Recent times have seen me fall for the fictions based on mythology and so, I was quite excited to get the book “The Krishna Key” by Ashwin Sanghi, from Blogadda, as part of the Book Review Program.
The story line revolves around the “The Krishna Key”, which is a set of four seals and that which is believed to lead to the location of Krishna’s prized possession !! The four seals are left with four people, namely the linguist and symbolist Anil Varshney, the Historian Ravi Mohan Saini, Professor Rajaram Kurkude and the genetics expert Devendra Chhedi. And it is the Historian Ravi Mohan Saini who gets to crack all the clues and who is also tailed constantly by the Serial Killer, calling himself the final Avataar of Vishnu – Kalki.
The story takes us to the off-shore excavations searching for the remnants of Dwaraka, the Kalibangan, the temple of Somnath, the snow peak of Mount Kailash and of course, and finally to the symbol of love – Taj Mahal.
– the enormous amount of research that has gone into the making of this book.
– the amazing facts about India’s monuments, which I was totally unaware before.
– the fantastic blend of the ancient historical facts into a story line.
– the interesting way with which the story began – a murder.
– the surprise factor of Priya’s character.
– the story of Krishna, which is told in between the chapters.
Somethings which I was not fond of…
– The way too much similarities with Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Even the climax was quite expected owing to this similarity.
– When I am expecting a lot of things to happen, I get to read pages from the history book. It sometimes puts me off.
– The story lacks speed towards the end, which might be a pull-down factor.
Dear Ashwin Sanghi,
Had you been my History teacher in school, I would’ve passed with flying colors and probably be a professional Archaeologist too !!! You weave such brilliance into your story telling of the historical facts, that I sit awe-stuck, page after page !!
And finally, there are mistakes, which I think have been over-looked and I am surprised to find them in a book from Westland.
– In Page 301, the characters are Saini and Radhika, while the names used are Saini and Priya.
– In Page 389, there is this line “Priya and Radhika put their hands up in the air”. This should have been “Saini and Radhika put their hands up in the air” !!!