The Immortals of Meluha


Lets start this way…

Who is Shiva??? 

No… I’m not joking… Seriously. Who is Shiva? At least who do you think he is? 😮

I know i’ll get most obvious answer: “A God. The destroyer in the Holy Trinity of Hindu mythology“.

That is the exact answer I would have given if you had asked this question to me a couple of months back. The book “Immortals of Meluha” has made me question the same answer that I would have given. I tell you my respect for Shiva has not decreased even by a milligram… but I’ve started seeing him in a whole new angle… like a hero. 🙂

Set in the 1900 BC, The Immortals of Meluha is

The story of the man,

whom the legend turned into a God.

And this post is a review of this awesome book that I read recently. It starts with an assumption: “What if Shiva was a normal man just like you and me and he showed his capacity and rose to the post (if I can say so) of a “God””.

I know you must be so confused now… do read on.. 😉 😀

The first book of the Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripati starts with Shiva as a tibetian tribal leader who along with his tribe moves from their homeland (Mansarovar, Himalayan Foothills) to “Meluha”, a land that was earlier mistaken to be the Indus Valley Civilisation. The history of this new land was that it was established by Lord Ram (another mortal who rose to the level of God). It is a really civilized place and there is not a single instance of disorder in the place. Within a couple of days since his arrival in Devgiri (Capital of Meluha), it becomes evident that he is none other than the legendary Neelkanth, the only one (The Chosen one) who can save them against evil. He then joins the Suryavanshis and decides do the job assigned to him by the prophesy, to fight the evil. There starts the journey which makes Shiva, the mortal man, worthy enough for the position of God.

The Suryavanshis wage a war on the Chandravanshis who have allied with the Nagas, the deformed humans with enormous strength and martial skills and also known as carriers of bad fate, and it is believed that they have been responsible for the terrorist attacks in the Meluha. The incident that sparks revenge against Nagas in Shiva is the killing of his beloved friend. In the war that is waged with the sole intent of destruction of evil, Shiva doubts if he has got his target right.

With an awesome flow of events, the story line is gripping. The writing style is fresh and the author’s eye for detail is clearly shown when he links the characters from the mythology to the characters portrayed in this story. This debut book of Amish has the right portion of every thing like action, comedy, love, drama, etc. The book is easily the best among the stories related to mythology. It is a book that couldn’t stop reading in one stretch. 🙂

Here are some trailers released by the author for the Shiva Trilogy I.

A lovely experience reading this book and it’s sequel (The Secret of Nagas)… 🙂 Now waiting for the third and last book of the trilogy! 🙂

Cheers!

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A treat to the Rahmaniacs!



The first authorized biography of the music genius-A.R.Rahman published by OM books international will be released 6th, April, 2011. Titled “AR RAHMAN: THE SPIRIT OF MUSIC” it is penned by the well known writer Nasreen Munni Kabir. The book will be released by ace film maker Munirathnam. The last three years Nasreen Munni Kabir has been recording the journey and finally it is ready for release.  “This book also has a CD with A.R. Rahman’s compositions for free distribution with the first edition.”, Ajay Mago, CEO of OM said. 
Nasreen Munni Kabir has been made over 80 documentaries on Indian cinema. In this book she gives us an insight into the private life and his music. 
ARR had begun his carrer with small jingles for commercials and his first break into the film industry was  Roja (1991).  His film soundtrack albums have sold over 150 million copies across the world and he deservedly enjoys iconic status in India.

So a real treat waits the rahmaniacs 😉 


      Cheers!


MESMERIZING ROBOTICS!!!


MOVIE: Enthiran /Robot 
CAST: Rajnikanth, Aishwarya Rai, Danny Denzongpa, Santhanam, Karunas.


           


Enthiran is that movie which India cinema has been waiting for.  Shankar’s magnum opus, with a mega casting strikes a chord with the audience. Super star Rajnikanth and gorgeous Aishwarya Rai together with a impressive technical crew has charmed the entire world. The techno mood sets in right from the title song. 

PLOT:
           Rajni fits into the role of the creator (Dr. Vasigaran, the scientist) and the created (Chitti, the Robot) with ultimate ease, while ash looks all the more beautiful as sana the medical college student. The story revolves around Dr. Vasi and chitti, the robot, “Processor – 1 TeraHZ. Memory – 1 Zetta Byte.” This is one robot which is programmed to do all the tasks. Further research by Dr.Vasi induces feelings into the bot bringing along a hoard of troubles. Along the way comes the baddy prof. Bohra (Danny Denzongpa) the scientist who tries to use chitti for his gain. Rajni’s villainous act as chitti (version 2.0) has awed the audience and it makes us think that none but Rajni could have done this role.  This all lead to the ultimate climax where we witness the gripping fight which makes us wonder if we are watching a Hollywood movie.
           Setting up platform for comedy are santhanam and karunas, who along with chitti rocked the first half of the movie and had people laughing out loud. Chitti casts a spell over the audience and has the audience falling for its innocence. The second half of the movie is the highlight. 

TRICKS AND TREAT:
          The spectacular Visual effects Stan Winston Studio (their credits: jurassic park, predator, terminator, iron man, avatar) provided the plus. Some scenes are really good while some scenes could be kept in check so as to reduce the length of the film. The music scored by A.R.Rahman adds to the splender. The “Arima” is a treat to the eyes and it’s grandness captivated the audience. While “Kilimanjaro” just brought down the speed all of a sudden. But the machu pichu, peru (one of the world wonders) is very beautifully shown in this song. 
           Overall the movie has lived up to its hype. This has set a milestone for Rajni, setting his already high benchmark even higher. Kudos to the Endhiran a.k.a robot team!

UPS:
  • Shankar-Rajni-Rahman combo
  • Comedy by Santhanam, Karunas.
  • Graphics by Stan Winston Studio,
  • Neat cinematography

DOWNS:
  • Only the length of the film and some songs which were speed breakers and hindered the progress of the story. 

Overall Rating : 4/5

Bottom line: a must watch film for Rajni fans. DOT!







The Lost Symbol – book review


This is one book that created all hype before it’s release. Reason: the previous books of Dan Brown were best sellers.

This book starts of with robert langdon reaching Washington in the idea that he is gonna present a lecture on masons at the capitol building. only when he reaches the building he realizes that he had walked unwittingly into a trap from which his escape seemed impossible. there is a double responsibility shouldered on robert. he has to save his friend peter solomon from the jaws of death as well as protect the secrets that have been hidden with mastery by the masonic brotherhood. there begins the action. 


The one night seems long and unending for him. the hidden and fascinating mysteries of the ancient symbols hidden in america are interesting and gripping. the story keeps us rooted to the book till the last. 


but i have to say one thing. the sequence of events in this book kept reminding me of da vinci code. it has a lot of scenes like in da vinci code and the order of events too were almost same. and the final parts were becoming monotonous.not his best book for sure.

but it is surely worth a read 😀