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wpid-the-krishna-key_3.jpgName: The Krishna Key

Author: Ashwin Sanghi

Genre : historical fiction

Pages : 400+

Publication Year: 2012

Is Review Spoiler: Yes

Rating: 1 star (out of 5)

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I didn’t expected this from the author who wrote ‘Chanayka’s Chant’. This book direct mixture of three Dan Brown’s book – ‘The Davinci Code, Angels and Demons and The Lost Symbol’. You might be wondering how? here is how –

Story starts with a murder of a symbologist who the same night had dinner with our protagonist Saini. The murderer leaves a message at murder scene – a symbol and intials R.M which happens to be the same initials as Mr Ravi Mohan Saini’s name(remember p.s. find Robert Landon). Police arrests Saini for murder exactly same happens to Robert Landon in davinci code and the Saini is rescued by female sidekick Priya – exactly same as Davinci code in which Landon is rescued by Sophie. What more the inspector in charge is known as Sniffer Singh because she solves almost all case assigned to her and in Davinci code the inspector in charge is know as Bull.

What more – after each murder killer leaves a symbol at murder scene, remember Angels and Demons in which killer also leaves a anagram at each murder scene and that to happen to be four symbols and combining all four will result in mega symbol which will be key everyone is after.

And the climax, O God, is exact replica of Lost symbol. Remember a science mentioned in lost symbol known as Neutic Science – and the climax or answer for this puzzle is Neutic Science.

Murderer in this book thinks himself to be Kalki avatar, who is under influence of a women named Mataji – who is after this secret – again exact replica of Davinci code in which a murderer who think himself as chosen by god start killing people who is under influence of a priest from Vatican.

And most of the things mentioned in this book doesn’t have any historical background and lack historical accuracy. I was shocked – doesn’t Sanghi read history in school? How come someone who wrote Chanayka’s Chant authored this terrible novel? A year has 365 days not 360 days, what’s the logic behind 9×1 = 9 and 786 etc? how on earth they are relevant to plot? would you care to explain?

I think he has done zero research or no research at all! otherwise it wouldn’t have contained so many historical errors. I agree it’s fiction but that doesn’t mean – you will simply write whatever comes to your mind without logic or proper research and which doesn’t have any significance to plot.

No recommendation from my side.

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Name : Chanakya’s Chant

Author : Ashwin Sanghi

Genre : Historical Fiction

Pages : 448

Language : English

Publication Year : 2010

Is Review Spoiler : No

Awards : It won the 2010 Vodafone Crossword Book Award

Rating : 3.5/5

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Chanakya’s Chant is the second book by Ashwin Sanghi after Rozabella Line which was written by Ashwin Sanghi with pseudonym Shawn Haigins. The style of writing is in similar lines with his last book, where modern-day events linked with the events occurred few thousand-year back.

The events in the book flips through the two events, one taking place in few thousand-year back another one taking place in modern india. The story revolvers around the Chanakya the great political strategist of ancient India and Gangasagar Mishra modern-day Chankya.

The theme in both the stories, first one Ashwin retells the story of Chankya and how he make Chandragupta Maurya the emperor of Magadha. In parallel the novel also tells the fictional tale of a Mishra from Uttar Pradesh, Gangasagar Mishra, who decides to mentor a little girl from Kanpur’s slums and groom her to become India’s Prime Minister.

The best part of the story is – the way author tied up the two stories running in different time with single theme (i.e., Chanakya). In one part he retells the story of Chanakya and about his strategies (Nithies) and in second part Mishra uses Chankya’s startgies to make a woman indian prime minister similarly as Chanakya did with Chandragupta Maurya (he made him the emperor of Magadha). Overall a nice read for any Historical fiction fan but don’t expect much from this one because most of you may know the first part of the story (Chanakya’s part).

The year is 340 BC. A hunted, haunted Brahmin youth vows revenge for the gruesome murder of his beloved father. Cold, calculating, cruel and armed with a complete absence of accepted morals, he becomes the most powerful political strategist in Bharat and succeeds in uniting a ragged country against the invasion of the army of that demigod, Alexander the Great. Pitting the weak edges of both forces against each other, he pulls off a wicked and astonishing victory and succeeds in installing Chandragupta on the throne of the mighty Mauryan empire.

History knows him as the brilliant strategist Chanakya. Satisfied—and a little bored—by his success as a kingmaker, through the simple summoning of his gifted mind, he recedes into the shadows to write his Arthashastra, the ‘science of wealth’. But history, which exults in repeating itself, revives Chanakya two and a half millennia later, in the avatar of Gangasagar Mishra, a Brahmin teacher in small town India who becomes puppeteer to a host of ambitious individuals—including a certain slum child who grows up into a beautiful and powerful woman.

Modern India happens to be just as riven as ancient Bharat by class hatred, corruption and divisive politics and this landscape is Gangasagar’s feasting ground. Can this wily pandit—who preys on greed, venality and sexual deviance—bring about another miracle of a united India? Will Chanakya’s chant work again?


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