The Krishna Key | Book Review

01 Oct

Anil Varshney, India’s youngest linguist and symbolist who had shot to fame by deciphering ancient hieroglyphs from the Indus Valley Civilization is mysteriously murdered. His friend Ravi Mohan Saini, is suspected to be the murderer for he was the last person seen by Varshney. Saini escapes from the clutches of police to solve enigmatic secret of the Krishna Key that his friend had briefed him about. Varshney had told him about the four seals that he had discovered. They would sit on a ceramic base plate to decrypt the Krishna Key. Saini was to be the custodian of the base plate in case of Varshney’s untimely demise.

Saini’s doctoral student Priya Ratnani accompanies him in his run as a fugitive. Her father Vivek Ratnani, a leading criminal lawyer aids them. The professor begins his quest to meet three others who were handed over seals by Varshney for safekeeping. The thriller unfolds as each of the seal owner is killed in a similar pattern before or after Saini met them. Taarak Vakil, is the antagonist who believes himself to be Kalki, the tenth avatar of Vishnu. He is the murderer who swiftly gets his job done and is able to efficiently stage the murders to portray Saini to the culprit on the loose. Cops Radhika Singh and Rathore too have significant role to play in unraveling the tangle.

Along with the plot, author narrates the story of Mahabharata in figments at the beginning of each chapter. Author has done abundant research on history, mythology, symbology, numerology, science, mathematics, vedas and what not. The way he has connected the the dots and filled the gaps is applaud worthy. He has brought forth connection of many historic or modern day events with Vedas. Right from Stem Cell technology, Nuclear explosions, radiations, historical events or beliefs around the world, global languages and culture alike – everything under the sun is depicted to have an association with the Vedas. The book brought about innumerous revelations which at times was too much for me in a single book. The book had several images, graphs, maps, magic squares to support the story line. I thoroughly enjoyed the depictions as they kept my curiosity alive. There were times, when I felt the extravagant supply of information smudged the story line to some extent.  There were loose ends, but all in all I was hooked on to it till the last page. The end, however let me down a bit. With such a heart-stopping whopper of a plot, the end somehow dampened that effect.

I was bowled over by the amount of research that Ashwin Sanghi must have done to come up with this book. Can you believe that just the links to his research run through around 10 pages! Not only has he studied wide variety of topics but the way he has been able to link them together to weave into a story is commendable.

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10 responses to “The Krishna Key | Book Review

  1. ashreyamom

    October 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    yes the book is worth one time read na.. except for the end, it was a page turner of course..


    • Seema

      December 25, 2012 at 10:05 am

      Yeah, few things went above my head. But the author’s research and the way he weaved it all together is applaud worthy.


  2. Ashwathy

    October 1, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Ok I really need to get my hands on this book. Everyone and anyone seem to be reading it now…and totally raving about it!


    • Seema

      December 25, 2012 at 10:06 am

      Yeah, did you get hold of it?


  3. Mihir Lunia

    October 1, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Hi Seema,

    I am working for a startup called We have launched a Pan India book collection drive- Gift of Gyaan. I was just wondering if we can post about this initiative on your blog which will urge your readers to give books. We will be giving the collected books to Goonj. Goonj is our NGO partner.

    Mihir Lunia.


    • Seema

      December 25, 2012 at 10:08 am

      Hey Mihir,

      Thanks for dropping by. Will check your website.


  4. aru

    November 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    have just started on this book. will read the review later :-))


  5. manasaprasad

    October 26, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Wow! I want to read this book!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Seema

      November 3, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      You too can sign up for book review program on blog adda. Do check it out

      Liked by 1 person


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