Friday, August 5, 2011

Chanakya's Chant - Blogadda Book review

When I first heard about a book called Chanakya’s Chant, I wasn’t very excited about it, to be honest. I thought it would be just another book based on history, brutally tweaked, miserably adapted and would torture the reader exponentially. However, in constant mood for experimental reading, it so happened that the day I was planning to buy this book online was the day I read that Blogadda was releasing the book as part of its Blogadda Book Review program. I applied and was selected to review it along with 49 other reviewers. 

So, intrigued by the name, impressed by the cover and almost satisfied with the end of the book, I would say this book has lived upto its name and reputation. It’s an interesting and easy read. The innovative idea of bundling history with contemporary time while sailing on the common boat called politics, was a winner perse. 

The year is 340 B. C. and the sole aim is Bharat’s unification. The protagonist is Chanakya and the protégé is Chandragupta Maurya. The fictional evolution of the story with underlying facts (that you’d be happy to know), from scratch till the very end, is commendable. The historical part of the book manages to keep you engrossed, forcing you to keep reading till you tire yourself out. Chanakya’s astuteness and wacky wickedness which is void of moral principles to some extent, is well researched and well-portrayed, ultimately resulting in the achievement of the sole positive aim – the unification of Bharat.

The time is now and the sole aim is that of a united India. The protagonist is Pandit Gangasagar Mishra and the protégé is Chandni Gupta. Following the footsteps of his long gone avatar (Chanakya), Gangasagar paints the Indian political landscape with his shrewd mind – all for the betterment of India. The current political scenario has been justly portrayed with a few scenes leaving you awestruck. The element of surprise has been aptly captured in this contemporary period in India sending a shiver down your spine. 

The parallel connection of Chanakya and Gangasagar is spell-binding though at some places in the book, the story could have gone on more smoothly. Some of the clichéd quotes in the book don’t surprise you and it would’ve been better if there was freshness there. But nonetheless, the quotes have been relevantly exploited in a good way – in both the stories. Though Chanakya might keep you glued to the book, Gangasagar might bore you a tad bit since somewhere along the rapturously quaint story line, a few interventions become predictable. The end, in particular, I felt had a bumpy ride and was abruptly shoved there which I think could have done a better job otherwise.

Apart from that, I must say that I was impressed by the author’s language style. With an interesting amalgamation of powered language with quick-read trait, you are left a happy person with an improved vocabulary and knowledge in your arsenal. Overall, I would recommend this book for a refreshing read and a break from all those mushy-romantic/thriller novels that keep flooding the best-seller charts.