Shiva and Sati travel to Kashi , where a community of Brangas inhabit, in order to get more information on the Nagas. At Kashi, Parvateshwar is mortally injured in a riot at the Branga community. Their leader Divodas gives Parvateshwar a healing herb which works. Shiva learns from Ayurvati that the herb is only available at Panchavati , the capital of the Nagas.
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The Trilogy is based on the premise that Shiva was not a mythical God, but an ordinary human being who became a God because of his karma. The 3 books in the Trilogy trace the journey of Shiva from a human being to that of a God.
The Immortals of Meluha is the first book in the series. For more on the first book, you can read my review right here. Yet again, the Naga escapes. Shiva, Sati and their entourage decide to leave for Varanasi, which has a large settlement of Banglas Brangas, people from the eastern part of the country and the only people who have dealings with the Nagas.
She finds out that she is related to two of the Nagas. Because she was born with an extra pair of hands, she was deemed to be a Naga. Ganesh was born with facial deformities which made him look like an elephant and was, therefore, deemed a Naga. While Sati never knew about the existence of a twin sister, she had been told that her child was stillborn. The decision to abandon both Kali and Ganesh was taken by Daksha to avoid stigmatization. Surprising alliances will be forged.
But in the process, the author of this book also seems to have run out of creativity in characterisation. For example, the Prime Minister of Branga wears a lot of gold jewellery. I know, there is nothing wrong with anybody wearing a lot of gold jewellery. But wait till you hear his name. It is Bappiraj p. Poor Bappi Lahiri. But the mechanism of finding child jockeys for this sport remains the same: they are either sold by poor families for a price or are kidnapped pp. There is definite improvement in the language and narrative as compared to the first book in the series.
I just wish that whoever had edited this book had cracked a whip; it would have resulted in a leaner, meaner book. Very subtly, the book does deliver a larger deeper message. The tantalising end of the book has also ensured that I am now waiting for the third book in the series, The Oath of the Vayuputras.
But before that, I would strongly recommend that the publishers, editors and author go through a Manual of Style there are many of them before work on the production of the 3rd book of the Shiva Trilogy begins.
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The Secret of the Nagas
Today, He is a God. The hunt is on. The sinister Naga warrior has killed his friend Brahaspati and now stalks his wife Sati. Shiva, the Tibetan immigrant who is the prophesied destroyer of evil, will not rest till he finds his demonic adversary. His vengeance and the path to evil will lead him to the door of the Nagas, the serpent people.
The secret of the Nagas: A review