- Paperback: 485 pages
- Publisher: Westland Limited (24 August 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9381626685
- ISBN-13: 978-9381626689
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 611 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Krishna Key: Book 3 in the Bharat Series of Historical and Mythological Thrillers Paperback – 24 Aug 2012
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"History and mythology, codes and crimes... all come together in a gripping read. India's answer to Dan Brown!" ~The Hindu Literary Review "Why should racy historical thrillers or meaty fantasy sagas come only from the minds of Western writers? Ashwin Sanghi spins his yarns well, and leaves you breathless at every cliffhanger. No wonder his books are bestsellers!" ~Hindustan Times "While the plot is set in today's world, one can expect to travel back and forth in time with generous chunks of history and nail-biting fiction." ~The Telegraph "An alternative interpretation of the Vedic Age that will be relished by conspiracy buffs and addicts of thrillers alike." ~The Hindu "Just finished Krishna Key by Ashwin Sanghi. Rocking story & incredible research. Loved it!" ~Amish Tripathi "Just read The Krishna Key, Ashwin Sanghi's new book, a thriller that explodes timelines. Loved it!" ~Pritish Nandy "True to his signature style, The Krishna Key is also a thriller... filled with murder, mystery and riddles, with the answer buried in the past." ~Millenium Post "Sanghi manages to blur the line between fact and fiction and give a whole new perspective to history and the Vedic Age." ~DNA "Sanghi sticks to his fundamental DNA by exploring the life of Lord Krishna in his new page-turner." ~Financial World
About the Author
Ashwin Sanghi entrepreneur by day, novelist by night has all the usual qualifications of an Indian businessman. Schooling at the Cathedral and John Connon School, a B.A. (Economics) from St. Xavier's College and an M.B.A. (Finance) from the Yale School of Management. Ashwin is a director of the M.K. Sanghi Group of Companies, which has business interests in real estate development, automobiles, manufacturing and engineering. Besides being a businessman, Ashwin manages a parallel career as writer of fiction. Ashwin's first novel, The Rozabal Line was originally self-published in 2007 under his anagram-pseudonym Shawn Haigins. The book was subsequently published by Westland in 2008 and 2010 in India under his own name and went on to become a national bestseller. Chanakya s Chant is his second novel in the historical fiction genre. The book has remained on AC Nielsen's India Bookscan Top-10 for all of 2011. It won the 2010 Crossword-Vodafone Popular Choice Award in September 2011. UTV has purchased the movie rights to the book and a film based upon the story is expected soon. Dr. Shashi Tharoor released the novel in Mumbai calling it an enthralling, delightfully interesting and gripping read with historical research that is impressive. The Hindustan Times has called it a cracker of a page-turner. Ashwin is also working towards a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Bangor University in Wales. Ashwin lives in Mumbai with his wife, Anushika and his eight-year old son, Raghuvir.
From the Publisher
A Conversation with Ashwin Sanghi
Q1. What inspired The Krishna Key?
A1. Ashwin Sanghi: After writing Chanakya’s Chant, I was looking for a story that I could sink my teeth into. At a friend’s house, someone mentioned to me the fact that the prophesized appearance of the tenth avatar of Vishnu Kalki was very similar to the apocalyptic prophecies of the Book of Revelation in the Bible. That got my brain into overdrive. I spent a week reading the Kalki Purana and there was no looking back.
Q2. What level of research went into crafting your latest novel?
A2. Ashwin Sanghi: The research was at several levels. First, I wanted to examine historical material that could tell us that Krishna existed, not merely as a mythological character, but as a historical one. Second, I wanted to examine the events of the Mahabharata in order to interpret them in a contemporary frame of reference. Finally, I needed to study archaeological evidence in relation to Dwarka. I ended up reading around fifty-three books, more than a hundred research papers and spent several weeks on travel.
Q3. A lot of writers, including you, have now started to give online trailers for their upcoming novels. What is the reason behind using an audio-visual medium to give a preview to a print form? And how successful do you think this strategy is?
A3. Ashwin Sanghi: The trend is catching on because publishing houses have limited marketing budgets to promote a specific title. The most cost-effective option is to promote a title online. Furthermore, there is a high degree of overlap between readers and surfers. Having a great video trailer is not good enough though. One needs to be active on social media to get people to see it. That is the bigger challenge.
Q4. Do you plan on sticking to the historical/mythological thriller genre?
A4. Ashwin Sanghi: No. I simply want to spin yet another good old-fashioned yarn. I want to narrate stories in which the twists and turns keep you glued to the novel till three in the morning. The premise of the story should be delicious bordering on outrageous perhaps but history, theology or mythology is not a prerequisite.
Q5. It is evident from your work, that a lot of time is spent in research before writing the book. How do you verify the authenticity of the material that you come across during your research? After all, history and mythology are two subjects where it is extremely difficult to filter opinion from original events.
