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Book: Oath of vayuputras
Author: Amish Tripathi
Publication: Westland Pages: 565
X-FACTOR: Mythology with a twist.
My Rating: 3.6 out
The immortals of Meluha, The Secrets of the Nagas and now
the third (last) part of a well-received tale of Shiva, known as Oath of
Vayuputras, Amish is having a dream run of his life (perhaps of all 7 lives).
After getting criticized about the sloppy story and editing, Amish have tried
to rectify all the flaws and I am sure that the editor must have worked very
hard on it as well.
If you have not read the first two parts of this book
then I will strongly recommend you to read it first, otherwise, this novel will
be more like a History Book. Shiva- the protagonist starts in this novel as a
hero of all. He discovers that Somras has to be destroyed eventually and seeks
help from other allies and kingdoms. He leads the attack against the fiercest
enemy and meets with many foes and friends in the course of doing it.
The plot of the story has been started from exactly where
it was left in the last novel. The endless secrets which had been introduced in
previous two parts like what is evil, why is it and how it can be stopped, have
been answered and answered very briefly. When compared to last edition, this
one has better language and crisp style. The secrets and twists are well
directed and interesting. It binds the reader to the book and compels to forget
about meals, tea and Facebook for a while. The author twists the actual
mythology for his story and modifies the characters for the sake of making it
more interesting, which overall is good. Usually in the books having more than
500 pages, some sub-stories run along with the main plot, but this novel has
only one and good plot.
On the other hand, too much of explanation and
experiments with the characters may not suit most of the readers. The secrets
have been revealed very early in the story which reduces the interest. Hardcore
followers of Indian mythology may get disappointed and unhappy about the
experiments done with some actual characters of Indian mythology (like Mahadev
and Shiva are two different people in the novel). At some places the book reads
as a History book more than a novel. The climax of the stories is bad (it is a
strong word, I know). It seems that it had been written particularly for the
movie which is based upon this (by Karan Johar and perhaps starred by Hritik).
Overall, it is a nice read with good mixture of Science,
Fiction, Mythology and History. The story is smooth and well written. The
language is not completely grammar-free but still easy to read.
A very crisp and yet descriptive writing has become Amish’s
trademark. It has a touch of history and science. There are not many hiccups in
the story. The author keeps the same style which he opted in last two novels,
which is simple and beautiful.
There are few setbacks and flaws in the story and
writing, like, the reference of Bhagwat Geeta has been taken but the backdrop
of the story is pre-Krishna. When compared to the last two novels and the first
half of this novel, the ending has been hurriedly written. It looks as if
something missing or incomplete. But the overall writing remains new and
After reading first two parts of the story, the
expectations with this one was huge. People rushed to the bookstores to
purchase this one as soon as they came to know about the release.
Unfortunately, like several other sequels, this one as well, is not able to
satisfy the hopes and crashes in no men’s land. Neither good nor bad is
something which comes in my mind. However, apart from miserable ending, the
novel can be used as an answer book for first two novels in this series and
there are instances where a reader can enjoy and cherish the writing. Though,
as Shiva could not cross the line and become god, likewise, Amish remains a
good writer and misses the exceptionally good writer’s spot.
I will recommend this
novel to all who have read the first two parts and all who want to read
something unconventional and want to know more about the history and Mythology
(beware of hypothetical incidents and characters though).