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The Krishna KeyThe Krishna Key by Ashwin Sanghi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A wanna be Da Vinci code. The book is based on the legend of Syamantaka Mani a jewel which was capable of giving the owner gold on a daily basis and would protect the owner from all natural disasters. Krishna was once suspected of having stolen this from Satrajit who was the owner then.

The book is based on the assumption that this Syamantaka is the Philosopher’s Stone. A historian his PhD student set out to search for the stone. The historian has involved a set intellectuals from the different Yadav clan in his search. Soon one after the other is found killed in the same manner as Krishna, i.e. a wound on the left legs large toe.

The historian is suspected of killing them and the police is after them. The final denouement is at the Taj Mahal with only the historian left alone with the police officer who had been chasing him.

A good read.

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Chanakya's ChantChanakya’s Chant by Ashwin Sanghi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The book runs two tracks. One during the era of Chanakya and one in the current millenium. The first part as expected depicts the machinations of Chanakya in crowning Chandragupta Maurya as the Emperor of India. The second track covers the machinations of a Brahmin from Uttar Pradesh making a humble woman from the slums of Uttar Pradesh the Prime Minister of India.
The parallels are good except that the Brahmin in the current era does not come out to be as shrewd as Chanakya was and he is not projected as an intellect of the level of Chanakya.
Nevertheless a good book to read for people who have a decent background of Chanakya.

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