Har Har Mahadev – Every one of us is a Mahadev!
Book Three of the Shiva Trilogy – The Oath of the Vayuputras is a fitting end to the widely popular series by Amish. For those of you’ll who haven’t read the first two books, The Shiva Trilogy is a human take on Lord Shiva’s life. What if Shiva weren’t a God, but simply a human being with exceptional attributes who was worshipped in a godly frenzy?
The underlying conception in the first two books was the equation between Good and Evil. When the balance of this equation tips, comes hell or high water. Theall-prevailing question of “What is Evil?” is answered in “Oath of the Vayuputras”. What could and must Lord Shiva – the Neelkanth do to curb this Evil and bring India onto the right track, is the gist of the third part in this series. Can he or can’t he and how will the ensuing battle affect his family and Indians at large evolves as the big
Amish, as known before, has proven to be a meticulous researcher and provides
a treasure trove of knowledge. The flow of this book is similar to it's predecessors and enraptures the reader’s interest from the first page to the last. The expectation for this book was at a zenith (I, for one, had pre ordered the book almost a month back) and Amish comes through with a befitting culmination.
Right from the battle scenes to the romance track between Shiva and Sati, the book is a joy to read. The amount of technological innovation that is described compelled me to wonder how intellectual our ancestors were. While I thoroughly enjoyed the language that Amish had put forth the story in, the profanity and a few other words used were a bit too 21st century. A clash of the ages, I say !!
Also, I had never been an ardent fan of the Mahabarat, due to the umpteen number of war scenes. Similarly here, the detailed description of each war scene in the novel put me off a bit. And, maybe to materialize “Evil” is a good idea as it satisfies readers, but after all the melodrama over “Evil” and it’s implications, I genuinely expected something more than what it was given as (I can’t tell you what exactly the Evil is, can I ? )
A very notable thing is that, the novel, despite being a fiction, provides hell a lot of food for thought. Read between the lines and this piece could very well be a motivational one – not full of cheesy lines but good stuff that could be applied in everyday of our lives.
With two excellent preceding novels, an amazing storyline, public support and an unexpected climax, “Oath of the Vayuputras” has got all its guns blazing and is an excellent read.