The third installment in the Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathi sets off in Panchavati where Evil is revealed to the Neelkanth, leading to the culmination of years of expedition and sets of a chain of conspiracies and a series of violent wars that changes the course of the history of India. In case you did not grasp what i meant in the previous sentence, you are probably unknown to the world of Meluha. Set in India, millions of years ago, the Shiva trilogy chronicles the transformation of a Tibetan barbarian, Shiva, into the Lord Neelkanth, an avatar of Lord Rudra himself, on whose shoulders lay the task of ridding the nation of The Evil.
Right from The Immortals of Meluha and throughout The Secret of the Nagas, Shiva has tried to put the pieces of the puzzle together to solve the jigsaw – what is Evil? Led onto the task by the king of Meluha, Daksha, Shiva had been chasing the Nagas, led into believing these deformed creatures were the root of all that was wrong with India. As we see in the second book, the real conspirators are revealed, and the Queen of the Nagas happens to the sister of Shiva’s wife, Sati.
Amish Tripathi’s great insight into the ancient Indian philosophy and scientific treasure-trove is worth saluting. As he himself concedes in the last paragraph of the book, these tenets of knowledge have transgressed into myths, because people cannot accept the fact that wisdom, of such high calibre, could have existed in India at such primitive times. History will be indebted to Tripathi for reclaiming the lost honour for Indian mythology.
A lot of people who have read the book, or are reading the book currently, have told me that Vayuputras is not as pacy as the rest of the books in the trilogy. Even the climax is not utterly convincing. I agree partly with my friends. I finished reading Vayuputras in 26 hours, had it not been “pacy” i wouldn’t have been hooked onto it, would I? The Evil is revealed in the first chapter itself, and we know the identity of the conspirators against Neelkanth from the second book itself. The “element of surprise” is quite daftly compensated by the “thrill factor”. What happens next, the question keeps us hooked onto the chapters, forcing us to turn pages at breathtaking pace.
Anyone who is acquainted with Hindu mythology, knows about Daksha Yajna and Sati’s Deha Tyag. The event has been described so beautifully in the novel that i could not hold back my tears during Shiva’s lament for Sati. Yes, the culmination of the grand trilogy might seem a bit simplistic and dull to many, but what it teaches us is nothing short of epochal. The Oath of The Vayuputras, for me, is a sacred book of philosophy that holds the key to thriving civillizations and peaceful societies – Good and Evil are two sides of the same coin; when good outlives its utility, it turns evil.
Generations to come will scarce believe that a man of Shiva’s stature walked the lands that we call India. His life is a lesson in itself, his greatness have transformed him from a mere mortal and accorded him divine status. Isn’t that what sets us apart from rest of the world – our actions.
Har Har Mahadev (God Resides in Everyone)!
My Rating – 4/5
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