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The Krishna Key – Review

As I had mentioned in my earlier post, of late, I find myself interested in mythology.  That’s the main reason I signed up for this book. Well, over to the review..

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Ashwin Sanghi has done a good job delivering a gripping book to the audience. Again. Having read his Chanakya’s Chant, I can say that much. This book is of the same genre under which Dan Brown’s books fall. Thriller? Yes. Worth a buy? Yes. Unique? Ummm.. I have to say no. It is just that though a book can be of the same genre with various best-sellers but when it has striking similarities that remind you of some other book at every turn, you tend to lose forget the author’s touch. It happens.

Let me elaborate:

The main characters in The Krishna Key:

1. The protagonist : Ravi Mohan Saini

2. The female counter-part (helping the protagonist as he tries to unmask the antagonist) : Priya

3. The tough police officer who is honest (no doubt there) but mistakes the protagonist due to evidences leading up to him : Radhika Singh

4. Then there is always the CBI 😉 : Sunil Garg

5. Antagonist: Taarak Vakil (His name also has a Dan Brown’s touch. Read the book to know more about this hint :P)

Ravi Mohan is on the run to prove that he is innocent and at the same time to decipher a seemingly-impossible set of clues to uncover a great mythological truth and at the same time to protect it.

Now, answer me? Too many similarities with Da Vinci Code? Yes. That’s what disturbed me the most about this book. Then again, I cannot just blow off Ashwin Sanghi’s effort by saying he has done a Dan Brown toned down to Indian tastes. He has done a great job in weaving the plot so that it keeps up with the pace. The book has twists and turns wherever necessary. Necessary in the sense that which is needed to keep the audience hooked. Nothing in excess and nothing in short.

I loved the way how certain explanations were re-quoted to bring in the emphasis and realization because otherwise, readers tend to miss certain awesome realizations since it has a lot of information to take in.

Also, i should appreciate the efforts of the author who has succeeded in presenting the right form of Indian mythology to the world. We all know that India was the source of knowledge for many unbelievable technologies/findings. But, how much do we really know? How much do we realize? Do we really grasp what a mother lode of knowledge and intellect we had so many years ago? And how that has all forgotten over times and now we sit here calling ourselves a developing country.

I applaud this book in the fact that it succeeds in making the readers scoot over to Google to check facts about our history that we never bothered to know more about. That in itself a big achievement for the book. It has made it’s point. So here is my rating, I would say it is a good book, worth a buy, worth reading more than once, but not one of it’s kind.

Until later 🙂

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5 Comments

  1. I got the Shiva Trilogy parts I and II on reading your review and must say, I’m really hooked on to the first part I. Very intriguing and superb narration. Thanks for the review and reco.
    Indian authors are doing a fine job looks like?? I am also fascinated with the mythology. Of course, very esoteric books put me off.

    • Wow great 🙂 I am sure you would have a good time with the Shiva trilogy. Keep going! And yes, I totally agree, Indian authors are bringing out the fine details of our history. Hope that it will make our citizens realize the worth of our country.

  2. To be frank, I felt like Greek and Latin while reading this post for the following reasons.

    1. I have not read much of the mythology related books/articles though I know something and I am interested

    2. I have not read any of the books you have quoted of Dan Brown etc.,

    🙂

    However, it is interesting to read and good to see the comparisons you had made point by point.

    I like the following statement.

    //I applaud this book in the fact that it succeeds in making the readers scoot over to Google to check facts about our history that we never bothered to know more about.//

    This is very good and if an author makes the readers go around and do something out of his writing, I also would agree with you that it is his SUCCESS.

    Cheers,
    Raghavan alias Saravanan M
    Bengaluru | Karnataka | India

    • Yes anna, that’s the author’s success. And speaking of knowledge about mythology, there is prerequisites. Every novel in its own will explain the course. If you are interested in Indian mythology, there are quite a few books that will help you like this one, Shiva trilogy etc.

      The next point, coming to Dan Brown’s books, I would strongly suggest you to read them, especially Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons and Digital fortress. These 3 are my favourites. Da Vinci code and Angels & Demons will give you an insight into the Christian controversies. Digital fortress is a cyber thriller. When you have time, have a read. It would be worth 🙂

  3. Thanks Keirthana. Yes, I have come across and heard about those 3 books of Da Vinci Code but had not yet concentrated on them. Surely I would get those books from you and give it a shot 🙂

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