“The Krishna key” is a thriller (or should I say mythological thriller?) Ashwin Sanghi’s third book. After writing two books ‘The Rozabel Line (a theological thriller) and ‘Chanakya’s Chant’ (a political thriller), the third one digs into Hindu mythology taking us back to the times of Mahabharatha. The book is about a race between two groups/teams (the good and the evil) who want to get to that one prized possession left behind Lord Krishna. The race goes on in a very quick pace trying to bridge the gap between the current day and the times of Krishna five thousand years ago.
Being someone who has intersts in Hindu mythology and plus it had been a long time I had read a thriller, I got ‘The Krishna Key’ at the right time. The book starts off with a cold blooded murder. This results in a series of chain reactions starting with the arrest of one of the protagonist Ravi Mohan Saini. With the help of the small clue Saini got from his friend, he sets off ti uncover the truth. Travelling around to the historical places from drowned city of Dwaraka, Somnathpur, Kurukshetra, Mount Kailas and many more places, searching something which was left behind Lord Krishna. One should really appreciate Ashwin Sanghi for his background work that he has done before writing this book. (The references & acknowledgements section which is 11 pages long is evident to that). Few things which I like about the book were how Ashwin Sanghi goes on to describe simple things with the help of mathematics. He also goes on saying that Mohammad Gazni is infact a descendant of Krisha. But while reading this book through out I was reminded of Dan Brown’s work, probably because the way the story was plotted?
Like a book has its set of positive points, it also come with quite a few of negative ones –
- I was surprised that ‘Karna’ was spelt as ‘Karana’ through out the book. I thought he is pronounced/written that way in Hindi speaking reagion. But Google and also discussions with couple of Hindi speaking friends I was told that it’s not!
- Too many protagonists, or should I say almost all of them?
- There was no crypticness in the clue sent to Saini from Varshney. I was able to decipher the message with in 2 minutes (not the complete answer, but the message), where as the lead characters took so much time!
- Very less conversations. They were more of monologues, where in you get a three page long answer for a just one line question.
- Everyone is know or interested/excited about history. Even the police who are supposed to arrest and take Saini back to the station forget their work and starts listening to the story told by him.
- Too much of details. For example, Radhika’s chanting of ‘Hari’. I felt that could have been avoided or used not so frequently.
If you ask for my opinion, I would say go read the book if you are interested in Hindu mythology. Or else leave the book for now and wait for someone to make a movie out of this book with slight changes to the screenplay.
PS: This review is a part of the Book Reviews Program at BlogAdda.