I feel like I just finished reading one of the Star Wars installments. With Shiva as Anakin, Sati as Padme, unexplored regions with strange inhabitants with secrets and continous travels… The book was just too formulaic. That is not to say that it is not a good read – it is just that I was expecting the second book to be better than the first in some ways at least, and quite frankly, it is not.
How Amish managed to construct a whole sequel on such a flimsy basic premise is beyond me. And the liberties he took with the plot and the myths are not easy to forgive either… The entire series essentially boils down to a single mythological point – the Shiva-Ganesh showdown – the entire story is an elaborate construct to lead towards that, which was disappointing, especially since that too never happens after all that buildup. And the secret? It is just that Brihaspati is alive and working for the Nagas, which only means that the Nagas are on Shiva’s side. Now that was obvious from the first book and was no “secret”. And the author gives the impression that all the gods of India who are symbolically given strange forms were actually mutants/deformed nagas and were deified later. That is too much to swallow even if we play along and accept his version of the shiva myth
Overall, the story is good, the new take is innovative and refreshing at times, but the narrative style, especially during the abundant action sequences is amateurish and repetitive.
Glibly written, without much attention to the nuances of the mythology or to known historic facts, the book still manages to be a good, smooth story. Easy to read and enjoy, it truly is an amar chitra katha in novel form as the cover proudly(?)boasts…
While the book makes for a fun fast read, I cannot in good conscience reccommend it without telling that anyone who picks up the book looking for literary enjoyment is going to be terribly disappointed, but if all that is needed is a way to pass a few hours, then it might be worth it. Surely it will make a good movie someday, with the disappointing and predictable plot twists that is characteristic of most bollywood movies.
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- Myths with a modern twist (thehindu.com)
- P.S. Let me Believe.. (justanotherwakeupcall.wordpress.com)
- 7 Secrets Of Shiva: A Religious Textbook, Not A Myth-Analysis (ideasmithy.wordpress.com)
- Yoga Kaleidoscope : ‘The Nagas’-Patanjali Has Competition! (yogakaleidoscope.wordpress.com)
- ‘Historical, political rights should be basis of solution to Naga problem’ (thehindu.com)
- Yoga Kaleidoscope : The Nagas : The Secret Of Doing Asana. (yogakaleidoscope.wordpress.com)
- Manmohan statement may affect Naga peace process: NSCN(I-M) (thehindu.com)
- Fire In Your Hole!: Hot As Hell Naga Chilli Vodka (geekologie.com)
- Shiva Shambho. (elephantjournal.com)