Monday, June 23, 2014

The Oath of the Vayuputras – Debacles

Shiva Trilogy – Tells all the mythologies we already know and poorly explains way that all are humans – what else can you expect from an atheist. Yes Amish Tripathi as we know is not a spiritual guy, he was an atheist but grew faith as he wrote book – an absolute marketing stunt. Thus Lord Shiva smokes marijuana/chillum/meth/ganja or in whichever term you want to identify tobacco. Poor Millennial crowd caught the least message drew tattoo and smoked marijuana.

Coming to this book by reading the title I was sure that Vayuputras will have a great role to play in this last book but just one man from their tribe did and we know him by the name Shiva all along. Starting the review with so much negativity gives away all the content that will follow so let’s not do that.


Oath of Vayuputras - this time arrow was of use
Zipped Plot:

Nagas guides Shiva to Vasudevs place, they all join together. Branga, Kashi also forms alliance with Shiva. Shiva sends his sons to conquer Ayodhya; they pass tensed Magadh; waits for Magadh’s attacks from rear and manages to defeat them. Ayodhya is held immobile inside their fort. Shiva’s platoon gets the hold of Saraswati River. Shiva rushes to bring back their Ganesh’s platoon to strengthen the army while his platoon under Sati’s command faces minor defeat.

Shiva and Brihaspati leaves to meet Vayuputras to get daivi astra to threaten Meluhans, meanwhile a peace treaty is offered by Meluhans but it was a death trap and Sati gets killed. Enraged Shiva burns down Meluhan capital Devagiri with Pasupati astra he got from Vayuputras, but Karthik manages to save Somras artifacts and scientist for future. Shiva goes on exile to Himalayas (Tibet). Karthik re-establishes kingdoms south of India, Ganesh helps North rulers (emerged from split Meluha) to rule better, Bhagirath rules Ayodhya. Leaves a tribe under Veerabhadra’s adminstration to help the next Neelakanth.

Debacles:

  • Acute lack of research. As far I can recount Prahar is the only unit of measurement that he used from ancient period. Uses Km, inches and some modern measurement terms, I just found ‘dhanu’ measures length by simplest google search.
  • Shiva goes on exile? Mythology tells that Lord stays there but Mr. Amish tells us that Shiva was put on exile from India for 14 years by Vayuputras, who has no authority whatsoever over India since they live in different country?! Don’t smack your head yet.
  • All famous Meluhan characters you know dies! Except Nandhi but both his hands and legs are severed. Sati dies and so Shiva burns capital and “imperative” Meluhans dies along with city. Taking responsibility Parvateswar dies he takes along Anandamayi, princess of Ayodhya as they got married.
  • Wait for the punch, reason for all these mishap Lord Bhrigu is saved by most violent, blood loving warrior Karthik. Who also saves science and art of Somras because no one else knows about it, yes this all happened in spite of the fact that Brihaspati and his love Tara, Somras genius who are already with Lord Shiva!
  • Why kill Sati? In last chapter of this book author has rushed thru time to create connection to mythology by making Shiva settle in ice cave and with Nandhi as the only one communication medium. Karthik to South; Ganesh to North; hence Sati to death? WTF? Story rolls like that Sati is taken away and secured from slaughter field by King Dhaksha, her father. But she learns the evil plan and escapes to help her stranded men, King Orders to capture Sati but crazy soldiers will not chase her beyond fence of Devagiri! Later citizens of Devagiri will reach her before soldiers.
  • Shiva is Vayuputra! You read that write, it turns out that he is not only just Vayuputra but nephew of ‘Mithra’ – leader of Vayuputras. But wait this is secret so Shiva is treated as outsider and is kept that way to all Vayuputras till the end of story, again after giving Pasupati astra they are almost never mentioned again.
  • Shiva burns, Ganesh approves, Karthik saves! Shiva as the name gives away he burns a lot but Ganesh known for the clam composed mind gets in rage and supports Shiva, more surprise Karthik who was so far portrayed as War loving fellow turns humble and opposes astra but fearing his father wrath manages to save some and lets others evaporate. Such twist in characters holds very little connectivity.
  • Science! Science! Oh! Irritable explanation for third eye puts you off hold and makes you throw the book. Doesn’t stop there explains nuclear fission and fusion.
  • Never forget the architecture; he has carried this habit from part 1 where he explains Meluha construction and carries on to building ship, courtyard and other place he puts in a scene. Probably he was trying to put the reader into the scene but it slows down and beats the patience out of reader.
  • Describing Engineering is way too important!! Explaining water transport system of 100km was not enough that he also explain the Ice tomb where Sati is rested before cremation so readers who are mourning that ‘Sati the lead female has died’ can also marvel on engineering of Meluhan! Stop that $#!T can’t take anymore.
My sorrow – I would not, ever, never ever let well defined – well nurtured – well maintained physique like Anandamayi to burn. C’mon man she takes bath in milk! You can imagine the rest. I’m no womanizer, just a cross-thought.


