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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