Monday, September 8, 2014

The Shiva Trilogy - Amish Tripathi

Definitely NOT India's Lord Of The Rings (an exaggeration by the Hindustan Times). The comparison is idiotic.

The Immortals Of Meluha - Readable. Amusing, but far from morally uplifting or enlightening or even enthralling.

The Secret Of The Nagas - Readable. Actually a tad bit better than the first one.

The Oath Of The Vayuputras - Boring. Way too much blabbering in this one.

  • Parvateshwar's dilemma (repeated again and again).
  • Ganesh and Karthik's 'battle plans' and assumptions and bluffs and double bluffs and all that… really annoying.
  • The chit chat sessions with the Vasudevs (and later with the Mithra) gets extremely annoying at times. Way too many questions that have obvious answers. Way too many pointless questions.

Speaking of pointless questions, here is one:

On page 284 - ‘Before you answer, know this, that in the old Parihan language, there was no place for the production and perception of the phonetic sound “s”. It either became “sh” or “h”

So… how come the Vayuputras are able to say words like Daivi AStra, BrahamaStra, PashupatiaStra?? I mean the Mithra himself says these words. He does use the term AHura but he also uses the other words that have a S in them.

Possible explanation could be that the Daivi astras and all the other fancy ones came in AFTER the period of the OLD Parihan language. Convenient as it may be, it just doesn't add up.

  • The story mentions Lord Rudra banned the nuclear weapons (with fancy names) after the war with the Asuras - 1
  • Logical deduction - The Asuras would only be seeking refuge / asylum in Pariha after being defeated by Lord Rudra - 2
  • From 1 and 2, it can be deduced that when Asuras were admitted into Pariha, the fancy-named nuclear weapons were already in existence (they had to be, for Lord Rudra to ban them) - 3
  • It was only after their admittance into Pariha, that they decided to call their gods as AHura(s) - 4
  • From 3 and 4, it is clear that the OLD Parihan language was being used during the period of Daivi astras, Brahamastra and Pashupatiastra.

I was so bored… I didn't even bother to read the last 100 or so pages of the last book.

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