There is nothing like pros and cons separate here, pointless, redundant depth in unimportant topics and briefing on important ones are hefty fines to be paid. One thing that I love – the cover picture (with arrow) made sense like it did in the part 1 (with Trident); which didn’t correlate in part two (with snakes). And another possible good thing is that I added ‘Underworld by Graham Hancock’ to my “TO READ” list extracted from Glossary of this book. Battles and Fights are better described in this part, I loved the Sati’s final fight with Egyptian Assasins.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Secret of Nagas - Book Review

Amish Tripathi, banker turned self-proclaimed successful author’s second book in the Shiva Trilogy is ‘The Secret of Nagas’. The book starts with where it left of in first part where a Naga attacks Sati, the wife of protagonist Shiva aka Neelakanth. Then proceeds to reveal the secret about Nagas and secret that Naga themselves guards, and then secret about evil.


The Secret of Nagas - Book Cover
Content Setting:
Upon defeating Ayodhyans of Chandravarshini clan Shiva realizes that they are not evil just that they are different, and Suryavarshinis have misunderstood and Shiva was mis-guided from there on. This makes Shiva to come to a decision that he’d travel to meet every tribe in India to learn who is good, who is evil. He also wishes to meet other tribes who are neither Suryavarshini nor Chandravarshini and for now convinced that Nagas are the source of evil.

Plot Summary:
Since the book had been around for long, I hope this will not be a spoiler.
Shiva with his close convoy leaves Ayodhya touching Magadh, the Kingdom is ruled by Mahendra. Aligning with Shiva’s visit elder prince gets assassinated and so Shiva leaves without creating any attention. Then reaches Kashi, it’s a neutral kingdom where Lord Rudra assassinated 80 Asuras and ordered that no more blood will be spilt, here Shiva-Sati pair gives birth to a boy – Karthik. Here in an uneventful way Shiva learns that Brangas are in contact with Nagas. So sets sail to Branga where he meets their King and learns they gets medicine for their plague from Nagas.

Shiva later finds that the medicine formula is also known to a bandit Parasuram, he decides to find him and extract formula so Branga will lead to Nagas. But it turns out that Parasuram is himself a follower of Neelkanth and is a Vasudev, all along Vasudevs has been guiding Shiva and was stunned to know that Nagas were kind to Parasuram. Meantime Sati while fighting pride of lions is saved by Nagas and discovers that Naga’s Queen Kali is her sister and the man how attacked her is none but her first son Ganesh.

When Shiva gets back to Kashi with Parasuram he meets Kali and gets acquainted but hates Ganesh as Shiva believes he is the killer of Brahaspati. Dhaksha visits Kashi and its revealed that Kali and Ganesh were hid from world by him and so Sati gets upset on him and he leaves angry on Shiva. After few months they all leave to Panchavati, the capital of Naga which has secretive route as defense. Soon after reaching the land the convoy was attacked by ships with daivi astra which later identified as joint effort of Meluha and Ayodhya. There Shiva meets his long lost friend Brahaspati whom he believed dead, and he reveals Somras is evil.

Pros:

  • The story, ability to make Lord as normal human being and make everyone smoke Chillum – I don’t know if this is good
  • Connectable story; battles which are expressed in detail.


Cons:

  • Probably I expect too much! Elaborate, in detail of silly stuff that it irritates you. Wants to fascinate us by describing engineering details but kills the pace of book.
  • Not a fluid flow, probably because in between furious duel stop to describe about the curvature angle of blade, the leather pouch it’s kept in and how the leather pouch was made and why trees are green.
  • I quoted that I’m able to connect to story since I worship every religious story I come across, but his stories are seriously misguiding at times that made me feel irritated and serious research is required to match even average knowledge guys like me and pandits will kill him.
  • Continuity lost control. While goes in details of fish in river forgets that fish is swimming close to giant warship – leaves the serious issues open ended continues it after 6 chapters this makes one feel awkward about understanding of last 5 chapters.
  • All of a sudden the defeated Ayodhyan loyalties falls in the feat of Shiva if that is ok as he is God but some go crazy over Suryavarshini, am I the only one worrying about logic.
  • Take that Matrix scene – Previous Neo, Oracle; Previous Neelakanth, tribes to guide + Lord Ram – I feel pity for this guy.
  • My own problem – The snake from book cover has no part to play, I was thinking of something like POP: Sand of times movie.
  • Never, ever, again ever complain about English standard or repeated usage of same word.