|Cover to the Secret of the Nagas|
I have many favourite characters in Immortals of Meluha. The first one is of course Shiva-ji himself and Lady Sati. I also love Nandi, Veerbhadra and Bhrahaspati. In the second book, Shiva had grown into his role as the Mahadev; taking charge and making difficult decisions. Sati was still the strong woman I love in the first book, plus more. But, unexpectedly, my new favourite characters for The Secret of the Nagas are the Naga himself and the Queen of the Naga.
|The Naga, as depicted in the Shiva Trilogy trailers|
|A beautiful wooden statue of Lord Ganesh|
After the Naga’s form was revealed, it was easy for me to guess what his real name was. Ganesh. My favourite Lord Ganesh, the Removal of Obstacles, Lord of Wisdom. But this Ganesh wasn’t the pacifier and happy-go-lucky God that I usually worship. This Ganesh was bitter due to the injustice he had experienced since his birth. I feel really sorry for him, for he really didn’t deserve to be treated like an outcast (who did, who does, by the way?).
|Lady Parvati and her son Ganesh|
Doesn’t stop me from thinking that in this book the Mahadev was not at his best though. True, Shiva confronted Daksha about Kali and Ganesh, and because of that, Daksha admitted in front of his family that he did exile his other daughter and grandson. True, Shiva still loved Sati and really cared for her happiness. But somehow, his persistence of not forgiving Ganesh made me a bit disappointed at the Mahadev here. Come on Shiva-ji, at least hear the other part of the story first?
Well, at least Ganesh got the best of it in the end. At the final chapter, several twists happened. The largest one was the appearance of the one Shiva thought he lost in the first book. Not going to tell who, but you can guess already. This person’s appearance automatically negated all the blames Ganesh had to take for himself. It will be interesting to see how Shiva ‘redeemed’ himself to Ganesh. He had been giving the poor boy cold shoulder so far. Shiva will apologise, alright. That was what he said to Bhagirath when he found the Swadweepan Prince did nothing wrong. ‘If I have made a mistake, I must apologise.’
|Ganesh worshipping a lingga (representation of Shiva)|
|Map of the Shiva Trilogy world (ca 1,900 BC)|
Edit 10 Oct 2013:
After 6 months, I finally finished my review of the 'Oath of the Vayuputras'. Click here to read it (also contains a short fan-fiction).