Chanakya’s Chant by Ashwin Sanghi one of the most interesting reads I have read in 2012. It is captivating and holds your interesting from start to finish.
Chankya’s Chant oscillates between two periods circa 350 BC and the modern day. The main attempt of the author is to draw parallel between the two lead characters. The book gives you a distinct feeling that History does repeats itself.
A very pacy book but it is not one of those books you would want to read while travelling. The nplot has several characters so keeping tabs on them and happenings around them takes a lot of concentration. So abstain from reading this when you have less time on hand. What could have gone against the book are the things that would keep you hooked to the book. Chanakya’s story have been read by all, he is a someone we have read in folklore, or in those period dramas on television. Knowing the background, reading and relating to the plot becomes easy. The mind wonders how will Chanakya solve this political situation. It is almost like playing chess, playing one turn anticipating the enemies move, almost reading his mind and coercing it to function the way you want it to.
Gangasagar is Chanakya’s counterpart in modern times. What is a a weak link is that the political craft of Gangasagar could have been more thought out instead being predictable. A lot of the book could have been edited and would have made for a crisp read. Moreover a little bit of a careful planning could have helped in better, wholesome characters. Too much of focus has been spent in establishing Ganga as a reincarnation of Chanakya, so much so that Chandra Gupta Maurya was reduced to an obedient order taker of his guru.
Chandini, in comparison seem too flawed or feeble to warrant the greatness of Ganga’s mentoring.
This book is not meant for casual read, ardent book lovers will love this one, because of the pace of the book. Look out for Ashwin Sanghi’s next Krishna’s Keys.