You know what they say about cats and curiosity. Well, I hate cats but I still seem to have their trait. I was swallowed alive by this book and came out after a lot of struggle. I wonder what made Amish write a book 2. Oh come on, isnt it obvious? It was the resounding success of book one. Considering i am one of the few idiots who bought a copy of the first book, i should not be ideally surprised. Considering that he had a golden chance to become the Chetan Bhagat for Mythology fiction, he just grabbed it.
The book begins where the previous one left, the attempt on Sati's life. Shiva graduates from smoking pot from Tibet to smoking pot from different parts of India. Wow! They coined the term India when he was around. Did you know that now? There are a host of crazy characters in this book and man, i do miss the author's simple English.He has tried big words and deeper characterization and left the reader wondering what he was actually reading about. You have a host of new characters in the book and some of the older characters get more screen space. Kali, Ganesha, Anandmayi, Ayurvati,Karthick, Parushuram and of course the 180 year old virgin. When he can use terms like that to denote a heroines anguish, why cant I?!!!
The plot revolves around Shiva's attempt at understanding evil - at which he again fails miserably and his trials to penetrate into the Naga land and vanquish them. The charm of book one is completely gone and you are left wondering about the meaning of the series of unrelated events which are supposed to be amazing coincidences put together by the author to make you sympathize and understand his characters better. Sati and Shiva are parted for sometime and you read two diverging story lines. The worst part of the book is of course the ending where the "secret" of the Nagas is revealed. I really regret the time i picked the book from Ranjini. I should have just let it lie there.