Book: The Krishna Key
Publisher: Westland Ltd
Author: Ashwin Sanghi
Having read Ashwin Sanghi’s ‘The Chanakya Chant’ in one sitting from cover to cover, I was expecting a roller coaster ride with ‘The Krishna Key’. However the fast pace set by the author is dampened by a heavy dose of history and unwanted facts.
It is extremely evident that the author has meticulously put together a voluminous research manual and has wanted to include every possible aspect in the book!
The book starts on a very promising note, introducing a strange character called ‘Taraak Vakil’ who believes himself to be the tenth avatar of Lord Krishna. However the character loses importance through the course of the book. Another character Mataji alias Priya is a complete surprise package.
The one factor I totally loved about the book is the Mahabharata and the Kurukshetra War as narrated by Lord Krishna himself and makes for a very interesting read though it gives no connect to the actual story running in parallel. This is totally contrary to what we have seen in Chanakya’s Chant where the two stories blend together so beautifully.
The actual dose of history is extremely enlightening though it is a complete dampener to the pace of the story. Of course, the comparison to a certain Dan Brown book is unavoidable though Ashwin Sanghi brings his own charm and style to the book. Ashwin Sanghi has established a different genre of combining history and fiction and running two stories parallely in a novel. His writing is unique and simple and makes you turn the pages.
Coming back to the Krishna Key, Sanghi explores the myth of Kalki through a tale of murder and an ensuing chase that travels back and forth in time from Vrindavan and Mathura to a classroom in St. Stephen’s College in Delhi, across lifetimes. The characterization is not very Ashwin Sanghi types and could have been way better. It is just that you would expect more out of someone like Sanghi. This was a tad disappointing
The climax of the book was numd and too abrupt. And of course one could not ignore the obvious errors in the book. Anybody would notice a character mix up!
Give this one a read!
PS: I would like to read the Mahabarata, authored by Ashwin Sanghi. Please to take note J