Finally, decided to check out the immortals of meluha after using my cynicism to rationalize not trying it out.
Here are some impressions in no particular ordinality of significance.
1.The book does feel a little verbose, partly i think an attempt to avoid complex,long words and stick to simple words.
It’s a little tiring at first, till you get used to the patterns and learn to ignore the details you can afford to.
2.He does setup the competing ideas,principles and philosophies well enough to arouse
a lot of interest in the climax or the rest of the trilogy.
He seems to have chosen one of the age old paradox, Order vs freedom trade-offs.
He doesn’t shy away from putting in some numeric calculations as some other (western especially?)authors do.
He’s used tales from old indian mythology in some interesting ways to create a plot.
(I have no clue about the accuracy, but that’s not my area or interest.)
I’ve been 90% into the book, and am convinced while it’s a good read for some people,
(those new to the trade-offs and dichotomy),and while it may be a good introduction,
rather disappointingly, it fails to provide new insights,(either by vocabulary or processes.*)
To paraphrase a review quote from the back of “God of Small things”,
This book fails to create a new language and for the core issue it tackles it should invent one.
*– I am about 75% confident, but will need a re-read and a( read of the rest to raise it to 95%
UPDATE: I had read all except the last chapter when i had written the above stuff.But now after reading the last chapter am very disappointed. He hasn’t tackled the interesting question he raised, instead used the last chapter simply to create a tactical cliff hanger, that’ll hook the readers to buy the next book. Tolkien… meh… no way.. And i haven’t even read all of tolkien . I assume some who have might be offended at that comparison some journal seems to have made.