Much like Dan Brown, Ashwin Sanghi weaves his intricate web of story lines along actual historical events and real places. Not only is the book entertaining, if you like history as a subject it is also quite informative.
Ashwin Sanghi in that respect is the brown Brown!
I chanced upon Ashwin Sanghi through sheer serendipity. The first time I heard of this author was when someone forcefully thrust a copy of The Krishna Key, his latest novel, in my hand. In my head I was like, “Dude I have too many books to read already.” The book then consequently went from dressing table to book shelf, when finally one day I was too lazy to get up and grab a book to read, and this was the only one I could pick without moving.
The second time, I was having a reader’s block, and couldn’t really get myself to commit to any book (is this only me, or does this happen to other normal people too?). Someone at the book club gave me a copy of Chanakya’s Chant. It would suffice to say, I stopped watching TV to finish this book.
If I thought Krishna Key, a story that connects the epic that Lord Krishna is, with a modern day archeological murder mystery was good, I was in for a bigger surprise with Chanakya’s Chant, one that combines Chanakya’s philosophies and actions, with a modern day political drama.
What I love most about Ashwin though, is how non pretentious his writing is. The words are not trying to woo you neither is the book masking itself as an intellectual experience. The gripping saga of history and mystery – that’s pretty much what it is.
I think what added to my intrigue about Ashwin is the Kindle advertisement I watched on TV. He looks like a regular chap and talks like regular people, none of the ‘I am a best-selling author’ hoo-ha. It is not until you pick one of his books that you realise how intelligent and awe inspiring this writer really is.
While reading Chanakya’s chant a lot of the friendly bantering between the characters were quotes picked up from some very famous personalities and writers. Although they are woven into the script seamlessly, I thought that it was rather unoriginal of him to do so. However after I finished the book and flipped through the last pages, there is a whole list of quotes he used and who they were said by. Nothing impresses me more than people who give credit where credit is due.
It’s funny that I have started reading his book in the reverse order of how they were published. With Krishna Key and Chanakya’s Chant done, I can’t wait to get my hands on the Rosabal Line.
Love Always, Z