The book was a sudden find for me when I was browsing through the isles of fictions by Indian authors in a Landmark store in Ahmedabad sometimes back. The strange title of “The Rozabal Line” and the few lines on the back cover of the book attracted me – and even though I wasn’t really having any plans to purchase anything that day, I did purchase the book.
I didn’t have to regret the decision!
As I was flipping through the pages my brain was getting the dosage of a heady concoction of ingredients from western history, eastern history, hindu mythology, modern sociopolitical titbits and author’s fantastic imagination prowess. Even though Ashwin took the painstaking task of adding footnote references to all parts that were historical or based on sources deemed to be real, the smooth mixing of facts with fictional elements was no nicely done that my mind wanted everything he had written to be true – that is the “anthropological fiction” part of it (of course, not the modern day events his novel had in it).
As the last page was turned over, I wanted more. More of Ashwin Sanghi. And sitting in my desk, the only true reliable source for sourcing the same was Flipkart.com.
Hence came “The Krishna Key” in my hands couple of days later, thanks to Flipkart’s fantastic delivery network. And I was hooked in once again.
This time, the subject was more close to my heart. I grew up through the lores and stories of hindu mythology – be it from the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata or the plethora of Puaranas that our culture boasts of. Before opening the book, I was wondering what could it be that Ashwin wanted to refer to as “the legacy Krishna left behind for mankind”! When I finally saw what he meant, it was worthy of an applause. He zeroed in on such a small side story from the mythological texts and built such a wonderful thriller around it, that I finally sealed the deal of becoming his fan. The overall narrative, storytelling skills and compactness of the subplots – everything made the book a superhit.
So if you are a “Dan Brown” genre reader and have a soft corner for Indian mythology & history as well – go for these 2 novels, and with special Flipkart.com discounts as well (if you are in India, that is):