The Secret of the Nagas.

The Secret of the Nagas. Today, He Is A GodYears Ago, He Was Just A Man The Hunt Is On The Sinister Naga Warrior Has Killed His Friend Brahaspati And Now Stalks His Wife Sati Shiva, The Tibetan Immigrant Who Is The Prophesied Destroyer Of Evil, Will Not Rest Till He Finds His Demonic Adversary His Vengeance And The Path To Evil Will Lead Him To The Door Of The Nagas, The Serpent People Of That He Is Certain The Evidence Of The Malevolent Rise Of Evil Is Everywhere A Kingdom Is Dying As It Is Held To Ransom For A Miracle Drug A Crown Prince Is Murdered The Vasudevs Shivas Philosopher Guides Betray His Unquestioning Faith As They Take The Aid Of The Dark Side Even The Perfect Empire, Meluha Is Riddled With A Terrible Secret In Maika, The City Of Births Unknown To Shiva, A Master Puppeteer Is Playing A Grand Game In A Journey That Will Take Him Across The Length And Breadth Of Ancient India, Shiva Searches For The Truth In A Land Of Deadly Mysteries Only To Find That Nothing Is What It Seems Fierce Battles Will Be Fought Surprising Alliances Will Be Forged Unbelievable Secrets Will Be Revealed In This Second Book Of The Shiva Trilogy, The Sequel To TheNational Bestseller, The Immortals Of Meluha

Amish is an IIM Kolkata educated, boring banker turned happy author The success of his debut book, The Immortals of Meluha Book 1 of the Shiva Trilogy , encouraged him to give up a fourteen year old career in financial services to focus on writing He is passionate about history, mythology and philosophy, finding beauty and meaning in all world religions Amish has most recently written the Shi

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  • Paperback
  • 396 pages
  • The Secret of the Nagas.
  • Amish Tripathi
  • English
  • 23 October 2019
  • 97893806587

10 thoughts on “The Secret of the Nagas.

  1. says:

    It isn t often one comes across a book by an Indian author, with a sequel It is even rarer when the said sequel might just be better than its predecessor.Tripathi once again delves into Indian mythology and spins a fascinating tale around many of the names heard in tales told at our grandmothers knees, portraying them as mere mortals Last left, Shiva was about to launch an attack on the dreaded Nagas to avenge Brahaspathi s death The book s blurb gives you enough indication, and then some, that Shiva s plan might not be that easy to execute His desire, and ours, for answers takes him all across India in this book, with the city in focus being Kashi.I ll give the book this, the author has good command over the story and doesn t let it meander, with something or the other always afoot Filled with secrets, shocks and betrayal, this book is a page turner from start to finish The reveal of the Naga s identity was shocking, to say the least I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING, PEOPLE The secret of the Nagas, however, was something I had long suspected so I wasn t blown away by the cliff hanger As for that Master Pupeteer, I think it s view spoiler Bhrigu hide spoiler

  2. says:

    I feel like I just finished reading one of the Star Wars installments With Shiva as Anakin, Sati as Padme, unexplored regions with strange inhabitants with secrets and continuous travels The book was just too formulaic That is not to say that it is not a good read it is just that I was expecting the second book to be better than the first in some ways at least, and quite frankly, it is not.How Amish managed to construct a whole sequel on such a flimsy basic premise is beyond me view spoiler And the liberties he took with the plot and the myths are not easy to forgive either The entire series essentially boils down to single mythological point the Shiva Ganesh showdown the entire story is an elaborate construct to lead towards that, which was disappointing, especially since that too never happens after all that buildup And the secret It is just that Brihaspati is alive and working for the Nagas, which only means that the Nagas are on Shiva s side Now that was obvious from the first book and was no secret And the author gives the impression that all the gods of India who are symbolically given strange forms were actually mutants deformed Nagas and were deified later That is too much to swallow even if we play along and accept his version of the Shiva myth hide spoiler

  3. says:

