Wednesday, November 14, 2012

World of Words Wednesday - Memes, Reviews, Challenges, et al - part one


For ABC Wednesday - letter R - love this letter :)
This is part one of my Wednesday post - a book Review which was long pending. I completed reading the Immortals of Meluha sometime back and finally got around to reviewing it today. There is one other review which is so overdue, I am red-faced with shame just thinking about it. I did a quick search on my blog hoping I had already reviewed it but instead just found this reference to it in my post on May 9th of this year(the latest one, that is):
Feast of Roses by Indu Sundaresan (review coming tomorrow)  
(oops! tomorrow was May 10th 2012 - many yesterdays ago now!)
Well, this review will be there on my blog soon, it might mean, putting a rush-order to myself for this review, but hey, I am a relaxed sort of a person, totally unwilling to be rushed, so we will see ...
ABC Wednesday continues at the end of this post..
Here is my review of 'The Immortals of Meluha'. 

The Immortals of Meluha – This book captured my interest mainly because of the concept and it is the concept that continues to inspire me as I read book two of this trilogy. I do not consider myself an atheist but a very logical person and there are some thoughts I have which might sound a little 'atheistic' like the one below –
What if many of the gods we worship – the ones whom we believe had a human form eons ago – were actually such great human beings that people of that time revered them for their great acts and writers of that age wrote stories of them being so – which translated many centuries later – to their status as gods themselves? Today’s great humans may well achieve a similar status if the information that we have today of them as humans (on the tech media and elsewhere) somehow got wiped out and it was only word of mouth that their greatness passed on to our next generations.
And when I saw this concept being voiced by Amish in the Immortals of Meluha, I was immediately attracted to reading it. 
This book tells the story of Shiva – a warrior prophesied to save the Meluhans kingdom – a reluctant one though, and with his faults and weaknesses.  He has to deal with his sudden rise to fame, his falling in love, and his own inner struggles as he strives to undertand the almost perfect Meluhans and the Chandravanshis whom the Meluhans (Suryavanshis) believe are the root cause of their troubles. The book leads us through this journey pretty well.
What I loved about the book
  • The concept
  • The parallels between history and mythology/god and human
  • Logical explanations for everything Shiva (including Nandi, his outfit, and his weapon, the Trishul) – I love logic
  • Some of the quotes from this book:
    • “His burden didn't feel any lighter. but he felt strong enough to carry it”
    • “Har Har Mahadev - All of us are Mahadev.”
What would have made me love this book awesomely – if the book used a lesser amount of swear words.
If you can look past the use of these words and totally love the concept like I did, you will enjoy this book!
Rating: B (the concept gets an A+ and I am reading the sequel but the language/writing made me reduce the rating to a B)

Continuing for ABC Wednesday, R is also for 'Revolution' - a TV show I got hooked onto recently - it is a recent show as well - and I am totally enjoying it. Again, the concept captured my interest. Here is the opening introduction of the show taken from wikipedia:

Opening Introduction:
We lived in an electric world. We relied on it for everything. And then the power went out. Everything stopped working. We weren't prepared. Fear and confusion led to panic. The lucky ones made it out of the cities. The government collapsed. Militias took over, controlling the food supply and stockpiling weapons. We still don't know why the power went out. But we're hopeful someone will come and light the way

R is also for Reading Challenges and I hope to make a dent in the same in part two of the Wednesday post which will be posted sometime later today. Reading Challenges, as I realize now, do not just involve reading, but actually reviewing, and sometimes more about the book.

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8 comments:

  1. Ah, you sound less atheistic than you profess. But you write a compelling narrative for your REVIEW.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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    1. thanks Roger, your comments never fail to make me smile and feel inspired to continue writing.

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  2. I laughed at your "review coming tomorrow" quote, I think most bloggers whatever they thought they were going to do tomorrow and didn't can relate to that. Great R post.
    Joy - ABC

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    1. Thank you Joy! I am finally catching up to responding to comments (am glad did not put a tomorrow on responding to comments as well!)

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  3. I loved this book series too. Waiting for the last one! Nice review :)

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  4. Looks like an interesting book to read.

    Reminiscing
    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

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