers what is evil and is ready to fight against it for that is his purpose of existence. Though he wants to achieve this with no blood shed and absolute peace, fate has its wish otherwise. A battle is inevitable and lots of unresolved mysteries would get unfolded. Who Shiva would ally with, who he would battle, who he would lose, who would help him and who would not is all brilliantly plotted in the final part of Shiva trilogy.

The characterization in the trilogy is the best. In the battle against evil Shiva might lose his close friends or even worse, he might have to kill them. Both Shiva’s army and those against his are equallycompetent and is no less than the other in implementing brilliant war strategies. So the battle is not a piece of cake for the Neelkanth to easily win over. Realizing this, Shiva seeks the Vayuputras help in the upcoming fierce battle. But not all of Vayuputras support Shiva, atleast not openly. What is the secret or untold connection that exists between Shiva and Vayuputras is a good twist. All dots are well connected.

Whatever happens, Shiva’s love for Sati is fresh and beaming as ever. Their eternal love for each other is well described right from the beginning till the end. They stand as an epitome of pure love throughout the story. Ganesh and Karthik together equal Shiva in all aspects – be it war or humanity (or even sense of humor).  Shiva travels to many places in and around India - each kingdom, their safety measures, their engineering skills are well differentiated from the rest according to their geographic location. As much as I loved the characterization of Parvateshwar and Ganesh in ‘Immortals of Meluha’, I loved Anandmayi’s in ‘The Secret of the Nagas’ and Karthik’s in ‘The Oath of the Vayuputras’. Not to forget Sati for her characterization was the most brilliant and deserves respect. Amish Tripathi has really nailed it.

I found myself traveling through and living among the characters – a bliss which every reader would experience while reading this trilogy and it is indeed priceless. This final book will give you goose bumps and bring tears in your eyes at the end and is certainly a page turner. If I had to recommend my friends about the must read books in one’s lifetime, Shiva Trilogy will definitely be one among them. Amish Tripathi deserves the best writer award for this epic.

Wondering if Shiva Trilogy would be pictured as a movie in future. We shall hope for the best to happen.
Pen down your thoughts for me about the trilogy J

Happy reading!
“No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.”  - Mary Wortley Montagu


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