    The second novel in Amish s Shiva Trilogy series and it steals the show by revealing the most shocking yet pleasant tight lipped remains of The Immortals Of Meluha _ _As I already mentioned, this book is strictly not for those who believe in Lord Ram s ways of ruling, saivism or Shiva Puran and that intrigued me to proceed with the sequel.And it did not disappoint me, not even a bit of it Shiva seeks justice for the death of his friend Brihaspathi, and as fate unfolds, he travels to Panchavati, the land of Nagas through the dense Sundarbans Dhandakaranya led by the Nagas queen and the Lord Of People As the secrets are revealed, friends becomes foes and foes are categorized as alliances Karthik and Ganesh are added into the story line adding spices along with the usual ingredients, Sati, Veerbadhra, Krittika, Bagirath, Parvateswar, Suryavanshis, Chandravanshis and the Nagas And not to forget the mighty Brahmin Parasuram creeps in to help the Mahadev while lovely Anandamayi makes Parvateshwar, the 180 year virgin, to break his vow The jaw dropping connection between the Nagas Sati took me to the state of excitement, anger, shock, disappointment, sympathy, grieve, raging and all emotions at once for the abandoned Nagas When the ultimate secret was revealed, i sat dumb struck All my guesses went in vain What really captivated me was that the secret itself was speaking about illusions or Maya.What intrigues me now to read The Oath Of Vayuputras is the secret that Krittika shares with Ayurvati and the secrets that the secret itself should reveal to Shiva Undoubtedly, this book has paved way for some grand magnificent ending to the story of the masculine tribal man, who elevated him self to be the MahaDev.And The reverbration of Har Har Mahadev won t stop until I finish of oath Of the Vayuputras.Amish Tripathi, am certain that you are an sensation I m too excited to grab the final part, and before that let me breath IN and OUT first.

  4. says:

    YUCKS really did I read it I mean seriously This book had been at the top of the list by The Telegraph.and I can t believe Telegraph would recommend us to read such a crappy book.not only Telegrapheven one of my friends recommended me this book..I couldn t even read further than 100pages.the story matter sucksthe language sucks.the writing style suckssense of humor zeroit felt like I was reading a book written by a sixth grade student.the only thing I get this from the book is how Shiva travels over the India and people seems to praise him like god, treats him like king, although he doesn t believe in himselfIt seemed that the theory Amish Tripathi tried to write in his book wasn t quite clear to himself.hence the story wasn t quite linked.the loose threads kept to make the books interesting seemed to lost with the plot and remain lost even in the end.and don t make me start with the Vasudevs crap.I mean they are supposed to be pandits, right they do pujas in the temples.then how the hell do they know about high frequency radio wavelength, when Brahaspati the scientist doesn t even know about it I can t believe I lived through 100pages of this book

  5. says:

    I still maintain that this book is a great concept Taking an Indian God like Shiva with multiple facets to his persona and coming up with such an elaborate tale takes a different kind of imagination Having grown up hearing stories about Gods like Shiva, Vishnu, Rama, Krishna etc curiosity was the one thing that drew me towards the first book in the series But the curious thing about this book is that even though you want to be surprised and confronted with out of the world conspiracy theories with each turn of the page it is the very same predictability that keeps you hooked Be that in the case of Shiva s marriage, his friendship with Nandi, Bhagirath and Veerabhadra or any other stories associated with his myth, the fun part of the book is seeing how each story fit into place For me this was the fun part but now that brings us to the next question What about a person who has not yet heard of Shiva or his story Will this person find the book enjoyable This is not a book for such a person In such a case the person tends to evaluate the book on the basis of the writing and that leaves much to be desired Amish Tripathi is of a conversationalist than a writer His creative energy seems to be high when his characters are engaged in conversations but that doesn t also prevent his dialogues from being a little childish All the philosophies about life, good and evil etc are engaging but it has a distinct Yoda to Skywalker kind of conversation aura that you learn nothing new from the venture One thing I did find odd though was the ease with which people fall at the feet of Shiva He is supposed to be an ordinary man in this book But that promise is not delivered, it seems Shiva became a legend because he was already a legend which doesn t make the slightest sense Also even the strongest opposition is won over by Shiva s humility, without even a second thought The constant reference to India is also nerve racking as there was no India at that time and that undermines much of the credibility in this story The story however is or less the same We have Shiva who is prophesied as the destroyer of evil but having trouble understanding the true evil Since the Chandravanshi threat has been taken care of the only thing that can now be considered evil is the feared Nagas But are the Nagas truly evil or are they just misunderstood As Shiva searches for answers he comes across shocking revelations that may change everything Even though The Secret of the Nagas try to bring as many twist and turns as possible to the story you can smell all the big twists from a mile away so these twists are not the highlight of this book So don t expect to be surprised, what you can expect however is an enjoyable read which keeps your attention despite the flaws.

