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shiva trilogyThe concept and symbolism of Shiva and the imagery it evokes has been the mainstay of many books and movies before. But nothing beats author Amish Tripathi's Shiva Trilogy, which has not only made it to the bestsellers list but also given him the moniker of 'India's first literary pop star' by Director Shekhar Kapur and his first book is being adapted into a Bollywood movie by filmmaker Karan Johar.

Amish's three books in the Shiva Trilogy are The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas, and The Oath of the Vayuputras, which have sold over a million copies in the Indian subcontinent since 2010. Recently, his last book in the Shiva Trilogy - Vayuputras - was launched with much fanfare across India.

The success of his debut book encouraged him to give up his banking career to focus on writing. The books that he plans to write in the future are also in the areas of Hindu mythology and history. As a writer, he has now created history: In one of the biggest book advances paid to an Indian author, Westland publishers gave Amish close to $1 million as an advance for his next series.

Amish believes that the Hindu gods were not mythical beings or a figment of rich imagination but creatures of flesh and blood, and that they achieved godhood through their karma and deeds. He believes that Vishnu and Shiva are not individual names but titles given to men who are the greatest of leaders that become god-like.

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March 5, 2013 at 7:52 am
(1) vijay sharma says:

good going amit, your idea of making money by selling this remixed stories of mythology to americas is good for you making some money.but if we annoce this as you said that , VISHNU, AND SHIVA ,were great men who did deeds godlike and received the titels you will get it hard from the cutter hindus.

March 5, 2013 at 10:30 am
(2) Tejas Ashar says:

Hinduism is not a religion. It is a way of life. The CUTTER HINDU written in your comment makes no sense. Hindus are free to think & imagine about god. That is why we are more resilient & strong.

March 5, 2013 at 10:49 am
(3) Subho says:

I don’t agree that these stories are meant for foreigners. It is a good trend that our younger generation are reading stories and books based on our own mythology and tradition rather than some meaningless pulp fiction.

March 5, 2013 at 1:37 pm
(4) Marty says:

I believe that Siva and Kali are NOT gods, but superior to gods, Archetypes. Archetypes are like painting stencils. The energy of the abyss shines through them and makes Gods, Devas and the like. They, in turn, make tangible universes and the stuff that populates them. Siva and Kali are not forever absolutes, they are only such until the Kali- Yuga finishes, then others of name will replace them. Currently, both Siva and Kali have incarnate representatives. I think there is more than one for each just on this Earth. Multiples are needed just to be sure the 2 component parts of Nataraja are available when required. (at the end of the Kali Yuga)

March 5, 2013 at 3:46 pm
(5) Daily Bread says:

Not only cutter Hindus, but all true Hindus dislike the concept of making our God as ordinary men. For those who believe that there is a higher God and a lower God, they are going against the Vedas that says ” God is One, His names are many”. We have a facebook dedicated to providing information on Hindusim, given in our photo albums, with each photo providing a information. On God we have an album “GOD 101″ that’s describes God in Hinduism as well as other religions. Please find us on FB via our email “dailybread@windowslive.com Hariom

March 6, 2013 at 3:58 am
(6) vijay sharma says:

TO ALL, YOULL CAN SEE THE COVER OF THE BOOKS ARE COPY FROM THE POSTERS OF THE FILM , APOCLAPYTO. THE STORIES AMISH IS WRITTEN WERE IN HIS DREAMS, AND ALSO YOU CAN SEE THE REDERSHIP IS FALLING DAY BY DAY, I M NOT AGAINTS HIM WRITING STORIES, BUT NOTHING IN THE BOOK COMPARES TO OUR VEDAS, BAGVATH, ITS ALL JUST BOUT CAPITALISING.
MAY BE YOULL LIKED READING THIS BOOK, BUT BE FRANK,
HAVE YOU HEARD THE SAME FROM YOUR GRANDPARENTS,

IF NOT TAKE AN OPINIAN FROM ELDERS,

March 18, 2013 at 8:24 am
(7) Ayan Banerjee says:

