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THE KRISHNA KEY - Newstract J Med Assoc Thai Book. THROUGH ENGLISH by Krishna Gopai tWe hereby present the ﬁrst book Learn Telugu in 30 . Five thousand years ago, there came to earth a magicalbeing called Krishna, who brought about innumerablemiracles for the good of mankind. Humanity. The Krishna Key - Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online. Ashwin Sanghi. This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not by way of tiade oi otheiwise, be lent . Soon, theie was complete stillness÷ and silence.
He piessed the powei button of his cai's audio system to activate the music and the vehicle's aii-conditioned inteiiois weie soon diowned in a Sanskiit chant. It was the same veise that he had painted on Anil Vaishney's wall.
The sign outside simply boie the name of the businessSambhala Stud Iaim. His fathei, Di V. Shaima, had staited the business of bieeding hoises with five maies and a stallion aftei completing veteiinaiy tiaining in the Sixties.
It had been an uphill stiuggle that had eventually paid off. Sambhala now bied the finest deiby winneis in the countiy and was among the top two hundied listed companies on the Bombay Stock Exchange.
Taaiak diove down the winding ioad and passed the equine viewing galleiy, the automated hoise- walkeis, exeicising tuif tiacks, veteiinaiy clinic, and stables.
Sambhala had giown fiom a couple of acies to India's laigest integiated hoise-bieeding infiastiuctuie, spiead out ovei an aiea of just undei a hundied acies. The BMW X3 sped past the gentle incline of the ioad until it ieached the paiking space designated foi it just outside the spiawling countiy home.
He tuined off the engine, took the belt bag off the seat, got out of the vehicle and ian diiectly to a side- entiance that led to his suite of iooms. It allowed him to come and go as he pleased without having to use the main entiance used by his paients. If you love youi childien, you must let them spiout wings and fly,' Di Shaima had said to his wife.
He no longei uses the name that we gave him at biithSampat Shaimaand instead goes by the iidiculous name of Taaiak Vakil. I nevei know when he comes oi goes.
Sometimes I don't see him foi weeks at a stietch, and you want me to give him wings! He's still at the veiy top of his law class, isn't he! Oui son is a gifted and exceptionally intelligent young man. We should be cautious of ciamping his style,' Di Shaima had advised his wife. Taaiak walked into his ioom, enteied his bathioom and locked the dooi.
He peeled off all his clothes, including his undeiweai, and placed them in a fiont- loading washei-diyei built in to one of the tiled walls. Does the plot sound familiar to you? Since I have also watched the movie — Tom Hanks kept popping up in my mind while reading this book. But the fact remains that I do know and so this book feels like nothing but an Indian adaption of the original.
Some of the common terms in India have been replaced by the common American terms for the same thing. I mean really?
Granted that the author has tried to take a different approach, but with the similar outline and protagonist, it is difficult to be different. However, I have to acknowledge the hard work that the Author must have put into the book. From Mahabharata to the Vedas to the different Indian civilizations, he has thoroughly reasearched everything.
I had no idea about a lot of things that were mentioned in the book and I was intrigued enough to actually look them up. Also, to actually build that information up and providing them in a package of thriller must have been difficult.
Ashwin Sanghi command over the language is extremely good. So overall, I would say that this book excels in aspects of research that has gone into it and also its presentation. It would serve as a good and healthy dose of Indian history, but end of the day, it still reminds me too much of Da Vinci Code and since that was published first; the credit of originality definitely goes to Dan Brown.
Would I recommend this book to anyone? View all 10 comments. Oct 25, Confirmed Neurotic rated it did not like it. Moreover my interest was also piqued by the YouTube advertisement of the book that popped up a few times when I was trying to watch some popular videos.
So I got this book from Delhi Railway station during my recent Delhi-Mumbai journey, mainly because I shuddered at the thought of a dreadful 24 hour journey in an equally horrible train, "The Krishna Key" is an utter waste of time. So I got this book from Delhi Railway station during my recent Delhi-Mumbai journey, mainly because I shuddered at the thought of a dreadful 24 hour journey in an equally horrible train, The Golden Temple Express. I am not sure whether the author understand the meaning of research or whether mentioning some so called research papers of dubious origin in bibliography at the end of the book would make it look like a well researched book.
