This review doesn’t have any spoilers.
I have read Ashwin Sanghi’s Chankya Chant and I liked the book, Ashwin has a neck of mixing Indian mythology/history with the contemporary story, And he is good at that. The story of modern day Chankya really excited me, it was nicely done and it was good to see Indian author attempting something new. So when the next book was up for grabs, I had my eye on the same.
The back cover of his new book says :
“Five thousand years ago, there came to earth a magical being called Krishna, who brought about innumerable miracles for the good of mankind. Humanity despaired of its fate if the Blue God were to die but as reassured that he would return in a fresh avatar when needed in the eventual Dark Age – Kalyug. In modern times, a poor little rich boy grows up believing thst h is that final avatar. Only, he is a serial killer.“
‘The Krishna Key’ is Ashwin’s third book and it revolves around Indian God Krishna and alleged formula/key he has left behind centuries ago and it is supposed to be source of immense power.
The story starts with murder of a scientist who is working on The Krishna key and his friend a history professor Ravi Mohan Saini gets arrested for the murder. Ravi has limited resource and a helpful doctoral student to find out the original killer to prove his innocence. Its a long and cryptic journey to find the killer and the secret of The Krishna Key. The story of God Krishna moves in parallel with the murder mystery, although disconnected.
The story has many characters and each character has his/her on back story. The characters are nicely sketched and has depth. Ashwin has invested in each of these characters.I only have issue with character of Sir Khan, how on the earth he has so much knowledge of histoy and science? Its never explained. The plot is very solid but in middle of the book it goes bit off the track and it never comes back to original pace. It doesn’t arouse the same level of curiosity which you have while reading the first half.
The book has big mixture of history, culture and science. Its pretty evident that Ashwin has put in lot of research in this book but the disclaimer says that its a work of fiction. The problem with such books is you cant trust the fact stated in the book, you have that ‘fiction’ tag in back of your mind. The book try to establish that India was the center of almost everything from rich civilization to origin of maths. The books mention that even India invader Mohm. Gazni was Krishna’s decedent, quite scandalous.
Ashwin loads us with so much of research data that it gets difficult to digest all in one book.I think this book could have been trimmer by some 100 pages, Its page turner till the middle but after that it loses its steam and and for last 50 pages you just want it to end. And the end doesn’t justify the means.
My verdict : 3/5