Went through all the comments and still the fact remains, though it is a fiction, as mentioned in the synopsis itself, but the question is, were our Gods really men and women of flesh and blood? We all worship Lord Ram and Lord Krishna, we call them Avatars of Vishnu, and YES they existed in real,men of flesh and blood, otherwise the remains of our history would have proved it wrong.
I myself am not a staunch believer of GOD. In Hinduism we have 33 crore gods, it is like 1/4 of the total population of India. Somebody commented that GOD is one, lets believe it and even in GITA it is mentioned that GOD N EVIL exists within every human, you just choose a side, so will there be any harm to believe, that some men and women were so close to the GOOD side that they achieved the recognition of GOD, their errors were so minute that could be ignored.
ONE LAST QUESTION…WHO HAS SEEN GOD?? I BELIEVE NOBODY, SO THEIR IS NO POINT ARGUING…BELIEVE WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN.

March 20, 2013 at 8:56 am
(8) Avinash Kumar says:

@Vijay, dear friend … I do not think anyone here has read the vedas to an extent that they can infer how great they are. Even commenting on them requires great amount of wisdom. No one wants to compare Amish’s book to the vedas, but for people like us who are otherwise busy in life or do not have time/effort to go through great scriptures – books like this are really enlightening.

Have you heard from your grandfather?? I agree it is different from the version that we know, but Ramayan for example is very different the way it is written by Valmiki, Kamban and Tulsidas. If we read the Ramayan written by Tulsidas it talks about certain practices by great revered kings of the time which might be considered sacrilege today … Well, I hold nothing against them.
The idea of re-writing myths to be acceptable for a generation is something Indian writers have done time and again, many times …
So, I do believe what Amish is doing is extroardinary.

Cheers!!

March 21, 2013 at 1:16 am
(9) Avinash Kumar says:

Very Sorry. TYPO.
If we read the Ramayan written by VALMIKI.
Its Valmiki instead of Tulsidas in the second paragraph.

March 22, 2013 at 4:20 am
(10) Abi says:

I agree that many may not like/agree to the fact the author is equating man to god.

My only point is, this series has in its own way connected to a large section of the youth of the country and even though it may be a fictional story a number of youngsters ( at least I know of) have looked up the net for facts related to places mentioned in the book. So I think Amish has succeeded in bringing interest to a large section of people in Hindu Mythology.

Most people dont have the patience to read serious books and we need these kind of books/stories to pique interest.

As someone mentioned it is like Amar Chitra Katha with a lot of thrill.

March 31, 2013 at 5:58 am
(11) B says:

Wonder what is wrong in conceptualising Shiva as a living person in an Ancient time? Krishna-Arjuna (a Guru-Chela dyad) too lived on earth and are now immortal as God.
Shiva has taken many forms – as each temple holds its own legend.
As long as one knows that this is a story that mixes mythology with imagination – we must enjoy it.

April 3, 2013 at 3:22 pm
(12) bkrmenon says:

As per my understanding, there is no god in hinduisam. OR everything in the world is god. You & I can be a God with our principles and practices. There is only ‘parashakthi’ with ‘OM’….! All those godly characters (shiva, Krishna, Rama) are well disciplined and practiced and followed their protocols at that time. They changed the world with their words and revolution. As a hindu, we can be proud that we are free to imagine and have freedom to speak as per our belief.

April 25, 2013 at 7:16 am
(13) jaguar says:

Just as every particle has positive energy and negative energy, so is the concept of god and evil. Every living and non living thing in this universe has positive side and a negative side. The term god itself creates the myth when we consider the different mythologies around the globe. Every mythology specific to the regional cultures and traditions of the early speaking tribal age. Didnt we name the planets and comets with the name of famous people, example Jupiter, Aryabhatta etc. Every god with a pictorial depiction were definitely humans, who had done great deeds in the past. Consider the evolution of Shirdi Sai Baba, who lived during the time when British had conquered India. He was definitely an ascetic who had done great deeds to humanity, for which both hindus and muslim considered him sacred. None knew his religion, yet Hindus who believed in idol worship considered him as GOD, built temples all around. Similarly, consider the navagrahas, who were all emperors. Later celestial bodies were named after them. God – positive energy, which can do wonders is within every particle on this earth, and energy has no physical form.

