Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Book Review: The Krishna Key by Ashwin Sanghi

Paperback,  485 pages
Published August 24th 2012 by Westland
ISBN 9381626685 (ISBN13: 9789381626689)


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.


I'd read Sanghi's Chanakya's Chant last summer and was pleasantly surprised! Not being a fan of present day Indian writings, the good language, the extent of research, the balance of different times in the plot, the characterisations, etc had left me speechless. The Rozabal Line was equally impressive. Obviously, I was looking forward to Sanghi's next, and here it was - The Krishna Key.

The best part about this book was that the author had clearly indicated which sections are fiction and which sections are researched facts. Stepping away from the apparently common style of writing and plots which most current authors are resorting to, Sanghi has developed his own. Dan Brown's influence is clearly visible, and Sanghi is rightfully known as the Dan Brown of India. The book feels a little slow towards the end, but the climax was not something I was expecting, it blew me! 

Facts and logic have been well infused in the plot, and that makes the story appealing. The first few pages make it a promising read with a murder taking place right at the beginning of the story. Having grown up watching mythological tele-serials like Mahabharata and Krishna, the book brought back many childhood memories. 

Through the story, Sanghi discusses that the lost cities of Dwarka and Atlantis are the same. He further discusses that nuclear weapons did exist back then, 5000 years ago! Moreover, the Aryan invasion is a myth and Mahabharata took place in 3067 B.C. Interesting points, aren't they? 

Like in Chanakya's Chant, here too, the story keeps moving between the past and the preset, and with utmost ease. The story revolves around a Delhi university professor who is believed to have murdered his childhood friend, and his journey across the country, to find the real killer. 

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.

A little more character development would have been better. There is an indication of a romantic involvement, but it didn't really develop much. 

I have always been in love with Indian mythological stories, yet always wondered - are they for real? I mean we don't have any concrete proofs, do we? They could just be books written centuries ago! This book has led me to believe, Mahabharata did happen, and Krishna did exist!

I suggest, if you like thrillers, have a read. There is a lot of resemblance with Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons by Dan Brown; like Sir Khan becoming Krishna.

My rating: 4/5

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