“Five thousand years ago, there came to earth a magical being called Krishna, who brought about innumerable miracles for the good of mankind. Humanity despaired of its fate if the Blue God were to die but was reassured that he would return in a fresh avatar when needed in the eventual Dark Age—the Kaliyug. In modern times, a poor little rich boy grows up believing that he is that final avatar. Only, he is a serial killer.”
In the recent past we have seen a lot of such books which take the lead from mythology. I guess the trend started from Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.
I read the “Chanakya’s Chant” by Ashwin Sanghi which was interesting and so I wanted to read another book by the same author and had a lot of expectations.
The plot is complex. It’s about Ravi Saini who is the hero and is accused of murder of his childhood friend. The entire plot revolves around the 4 seals which are the key to the secret of the mysterious city of Dwaraka (Krishna’s City). As her tries to find the clues to the key, he comes across various twists and turns.
The entire time I was reading the book, I felt that I was reading the Indian version of Da Vinci Code, the only difference was that the hero of Da Vinci Code, Robert Langdon had an air of urgency and it did feel that he was in a hurry to resolve everything and get out of the situation. In “Krishna Key”, Ravi was too calm and composed to be true and at times it felt that he was really unconcern or maybe he knew he is the Indian hero who gets out of all the situations. The other character in the book, Inspector Radhika Singh was more powerful. I also felt that the villains were also not so powerful and not convincing.
What I loved about the book was that I learned a lot about the Mythology. I did learn a lot about Krishna, his followers, the Mahabharata battle, what happens after the battle and the end of Krishna. These were the things I had no clue.
It is not something I will place at the must read, but someone who likes mythology and a light read it’s something you can definitely pick up. You can read it once for sure!
I would rate this book a 3/5 with regards to the characters, plot and entertainment.