I am seriously skeptical about both.
The author have made such comical assumptions and hypothesis that it is hard to distinguish at times whether you are reading a mystery or the manifesto of some Right-wing organization like RSS or BJP.
Seriously, believe me!! Not to deviate from the point; This books jumps and meanders aimlessly from topic to topic including, nuclear war, nuclear missiles, alchemy, atomic power-plants, numerology, mythology, vedas, Mahabharata and modern times.
I assume such a random and seemingly unrelated course was taken just to fill up the stipulated numbers of pages mentioned in the publisher's agreement and writers contract. The characters are poor caricature of real life people and can be best described as cardboardish. A college professor who knows everything, a killer who kills in broad daylight, a femme-fatale who is a Krishna devotee, a tough honest cop whose staple diet is almonds plus cigarette, a gangster from Mumbai, a corrupt cop who is a CBI director and sundry other funny and useless characters that neither contributes to the story line nor takes the narration forward.
You know what kind of thriller you are reading when the main villains are called "Mataji" "Vakeel" and "Sir Khan". Our own desi Mogambo, the sci-fi villain eternally etched in Indian psyche would have been proud of these names. The narration is so tedious that the same "facts" appear and reappears millions of times in the book. Yawn inducing and totally unnecessary. It's a shame that neither Indian film directors nor Indian writers have learned the subtle art of conveying information to their audiences.
Reading "The Krishna Key" conversation part is akin to watching a B-grade Bollywood movie with banal dialogues and too much verbal diarrhea. Now let us deconstruct the originality of the book. People might argue the similarity with Dan Brown are many, but I wont even dream to compare this pathetic book with the highly entertaining books from Mr. Forget about it, just because "The Krishna Key" is based on a "story" of historical conspiracy doesn't elevates it to the standard of "The Da-Vinci Code".
There are chapters and so the entire Mahabharata from start to finish is summarized part by part at the beginning of each chapters. It's a verbatim copy; so much so that the author have not even bothered to change a single word or picture from those Wikipedia articles. Comical ideas that Vishnu and Shiva are the same energies in opposite direction are mentioned.
The author has fabricated names of the Lords to fit his stupid conspiracy theory. All these incoherent crap is inserted in a wafer thin storyline. I was not able to understand what the story was, neither was I able to understand why the climax was based on the popular e-mail that originated a few years ago stating "Taj-Mahal is a Hindu temple. I am sure many of you have seen that email that states "Taj-Mahal" was actually called "Tejo-Mahalaya" meaning the abode of Lord Shiva.
The author have taken that email and weaved the climax of this book around that email. Hat's off to the originality!!
To end the review, I just want to say this is one of the worst book, I have read in recent time. Do not waste your time and money on this book. Grab a classic and enjoy it. View 2 comments. Dec 13, Vani rated it liked it. Five thousand years ago, Krishna, the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu left a legacy, one that will befuddle men for ages, until one man decides to unravel this secret. Not wanting to risk the discovery of all the seals at one place, Five thousand years ago, Krishna, the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu left a legacy, one that will befuddle men for ages, until one man decides to unravel this secret.
The latter considers himself to be the tenth avatar of Lord Vishnu and is out to get what he thinks belongs to him. With the police on his chase, how will Saini prove himself not guilty?
What will happen to the other three people who also have the ancient seals from Varshney? Did Krishna truly leave behind a legacy? Can Ravi Mohan Saini unravel this secret? The book is tightly scripted with each chapter beginning with a story about Krishna, followed by its parallel drawn from modern times.
The plot is wonderfully paced and the story is well researched. Having a professor of mythology as the key protagonist works well as he is the only who can make sense of those countless riddles, mythological references, anagrams, cryptic puzzles, Sanskrit shlokas and messages hidden from Mount Kailash to Taj Mahal.
