An enthralling plot
Ashwin Sanghi brings together a captivating saga in his latest novel Chanakya's Chant which will leave you spellbound with its storyline and beautiful depiction of characters from two different ages blended in a perfect mix of events over two different periods. The role of politics is very well orchestrated in the book and how in India, gruesome politics has always been a mainstay in every era.
The story indeed moves forward with aplomb and leaves you wondering how human nature is still the same even after 2300 years. You get to experience two stories simultaneously going along in this breezy thriller. One is of Chanakya in 340 B.C and the other of Gangasagar Mishra in the present age. With adequate evidences from history that what a cunning strategist Chanakya was, Sanghi portrays the similarities of Chanakya with that of Gangasagar Mishra in the present age and how both these characters played an instrumental role in upgrading their person to the throne in the midst of dirty politics. You will be simply amazed by the twists and turns the story throws up and the author has been successful in combining both the stories with much credibility.
Chanakya, a Brahmin in 340 B.C, distraught and angry after his father was murdered when he was very young, grows up to be a calm and cruel individual seeking revenge, becomes a powerful wily strategist during the Mauryan Empire who successfully catapults Chandragupta to the throne of the Mauryan Empire by uniting people and winning a war with his sharp political ideas. This story has uncanny similarities to that of Gangasagar Mishra, again a Brahmin teacher coming from a small town in India, is equally bruised and battered by various individuals throughout his life helps a beautiful young slum girl scale the heights of political supremacy with his cruel politics, deceit and corruption. Gangasagar, just like Chanakya thrives on his cunning politics, greed and hatred to obtain what he has set out to achieve. Will he be able to succeed?
About the author
An MBA from Yale School of Management, Sanghi is the author of two more critically acclaimed bestsellers: The Rozabal Line and The Krishna Key. He was also the winner of Vodafone-Crossword Popular choice award in the year 2010 for Chanakya's Chant for being one the bestsellers in that year.
The story summarizes the modern day political scenario of India filled with innumerable scams and scandals, political murders and kidnappings, communal riots and many other filthy misdeeds which has been continually happening in India from the very advent till now. Are we best fit this way only or do we need to change? A must read for all ages, especially the ones who are dying to read a thriller. This book has all the ingredients to woo you over with its entertaining plot.
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