Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Krishna Key - Blogadda Book Review


The Krishna Key. A yet another intriguing title from Ashwin Sanghi with a complementing colour scheme on the cover page gets your imagination working right away.

The plot revolves around Ravi Mohan Saini (the protagonist), a historian and Taarak Vakil, a serial killer and Mataji (the antagonists). Where the former is involved in searching for the five most important pieces of history and solving the mystery of if Krishna left some magical (read scientific) piece of the past that exists still today; the latter has some similar intentions, only a bit more violent. Through linking the story of the Mahabharata and Krishna’s role in the same with the present archaeological finds and places of the past, the protagonists and antagonists are shown linking every piece of the puzzle together, deducing the undecipherable, travelling to places of historical value to get answers while being continuously on the run from the police inspector Radhika, only to unravel some interesting twists.

The quest for finding the four seals (termed as the passport required to enter Krishna’s Dwarka in the ancient times) and the baseplate for the seals as left by Anil Varshney with his four friends (one of them being Ravi Mohan Saini) before his death in order to unlock the ultimate location of Krishna’s ‘most prized possession’ takes Ravi Saini on a journey of a lifetime from Somnath to Mount Kailash.

While the book can definitely be considered as a work of extensive research and careful descriptions, sadly it can only be termed that; the most important reason being one character of the past linked to another and another and so on and so forth till you reach a full circle and the end of the book. TMI (In case you are wondering what that is, Too Much Information)! Somewhere I could not see the marriage of the rich historical notes and the current storyline. Every character seems to have too much knowledge of everything related to the Krishna Key. This, for me, brought all the characters on par with each other and every character lost its importance altogether. They all definitely appeared to be fighting for the limelight! Interaction between the characters became more of a lecture series throughout the book and with so much information on a continuous roll being imparted, you tend to lose significant interest. That does not mean that the strings of history have not been appropriately utilized at all! The way the protagonist solves the clues and decodes the inscriptions and codes are interesting but there’s just too much of that in the book! At some places it appeared less of a fiction novel and more like Chariots of the Gods’ type.

A nice touch to the book was the usage of pictorial depictions in-between to aid a better comprehension of what the clues are talking about. With that said, the climax is a disappointment. More so because the entire book has been making so many references to historical people like Ghazni and places like Mohenjodaro, and Vedas and books and what not, that the ultimate answer lost all its importance. This book has been in-line with the previous style of the book i.e. Chanakya’s Chant as far as the back and forth movement of mythology and contemporary period is concerned. Having liked Chanakya’s Chant (and impressed by it too!), the expectations from The Krishna Key were on similar lines, but I guess Ashwin delved way too much in his research. Overall, I think people will anyways go ahead and read the book because one cannot miss out on an Ashwin Sanghi book even though he’s just three books old.

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