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The Krishna Key (Ashwin Sanghi) - Review

The Krishna Key (Ashwin Sanghi) - Review

The Krishna Key (Ashwin Sanghi) - Rating

Author: Ashwin Sanghi
Publisher: Westland
Publication Year: 2012
ISBN: 9789381626689
Pages: Paperback, 475 pages



The Krishna Key begins with the narration of lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. As he tells the story from right before his birth, in the modern world, a kid grows up believing that he is Kalki, the tenth avatar of Lord Vishnu aided by an unknown character Mataji.

Also, he is a murderer who is executing people in a manner similar to how lord Krishna died. In this web, a historian Ravi Mohan Saini is caught because one of the killed person is his close friends and he has unwillingly become the prime suspect in the murder.

The truth delve deep in the ancient histories and are revealed as the characters search for a hidden precious secret - The Krishna Key.


First of all, I’m not a big fan of Ashwin Sanghi, the writer but I’m a big fan of Ashwin Sanghi the researcher. When I read The Rozabal Line, I was offended with how poor the narration was but I loved reading so many facts and thus I liked the book. Chanakya’s Chant was a downer for me and so it took me some time to pick this up.

I liked The Krishna Key. It was not great but definitely quite better than Chanakya’s Chant. Here, the narration is pretty much improved over the previous books. This is the primary reason why I liked reading it. But if you are a Dan Brown fan, you can see the stark similarities in the style, in the plotline and the narration.

There were many good things about the book and things that I did not like. Let me start with the good things first. As usual, Sanghi has researched so much that I might not be able to do in 10 years. I just looked at the researched sites, videos, papers and books that are mentioned in the last few pages and I was amazed. Hats off seriously. I enjoyed reading so many things that I can’t reveal here. The way he connected things betwixt different religions was commendable. Well he did that in The Rozabal Line as well.

Secondly, unlike Chanakya’s Chant, the ancient story (that of lord Krishna) has been kept brief and sharp in The Krishna Key. That was a good thing was me. This gave more space to the actual plot while also engaging the reader to the ancient story. Now, I will count this ancient story in the bad things as well. This is because I could not find the significance of it with the current plot.

The plot of the book was weak. If you read the whole book and summarize what actually happened, you will be left with just a little. This is further made to suffer with a poor climax that followed it. Seriously, it leaves you dissatisfied. Why all the hassle if it had to end like that.

The great research again proved to be both good and fatal. This is because the majority of narration in The Krishna Key seems to be forced to put in all the facts that were researched. This certainly also leads to a drag at so many places. Over information when bombarded over a reader is supposed to give him a headache. A good things is that the intensity was much low this time.

Over explanation of things was also a weak point. Things were repeated because the narration works from point of views of all the characters. This could seriously have been avoided.

That is all. I believe that The Krishna Key is a book that is very subjective for a particular section of people. If you like to read over mythologies and ancient secrets, then you will like it as I did. Of course, it could have been much better but I still liked it for all the facts, the intriguing nature of the book till it is devastated by the climax. Ashwin Sanghi has certainly improved over from the past and I do hope he will be even better in his next book.

PS: I’m not counting Private India here because it was not his solo work. But if I count it, it is his best book so far for me.

The Divine is simply that which science has not yet explained. In effect, God = Infinity - Human Knowledge.

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