Shiva has a resemblance to a holy and pious being. The symbolic indifference that Amish has created holds for us both awe and reverence. Some might dislike the book due to its totally fictitious outlook. But apart from the half-truths and the cooked up tales, the book is a class of its own.
Crafted carefully in the land of Ram where duty comes first, Shiva is first shown as a rough-hewn and uncivilised warrior. When he enters the land of the Suryavanshis he is treated as an imbecile.
But pretty soon they realise that he was the awaited one. It is prophesied in their land that when evil reaches its peak, then a hero will emerge. Shiva is made the Neelkanth to help the Suryavanshis against the ever increasing hardships.
The Saraswati River is getting dried up and terrorist attacks had begun coming from the land of the Chandravanshis. The Nagas too seemed to be allied with Chandravanshis.
These both despised clans were making life in the land of the Suryavanshis difficult and sorrowful. Until Shiva arrives. Shiva is held up with skepticism at first but eventually wins everyone's hearts with his bravery and dancing skills.
He even falls head-over-heels for Sati, the daughter of the Suryavanshi ruler. He makes quick friends with Nandi and begins to grow huge respect for Parvateshwar.
Shiva woos Sati with his dancing, his bravery and his swordsman skills. Sati eventually falls in love with him and this is followed by a series of romances.
Sati's father is but happy about this budding romance but everybody else look upon it as foolery. Sati is a Vikarma, an untouchable and in the eyes of the society this love was inappropriate. Vikarma women and men were not allowed the privileges of marriage, love and children.
But Shiva paid no heed to the forbidding of the locals. The Neelkanth soon begins his education of the lives of the people in the kingdom, the Somras facility (where he makes a friend, Brihaspati), the Nagas, the Chandravanshis et cetera.
It is evident eventually that Shiva is capable of the duties that have been set out for him. Soon he understands all that is required for him to do and sets out on a mission to undo the wrongs of recent times.
On this journey, he is soon to realise the painstaking sorrow of being wrong (in fact, hopelessly wrong). Reaching the land of the Chandravanshis Shiva is about to make astonishing discoveries.
The portrayal of the Maika and the Vikarma system is amazing. Each crafted corners from the Tibetan Himalayas to the land of the east, to the rivers and to the infrastructure, Amish has laid out a beautiful picture for us to capture in its true pristine essence.
Another beautiful aspect of the book is the mixture of religion and science. The bold implications of the scientific Somras facility and the mythical Hindu God being portrayed as a human, all in all truly grasps the attention of the reader like a magnet.
The characters are thoughtful and well-pictured. The emotions are found in a whirlwind of sense and essence. The storyline itself caters to the hunger for fiction but above all, the mention of names related to Shiva like the rivers, the mountains, the places and the people, makes it easier for people to relate with it.
The book has received worldwide acclaim for its plus points as well as criticism due to its two main negative points-ordinary writing and cooked up details.
Still, fiction fans will not hesitate in sticking with the book and this one might go on to become your all-time favourite. So go ahead and purchase this awesome book.