I have got something that will make you people jealous – ‘The Krishna Key’ book by Ashwin Sanghi was sent to me by BlogAdda and I have finished reading it Yes, I finished all the 464 pages within 24 hours!
You know that I read only non-fiction these days. My guess about this book was right – ‘The Krishna Key’ is mostly about history and mythology (even though the author explicitly says otherwise) and a thriller of a story is woven around these facts. But I am not sure how much of the historical information presented in the book is actually true.
Each of the 108 chapters starts with Krishna (The 8th Avatar of God Vishnu) narrating a short snippet of the Mahabharata story (a Hindu Epic). By the time we finish the book, we also finish reading a concise version of Mahabharata! I was expecting to read some verses from Bhagavad Gita, but instead, the author has quoted verses from Vedas, our ancient text.
If you think this book is about religion, you are highly mistaken. Even though references have been made to many religious concepts and practices around the world and to a lot of historical events, this book is still fiction – A Thriller.
There are five people, experts in their respective fields in the modern times, trying to unlock a mystery left behind by Krishna before 5000 years. This mystery will lead them to glory and perhaps answer many questions in their respective fields.
But there is another group, determined to kill these five people and recover important historical artifacts from them. These artifacts hold important clues to reaching the Krishna Key. Will either of the groups be able to reach the Krishna Key and solve the mystery? That’s the story.
First I should congratulate the author for the amount of research he has done to write the book. Just by reading this book, one can get to know a lot of historical/mythological information. Second, this book is un-put-down-able! I started reading it yesterday thinking that I can gradually finish it during the weekend, but the story was gripping enough and I was forced to read it fully. That’s the hallmark of a good thriller!
I can easily compare this book to a Micheal Creighton thriller. The research and scientific information presented in the book is exhaustive and most of it sounds true! Only, the scientific information is combined with historical and religious concepts to give the readers a wholesome education cum entertainment!
Like an icing on the cake, the author gets philosophical in the end. I was expecting the author to justify the murders, but unlike the movies… No, I don’t want to give away too much info
On the negative side, for all the expectations built earlier on a certain Krishna Key, the last one page (the way it is solved in the end) doesn’t do justice to the story. I mean, the mystery is solved, but not in the way the reader would have expected to. We are left wanting more (Note to the author: Why not write a sequel?). I had a strange habit of reading the last page first (before starting any novel), but fortunately I didn’t do it for this book.
I was earlier thinking if I need to buy the other book by this author, ‘Chanakya’s Chant’. The question now is not if, but when. No wonder Ashwin Sanghi is a household name today!