The Krishna Key by Ashwin Sanghi [Book Review]

The Krishna Key.jpgTitle : The Krishna Key

Author : Ashwin Sanghi

ISBN : 9789381626689

Publisher : Westland

Genre : Thriller

Pages : 475

Source : Self

Rating : 5 stars

 

 

 

 

This is my first book of Ashwin Sanghi. A page-turner!

I was told that this is a rip-off of Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code. The book indeed has glaring similarities with Da Vinci Code, though it is not as thrilling, and fails to give those spine-chilling moments that a book associated with this genre gives.

Professor Ravi Mohan Saini, an expert in mythology, is arrested on the suspicion of murdering his best friend, Archaeologist Anil Varshney. Ravi soon learns that Anil has left behind a series of clues that leads him to legacy left behind by Lord Krishna himself, the eight avatar of Vishnu, and decides to unravel the secret. Prior to his murder, Anil Varshney had left four seals that he had discovered with four of his closest friends, putting himself and his friends in the path of Taarak Vakil, a serial killer, who considers himself the tenth avatar of Krishna and is out to get what he wants and destroy everything that comes in his way. What comes later forms the rest of the plot.

Though The Krishna Key lacks proper characterization and structured narration, the book is very well researched and is a gripping read for history and mythology lovers. The book has a lot of reference to Mahabharata, the Indus Valley Civilization and the Sarasvati Civilization. The author also talks about a lot of historical and present-day conspiracy theories throughout the book.

The most interesting part of the book is that every chapter begins with the story of Lord Krishna, narrated by Krishna himself, and covers everything from his birth in Mathura to the Mahabharata war at Kurukshetra. This helped me brush up my knowledge of the Mahabharata.

Throughout the book the characters travel to many places like the present-day Dwaraka, the Somnath temple, Mount Kailash and lastly the Taj Mahal. Along the way, the protagonist, Ravi Mohan Saini solves, unlocks and makes sense of the countless puzzles, Sanskrit Shlokas, riddles and hidden messages.

All in all it’s a great book and kept me hooked until the end and that’s what matters the most. If you’re a history and mythology buff, then this is definitely a must read.

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Immortal by Krishna Udayasankar [Book Review]

Immortal.jpgTitle : Immortal

Author : Krishna Udayasankar

ISBN : 9789351950080

Publisher : Hachette India

Genre : Mythological Fiction

Pages : 408

Source : Publishers

Rating : 4 stars

 

 

First off, I’d like to start by thanking the author Krishna Udayasankar and the publisher Hachette India for sending us this review copy of ‘Immoral’.

This is my first book of Krishna, known for her famous retelling of Mahabharata through The Aryavarta Chronicles(Govinda, Kaurava and Kurukshetra). Govinda, her debut novel was a bestseller and she’s regarded as India’s best author for Mythological Fiction.

‘Immortal’ is the story of the cursed immortal, the man who cannot die – Asvatthama, son of Dronacharya, friend of Duryodhana, who fought together in the Great War in Mahabharata.

Asvatthama is living in present times, under an assumed identity of Professor Bharadvaj as a Historian. He is almost about to change his identity when he gets a call from his partner, Manohar, regarding a search for a historical artifact, said to have mythical characteristic, the Vajra. The Professor immediately doesn’t buy into this as it is something he has been searching for centuries along with other scientists, historians and alchemists of his generation and failed to find it.

However, when Maya Jervois, shows him one of its pieces, the professor agrees to pursue it and sets off on a journey with Manohar and Maya into an adrenaline-fueled adventure. What happens next forms the rest of the plot.

The story is narrated by the protagonist. The book is very well-researched and I love the author’s writing style, the plot and the secondary characters. Her description of the characters makes them seem very real and relatable. The book gives a very ‘Dan Brown’ and ‘Indiana Jones’ feel.

Asvatthama has lived through the centuries under different identities and this can be seen by the historical references he makes throughout the book. His life is entwined with history and he’s participated in a lot of great wars and other historical events, and met and worked with a lot of eminent personalities like Subhash Chandra Bose and Genghis Khan, to name a few.

The best part of the book is the journey of the trio. They travel across geography in search of the Vajra, moving from the shores of Gujarat to the temples in Dwaraka, the legendary home of siddhas in Nilgiris and finally to the deserts in Balochistan. They move through caves, forests and water bodies.

The description of every location is detailed and vivid and will make you feel like you’re part of their journey. However, I felt that the author could have included a few more details about Asvatthama and his past.

All in all it’s a great, fast-paced and easy read, quite a page-turner with a gripping suspense and intriguing story and the thriller will keep you hooked to it till the end.

Highly recommended for mytho-fiction lovers.

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