Add to it a serial killer and a Mumbai don and that's all you need for a perfect thriller. Aside that, the novel has an interesting cast, their backgrounds nicely explained and motives sufficiently clear. Overall, I found it an interesting novel. Sep 19, Alpa Dedhia rated it really liked it. So no point in talking more on it. The book is divided into chapters and each chapter starts with shlokas which tell us the story of Krishna.
After these shlokas, the present day story continues. Now, on the plot. Krishna has been the most intriguing God in Indian Mythology. He has left 4 seals which when brought together would give The Krishna Key which perhaps points to elixir of life or may be something else.
Watch out for that in the book folks. The history of Mahabharata and Krishna is seen from four different perspectives. One of a historian. Another of an archaeologists. Another one of a scientist and lastly, a perspective of a geneticist. All the four perspectives are interesting and give clues to find Krishna Key. Also I had a shock of my life correlating these perspectives.
They are absolutely stunning and make you wonder about the truth we have been hearing to all our lives. Each character is well-defined and yes they do tend scatter here and there but the pace of the story makes up for it.
It has two kick-ass women protagonists to watch for. Well too much is too bad. The story tends to give in too much of information citing facts and evidences.
It is an adrenaline rush in the beginning but for the last pages or so I was too tired to sink in the information. It gave an impression of dispersed information and seemed like had-the-information-so-had-to-put-it. Still,it is a teeny-weeny negligible POV my point of view to ignore.
In essence, The Krishna Key is a fast pace thriller which will give you an adrenaline rush. You will have tough time to put it down but at the same time last few pages will exhaust you a bit. So, please have a mug of coffee ready. Lastly, my oh my, where was I. Why did I not read Ashwin Sanghi before. There is a special place for Mr. Sanghi on my bookshelf now. Keep writing my new-found favorite author.
View all 8 comments. Nov 04, Dimple rated it it was amazing. The notion about this book and Ashwin Sanghi that it's an Indian version of Dan Brown's work, is absolutely correct but this fact doesnt make the work of Sanghi inferior in any manner! It is full of suspense, twists and turns with very interesting ending!
It made me realize the essence of life "Simplicity"!! View all 7 comments. Jul 04, Vikas Singh rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ashwin Sanghi, as it is being referred to for some time now, is the Dan Brown of Indian adventure, and this book puts a stamp on it.
After two bestselling titles, Rozabal Line and Chanakya's Chant , The Krishna Key is his 3rd book, all of them under adventure genre. Juvenile Priya is his associate. History is in their genes. Then comes Inspector Radhika, a toughened-up cop after fam Background: Then comes Inspector Radhika, a toughened-up cop after family loss and her subordinate Rathore.
Other characters who play important roles at times are Taarak Vakil, the villian, and a CBI director with grey shades. Various mini characters historians and scientists, mainly have their share too in providing the historical and mysterious flavour to the story.
The reader will like them in regard to the shape their involvement with the protagonists gives to the story. Not all characters are well-established but such ain't missed as the story has its own pace to follow.
In author's own words: 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. Yes, it's a Krishna based story but of modern times.
Every chapter begins with first-person narrative of Krishna, and then the story in our times continues. There are so many mythological and historical facts embedded and weaved into the story which most of us had no idea earlier of their being into existence. Like the Mahabharata war date has been factually calculated based on simulations, then there are the submerged ruins of Dwarka, among various others including Mt.
Kailash, Somnath temple, Mathura, Vrindavan, Kalibangan, among others.
Writing is plain and lucid. And the end of the story is a welcome conclusion, as much as the journey to the end is thrilling and exciting.
The amount of research Ashwin has gone into just to make the book authentic and chilling. The character of Taarak Vakil which starts out as a dreaded villian seems to get lost taking orders from his spiritual boss and gets into the role of a mere side-villian after half of the novel. Could have been avoided or given a better shape. Well, nonetheless, the novel is author's treat to us, and I, as a matter of fact, truly loved it, savored it, devoured it.
