AMISH TRIPATHI’S THE IMMORTALS OF MELUHA (SHIVA TRILOGY 1): A CRITICAL APPRECIATION
This paper intends to show that Amish Tripathi’s debut novel The Immortals of Meluha (Shiva Trilogy I) can be interpreted from multiple theoretical perspectives. Amish Tripathi is a new Indian English writer who has displayed an unsurpassed brilliance in recreating Hindu mythology. His Shiva is a Tibetan immigrant who migrates to Meluha to lead the Suryavanshi vengeance and destroy evil. Shiva’s clan constitutes a different diasporic community. As a leader of the community Shiva cannot be defined from traditional diasporic perspective. The conventional diasporic consciousness of displacement, dislocation, alienation, nostalgia, desire for the Homeland and identity-crisis is not shared by Shiva’s diasporic community. Infact his tribe is satisfied with the Meluhan scheme of things; Meluhan magnificence has mesmerized their mind. Amish has humanised the legendary figures and mythological characters. His Sati is a Vikrama woman who is supposed to be the carrier of bad fate; inspite of being a subaltern she manifests rare skill of martial arts. The women in the fiction do not demand for political equality, economic rights and social identity; they are embodiments of excellence and perfection. Lady Ayurvati is an experienced, professional doctor who is adept in the prescription of medicine as well as in the conduct of surgery. Kanakhala is the prime minister of emperor Daksha; she looks after the administrative, revenue and protocol matters. The text can also be conceived in ecocritical perspective.
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