A5. Ashwin Sanghi: Oh absolutely. I always try to find multiple sources for the same material. I also use the internet only as a starting point but eventually turn to published sources. Whenever I am unclear about a particular fact, I try to find an appropriate authority who can help me with my confusion. When needed, I also travel to make sure that I have a firsthand view of a given location or monument. Whenever I am dealing with works in languages that I do not understand, for example Sanskrit, Latin or Greek, I try to use the services of an expert translator.
Q6. Did you face any challenges while writing this book? Were there any controversies that arose because of the title or of the story?
A6. Ashwin Sanghi: There were none at all. I have come to the conclusion that book controversies rarely happen automatically. They tend to be created usually by authors or publishers themselves because they believe that it will sell the title better. I feel blessed that my readers seem to be happy to buy my books without any attached controversy.
Q7. Tell us a few things that you really like about The Krishna Key.
A7. Ashwin Sanghi: The fact that the book is divided into 108 chapters and each chapter starts with a paragraph about the life of Krishna. Even if you don’t read the rest of the story, the 108 paragraphs convey the entire story of Krishna’s life from birth till death. That’s one of the unique features of The Krishna Key. Besides that, my usual interplay of fact and fiction prevents most readers from knowing when they are moving from one to the other. The story is a tightly wound thriller plot with lots of twists and turns. Overall, this is a book that I would not write any other way.
Q8. How does it feel to be following up on a hugely popular Chanakya's Chant and writing one of the most awaited and hugely anticipated books of the year?
A8. Ashwin Sanghi: In some ways, it’s much easier to write a book when one isn’t too successful because there aren’t any real expectations from the readership. My previous two books, The Rozabal Line and Chanakya’s Chant were extremely different books. Those who loved The Rozabal Line were expecting that I deliver more of the same whereas those who were enthused by Chanakya’s Chant wanted another story that was equally fast-paced and thrilling. I have therefore taken the approach that it is better to write from the heart without worrying about what expectations are. It’s the only way to remain creative and true to oneself.
Q9. Finally, with what expectations should an average Indian pick up The Krishna Key?
A9. Ashwin Sanghi: I would imagine that anyone picking up a book written by me would expect a fast-paced story that requires minimal effort to turn the pages. The reader would also be looking for some out-of-the-ordinary revelations along the way. I hope that The Krishna Key delivers on both counts.
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I read the synopsis of the book before I bought the novel. If I had to write a review of the synopsis that is written at the back of the book I'd give it 5/5. More than the reviews by others who have already read the book it is the synopsis that has always mattered to me when buying a novel. But after reading The krishna Key , I probably wont rely on synopsis alone for a book from same author. Its not like watching a movie that even if it doesn't turn out to be good , it doesn't matter as I have invested only two hours in it. In a book hours and hours of effort goes into. So if a book doesn't turn out to be good as it could have been or as you'd have expected it to then in the end you only feel unsatisfied and feel like you've wasted hours into it.
Talking about the book there are many flaws in it. First of all its not a thriller! Of course the author has tried to make it a thriller but it fails to enthral. The strength of some characters changed multiple times. For example - the lady inspector when introduced she was said to have - 'beagle like ability to follow the scent to its source , dogeddness of a mule and strength of an ox!' .Point taken. But 60% in to the book and that changes completely. Of course she has changed sides but now she is frail , fragile ,out of ideas and clueless. We knew her as someone who didn't take long in solving her cases but towards the end she was keen on dropping the case! Totally disliked it. Problem was I was already two third in to the book. Too late to drop. The only reason that kept me going was the epic tales from Lord Krishna's life and tales from Mahabharata. If you say this book is unputdownable then this has to be the only reason. Even in the tales section it is not flawless though - at one point the author mentions that Krishna gave up his life under a peepal tree and at other he says Krishna gave up his life under Banyan tree. The protagonist - the historian suddenly knows something that helps him in solving a riddle and then suddenly he doesn't because of which they are stuck. Next time he knows more and that helps him proceed further. This can't be unless he went back to doing some research or study of his own related to the matter. Also the hapless ending it was like you worked so long for something precious and threw it away when you are about to lay your hands on it. Just the last 2 pages were so disappointing that I felt like tearing those and writing 2 pages on my own in stead.
I could list out many reasons not to read this book while only one in favour of reading the book - Tales from Lord krishna's life.
My rating - 3/10
It's sort of a Dan Brown but not the same.
The story moves fast...there's much more plot development with little charecter development.
But if you wanna pick up a thriller.It's a sure pick.
If you have read Dan Brown, you might not like it but if you haven't please go for it.
The good thing is, you get to know a lot about Indian mythology and that's really cool.
Till last 10pages of the novel, It's great! But when you read the climax, it totally falls flat. Murders, the risk the prime character takes, is all that worth this finding? Not at all!! "What is the Krishna Key? Where is it?" - You don't get a PRECISE answer!
Just trust me, if the climax was any better, the book would have been one of the best mythological novels! But unfortunately, NO!!
There is a plot unnecessary conversation between the leads. For instance, one asks What is A? The lead talks about B, C, D .. Z, But you wont an answer!
Undoubtedly the author has done a lot of research work to put all the historical facts together. But when you are so disappointed at the way the novel ends, nothing matters!!
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