Historical novel 'Trade winds to Meluhha' by Vasant Davé was released on Amazon and Smashwords recently. It involves adventure, strife and love in a young Babylonian's life in which swift events chase him to a strange land 3,000 Km. across the sea.
The book was inspired by archaeological sites in India. The author happened to visit the ancient port at Lothal during one of his extensive tours as an engineer. Then he read that Thor Heyerdahl of Kon-Tiki fame had undertaken a voyage in an 18 meter long reed-boat from Iraq (Mesopotamia)
With a wide geographical spread from the present day Iraq to India, ultimately what is the plot?
In the year 2138 BC, SAMASIN worked as a stable boy with a wealthy Mesopotamian named NERGAL. Implicated in a foreigner's murder, he was saved from a gory sentence by a rare event which is actually recorded on clay tablets excavated in ancient Babylon. Tipped off by Nergal's divorced wife ELATI about risk to his life, he fled to the distant land of Meluhha in search of SIWA SAQRA whose name the dying man had uttered. During the voyage, he met a beautiful damsel, VELLI. He fell in her love but was dismayed to find that she was still devoted to a person who had jilted her. He also met ANU, a Mesopotamian woman who concealed her identity because she was determined to search out a couple of faceless men for revenge.
On the way, Samasin faced a series of obstacles including a few which almost killed him. Then he found that they were maneuvered. Finally when he met Siwa Saqra, he learned that there was more to the murder in Babylon than met the eye. Circumstances brought all the characters together in Babylon when with awe they came to know about a diabolic trade that was ruining the lives of youngsters and women in Mesopotamia.
Previous novels based on Indus Valley Civilization were 'Winter on the Plain of Ghosts', 'Immortals of Meluha' and 'Secret of the Nagas'. The first revolved around the occult whereas the later two altered and repackaged mythology. None took cognizance of the fact that the Indus Valley Civilization had had strong trade and cultural ties with Mesopotamia and probably with Egypt too. The engineer in Vasant Davé propelled him to create a plot that put history in its proper perspective. Thus in stark contrast to earlier novels, 'Trade winds to Meluhha' is by and large founded on archaeological evidence.
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Vasant Davé is a self-published author from India. He has published two e-Books on Amazon and Smashwords, viz., 'How I wrote a Pre-Historic Novel' and 'Trade winds to Meluhha'.