- Paperback: 420 pages
- Publisher: Westland (26 January 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9386850648
- ISBN-13: 978-9386850645
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 395 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Keepers of the Kalachakra: Book 5 in the Bharat Series of Historical and Mythological Thrillers Paperback – 26 Jan 2018
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“The author packs a powerful punch… spicy and saucy, a survey of the past and the present… without a dull moment, without a dull page.” ~The Sunday Standard
“Science and spirituality collide in Ashwin Sanghi's latest thriller… but the end product doesn't overwhelm the reader at all.” ~India Today
“Spread over a vast canvas, the novel has an engaging plot laced with mythology, history and legends.” ~The Hindu
“Ashwin Sanghi’s Keepers of the Kalachakra is as explosive as a time bomb ticking in your hand. Every chapter springs an unpredictable surprise.” ~Deccan Chronicle
Keepers of the Kalachakra has it all: political characters that remind you of real-life politicians, a racy, complex plot and enough improbable twists to keep you hooked.” ~Hindustan Times Brunch
About the Author
Ashwin Sanghi ranks among India’s highest-selling authors of English fiction. He has written several bestsellers (The Rozabal Line, Chanakya’s Chant, The Krishna Key, The Sialkot Saga) and a New York Times bestselling crime thriller called Private India (followed by Private Delhi) together with James Patterson. Sanghi has also co-authored several non-fiction titles in the 13 Steps series.
Ashwin was included by Forbes India in their Celebrity 100 and is a winner of the Crossword Popular Choice award. He was educated at Cathedral & John Connon School, Mumbai, and St Xavier’s College, Mumbai. He holds an MBA from Yale University. Ashwin Sanghi lives in Mumbai with his wife, Anushika, and his son, Raghuvir.
You can connect with Ashwin via the following channels:
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Excerpt from the Book – Keepers of the Kalachakra
The young man lay on the floor clutching helplessly for his left arm with his right. His howls were like those of an injured animal. Surrounding him were officers of the WHMU, the White House Medical Unit, as also agents from the Secret Service. Standing still, some distance away, was the President himself. The goggle-eyed guests who had been invited to the state dinner at the White House were ushered out with a minimum of fuss from the State Dining Room and into the adjoining Red Room. The support staff was at its efficient best, although no one knew what the hell was going on.
The most they could conclude was that Jean Belanger, the Prime Minister of Canada, was in a bad way.
A medic held a cotton swab to Belanger’s mouth as he coughed. There was blood in his sputum. Even in his semi-comatose state, Belanger felt a maddening urge to scratch his left arm, to rip his own skin off. One of the nurses from the medical team quickly snipped off his jacket and shirt to expose the arm that seemed to be causing all the trouble. And that’s when they saw it.
It was swollen, a dark red and was twice the size of his other arm. All over his skin were scarlet blisters, pustules that oozed a strange mixture of blood and watery plasma.
‘I think he’s been poisoned,’ said the WHMU Director, a man also designated as Physician to the President. ‘There’s no time to lose. His heart rate is rapidly dropping!’
Upon a nod, the Director’s assistant hurried over with a defibrillator. ‘Charge it to two hundred joules,’ ordered the Director.
‘Yes, sir,’ answered the assistant, kneeling on the floor next to Belanger. He applied two gel pads, one on Belanger’s upper chest, below the right clavicle, and a second one below his left nipple. Pressing the paddles firmly onto the gel pads, he applied twenty-five pounds of pressure.
‘All clear!’ he shouted as he depressed the shock button on the paddles. Belanger’s body jolted as the current hit. The Director stared at the monitor, hoping for a stable rhythm.
And then, Belanger retched. The vomit splattered over his tuxedo, trickled down and was slowly absorbed by the thick pile of the pale blue wool carpet on the State Dining Room floor. ‘We must shift him to Bethesda immediately,’ said the Director. He stole a glance at the President to seek his concurrence. The President nodded wordlessly.
Within seconds, an Air Force chopper landed on the helipad in the South Lawn and Belanger was efficiently shifted into it. As he was being slid in, the Director saw the next telltale sign.
Belanger’s face, like his arm, was now severely swollen on the right side. It had ballooned to the extent that his right eye was no longer visible. The Director quickly got into the helicopter along with other medics. In the distance, he could see men dressed in bio-hazard suits running across the lawn towards the White House.
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Getting a content isn't a big task but putting them across together to stitch a perfect story is where the story stands apart. I felt there were too many characters and references but if you delve yourself deep into the story, you would find a perfect connect.
What according to me makes a story a real interesting one is to start it with a bang and retain it till the end which is the case in this novel as it begins with few leaders across the world losing their lives mysteriously despite being under huge round of security. While there were many assumptions to these incidents, a shadow group called Minerva has been behind these occurrences. Why were they doing this? What was their ultimate motto?
While this was happening in one end, there was another highly secretive group called IG4 which vowed to crack the mystery of the deaths but they themselves gets into deep trouble.
There was a super intelligent Indian Research Scholar who gets hired by a relatively new company which agreed to pay double that of what he was promised from SpaceX,Google etc., Why was he been paid so much?
Probably the first time ever in Ashwin Sanghi's book, the book had lot of pictorial references which has made this an interesting read.
Yes, the title itself intrigued me a lot and finally I had this Ashwin Sanghi's marvel in my hands. I started reading it with a lot of enthusiasm and I must tell you that my enthusiasm never died at any point in my journey with this book. I started with a plan to read around 20 pages and go to sleep and of course my plan did not work and I kept reading the book for nearly two hours. Through this book, you will get to know many facts and figures about the greatness of Indian history and with every single thing you learn, you will be musing about why you didn't think of a particular aspect in a way like Ashwin did! Well,Ashwin is known for his unique process of thinking and way of perceiving things. And this book is a clear evidence for the thoughtfulness and beauty that lie in Ashwin's writings. Above all these things is the way in which the book ends, something which I bet anyone would ever expect how many ever thrillers one had watched or read. I am very glad that I have decided to read this book, and for obvious reasons I have ordered three more books authored by Ashwin Sanghi.
Looking forward for many more bestsellers by Ashwin Sir :)
Reader Tip : few initial chapters you may feel a bit lost as the book moves quite a bit between different character and their history which at that time seem unrelated to each other and/or the plot. It may make you feel uninterested or sligtly bored sometimes but please continue reading as it all very brilliantly comes together and the end will blow you away!!
The story starts with a series of deaths around the globe of eminent personalities. What perplexed everyone was that there was nothing that explained those deaths. A well explained concept of Yamaj there. Many isolated characters with both strong and weak links, historical and current, come together to figure out the what was happening at the Milesian labs.
Characters like Brahmananda and Mikhailov are interesting and the concepts of particle and energy fit well with many situations otherwise very difficult to explain. The unusual detours to Ramayana were a simple turn off as they had little relevance in the story.
The events description, no doubt, has been the typically Ashwin Sanghi way, interesting and snippet type that keeps the reader engrossed throughout. If the reader can connect the parts herself, this is a 2 hour read else one can lost in events and connections.
All in all, an interesting read, if you are bored with those usual romantic, fiction or crime books and want a mix of reality and tantra (read positive) transfusion, this is a book to grab.
Still would highly recommend it.. An excellent read!!!
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