--- Amish Tripathi
The Immortals of Meluha is about a near perfect imaginary kingdom that follows the dictates of Lord Rama, some where in Northern India, in 1900 BC. The Suryavamshi kings of Meluha and the entire kingdom, who think that they are under threat from the neighboring Chandravamshi kingdom, believe in a legend that Lord Neelkant will incarnate for them and take on the neighbors and protect them. Shiva, the hero of the story, leader of a tribe in Himalayas, is identified as the Lord, by a Meluhan soldier and is brought to their king. Shiva's romance with Sati, a widow and daughter of the Meluhan king, eventual declaration of war on behalf of Suryavamshis and defeating Chandravamshis concludes the first part of the 3 books (that form a Shiva Trilogy).
Though the story sounds so uneventful, author's story telling abilities, well intertwined incorporation of Indian mythology make it an interesting read. He came up with an entirely different way of running the kingdom as per imaginary dictates of Lord Rama. The message after the supposedly conclusive war is the best part of the story, which is relevant even today.
Though I stopped even browsing through the shelves with fiction in Landmark / CrossWord, when a colleague recommended and offered a copy of it, I grabbed it. And, I don't regret.