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Chanakya's Chant

Chanakya's Chant

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Language English
Binding Paperback
Publisher Westland
Chanakya's Chant is a racy and gripping account on Chanakya, one of the greatest political strategists India has seen. The story changes track as it narrates the tale of Gangasagar Mishra, the reincarnation of Chanakya, in parallel. Will he be the next kingmaker? Gangasagar Mishra, a denizen of a quaint old Indian town, is no ordinary man. Society sees him as a Brahmin teacher who can barely make ends meet, but he's the reincarnation of the man who brought the fragmented subcontinent together under a single empire - Chanakya. Chanakya's Chant by Ashwin Sanghi gives its readers a look into two parallel worlds that are tied together by the intelligence of the main protagonists. The first story is set in 340 BC, when a young Brahmin man, fueled by the death of his father, vows revenge against the king and overthrows his rule by bringing in Chandragupta Maurya, the first emperor of the Maurya Dynasty. The scene then shifts to modern day India, where Gangasagar Mishra leads his life as a no ... See more
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  1.  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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  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.  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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  4.  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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  5.  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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  6.  Gripping and spell bounding.... 7 June, 2014 On
    just finished reading this wonderful book, plot was developed in perfect manner, characters are perfect in their flawed beauty, the frailness of human nature and emotions and most of it, makes us think and ponder about our present situation...what is really right or wrong, things can not be Black or white...Must read..

    vibhu Ashok
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