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on 20 July 2017
The first part of a trilogy based on Shiva, one of Hinduism's most important gods. Except that in the story he isn't a god, he's just a bloke, who pitches up in India from the far side of the Himalayas. He turns out to have a blue throat, which is very significant as apparently there is a prophecy about the Neelkanth - someone with a blue throat saving the world. Unless I dozed through it, we never actually hear the prophecy.

It drags a bit - yeah, yeah, he has a blue throat, get on with it. There's a pretty girl involved but no naughtiness, just a bit of Bollywood dancing. The author doesn't describe stuff which is familiar to him, because he knows it - which leaves this outsider scratching his head and wondering what is going on. Sure, it's fiction, but I'm not very keen. There are tedious chunks of philosophy scattered about. Every now and then the translator leaves a hindi word untranslated - angvastram, anyone? Trishul? - which is just irritating.

My test in these things is whether I would buy the next book in the series. No I wouldn't
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on 24 July 2017
well i really liked this book. India affected Britain in as many ways as Britain did India and its a welcome change to read a story based around the myths (religion dharma) of India. Shiva is an endeaing character, as is Sita and the weaving of the tapestry around the civili\ations of the people of the land of 7 rivers was the foundation of a great story Arc.. started reading at midnight last night and just finishing it now. Now i have to go buy the other 2!
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on 5 September 2017
Boring and badly translated, and the editing is appalling
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on 19 July 2017
Amazing book with great depiction of ancient God in the modern world. Commendable work by Amish Tripathi.
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on 15 August 2017
good, riveting
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on 19 July 2017
Good
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on 19 July 2017
Good presentation and interpretation of Hindu mythology. Would recommend this book. Can't wait for next one.
Would share with kids.
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on 22 June 2017
Nice book very good book.
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on 3 May 2017
Thought provoking, I have read all three.
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on 20 September 2013
absolutely brilliant writing, a must must read for everyone. The author has researched his subject well , even the smallest things are detailed neatly. Every person should read it, it teaches a lot.
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