June 10, 2013 at 2:31 pm
(14) sayida says:

I never could have thought that mythology could be so interesting. Everything in the book is so intriguing and I read the entire book believing that all that is written is based on facts. at least the virtues of Lord Shiva and Lord Ram. Have taken so many cues from their thought system, their system orientation and governance, and their leadership skills. I would surely imbibe as many of these things as possible. don’t know the concept of god, but I do believe that a person by his action can attain supreme divinity. So if Shiva and Ram were human beings , but because of their strong value system became deities, then everyone by following a virtuous path can attain supreme divinity. the concept of Har Har Mahadev is fantastic. Sati’s demise in the last book gave a jolt to heart, but overall the 3 books more than an entertainer have helped me transcend to the next level on my spiritual path. I am grateful to Amish for coming up with books like these which for me are life transforming.

June 27, 2013 at 9:04 am
(15) Bharath EP says:

In SHIVA TRIOLOGY Amish has just narrated a story ……

He has just used the HINDU GODS as his CHARACTERS and ANCIENT ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES as his PLACES OF REFERENCE……There is nothing to do with Hinduism or something like that. It cant be compared to Vedas or other epics like RAMAYANA because.. its just a fiction.

Why arguements?? They go endless. But Amish has mixed up his mythological and historical knowledge wonderfully to potray his own story tats it…..

July 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm
(16) dev says:

We are worshipping Lord Shiva, as this is our belief. Somebody is trying to play with our belief. You can make so money, but how can you play with somebody’s belief. The main thing is that where did you find that story. Better mention in the beginning of the book, that how come you know the life of shiva?

Where did you find these things?

September 1, 2013 at 10:33 pm
(17) Gowtham says:

Hey Amish, U did a great job. But U could have choose it to write the book differently. You have wrtten the mythology of shiva all wrong. Perhaps U could have taken real story of shiva and apply same story to make him human. Why there is need to change the mythology?.

September 28, 2013 at 7:33 am
(18) ifidip says:

Hi
it was expected that he would want to make a movie, out of it, but guys myquestion, have you all read the 3 books i did,
its not exactly about religion….. you have read all the three books……

movie was always on amish card, once you go to his website you will know that…

we have two problems here
1. the story is so complex, that to make it into a 3 hour action pack is difficult
2. it would be great challenge for new comers (see the failure of Ashoka)

3. KJo has to go out of his box and think like Amir khan to, this is a strategy call (anyway Amish is an IIM grad, so he could be help)

4. TV serial of immortal and the other 2 series, it would definitely work

last words, if KJo can pull a hit from this complex story (which involves both fiction and Religion and sentiments of many ppl), we can rank him into the greats of yash raj chopra, if he waits. RGV will be waiting to take his revenge…………. just kidding

November 18, 2013 at 3:22 am
(19) Shridhar says:

I read the books back to back in 4-5 days. For those folks into history, Ancient, Medieval & Modern of India and World. And also those aware of latest Sustainability/Green House emissions issues etc. The three books give you fantastic insights. Amish may be accused of cut + Paste job from Indian mythology into modern history. But juxtaposition is beautiful. The book surely captures our mind.

It is not a classic, but much better than average books coming out. The value is in remix . Remix is also not a easy job. But Amish has done it very nicely.

He has mixed American/European/Indian/Other cultures design patterns so well, that the pros and cons of each situation is thrown excellently.

As story of societal design pattern, this is amazing. I do not think there is any benchmark comparable work which has woven so much of concept / abstract mythology with real time history so well.

No judgments for other readers, I liked it, loved it.
If I were part of Nobel committee, I would propose his name for Nobel in literature.

November 30, 2013 at 1:38 pm
(20) riya says:

I loved d story but one thing shocked me was frm wer d heck did sati get married to some other guy n give birth to a child to become a vikrama. what ever forms hindu gods take ( i mean avatars ). ther is no question of changing their pairs.. gods marry their respective pairs in all 3 loks… some gods marry 2wice r 3rice but ther is no changes in their spouses… other than this the book was a full time entertainer.

December 19, 2013 at 1:30 pm
(21) Lance says:

I heard the hype, bought into it and I am glad that I bought only the first one (Immortals of Meluha).
First off the writing is rather boorish, more in an American style. Second, Amish lacks original thinking and had to use Hindu mythology to construct his fiction, which is bereft of any class.
This book may appeal to those Indians/Hindus who have no knowledge of their own Indian mythological past, and looking for a trendy alternative with a flavor of Hinduism.

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