All of us, at some point of time, must have wondered whether God exists or not. We have heard thousand tales about him, know him by thousand names and take his name at least thousand times. Ashwin Sanghi’s latest book ‘The Krishna Key’ deals with the same question and it is apparent that the author has exhaustively researched on Indian Mythology and its origin. The facts about Krishna, Shiva and Indian mythology itself that he has brought up in the book had my undivided interest; however, the plot was clichéd, at least to those who have read Dan Brown and know Robert Langdon too well. Not just Ravi Mohan Saini’s love for history and mythology but the symbols that Tarak Vakil leaves on his victims’ bodies point towards Robert Langdon and his adventures.
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.
Historian Ravi Mohan Saini must breathlessly dash from the submerged remains of Dwarka and the mysterious lingam of Somnath to the icy heights of Mount Kailash, in a quest to discover the cryptic location of Krishna’s most prized possession. From the sand-washed ruins of Kalibangan to a Vrindavan temple destroyed by Aurangzeb, Saini must also delve into antiquity to prevent a gross miscarriage of justice.
Ashwin Sanghi brings you yet another exhaustively researched whopper of a plot, while providing an incredible alternative interpretation of the Vedic Age that will be relished by conspiracy buffs and thriller-addicts alike.
In the beginning, the plot was interesting. There’s this hot professor and his wannabe student, a psychopath and his Mataji, and a murder that meant their paths would coincide. I, actually, didn’t care whether it was like Dan Brown’s or not, for I’ve read Ashwin Sanghi’s Chanakya Chat and I know what a master storyteller he is. Everything was going right until Radhika and Saini met. Why did he have to run away? Why couldn’t Radhika see something that was so obvious? Even worse, why didn’t Saini make her see sense if he was such a smartass? If you can ignore these characters and their lack of common sense, the book makes for a good read. The ending was disappointing too because I was expecting a more dramatic ending, something spectacular from the killers but all that they did was get arrested. Phew! Nevertheless, the supposedly fictitious facts that are cited in the book compensated for weak plot and poor editing. Few such facts that got me thinking are as follows:
There are many such small things that are interesting and to me, any book that gets me thinking is a good book.
- I didn’t know that Mohamed Ghazni broke Somnath’s shiva linga and took the broken pieces to Ghazni only to throw those pieces on the steps of a mosque, so all the devotees who went to mosque would stamp them. How abominable!
- Everyone with common sense will know that Krishna – legend or not – lived before Jesus Christ’s times. Why the hell people question his origin and compare his stories with Jesus? It’s beyond my comprehension.
- I didn’t know that six-sided star represents union of Shiva and Shakti. Infact, my mom didn’t know too.
- Drowned Dwarka could be Atlantis. For all that we know, it could really be…