Chanakya's Chant

Chanakya's Chant

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Chanakya's Chant Overview

Vodafone Crossword Popular Choice Award Winner 2010 About the Book: Chanakya's Chant A retelling of the story of Chanakya, the master strategist whose machinations resulted in the installation of Chandragupta Maurya as the emperor of Magadha It is 340 BC, and a troubled Brahmin youth vows revenge for thebloody murder of his dear father. Operating shrewdly and withoutthe constraints of morals, he becomes the most invincible andcalculating political strategist in Bharat; succeeding in uniting adivided country against the invasion of the forces of theindefatigable Alexander the Great. Playing these forces against each other, he pulls off amarvellous victory and installs Chandragupta on the throne of thegreat Mauryan empire. We are told about him in stories that referto the brilliant strategist Chanakya. Two and a half millennia later, Chanakya revisits the earth asGangasagar Mishra, a Brahmin teacher in rural India who is made toorchestrate the plans of ambitious individuals -including a slumchild who is being groomed to become prime minister, and grows intoa powerful woman. Modern India is just as divided as ancient Bharat by classhatred, corruption and politics. Can this wily pandit - who thrivesoff his machinations around greed, venality and sexualdeviance-somehow bring about another inadvertent miracle, a unitedIndia? Will Chanakya's chant work again? Ashwin Sanghi, the bestsellingAuthor of The Rozabal Line, brings you yet anotherspinechiller. About the Author: Ashwin Sanghi Ashwin Sanghi is the Author of 2007 novel, The Rozabal Line. Heattended St. Xavier's College, Mumbai and the Yale School ofManagement, receiving an MBA in 1993, and works at his family'sbusiness part-time.

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Product Details
Language English
Publication Date January 21, 2011
Publisher Westland
Contributor(s) Ashwin Sanghi
Binding Paperback
Edition 1
Page Count 448
ISBN 10 9380658672
ISBN 13 9789380658674
Dimensions and Weight
Product Weight 1.4 kg

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About the Author

Ashwin Sanghi entrepreneur by day, novelist by night has all the usual qualifications of an Indian businessman. Schooling at the Cathedral and John Connon School, a B.A. (Economics) from St. Xavier's College and an M.B.A. (Finance) from the Yale School of Management. Ashwin is a director of the M.K. Sanghi Group of Companies, which has business interests in real estate development, automobiles, manufacturing and engineering. Besides being a businessman, Ashwin manages a parallel career as writer of fiction. Ashwin's first novel, The Rozabal Line was originally self-published in 2007 under his anagram-pseudonym Shawn Haigins. The book was subsequently published by Westland in 2008 and 2010 in India under his own name and went on to become a national bestseller. Chanakya s Chant is his second novel in the historical fiction genre. The book has remained on AC Nielsen's India Bookscan Top-10 for all of 2011. It won the 2010 Crossword-Vodafone Popular Choice Award in September 2011. UTV has purchased the movie rights to the book and a film based upon the story is expected soon. Dr. Shashi Tharoor released the novel in Mumbai calling it an enthralling, delightfully interesting and gripping read with historical research that is impressive. The Hindustan Times has called it a cracker of a page-turner. Ashwin is also working towards a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Bangor University in Wales. Ashwin lives in Mumbai with his wife, Anushika and his eight-year old son, Raghuvir.

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  1.  Not good ENOUGH 15 February, 2014 On
    it was not as good as i expected it too be .
    It was way way too political and serious for me to read so i never completed it .
    I expected it to live up to its name but it did not .
    I would suggest you to read Amish tripthi's Meluha or 2 states by Chetan Bhagat in case you are interested in reading an Indian Author's book ,
    Even Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boys was better than this!
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  2.  Interesting read 17 December, 2013 On
    This is an interesting book that combines two parallel stories into a single novel - in the usual style of author Ashwin. There are two stories in the novel that progress side by side (in alternate chapters). The first story is the present day story involving a shrewd politician and his mentor. The second story is the ancient story of Chanakya - a shrewd politician and his mentor - the future emperor Chandragupt Maurya. It is interesting to read how the author runs both stories in parallel and demonstrates that even though the times have changed, but the skills required to run an empire and to rule the people remain largely the same.
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  3.  For those who want inside info of Indian Politics 13 November, 2013 On
    A girl from a slum to the leading university finally became a Prime Minister of India.
    Behind all this lies a cunning mind of her Brahaman Guru. This novel surely unties the knot of inside dirty games played by Indian politicians for the throne. For those who want to learn Art of politics in a interesting story. But for not those who read Love, thrillers or detective type novels.
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  4.  2 Stories in one - reading this was like watching movie 'Rajneeti' 31 August, 2013 On
    After 2 disappointments from Ashwin Sanghi and an assurance from a good friend – that this one will not be that bad – I picked it up. To my surprise, Ashwin has actually done a good job at it. Wonder what happened to him while writing The Rozabal Line (TRL) and The Krishna Key (TKK). All through Chanakya's Chant (CC), I was imagining it as a movie (very much on the lines of the Bollyood movie - Rajneeti) with a similar star cast and look-n-feel.

    CC is a 2-in-1 novel with 2 separate storylines in two different ages. One story is that of Chanakya from 2300 year ago while the other is that of Gangasagar who belongs to the present times of the 21st century. Both stories are well written and well executed with enough twists-n-turns with interesting surprises written into the plot. The old as the new story intrigues you and compels you to re-think politics. Chanakya was a ruthless politician and a Kingmaker … Gangasagar is just the same.

    Both stories are related in the sense that there are a lot of parallels between the two tracks. You are indeed reading 2 stories at the same time, simultaneously. It reminded me of Matthew Reilly's "Temple" where he has 2 storylines running in parallel in different ages.

    The story is well written except for the numerous one-liners that Gangasagar and Chanakya keep using throughout the book. It somehow lessened the appeal of the characters (for me). Especially since I knew that most of these one liners have been said by others and some of them assigned to Chanakya may not even have existed in those times 2300 years ago.

    If the novel is indeed converted into a movie or a TV serial, the one-liners will definitely be enjoyable and will be a major draw for the program. Personally, I wouldn't want the movie to focus on the Chanakya story - just the present story of Gangasagar would be cool.

    Definitely an interesting read. I would recommend. Finally an Ashwin Sanghi novel that I liked
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  5.  Worth the money - A gripping read 2 April, 2013 On
    I ordered two of Ashwin's books: Chanakya's Chant and Krishna Key to keep myself occupied on my flight journey to the US and back. And here I am, having finished the book and my journey hasn't even started.
    If one were to say, "Unputdownable is an understatement" - then 'understatement' in itself would be an understatement :) Totally loved every bit of it !! I'm still wondering how Shashi-ji could have possibly left the book halfway ahead of the launch.
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