The Krishna Key

Title : The Krishna KeyThe_Krishna_Key
Author : Ashwin Sanghi
Publisher : Westland
ISBN : 978-93-81626-68-9
Number of Pages : 475
Price [INR] : 250
Genre: Thriller 

Synopsis : 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 was reassured that he would return in a fresh avatar when needed in the eventual Dark Age—the Kaliyug.In modern times, a poor little rich boy grows up believing that he is that final avatar. Only, he is a serial killer.
In this heart-stopping tale, the arrival of a murderer who executes his gruesome and brilliantly thought-out schemes in the name of God is the first clue to a sinister conspiracy to expose an ancient secret—Krishna’s priceless legacy to mankind.

Review : I have read Ashwin Sanghi’s second book, The Chanakya’s Chant and had loved it. So, the expectations from this books were high. Similar to The Chanakya’s Chant, The Krishna Key too has 2 stories running in parallel… one is dated five thousand years ago and second one is set in today’s time. The 2 stories blend with each other with great ease. The beginning of each chapter is the story of Krishna, narrated by Krishna himself which is followed by the present day story of Historian Ravi Mohan Saini and his quest to unravel the Krishna Key. His journey in search of Krishna’s most prized possession abounds with a lot of murders and mysteries which are very captivating and engrossing.

A LOT of research has been done by the author to bring out the various facts and concepts and their explanations, using history, mythology, symbology, chemistry, nuclear technology which was very enlightening and  fascinating. For example, I liked the significance of number 7 and 9, the one-eight pattern in the magic square and the mystical importance of the number 108 and Swastika too. Also the similarity of the present day characters of the book, Varshney, Bhojaraj, Kurkude, Saini and Chhedi to the 5 clans of the past who helped Krishna build the magnificent city of Dwarka,  Vrishni, Bhoja, Kukura, Shainya and Chedi was simply amazing. And the anagrams of Sir Khan as KRISHNA and Taarak Vakil as KALKI AVATAR were impressive too. However, there were sections that had TOO much of explanation and details which was a bit too much to handle at times!

Whenever, I was reading the conversation between Ravi Mohan Saini & Priya, and between Mataji & Taarak, it was a sense of deja vu! It was so very similar to The Chanakya’s Chant. The 2 lead characters, Ravi Mohan Saini and Mataji are shown to be very intelligent and possessed vast knowledge and expertise but their protégés Priya and Taarak Vakil respectively would only be asking “Why? or How? or And?”, which would result in Saini and Mataji giving very detailed explanations. Interestingly, at one point Priya mentioned that she is relieved that “I dont have to listen to your boring lectures anymore.” Know what I mean?

Despite being a ‘big fat book’ The Krishna Key is surely a page turner as it is very fast paced. The fascinating plots and mysteries keep you glued till the last puzzle piece is in its place!

Rating : 4/5

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34 thoughts on “The Krishna Key

  1. Had won this book as part of a Twitter contest and had mailed it to my daughter. Now wondering if she read it.

    And that was a well-balanced review, Shilpa.

    • The conversations look that way because, there is so much of explanation that is being done to explain the science, mythology etc behind everything. And all the gyaan is part of conversations and not as an appendix!

  2. The one -eight pattern in the magic square a matrix of 3×3 for some reason reminded me more of sudoku. Maybe that too originated in India, though the author makes no reference of the grid to sudoku.

    your review is balanced and this book deserves a pat for the exhaustive research The author has undertaken.

    • Agree completely with that! Read somewhere that it seems that the author has presented ALL his research data in the book! 😛
      Thanks Kappu and welcome at this space!! 🙂

  3. history books re-opened in front of me when i was reading the book! even then for all the mistakes that dont make a good piece of literature, again because i am an eternal grammar nazi, i cut down two points in my review for the book!

    • Yeah, many things about the history… the Taj Mahal, Mount Kailsash, Somnath Temple… mughal rulers etc was fascinating! Yeah, errors let you down but overall it was entertaining and engrossing!

    • Thanks Rachna! Yes, it is a good one!
      Time… well, there are days when every free minute is spent reading, and there are days when that’s just not possible and then there are days when you HAVE to read, just like this one… read it despite terribly busy schedule! 🙂

  4. In TCC, gangasagar is shown to be a reincarnation of the great man himself….his manupulative mechanisms and cold calculating moves are a thrill to read! whereas in TKK the protagonist believes he is the avatar of krishna and kills in the name of god…both books run on parallel lines, however TCC is a notch better…but like u described so aptly, the mystic behind so many things, like symbol-ogy, mythology etc are brought out beautifully here…

  5. Mixed reviews for this book… Some rated it 5 out of 5, and some others rated 1 out of 5.. This gives me more expectation… Waiting for my turn to read…
    By the way, a good review without big spoilers. All of your book reviews are pretty good..

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