Overall, 4. I have read his The Rozabal Line 4 stars from me and found it super-cool Currently reading his Chanakya Chant.. These 2 books, plus d excerpt of The Krishna Key.. I m bound to say that he is the Dan Brown of India The novel is about to come in late August and I have already pre-ordered it from Flipkart due to sm reason.. View all 5 comments. Sep 05, Anand rated it really liked it. This is the first novel by the author that I read. It did not disappoint!
The storyline and plot is extremely imaginative, though I could not help seeing similarities between this work and Dan Brown's the da Vinci Code. Obviously, it is not to say that this is in anyway unoriginal.
The storytelling and narrative is extremely fast paced, taut and smooth, and the book flies. The way the author has juxtaposed ancient Hindu scriptures and believes into modern day notions of science almost beguiles th This is the first novel by the author that I read. The way the author has juxtaposed ancient Hindu scriptures and believes into modern day notions of science almost beguiles the reader into believing this fictional tale!
It is an excellent mix of sci-fi, fantasy, action and adventure, something like Dan Brown's writings. The research into ancient scriptures and Indian mythology is deep, unlike many newbie authors who end up being shallow in such departments. The gist of the plot is succinctly captured in the blurb, so I am not going into any of it here. Instead, I must comment on the style of writing of the author; the approach that the author seems to have taken in writing this novel.
It becomes apparent the author has written this novel with an international audience in mind. There are many instances where I couldn't help smile at the result of this deliberate attempt to 'belong' to a wider audience and mostly US audience at that.
For instance, there is a narrative that describes an Indian police officer arresting an important character. At the time of arrest, the officer informs the accused that a certain Article of the Indian Constitution gives him the right against self-incrimination, and that he may wish to engage a lawyer.
This style of presentation is alien and made-up. It does not happen in India this way. Police officer comes and arrests - simple. That's how it happens in India. This is clearly an attempt at making the novel more international, since audiences today are fed an overdose of Hollywood movies "you have the right to remain silent", etc A 'petrol pump', which is the standard term used in India, instead becomes a "gas station".
Characters have sandwiches and coffee at a road side eatery, rather than standard Indian dishes. There are various other smaller instances likewise where I couldn't help get a similar feeling. Another thing the book lacks is character development. As with many other high octane adventure centric plots, the emphasis is on the thrill of the moment rather than in-depth characterisation.
Finally, the end is rather abrupt, sudden and a bit of an anti-climax. These hiccups do not take away from the inherent attraction of the novel, though. It is intended to be a thriller, and that it does! Good quality entertainment. Jan 15, Simran Khurana rated it did not like it Shelves: I must admit that I picked up this book despite reading the reviews by other readers on Good Reads.
Why did I do so? Well, I am a history buff, a conspiracy theory fan, and revel in Indian literature. Sanghi plummets to new depths, probably deeper than the submerged site of Dwarka. I have read up to page and I decided that enough is enough. I couldn't go on I must admit that I picked up this book despite reading the reviews by other readers on Good Reads. I couldn't go on with this mind-numbing, stomach churning drivel any more. Scratching the wall with my nails would probably be more bearable than reading this trash.
The book meanders through a plot that is as insipid as flat Coke. His main characters are clueless, bungling fools, who seem to be detached from real emotions, logic or reason. I don't know how the story ends, because I frankly don't care. I enjoyed the history lessons though, and I did read some of the reference material that is cited at the end of the book. I daresay that some of the blogs and articles were more interesting than this charade of a novel.
Better luck next time, Mr. Sep 26, Pratul Bagri rated it it was ok Shelves: Ashwin Sanghi's latest not only disappoints but also bores the living out of me.
It is a heartbreak in comparison to Chanakya's Chant which made me a Sanghi fan in first place. Sanghi has surely done a lot of research and he has lot more to tell. The story basically seems like his research paper with characters and Dan Brown plot. He bombards the readers with loads of information at every chance he gets which makes his character seem odd and out of element. The way he takes symbolism from one m Ashwin Sanghi's latest not only disappoints but also bores the living out of me.
The way he takes symbolism from one meaning to a completely different monkey is both hilarious and absurd.
