Book Review: Immortal India by Amish Tripathi
If its Amish Tripathi, it must be something of within bounds of India. This is what I’ve learned over the time since the release of his first book, The Immortals of Meluha. The book revamped the fading Indian mythology and eventually made Amish Tripathi the Indian Literary Popstar. So does Immortal India by Amish Tripathi another fictional attempt about Indian mythology? Well, the answer is yes to some extent and no in complete sense. Yes, you got me right! Immortal India is Amish’s first-ever attempt into non-fictional writing.
Immortal India: Young Country, Timeless Civilisation! The subtitle strengthens my proudness about India as a land of diverse culture. So what Amish has in its store to reveal about India that is never revealed before? Immortal India in its true sense is a collection of his writings, his articles published in various newspapers, debates he participated in, the speeches he penned down and his interviews on various public forums. Immortal India reveals the Ancient Indian culture, the history of what makes India the most profound nation in the world, and makes a brave attempt to connect these Indian mythological teachings with modern India.
The book reflects India through four main windows: Religion and Mythology, Issues of Indian society, The History and the Musings each branched into a set of chapters. All these sections serve great to reveal to the readers what India was and, most importantly, what India as a nation should be. Readers who are fond of Amish’s impeccable imagination must pick this one to reveal the other side of the author which is actually worth noting.
In the section of Religion and Mythology, Amish picks the cultures and traditions of the Ancient India and postulates ways to inculcate these learnings in the modern society because according to Amish our Ancient wisdom is full of potential, and so we must bring these lessons from the past to present India in order to have a beautiful future.
What really caught my attention in the book was the section called Social Issues. Here Amish has raised many points, precisely faults, of the Indian society. He highlighted what is wrong in our current education system and how it can be reshaped by incorporating the rich ancient wisdom of India.
Immortal India can be considered as Amish Tripathi’s faultless work under nonfiction genre. Amish proves again his worth as a writer of India’s culture and mythology. The language is easy to read yet intriguing enough, thanks to efforts he took in researching the facts of the Indian society, to keep the reader engrossed in his writing.