  6. says:

    2.5 The opposite of love is not hate Hate is just love gone bad The actual opposite of love is apathy And that pretty much sums up my feelings for this book not love, not hate Just apathy.It hurts me that I cannot give this book a better rating All things considered, The Secret of the Nagas deserves at least a three, for the sheer ingenuity of its concept But my ratings are always based on how intensely a book affects me, and as frustrating as it is to admit, this book did not affect me in any way.I tried I really, truly tried Considering how disappointing the first book was, I kept my expectations low this time around I pretty much ignored the clumsy writing and the clich d characterisation, keeping my focus only on the story I hoped that would make me like this book better than its predecessor.But it just didn t work.Battles were being fought, and I didn t care People died, and I didn t care Surprises were being revealed, and I didn t care probably because I figured them out way early view spoiler I deduced by page 50 that the Naga man was probably Sati s first born son And I always suspected Brahaspati was alive, since his body was never found I mean, isn t that the golden rule of Bollywood hide spoiler

  7. says:

    Amazing Read.Mr Amish starts with a basic idea of what if our gods were humans, albeit with super strength and long lives, in the past whose history has now become steeped with myths and legends and builds a brilliant story around it.The characters are strong, the plot is well developed and the description is wonderfulI felt mythology come alive all around me There are many books which use the greek and roman mythology in their plotsI am glad that Mr Amish has decided to explore our Hindu mythology as a plot for his book and while maintaining the spiritual aspect and the basic premise of eternal battle of good and evil he has not delved too much into the religious aspectI could almost imagine the marvelous movie which could be madeSomething lord of the rings eque with hollywood studioscoz well they do have better special effectsbut with indian actors to preserve the indianness of the plot waiting for the next book.Mr Amish please finish it soon

  8. says:

    20 05 19 Full review up There is a god in every single one of us And there is evil in every single one of us The true battle between good and evil is fought within I have taken too long to finish this book and this series Real life shit keeps getting in the way Anyway, let s get this review outta the way now, shall we The first book ends with Shiva in distress His brother like friend Bhrahaspati killed in a terror attack by the hooded mystery figure His war waged on Chandravanshis revealing a whole new side to the story that was kept from him, in essence, him being played by the Suryavanshis And if that was all not enough, the hooded mystery figure returning to attack Sati Book 2 picks right up where the first book leaves us It wastes no time in dillydallying and opens straight up with a small skirmish and glues itself to your fingers from page one Following Shiva, whose journey to find and destroy the biggest evil of his time has just begun and he has many deeds and years to span before he achieves his destiny Many shocking discoveries to be made and plots and conspiracies to uncover Alliance to be made and enemy lines to be drawn The equations suddenly change The allies don t seem so trustworthy and all of a sudden the enemies aren t all that evil The war that should have ended with Chandravanshis being conquered, marks the beginning of a long and drawn out war that will span years before the evil is destroyed Courage is only needed once the war begins To begin with you need to persuade the people to embark upon the war against evil You need to influence them to give up their attachment to evil In my opinion, this is definitely a worthy sequel in this series It maintains a decent speed and keeps you reading The skirmishes are garnished very nicely throughout the book, giving you regular doses of action The characters are well shaped overall and they stay true to their selves throughout It was nice to see how Amish brought to bear the character and back story of Parushuram here The character of Anandmayi is a treat to read I love how she jumps off of the pages She is strong and willful like Sati but she is everything else that Sati isn t or couldn t be I also very much like how Amish has brought together other Gods or deities into the story and weaved them in very seamlessly by changing or fictionalizing the life events of Shiva and Sati Many characters like Kali, Ganesha and Parvateshwar are very well done I loved how Amish brought together someone who Shiva loves and someone he hates How he brings Shiva at odds with Sati and how she refuses to balk at faced resistance from her husband and she goes on to do what is right I have finally understood something Shiva had told me once That the opposite of love is not hate Hate is just love gone bad The actual opposite of love is apathy However, the book has its problems too It has a couple of loose ends A few topics are touched upon and then never discussed again which leaves you asking for questions by the end Most important of such loose ends was the Branga ritual that is never tied in It kinda doesn t work I particularly was irked with the sequence with a pride of lions and Sati It added to story in no way and could have been left out easily It was one extra chapter and it ties in nowhere There were many ways to get the desired outcome without such a lengthy and ludicrous side story Another thing is, while the pacing of the book is good, the timeline of the story, not so much References to the time passing is very lacking For example, book 2 spans the events of than just a few years but it doesn t feel like it until the author suddenly reminds you of how many years have elapsed This should have been paid mind to.The character of Kartikeya was a little too over the top Fierce warrior I get, but his motivations don t make sense and even if they did, this one character is severely in need of being developed Also, like I mentioned in the review of book 1, the author maintains his target audience as only Indians and thus the details in many places are just barely enough to keep a reader going Someone who is not well versed in Hindu mythology may feel a little lost.Overall, given what I have read at the hands of Indian authors so far, Amish is definitely one of the best in business and this series is a fast paced book that will keep you reading, will provide you with small tidbits of real life philosophy and will give you a good time It is one of the better writings I have read and I love how Shiva is characterized in the story on the whole and his growth arc The truth doesn t ask for belief It just exists Truth doesn t have to be liked It only has to be spoken Speak it out The truth may hurt you, but it will set you free PS What follows is my cringe worthy original review of the book from 2013 and I haven t even changed the formatting of my original review Pro tip Do Not Read It Original Rating 4 stars now reduced to 3 stars Original Review He finished off the 1st installment, The Immortals of Meluha in a cliffhanger, a Naga attack by a hooded mystery warrior on Shiva s beloved Sati, that s where he picks it up in this 2nd installment It is a very good follow up book in the trilogy by Amish He takes things a level higher than the last book as Shiva decides to take the fight to the vicious Nagas But the question remains, why are the ostracized nagas doing this. Are they really as evil as everyone believes them to be Amish creates a constant turmoil between the good evil at a physical psychological level by taking his protagonist to WAR with the likely enemy albeit his own reluctance for it How the protagonist Shiva makes himself than a man begins here He constantly feels the question nagging at him, is this the real evil or is it something else He takes the concept of evil beyond just the borderline of black white He takes it a touch deeper by contemplating that the biggest boon of a lifetime can turn sour Simply put, Excess of everything is Bad The characters are strong, and the narrative is great Love stories blossom in unlikely places and conspiracies muddy the plot when you think the dust is about to settle Friends are made and enemies are discovered It s a brilliant book that handles a sensitive topic with great care and proper touch of delicacy This book is sure to take you on a ride that you will enjoy.26 12 18 RTC

