INSIDE MY HEAD
After the great success of ‘The Rozabal Line’ and ‘Chanakya’s Chant’, Author Ashwin Sanghi has come up with another thriller. Indian Mythology has become one of the most appealing topics to present day novelists; the success of ‘The Shiva Trilogy’ has just given it another great push.
About ‘The Krishna Key’, I liked the way the author began, gripping the reader. This is the way the book starts.
“Anil Varshney did not know that he had less than twelve minutes left to live. His modest house in the Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan was deathly quiet at this hour except for the humming of the desert cooler. Varshney loved the silence. It allowed him to immerse himself entirely in the strange lettering and symbols that lay before him.”
As I went on with the story, I found everything was very well researched. Ashwin surely did a great job at sewing the pieces into a story.
Although, at some points, I felt that the way the plot was written, it was strikingly similar to Dan Brown’s, and it applies to some characters too. When I read this passage, I found as if he was talking about Robert Langdon.
“Saini paused. He loved taking little breaks when his students wanted him to proceed further. ‘From the exercise conducted by Professor Achar, it was evident that the Mahabharata war must have occurred during 3067 BCE-around five thousand years ago’ Saini said finally.
Everyone in the class seemed too surprised to ask any follow-up questions.”
The novel moves at a swift pace, shoving us with platters of information with each passing page, really puts your mind to work. His writing changes the way we see our history, making us see the changes which made us what we are today, from explaining the drowning of Dwarka to comparing the ‘Brahmastra’ with an nuclear bomb.
‘Do you personally believe that the Brahmastra referred to in the Mahabharata could have been an atomic bomb, asked Saini?
Kurkude laughed. ‘The source of all knowledge is to be found right here along the banks of Sarasvati, my boy. Why not nuclear energy?’
Now talking about the writing, the dialogues of the novel seemed very unreal. When Saini was getting arrested and Priya tries to assure him, this how is how she says it.
“Don’t worry, Prof! As you know, my father- Sanjay Ratnani- is a leading criminal lawyer. I’ll ask him to represent you. I’m sure he will be able to clear up this mess. For the moment, though I don’t think you have any alternative but to go with them” These dialogues seem forced at that point of time.
About the book, I would say, it is a perfect example of combination of a good plot and mediocre writing. He thrilled me with the brilliant start, but let me down at the end. It could have been so much better…
ISBN 13: 9789381626689
ISBN 12: 9381626685
Published year: 2012
No. of Pages: 475