The Shiva Trilogy part one ends with Sati chasing the retreating hooded Naga.
Part two- The Secrets of the Nagas” continues with the chase still on, it is difficult to understand the story if you have not read the part one,-‘The Immortals of Meluha’ and it gets interesting if it is read as a sequel, same excitement, same curiosity to read more-about-what-happens-next.
While in part one, you grow to like Shiva, Sati and many other people that appear in the story, in part two, you are introduced to two Nagas and you discover that they are not as evil as they were thought to be.
I don't wish to reveal the secrets about who Nagas are and how they are related to Sati.
But, Shiva believes that Nagas are evil and he needs to destroy it but first he has to be sure that they are evil.
He questions his philosopher guide ‘Gopal’ , he says “the Nagas are obviously the people who are evil right? Almost everyone seems to agree. And yet, the Nagas helped a man in need, in the interest of justice. That’s not how evil is supposed to be.”
“I have travelled through all of India. Met practically all the tribes except the Nagas. And if none are evil, maybe Evil hasn’t risen. Maybe I am not required.”
Shiva searches for truth going across India but finds no answers, only more confused that everything is different from what it appears to be..
My favorite passage on Page 108 because this is what I believe in:
“There is no past life sins, Sati! There is only this life! That is the only reality. Everything else is theory. Believe the theory that gives you peace and reject the one that causes you pain. Why believe in theory if it causes you unhappiness? You have done all you can to take care of your child and your self. Now have faith.”
After reading the two parts of Shiva Trilogy, I begin to respect the author Amish, who has done a great research and presented the story which is fiction and yet so believable.
There is so much truth when he quotes
"Remember nobody is good or bad. They are either strong or weak. Strong people stick to their morals, no matter what the trials and tribulations. Weak people, many a times, do not even realise how low they have sunk"
What evil is he talking about? How can we destroy evil when it does not exist by itself?
Good and evil, two sides of the coin, he must visit Panchavati, the city of Nagas to know the secret.
Waiting for part three…..