  9. says:

    The second book The Secret of the Nagas follows The Immortals of Meluha the first book in the Shiva Trilogy series A brilliant sequel to the first novel of the Shiva Trilogy I could not have asked for Amish has done a wonderful job to bring out this fast paced and action packed thrilling ride complete with drama, action, devotion, loyalty, philosophy, spirituality and vengeance spiced up with romance, conspiracy and deception It took the epic to a new level Every character in the book catches our interest Shiva is destined for greatness and it is his karma to find evil Additionally, he aims to avenge the death of his best friend by killing the evil Naga, known as Lord of the People by the Nagas, and bring end to evil by finally destroying the Nagas His wise and brave wife Sati has been a true companion in this quest But a bitter sweet revelation of her past surfaces motivating Shiva to uncover the secret of the Nagas.What is evil Can good exist without evil or are good and evil two sides of the same coin The book tries to find answers to these questions A wonderfully thought provoking and fascinating sequel with a great plot and a fair share of twists and turns The second book was better than the first one There were a lot of twists in the plot, which I could not predict.The twists got me hooked till the end In this book, we understand a lot about the Nagas and the quest of Shiva to find evil This praiseworthy book left me than ever to read the final book.

  10. says:

    Actually 4.5 stars.Finally the book is out For past one year we and here I can talk about four of us have been waiting for the release of this book Checking every month and then on a weekly basis Its one of the firsts in Mythological fiction in India based on God Shiva For me Shiva is probably the most maverick of the Trimurti of Gods Brahma, Vishnu Mahesh birth, life death and comes across as someone so un God like He is not saintly or perfect, he does not follow rules, his anger is earth shaking, his lifestyle is bohemian, he follows his emotions, and he loves or hates to the extremes Unlike Vishnu the charmer his aura and Brahma with his multiple heads and books, Shiva represents the God of the free spirits, who do not believe in right or wrong but believe in him and only him He smokes a pot, and enjoys his bhang, plays with snakes and drinks his poison To read

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