The story takes place in the imaginary land of Meluha and narrates how the inhabitants of that land are saved from their wars by a nomad named Shiva. Later Shiva takes his troop of soldiers and travels far east to the land of Branga, where he wishes to find a clue to reach the Naga people. His journey ultimately leads him to the Naga capital of Panchavati, where he finds a surprise waiting for him. The Naga escapes, dropping a coin with strange engravings. Shiva and Sati travel to Kashi, where a community of Brangas inhabit, in order to get more information on the Nagas. At Kashi, Parvateshwar gets mortally injured while trying to pacify a riot at the Branga community.
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Plot[ edit ] Meluha is a near perfect empire, created many centuries earlier by Lord Ram , one of the greatest Hindu kings that ever lived. However, the once proud empire and its Suryavanshi rulers face severe crisis as its primary river, Saraswati , is slowly drying to extinction. They also face devastating terrorist attacks from the Chandravanshis who have joined forces with the Nagas, a cursed race with physical deformities.
Shiva, chief of the Guna tribe, accepts the proposal and moves to Meluha with his people. Once reached they are received by Ayurvati, the Chief of Medicine of the Meluhans. The Gunas are impressed with the Meluhan way of life. On their first night of stay the tribe wake up with high fever and sweating. The Meluhan doctors administer medicine.
Ayurvati finds out that Shiva is the only one devoid of these symptoms and that his throat has turned blue.
The Meluhans announce Shiva as the Neelkanth, their fabled saviour. Shiva is then taken to Devagiri, the capital city of Meluha, where he meets Daksha. She is a Vikarma , an untouchable person due to sins committed in her previous births. Shiva tries to court her, but she rejects his advances. Ultimately Shiva wins her heart and even though the Vikarma rule prohibits them from doing so, an enraged Shiva vows to dissolve it and marries Sati.
During his stay in Devagiri, Shiva comes to know of the war with the Chandravanshis and also meets Brahaspati, the Chief Inventor of the Meluhans. Brahaspati invites Shiva and the royal family on an expedition to Mount Mandar , where the legendary drink Somras is manufactured using the waters of the Saraswati.
Shiva learns that the potion which made his throat turn blue was actually undiluted Somras, which can be lethal when taken in its pure form. But he was safe, indicating him to be the Neelkanth. Somras has anti-ageing properties making the Meluhans lived for many years.
Brahaspati and Shiva develop a close friendship and the royal family returns to Devagiri. One morning, the Meluhans wake up to a blast that took place at Mandar, destroying parts of the mountain and killing the scientists living there. There is no sign of Brahaspati, but Shiva finds the insignia of the Nagas, confirming their involvement with the Chandravanshis. A fierce battle is fought between the Meluhans and the Swadweepans in which the Meluhans prevail.
The Chandravanshi king is captured but becomes enraged upon seeing the Neelkanth. The Chandravanshi princess Anandmayi explains that they too had a similar legend that the Neelkanth will come forward to save their land by launching an assault against the "evil" Suryavanshis.
Hearing this, Shiva is dumbfounded and utterly distressed. With Sati he visits the famous Ram temple of Ayodhya , the capital of Swadweep. There he has a philosophical discussion with the priest about his karma, fate and his choices in life, which would guide him in future.
As Shiva comes out of the temple, he notices Sati being stalked by a Naga near a tree. Characters and locations[ edit ] Tripathi believes "Myths are nothing but jumbled memories of a true past. A past buried under mounds of earth and ignorance. He is a Tibetan immigrant to Meluha and the chief of the Guna tribe. On arriving in Meluha and consuming the Somras, his throat turns blue making him the Neelkanth of the Meluhan legend, which speaks of the appearance of Neelkanth as a destroyer of evil.
The Meluhans end up believing that Shiva would be their saviour against evil. Shiva falls in love with her but cannot marry her because of a law that considers her to be a Vikarma , an untouchable. Vikarmas are people who bear misfortunes in this life due to sins of their past births.
She is a skilled swords-woman and is very brave since childhood. The Lord of the People — a powerful Naga with mysterious origins. Nandi — A captain in the Meluhan army.
A loyal devotee of Shiva, who is often considered for his opinion and suggestions by Shiva. He was later renamed as Veer Bhadra, a title earned by once defeating a tiger single-handedly. Though he does not believe the legend of the Neelkanth, he believes that Shiva is capable of taking Meluha to its new glory. He is a good follower of Lord Ram. She is the first to realize that Shiva is the "Neelkanth", their savior.
