- Paperback: 485 pages
- Publisher: Westland Ltd (August 20, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9381626685
- ISBN-13: 978-9381626689
Goodreads Summary: Five thousand years ago, there came to earth a magical being called Krishna, who brought about innumerable miracles for the good of mankind. Humanity despaired of its fate if the Blue God were to die but was reassured that he would return in a fresh avatar when needed in the eventual Dark Age—the Kaliyug.
In modern times, a poor little rich boy grows up believing that he is that final avatar.
Only, he is a serial killer.
In this heart-stopping tale, the arrival of a murderer who executes his gruesome and brilliantly thought-out schemes in the name of God is the first clue to a sinister conspiracy to expose an ancient secret—Krishna’s priceless legacy to mankind.
Historian Ravi Mohan Saini must breathlessly dash from the submerged remains of Dwarka and the mysterious lingam of Somnath to the icy heights of Mount Kailash, in a quest to discover the cryptic location of Krishna’s most prized possession. From the sand-washed ruins of Kalibangan to a Vrindavan temple destroyed by Aurangzeb, Saini must also delve into antiquity to prevent a gross miscarriage of justice.
Ashwin Sanghi brings you yet another exhaustively researched whopper of a plot, while providing an incredible alternative interpretation of the Vedic Age that will be relished by conspiracy buffs and thriller-addicts alike.
My View: Ok, I’m done, finally. Yay, kudos to me. ‘Why’, you ask? Well, reading a 500 pager in a week along with 4-5 other books is no mean feat, my dear. And that too when this one didn’t start on a very positive note for me.
Ok, I will say this loud and clear. Though I am Indian, I have some problem with Indian writing style. Somehow it doesn’t make for a quick, smooth reading for me which is why I avoid reading much from Indian authors. So when I am reading this one along with 4-5 international ones, it was obvious that this book was going to be neglected. But I had a commitment to finish it within a week and so I did. Thankfully, the book progressed much faster after the initial 100 pages or so. Or rather, it became fast-paced then and my curiosity grew.
Cheers to Ashwin Sanghi for this extremely researched and well thought-out book. I can’t imagine the hours, months and years that went into the research. No wonder people are comparing it with The Da Vinci Code. However, for me it was like a Dan Brown book rather than specifically a Da Vinci. I found it more in liasion with Angels and Demons. Anyhow, whichever book it was, Ashwin Sanghi is hugely inspired by Dan Brown, if I may say so, and I say it with all the good things in mind.
First of all, you not only learn so much about Indian literature but the Mahabharata and the whole Krishna legend has been easily explained in here. I did not really understand the relevance of chopping it up in bits to start each chapter with logic of Sanghi’s though.
There were things that I didn’t know about that really interested me and I may go back to the book for more.
Now coming to the mystery-thriller part, it was good in terms of pace as the book progressed. However, the major point of killing somehow escaped my logic-seeking mind. A few tossy-turning bits were good. I really liked the strong female character played by Radhika Singh. However, having said that, I should add somehow the links between the characters and why they were doing what they were was a bit lacking.
Overall, my huge appreciation is for the amount of research done that beautifies the book. And for that and a few other good things, I would give-
4/5 stars – I really liked it.
About the Author
Ashwin Sanghi entrepreneur by day, novelist by night has all the usual qualifications of an Indian businessman. Schooling at the Cathedral & John Connon School, a B.A. (Economics) from St. Xavier s College, and an M.B.A. (Finance) from the Yale School of Management. Ashwin is a director of the M. K. Sanghi Group of Companies, which has business interests in real estate development, automobiles, manufacturing and engineering. Besides being a businessman, Ashwin manages a parallel career as writer of fiction. Ashwin s first novel, The Rozabal Line was originally self-published in 2007 under his anagram-pseudonym Shawn Haigins. The book was subsequently published by Westland in 2008 and 2010 in India under his own name and went on to become a national bestseller. Chanakya s Chant is his second novel in the historicalfiction genre. The book has remained on AC Nielsen s India Bookscan Top-10 for all of 2011. It won the 2010 Crossword-Vodafone Popular Choice Award in September 2011. UTV has purchased the movie rights to the book and a film based upon the story is expected soon. Dr. Shashi Tharoor released the novel in Mumbai calling it an enthralling, delightfully-interesting and gripping read with historical research that is impressive. The Hindustan Times has called it a cracker of a page-turner. Ashwin is also working towards a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Bangor University in Wales. Ashwin lives in Mumbai with his wife, Anushika, and his eight-year old son, Raghuvir.