Author: Ashwin Sanghi
Genre: Fiction / Historical Thriller
Publication Date: August 2012
Paperback: 485 Pages
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.
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.
Now I was going to start my review with
*Drumrolls* Ladies and Gentlemen ,may I present to you Indian Da Vinci Code and was stumped when everybody on the blogosphere said so. So no point in talking more on it.
The book is divided into 108 chapters and each chapter starts with 108 shlokas which tell us the story of Krishna. After these shlokas, the present day story continues.
Now, on the plot. Krishna has been the most intriguing God in Indian Mythology. He has left 4 seals which when brought together would give The Krishna Key which perhaps points to elixir of life or may be something else.Watch out for that in the book folks.
The history of Mahabharata and Krishna is seen from four different perspectives. One of a historian. Another of an archaeologists. Another one of a scientist and lastly, a perspective of a geneticist. All the four perspectives are interesting and give clues to find Krishna Key. Also I had a shock of my life correlating these perspectives. They are absolutely stunning and make you wonder about the truth we have been hearing to all our lives.
Each character is well-defined and yes they do tend scatter here and there but the pace of the story makes up for it. It has two kick-ass women protagonists to watch for.
Well too much is too bad. The story tends to give in too much of information citing facts and evidences. It is an adrenaline rush in the beginning but for the last 150 pages or so I was too tired to sink in the information. It gave an impression of dispersed information and seemed like had-the-information-so-had-to-put-it. Still,it is a teeny-weeny negligible POV (my point of view) to ignore.
In essence, The Krishna Key is a fast pace thriller which will give you an adrenaline rush. You will have tough time to put it down but at the same time last few pages will exhaust you a bit.So, please have a mug of coffee ready.
Lastly, my oh my, where was I. Why did I not read Ashwin Sanghi before. There is a special place for Mr.Sanghi on my bookshelf now. Keep writing my new-found favorite author.