The Krishna Key – Why, Oh Why?

The Krishna KeyFrom a fictional tale about murder and  redemption of Christ around the legend/myth of Christ’s life in Kashmir in Rozabal Line, and mixing up Mauryan history with a modern day political thriller, Ashwin Sanghi, hailed as Desi Dan Brown, picks up another fascinating subject – Kalki, the tenth avatar of Vishnu.

Yes. The subject is fascinating enough for the genre it belongs to. The narration structure of Krishna Key, like in his previous work, moves back and forth between the age of Purana and modern day Delhi.

Though book is huge improvement from the last, though it might keep the hard-core  fans of the conspiracy theory genre entertaining. The book is overtly clichéd and over-stretched at places, and quite loud, preachy and pretentious through out, and is not coherent. Language is just ordinary. History/myth is clearly writer’s favourite plateau, and he doesn’t want to leave what he think he is good at. The story slows down a bit in the second half, and ends in fimly style.

Started with the murder of the young symbolist Anil Varshney, the story unravels how a Robert Langdonist Ravi Mohan Saini, a professor of history and mythology in St. Stephen’s college tracks the trails which involves someone who believed that he is Kalki, the tenth incarnation of the Lord.

The saga is broken with interludes from the life of Krishna. He recounts his life from the birth to his journey to Dwarka and the subsequent destruction of the kingdom.

Like his other two books, The Krishna Key as well, exhibits Ashwin Sanghi’s profound love for History and Mythology. But over obsession to Myth/History and because ‘the-genre-sells-well’ cannot be the reason for writing a book. Direct inspirations in character etching and narration style from his western counterparts, especially from Dan Brown novels, cannot be simply overlooked.

Just as where Chankya was.

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