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Book Review: Mortal tribute to ‘Immortal India’

Amish's new release is already a bestseller

Amish's latest book is a compilation of articles and speeches that suggests the future of India can be glorious if we adopt our mythological teachings and values. The author provides with examples of obsolete civilizations such as Greek, Egyptian and Roman cultures and tells you how they failed to survive and became museum pieces instead. The ancient cultures of the Central, South and North Americas, Celts, Nordics, Mesopotamians and many others are largely extinct but the ancient Indian culture still thrives despite repeated violent and intellectual attacks. But, a lay reader fails to grapple with these facts as the author hasn't given any proper proof to validate this supposition.

Nowhere has he mentioned in his book why India, in future, will prove to be immortal when other great civilisations ceased to even exist today. 

Usually, after the introduction comes the body or soul of the book, but here, you won't find the author abiding by the norm. He digresses and comes to his favourite part, which is religion and mythology. In the next extract, he narrates why playing by the rules like Lord Ram is relevant. He says that criticising Lord Ram has become almost fashionable today. He mentions his observation that every great man had family issues, be it Gautam Buddha, Mahatma Gandhi or Lord Ram Himself. 

It is only in the third extract where the author devotes a line saying that India can grow if we accept the differences among every religion and become liberal in the process.

As the book is a collection of author's speeches and write-ups that have already been published in various media houses, it becomes a bit predictable for a simple reason because he has written or spoken these things during the release of his previous books. There is a proverb that teaches us not to judge a book by its cover but for this one, I would suggest not to judge a book by its name. 

Having said that, his interpretation of religion with the help of folklores is amazing and he proves it yet again through this book.  

However, the book hits the nail on the head when it raises social issues like women empowerment and the bane of casteism and religious violence. He hasn't just used references from Hindu mythology but from Islamic, Christianity, Judaism mythology as well.

The thought that he comes up in the end after reading Shashi Tharoor's 'An era of darkness' is pivotal. He has a strong message but he gives it in fragments which a reader may find a bit difficult to follow.

Summing up, for those who haven't read previous books of Amish, it can be a good starting point. But if you are familiar with The Shiva Trilogy and The Ram Chandra Series then this book is a clear case of 'expect the expected' for you. However, if you have followed all of his work, I know you will go for this one too like I did.

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