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Ashwin's 'The Krishna key' is for thriller addicts

PTI | Last Modified - Sep 21, 2012, 02:06 PM IST

Ashwin's 'The Krishna key' is for thriller addicts
  • Ashwin's 'The Krishna key' is for thriller addicts
    Ashwin's 'The Krishna key' is for thriller addicts

    Author Ashwin Sanghi prefers spinning stories around characters that are multi-dimensional and rooted in history, mythology, politics and religion. And he sticks to this 'fundamental DNA' by exploring the life of Lord Krishna in his new page-turner.
    In "The Krishna Key", the arrival of a murderer who executes his gruesome and brilliantly thought-out schemes in the name of god is the first clue to a sinister conspiracy to expose an ancient secret -Krishna's priceless legacy to mankind.
    Historian Ravi Mohan Saini breathlessly dashes from the submerged remains of Dwarka and the mysterious lingam of Somnath to the icy heights of Mount Kailash, in a quest to discover the cryptic location of Krishna's most prized possession.
    But why Krishna?
    "It is from Krishna that we first hear the Bhagvad Gita, the very essence of dharma. Krishna is a perfectly grey character. On the one hand, he is the lovable cowherd and butter-thief of Vrindavan. On the other hand, he is the shrewd, cunning and at times devious statesman at Kurukshetra.
    "I have always preferred spinning stories around characters that are multi-dimensional. In that respect, Krishna was the perfect choice," says Sanghi, who has a passion for writing historical fiction in the thriller genre.
    His debut work "The Rozabal Line" was compared to "The Da Vinci Code" by critics and his second novel "Chanakya's Chant", narrating two parallel political tales - Chanakya's puranic Bharat 2300 years ago and post-independence contemporary India – will be made into a movie by UTV Motion Pictures.
    Sanghi says turning history and mythology into bestselling stories is not an easy process.
    "Months of research, plotting, writing and editing go towards creating a page-turner. Often, there are conflicts between pace and content. One has to continuously work towards achieving a fine balance between these," the entrepreneur- writer told PTI.
    He feels "The Krishna Key", published by Westland, is his most challenging work till date.
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