Author- Ashwin Sanghi
URL - Chanakya’s Chant
Video Trailer – Chanakya’s Chant
Hello my reader friends,
If Historical fiction is your dish and you love politics as spice in it, then this is perfectly for you !
Dan Brown created a space for Historical thriller fictions in my Heart. But,this time I was looking for some Indian taste and thus, I came across Ashwin sanghi’s novels,who is reffered to as ‘Dan Brown of INDIA’.His first novel,The Rozabel line didn’t express me that much but his research did and thus i picked up the chanakya’s Chant !
From the cover…
“ The year is 340 BC.
A hunted, haunted Brahmin youth vows revenge for the gruesome murder of his beloved father. Cold, calculating, cruel and armed with a complete absence of accepted morals, he becomes the most powerful political strategist in Bharat and succeeds in uniting a ragged country against the invasion of the army of that demigod, Alexander the Great. Pitting the weak edges of both forces against each other, he pulls off a wicked and astonishing victory and succeeds in installing Chandragupta on the throne of the mighty Mauryan empire.
History knows him as the brilliant strategist Chanakya. Satisfied—and a little bored—by his success as a kingmaker, through the simple summoning of his gifted mind, he recedes into the shadows to write his Arthashastra, the ‘science of wealth’. But history, which exults in repeating itself, revives Chanakya two and a half millennia later, in the avatar of Gangasagar Mishra, a Brahmin teacher in smalltown India who becomes puppeteer to a host of ambitious individuals—including a certain slumchild who grows up into a beautiful and powerful woman.
Modern India happens to be just as riven as ancient Bharat by class hatred, corruption and divisive politics and this landscape is Gangasagar’s feasting ground. Can this wily pandit—who preys on greed, venality and sexual deviance—bring about another miracle of a united India? Will Chanakya’s chant work again? Ashwin Sanghi, the bestselling author of The Rozabal Line, brings you yet another historical spinechiller “
Ashwin sanghi has rolled down his pen in such a way that while reading it will thunder you thousand times. It catches pace from the very first page,goes with constant pace,though not a remarkable one. It is not a page turner but twist your brain through each and every page.
The novel is divided into two main subplots.One tells about Chanakya and one about the Gangasagar,who is dealing rather playing politics using chanakya’s tricks. Each subplot has no.of short chapters,which makes you shudder after completing each. Small small tricks or plans are written so well that even if they are ill bit complicated you can’t help yourself to keep unattracted towards them.The climax is a bit disappointing.because, it is very predictable while going through the text.It is because the earlier plot is so strong that overshadowed the climax.
Good political thriller,you can pick it up anytime,however be your mood.It reflects the power of belief and power worshiping a grand power !
Readersangle rating –4.5/5
About the Author..
Ashwin Sanghi,. Indian author in the thriller fiction genre. He is the author of three bestselling novels, The Rozabal Line,Chanakya’s Chant and The Krishna Key. All his books have been based on historical, theological and mythological themes. He is one of India’s bestselling conspiracy fiction writers and is an author of the new era of retelling Indian history or mythology in a contemporary context. He is entrepreneur by day, novelist by night—has all the usual qualifications of an Indian businessman.
Take this book and let yourself flow & blow in the chanakya’s world.
~ Have Happy Reading !
~ By Pratik Chaudhari