When I was reading the views of others with regards the Immortals of Meluha, most of them had an issue with the kind of language that was used to present the story. Apt point, if you really look at the book as set so long in the past, you wouldn’t expect The Shiva to use the slang he does. But I also felt that, this was what made it such an easy read.
The same style of writing is maintained in Part 2, only I found this part much more mysterious, and even faster than Part 1. A bevy of new characters are introduced, and you are taken on a joyride, where you are not in the same situation for more than a couple of chapters. The best part was the fact that, the degree of suspense that the book maintains to justify it’s title having the word ‘Secret’ is immense. Once again, nothing is unpredictable, but you are definitely awed by the on-goings and the sudden twists in the tale.
That being said, I love how the author weaves in the real Shiva story that we all know into this fictional set up. So much so, that one who has some idea of mythology would start putting the pieces of the puzzle together by themselves. One particular bit, which I had a hunch about right from when I started the book, was proved right, but instead of feeling ‘Eh, I already guessed that’, I was marvelling at how the author managed to get in such small details of history in this form.
The characterization, the visuals all seem larger than life, in a good way, the way the setting of a mythological story should be. One can actually imagine an extravagant movie being made, with all the sets that the story describes. And once again you sail through the story with such ease, that when I was in the last few pages of the book, all I wished was Part 3 was already there for me to continue.
Fortunately, the ending is not as abrupt as Part 1. Though it is not the classic way you would want any book to end ,which in my opinion should end lilke the season of a series on TV does, it does end like how an episode of a good sitcom on TV does. And not in the K-serial episode way that Part 1 did. So for that, a few additional points to the second part!
In any case, for those who liked Part 1, this is a must. For those who were underwhelmed by Part 1, this is still recommended, because trust me, it is a fun read, if nothing else. Totally recommended, and a sincere request to the author to publish Part 3 as soon as possible!