I am really fascinated with mythology and being Hindu I was exposed to a lot of it, which isn’t any mystery, provided that we have 330 million gods and goddesses in the Hindu mythology. There are tonnes of great stories that pique the interest of people, especially writers. Be it the epic of Ramayana or the Mahabharata, stories like these have always stirred political, moral and ethical conversations.
As a kid, I was conditioned to believe that whatever the protagonist of these stories(the god) did was justifiable in one way or other with the simple explanation that we are lowly beings who are not worthy of understanding god’s deeds in entirety. I bought it for a while, after all, i didn’t want to offend god and fuck up my grades. But as I grew up, I started watching all thus content online about these stories that explored their darker traits.
The most striking was the statement made by a writer that Lord Rama wasn’t a good husband. For those who don’t know about him, he is the protagonist of the epic Ramayana and is considered to be the most perfect being to ever exist. I still remember my mom going on and on about how these writers were devoid of the intellect required to understand gods completely. But i gained something from all of this…that I wasn’t the only one who had doubts about these stories.
Let me know in the comments if you want read interesting stories related to Hindu mythology!
I stumbled upon Amish’s work after I found the third book of his trilogy at my grandma’s home. I borrowed it from her and started reading it. I hadn’t read the first two parts but the way it was written grabbed my attention pretty quickly. Their was science involved and most importantly the characters(the gods) were presented in a way that I had never seen before. I got the first two parts after a while. It took me a while to finish it all, it’s a long read but it expanded my thoughts about mythology in a way that blew my mind. Although I had some idea about the story as I was aware of the characters beforehand but they were constructed in such manner that it kept me on the edge as to what would happen next.
So the trilogy consists of three books(surprise, surprise!!) and it traces the life of Shiva, a member of a tribe that occupied a remote part of the Himalayas.
In the Hindu mythology, Shiva is the part of the trinity and is responsible for the destruction of the world when the time comes. He was married to Shakti(the goddess of power) in the form of Sati first and Parvati later. he drank a deadly poison named Halahal to save the world from its effect that turned his throat to bluish hue. So the entire story is built up around this theme but presented more in a conspicuous and humane form.
The first book- THE IMMORTALS OF MELUHA cover the displaceent of Shiva’s tribe and their resettlement into this highly advanced city, Meluha. As the story progresses, people’s true intentions unfold as to why Shiva was invited in the city in the first place. Sati is introduced along with other gods that rule over this city. The enemies of the peace, the Nagas are also shadowed all throughout the story.
The second book- THE SECRET OF THE NAGAS takes you into the mysterious world of the nagas. It unites Shiva with new allies and secrets about his life unfold that change his life completely. A war is on its way.
The third book- THE OATH OF THE VAYUPUTRAS binds it all together. people’s true nature is revealed and more secrets unfold. Friends are lost as the war progresses with an intense conclusion that brings Shiva’s life to a full circle.
So if you are looking for something to read and mythology interests you, then this is definitely recommended by me. You get to learn about a lot of gods if you have no idea about them or you see them in a new light if you already know about them.
It’s good read overall with politics, drama, adventure, travel, action, romance, tragedy and what not.