What made me keep reading till the end was the information not the tasteless story line. And also why is that Krishna himself tells about Radha, him being a butter thief and cowherd but the author contradicts himself later in the story saying Radha is a fictional character brought by 12th century poet Jayadeva in poem Geeta Govinda and his cowherd and and butter thief character was established by villagers to attract audience?!
Sep 26, Pragya rated it liked it Recommends it for: Dan Brown Books Lovers. Yay, kudos to me. Well, reading a pager in a week along with other books is no mean feat, my dear. Ok, I will say this loud and clear. Though I am Indian, I have some problem with Indian writing style. So when I am reading this one along with international ones, it was obvious that this book was going to be neglected.
But I had a commitment to finish it within a week and so I did. Thankfully, the book progressed much faster after the initial pages or so. Or rather, it became fast-paced then and my curiosity grew. Cheers to Ashwin Sanghi for this extremely researched and well thought-out book.
No wonder people are comparing it with The Da Vinci Code. However, for me it was like a Dan Brown book rather than specifically a Da Vinci. I found it more in liasion with Angels and Demons. Anyhow, whichever book it was, Ashwin Sanghi is hugely inspired by Dan Brown, if I may say so, and I say it with all the good things in mind. First of all, you not only learn so much about Indian literature but the Mahabharata and the whole Krishna legend has been easily explained in here.
Now coming to the mystery-thriller part, it was good in terms of pace as the book progressed. However, the major point of killing somehow escaped my logic-seeking mind. A few tossy-turning bits were good. I really liked the strong female character played by Radhika Singh.
However, having said that, I should add somehow the links between the characters and why they were doing what they were was a bit lacking. Overall, my huge appreciation is for the amount of research done that beautifies the book. Apr 23, Shravanthi rated it it was amazing.
The Krishna key is a book that everyone must experience once. It was an amazing read right from the beginning till the end , without a moment of ennui. Though I have to agree with the popular opinion , that the book is loaded with innumerable facts that one cannot digest in the first read, I have to say that this was what kept the plot going.
Saini wouldn't be qualified enough if he wasn't aware of the significance of , or of Kailash. Other than that wonderful characterization right from the self-made Priya alias Mataji and her devoted disciple Taarak.
Every character had a good back story that weighed heavily on their actions and reactions. I liked that Sanghi introduced the Philosopher's stone in the very beginning and referenced it much later , but in a place where it made much more sense.
It gave it the goal they were all searching for. It wasn't a rat race for nothing. They are trapped in a cave-in! Can we get on with the story already?
The writing is awful. The descriptions of characters are extremely cringe-worthy and give the impression that Sanghi has only the vaguest ideas of how most Indians look like - - [He] had been blessed with godlike physical charms and unblemished complexion Half the time, the characters say things that are so unbelievable, that even suspension of disbelief doesn't quite work here.
Imagine, if you will, an Indian cop who says things like - "Cat got your tongue? You can check in any time but you can never leave! The editing is careless, to say the least.
I can recall two instances page and where Radhika and Saini are referred to as Priya, respectively. At one point, Saini, an Indian professor, says to Priya, fellow Indian - "For your information, a yojana is about nine American miles Excuse me?? Since when did Indians stop using the metric system?? It is things like this that make me loathe to pick up books by Indian authors!
From this one statement, it is SO OBVIOUS that Sanghi has written this book keeping probably non-existent American readers in mind, while the truth is that almost all of his readers will be Indians because, c'mon, which American in his right mind will want to read a Da Vinci Code rip-off? Know your audience, Sanghi. Sanghi has a habit of over-sharing. Throughout the book we are told that the characters are wearing Reebok shoes or Levis jeans or carrying a Samsung Galaxy XCover or using an Apple iPad or driving a Yamaha bike with a cc engine or smoking a Cohiba cigar!!
Are you being paid to endorse these products, Sanghi?? Give us a gist of the scene and settings, and leave the rest to our imagination. Do not spoon-feed us and insult our intelligence! Speaking of insulting the reader's intelligence, Sanghi also has a habit of re-iterating key passages of the book during a big reveal.