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EtherealJinxed|Book Review | Chanakya's Chant by Ashwin Sanghi

Genre: Political Thriller, Historical Fiction
Book Name: Chanakya’s Chant
Author: Ashwin Sanghi
Pages: 448
Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Westland Ltd

Why are the kids made to read history? Why do we adults browse through the same? Because as it is often said – History repeats itself, and we can learn from it and avoid making the same mistakes. And who better to learn from than the brilliant strategist Chanakya. Ever noticed the popular postings on FB on Chanakya Niti/ Chanakya Sutra?

In that sense, Ashwin Sanghi has chosen an interesting subject but a difficult one as people will have high expectations by just reading the title of the book. And Ashwin succeeds in his endeavors. The author deftly manages political stories alternating between 340 BC and the present times. It’s like two books bound into one. No doubts on how this book topped the charts within a few week of its launch and still continues to dominate the fiction charts.

The Mauryan history of Alexander the Great, Dhanananda, Chandragupta Maurya, and Chanakya and the power play of deceit, drama, greed, strategy and politics makes a must read for those believing in drawing parallels from history. And even here Ashwin does not leave much to the readers’ imagination by bringing out the parallel in current political times. Not much has changed and people can viciously go to any extent to get the gains.

The ending could have been crisper, especially of the present times. However, still recommended for all to read.

Adi Shakti, Namo Namah; Sarab Shakti, Namo Namah; Prithum Bhagvati, Namo Namah; Kundalini Mata Shakti, Namo Namah; Mata Shakti, Namo Namah.

Rating: 9/10

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