The Krishna Key is said to be inspired by the Mahabharata and is an attempt to provide a historical aspect to the mythological figure of Krishna by presenting him in a modern avtaar. The story begins with murder of Anil Varshney, who happened to had the answer to the greatest mystery of mythology and history , A four piece puzzle, the Krishna key. He left a part of the puzzle to his four closest aide. How a serial killer sets up a journey to figure all the pieces and how the search ends with the answer to Philosopher’s stone, makes up this fictional piece.
While Ashwin Sangi attempts to put a historical context to the mythological figure, he kept two parallel track throughout the novel. One is narration from Mahabharata and other where the characters kept their struggle alive to search the Philosopher’s stone.
The Krishna Key is visibly a child of extensive research and hard labor. It takes a deep dig into Mahabharata, Puraan, Shashtra, Veds and probably in-numerous research papers and other published materials. The vedic, mathematical and logical derivations often added the required high to the already fast paced thriller. The pace has been maintained throughout the book. So once you embark the journey to solve the Krishna key, you are rest assured of thrill and adventure.
The book is successful in wrapping you in mythological and historical era, but overdoes it. The author attempts to re-invent Krishna while using the pretext of Mahabharata narratives, makes the reading sloppy. There have been frequent instances of using same deductions. For instance, “Shiv and Vish are same side of two coins” has been told not less that four times. With repetitiveness, comes distraction.
Character weaving , story plotting and sub plot execution also lacks at many levels. Tarak Vakil – the framed Krishna’s avtaar of Kalyug, who actually is a serial killer is the most interesting character. Though as we approach the end, the character has been omitted as if it never existed. Priya is an interesting character and layered beautifully. Saini is that old professor who always need a student to flaunt his knowledge, his character lacked edge. Varshney’s other friends Dr. Bhojaraj, Kurkude and Chhedi has interesting shades but from a story treatment perspective, they are all being treated equally.
For a thriller of this magnitude, the end is expected to take the novel to a different level. While with the Krishna Key, Ashwin left us immensely disappointed, serving a very compromising end. That too the end has already been discussed few pages before the climax, within a subplot.
Small editing slippages like spelling mistakes can well pass through the scanner but over-inducing mythological inputs , sloppy characters and compromising end doesn’t go well with a best seller.
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