Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Krishna Key : Book Review

I had been hearing about Ashwin Sanghi's "Chanakya's Chant" ever since its launch, got my hands on it, but couldn't manage to read it, because my Dad wanted to read it first.

So, when I was selected to review Sanghi's latest book, "The Krishna Key", I was very excited. My interest was boosted when I was going through the Author's Note, wherein he has acknowledges the people behind this book. I knew someone in that list - Kunal Kundu, who has designed this cover that invokes curiosity in the minds of the reader, even before he has turned the first page.

The opening page of the story begins in italics, and tells you briefly about the lineage of Pandavas and Kauravas of Mahabharata. You turn the page, and the font straightens, and the first sentence that you read does not seem related to what you had just read. You would actually turn back to see if you have turned two pages at a time by mistake, but find that's how it has been written. And that opening line is a sixer - you cannot look anywhere else. A new story, equally interesting, starts unfolding!

This book is written in two parallel stories - one narrated by Lord Krishna himself, and the other that flows like a movie plot. Characters are defined, the mystery builds, the mythological connections are integrated smoothly and then the truth emerges. Krishna tells you the story of his life, while a tale of cold blooded murder in the name of religion and conspiracy, intelligent riddles and perseverence continues alongside.

Its an excellent book with an eye towards each detail. I liked the end - it makes you stop and take a look at yourself. The writing style is gripping (rather clinging), making it an "unputdownable" creation - so much so that I devoured it in two days! Never have I completed a 460-odd page book so fast!

A popular saying states that it's all pre-decided, and incidents that happen in our lives are pieces of a jigsaw puzzle - It seemed to come to life when I was wondering that I was lucky to have been an Architect - Town planner, with a passion for our history, ancient civilizations and more. It seemed to me that I was destined to read this book; and my piecemeal knowledge of mythology and history, experiences of places I have travelled to and read about would get drawn up from the depths of my memory, get jumbled up, and be sorted out in a pattern once again. The book will make you feel proud of India for its rich heritage.

Immense research has gone in writing this book. It is not the work of Sanghi alone, but a team of talented people who have drawn such lovely sketches (Rupesh Talaskar) and drawn so much reference from Sanskrit (Vishwajeet Sapan) shlokas (verses). Another thing you are bound to notice is that Sanghi has extremely detailed knowledge of gadgets and mobile phone models - very casually, he uses statements such as "flipped his Samsung ZX03", highlighting the unique things you can do with it. The chapter numbers are encircled in an image of a (locked) lock, signifying the mystery to be unlocked by the "Krishna Key". It would have been very interesting if the image for the last chapter had been an open lock or a key.

I would give this book a 8 out of 10, half a mark deducted for the last round of proof reading it seems to have missed. Somewhere in between the names of the leading female characters have got interchanged; except which this book is a great work.

This review is a part of the Book Review Programme at Blogadda.

23 comments: said...

You have summed up the book in brief & so very aptly,Anu.

Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan said...

I had a mild issue with the fact that he tried a little to hard to be 'Dan Brown' ish - similarities to Angels and DEmons and Da Vinci were there... but its a significantly better book than most of the Indian fiction present today.. no doubt about it said...

Aptly summarized !

Amrit Sinha said...

I was planning to buy this novel ... your review really helped me a lot ... I would surely get it over the weekend :-)

Rinzu said...

Not just the missing out of characters but even proper english usage was missed out on.! Even then the book was a treat.! Gotta know a lot about Mahabharata because of it.! and also it gives out a good message.!

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

Thanks!I am good at writing short pieces.. cant elaborate at all. :P

A good book at the end of the day! Yes, a bit Dan Brownish.. but no problem.

@Green Speck,
Its a book worth having.

I couldn't agree more.

Humberto Dib said...

Great blog, loved it.
Cheers from Argentina!

ashok said...

good review...

Irfanuddin said...

nice review Anupama...
will try to get one n read....:)

Unknown said...

Came here via a link on Twitter --wasn't disappointed.

I read a review on the Chanakya book today, so am going to dig up books by this author. I hope they're available on Kindle.

ashok said...

thanks for your comment you can read my post :)

Rahul Bhatia said...

Nice review!

ruma said...

Hello, Anupama K. Mazumder.

 Your sweet message and works charms my heart.

 I thank for your usual and hearty support.
 The prayer for all peace.

Have a good week-end. From Japan, ruma❃


Vraiment étonnant et très intéressant.
Belle fin de journée, Amicalement,


Anupama K. Mazumder said...

Welcome to this space!

The book is better than it sounds :)

You must.

What's your twitter id? I hope you get hold of the books - Flipkart is a good option in India. Not sure about Kindle.

Destination Infinity said...

I liked this book for the fact that the story was intertwined with facts. The historical info was well researched and believable! This is a new genre in Indian fiction and I wish more authors could take up fact-based/historical fiction writing like this.

Destination Infinity

Anupama K. Mazumder said...


Peace is essential, isnt it?

Thanks for dropping by and Welcome!!

I agree whole-heartedly.

Andrea Santos said...

Great review. I am a huge lover of books so I will put this on my reading list. Come by and check out my blog if you like it I would love it if you followed me.

xo Andrea

D.Nambiar said...

Sound interesting. I would like to look at my life as a jigsaw puzzle. I'm going to be reading this one soon. Thanks Anupama.

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

You should read this book to learn a lot about Hindu mythology.

You should - it will enrich the way you look at life.

Sach1 said...

Well that was a nice review. I saw some more friends rating the book as must read or at least good read. Soon next on my list :)
It is my first time here and this caught my eye :)
Will hang out to

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

It is indeed a "must read" book! Welcome to my blog.

Mirza Ghalib said...

Ashwin Sanghi has overdone it this time. I read Chanakya Chant, liked the concept and got this book. But boy was I disappointed! Its a vain attempt to write an Indian Da Vinci code.The book can be summarized in one line. Every thing in the world is related to every other thing ( as per his convenience of course) and they all have their roots in India.

Characters lines are flawed. Everybody goes the roundabout way perform simple tasks, thereby ending up only complicating the story. It seemed like twists had to be force fed to make it a "thrilling novel.