Somewhere in the forests and waters of Nainital…

… I left a part of my soul. Nainital, if you don’t know, is a hill station in the state of Uttarakhand in North India. It is situated at the altitude of about 6800 ft from sea level. I was lucky enough to visit this charming city this month. And it was hands down, the most beautiful one out of all the Indian cities that I’ve ever visited.
I’m going to stop talking now and let you enjoy the pictures…

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Naini lake

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Bhimtal

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Bhimtal

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The city as seen from above.

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A bit of adventure

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Seen at Bhimtal

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That little one…

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QUAAAAAAACKKK!!!

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Garud Taal… One of the seven lakes of Sattal. A secluded one among the woods.

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The woods.

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View from Golu Devata Temple, Gorakhal. That little water body on the right is Bhimtal.

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DSCN3047 Thousands of bells at the temple.

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Nainital from above – mango shaped.

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Khurpatal

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Lover’s Point.

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Back to Nainital

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Sunkissed waters!

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Our last night in this beautiful city. A full moon night.

The Immortals Of Melu-BLAHH!!

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Alright! Time for the first negative book review on here. Most of you following me wouldn’t even have heard of this book. And if you happen to be an Indian, following me, reading this post, having an interest in reading books and intending to pick this one up… DON’T!! (Although the odds of all of that happening at once is quite low… but still.)

The Immortals Of Meluha by Amish Tripathi, more like The Immortals Of Melu-blahh!! is actually quite blah! in the truest sense and I’m not exaggerating. I didn’t like this one, not because I’m an extremely devoted Shiva worshipper who couldn’t take a story written with a different perspective which showed Shiva as a normal human being who went on to become a hero. But because there is absolutely nothing… NOTHING original in the entire book. Amish Tripathi has played with the age old formula of  a prophecy, a society that needs a saving, a common enemy, a ‘normal’ 20 something man aka our hero in making. Oh and of course, for a little bit of romance, a girl,who, although is shown to be a very strong character, but still needed to be saved thrice by the hero in the entire book, because obviously you can’t write a book with the female lead NOT being dependent on the male lead. Okay, I’m not trying to bring up feminism here, but I think it’s time for the writers to do away with the clichéd ‘damsel in distress’ concept. It’s getting monotonous and boring.

Talking about ‘cliché’, the love story between Shiva and Sati does justice with the word. Every single scene between them and every single dialogue seemed straight out of some typical Bollywood movie. Love at first sight, then fighting together, some taboo in society due to which they can’t be together, Sati taking an arrow for Shiva, then Shiva charging towards attacker, easily turning away all the arrows coming towards him with a sword… I mean COME ONNNN!! I could almost imagine the scene in slow motion, the way I’ve seen it a thousand times in TV serials and movies. And that’s not just it, Sati almost loosing the battle against death, but then Shiva’s miraculous idea saves her life curing her with something which has NEVER in the history of Meluha cured anyone. Because, obviously our heroine can’t die. And don’t even get me started on the war scenes. (Okay Amish Tripathi, so you paid attention while watching the fight scenes of Lord Of the Rings and 300? Good job!)

So in a nutshell, the story was flat, unoriginal, bland and… what’s the word?… SOPORIFIC! The charachters were under developed. Did I tell you how in less than 50 pages, our hero made a sexist joke? Well, he did. So I pretty much started detesting his charachter even before I was properly introduced to him. But it turned out, there wasn’t much to like about him anyway. The author miserably failed at setting the scenes and the environment. The book ended at a terrible point. It ended at a cliffhanger, but the one, which didn’t induce any interest in further reading the sequels whatsoever. The writing was mediocre. And, and, and… I almost forgot to mention how many times the characters used words like ‘damn’, ‘dude’ and ‘shit’. I mean DUDEEEE! AM I REALLY READING A STORY SET IN A PERIOD 4000 YEARS AGO ? Because it sure didn’t feel like it.