Written by (or shall I put it this way, crafted by) Amish Tripathi, this series of books titled the Shiva Trilogy is one of the best I have ever read. Besides Tripathi’s use of language and style of writing, what particularly caught my interest was his way of intertwining old Indian heritage to a modern storytelling format. Through his books, Tripathi has broken the barrier of considering a God as just a God, he constructs a logical view as to how a human transcends to becoming a God.
Let me try to give a brief summary without spilling out any spoilers. The first book begins at a rural place in the Himalayas, where a person named Shiva is fighting a battle to protect his tribe. Later, a person named Nandhi approaches him on behalf of the king who ruled northwestern India. On Nandhi’s request, Shiva brings his mountain tribe to the plains of the Indian subcontinent. Because of an ancient myth, when Shiva’s neck turns blue because of the magical medicine, the people of the kingdom consider him their savior. Shiva’s life turns upside down after this event.
Later in the story, Shiva, using his wit, eradicates several problems faced by the people like untouchability, punishing a person based on his previous birth’s karma, and other such issues. He became everyone’s favorite in that country; in fact, he even marries the kings’ daughter (that is a whole different love story). During the course of time while helping people, he offends the king who adored him. He forms an army along with his loyal followers and plans to bid war over the kingdom. This was because people believed in him, that he was the one who was going to eradicate their problems. He succeeds in finding the evil and that the king himself was attached too close to the evil. When he requested the king to get rid of that, the king got offended. To save the people from that evil that has been troubling them for eons, he decides to go against the king.
A major turn in events causes Shiva to lose his wife, whom he loved near and dear to his life itself. This event made Shiva extremely mad and Shiva decides to use the weapon which was banned by a legend from the past. He ships the weapon from another country and blows up the kingdom along with the king, henceforth freeing people of the evil that clung to them for a long time. Thus Shiva became a God because of his honest and selfless deeds.
I suggest you read Shiva Trilogy if you have time. Though I have skipped various important portions as I had promised to not give out any spoilers, I assure you it will be worth your time. It is one of the best pieces of fiction I have read. If you are searching, the books are titled "The Immortals of Meluha," then "The Secret of the Nagas," and finally "The Oath of the Vayuputras."