Traditionally the Chandravanshis and Suryavanshis are enemies. They are extremely skilled warriors. It also includes parts of eastern Afghanistan. Swadweep — The empire of the Chandravanshis, also known as the island of the individual. Characters and locations are per the books from the series and from the official website.
It sort of just crept up on me. Slowly, first the philosophies, and then the story to convey the philosophies. This experience has changed me. My outlook to life. My attitude. And my belief in God. Ultimately he decided to take the spiritual route.
He started reading on the different philosophies and the Indian mythologies. In the program they learned that in ancient Persia, demons were known as Daeva a term reserved for the Gods in Indian mythology , and angels were called Asuras a term reserved for demons in Indian mythology. Tripathi added, "It set me thinking that this was exact opposite of our Vedic etymology where evil was Asura and gods were Devas.
It struck me that if the two civilizations were to confront each other, they would be at stark odds and calling each other evil. Once he started to write a book about Shiva, he decided to base it on some fundamental beliefs of his. It was their deeds in the human life that made them famous as Gods.
She asked him not to control the fate of his characters beforehand, but let the plot develop on its own. Tripathi applied these suggestions and the result was a smoother outflow. The manuscript for The Immortals of Meluha got rejected by 35 to 40 publication houses. I was a finance guy and a staunch believer in digital marketing that has a better reach in the books market. It actually puts up a conversation rather than a two-minute wire on the same.
He put up the entire first chapter of The Immortals of Meluha as a digital download from his website, so that the readers would get interested. Hence Pusalkar chose to just portray the back profile of Shiva, standing in front of a huge lake. Since Pusalkar had never designed any book covers before, she felt that the task was more daunting for her, and explained "Shiva is a human of flesh and blood, he is not a God. The challenge was to show him as vulnerable.
I portrayed him from the back, because Indian Gods are never seen from the back. He has battle scars and a sculpted physique. He also created a clay model of the broken Pashupati seal, which was later photographed and used in the book inlay.
The increasing brightness of the book covers, from the dull colors of The Immortals of Meluha to the bright hue of The Oath of the Vayuputras , signified the triumph of good over evil, according to Tripathi. Hence he sent the book to various known faces in the publishing world like Anil Dharker and Prahlad Kakkar. The book would be released in the United States in summer This was the first time ever that an original soundtrack was made for a book series. After its publication, The Immortals of Meluha received mostly positive response from critics for its concept but the prose received mixed reviews.
It will be interesting to see how the trilogy progresses. One cannot but admire the creative drive that impels a finance professional to embark on such an ambitious odyssey on uncharted seas. Simply unputdownable. Some crunching of thoughts that tended to overlap and repeat would be welcome in the next two books.
Age-old thoughts and philosophies were delivered in a very modern context, which I thought made for an interesting juxtaposition. I wrote to Amish to express one small observation, the script writing is not that sharp. Just after a week of its publication in February , the book hit the best seller list of several magazines and newspapers, including The Statesman , The Economic Times , The Times of India , Rolling Stone India , among others. That is the big change happening in publishing—it is taking pride in its own culture than knowing other cultures like in television, where regional language channels have more TRPs.
This led to speculation in the media whether Johar would indeed helm the film or the release would be an American production. Although media reported that Johar canceled the project in fear of any backlash from making a film on an Indian God, Tripathi said that a new contract had been signed with another unnamed film studio.
The Secret of the Nagas & the Immortals of Meluha
Plot[ edit ] Meluha is a near perfect empire, created many centuries earlier by Lord Ram , one of the greatest Hindu kings that ever lived. However, the once proud empire and its Suryavanshi rulers face severe crisis as its primary river, Saraswati , is slowly drying to extinction. They also face devastating terrorist attacks from the Chandravanshis who have joined forces with the Nagas, a cursed race with physical deformities. Shiva, chief of the Guna tribe, accepts the proposal and moves to Meluha with his people. Once reached they are received by Ayurvati, the Chief of Medicine of the Meluhans. The Gunas are impressed with the Meluhan way of life. On their first night of stay the tribe wake up with high fever and sweating.
The Secret of the Nagas
Shiva and Sati travel to Kashi , where a community of Brangas inhabit, in order to get more information on the Nagas. At Kashi, Parvateshwar is mortally injured in a riot at the Branga community. Their leader Divodas gives Parvateshwar a healing herb which works. Shiva learns from Ayurvati that the herb is only available at Panchavati , the capital of the Nagas.