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First things first, I am still grasping for breath after I finished reading 'Oath Of The Vayuputras'. To review a book that has created so much stir in the media and among the readers is not easy. We already knew that 'Oath Of The Vayuputras' would be a bestseller even before it was written. The author, Amish has developed a set of fans who would most certainly read the last part of the Shiva Trilogy.
The question however is whether, 'Oath Of The Vayuputras' has done justice to its success or did it become a hit just because it is last part of the Shiva Trilogy? In my opinion, 'Oath Of The Vayuputras' is everything that it promised to be and more.
First of all, the secret of the Nagas was actually discovered in this book. Thank god for that because most readers were breaking there heads trying to understand what was actually the 'Secret Of The Nagas'; the title of the second book from the series. The mystery element of the book gets finished within the first 50 pages. From then on, the plots hold you with action and strategic planning.
There is constant philosophical rumination throughout the book and that is one of its best points. If the great Lord Shiva has to think so much about what is actually right and wrong, it is clear that even the Gods are not above us. The Hindu trinity of Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Mahadev the destroyer has been illustrated beautifully in this novel series. Full marks to Amish for explaining the most basic tenets of Hinduism to young Indians in their own language.
We see Shiva not only as the dreamy eyed lover and as the confused immigrant who reluctantly becomes a 'living God' but also as an able leader and war strategy specialist in the 'Oath Of The Vayuputras'. This book review would be incomplete without saying that Amish has transformed Shiva from being the austere Lord to every girl's dream man.
The best part about this book is that it gives a very logical scientific explanations for everything that we have known to be a myth till now. The connection between the characters is woven beautifully keeping history and religious mythology in mind. For example, we all knew that Kali and Sati are both different avatars of Durga. But Amish presents them to us as twins. And the reasoning behind the Nagas explains why some of our Hindu Gods have 'deformities'.
All in all, you must read 'Oath Of The Vayuputras' if you have been following the Shiva Trilogy. And if you haven't been following it, then you are missing out on a real piece of history. Go start from 'Immortals Of Meluha' today.