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The Krishna Key

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  8,161 ratings  ·  1,009 reviews
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
Paperback, 1st Edition, 475 pages
Published August 24th 2012 by Westland
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Hiranya Riju Shiva's Trilogy is better than this one. Amish did a great research and the way he has portrayed Shiva is fabulous. In Krishna Key, Krishna was…moreShiva's Trilogy is better than this one. Amish did a great research and the way he has portrayed Shiva is fabulous. In Krishna Key, Krishna was depicted as a historical character like Shiva by Tripathi but the books have some missing plots. And Ashwin Sanghi makes it a complete Hotchpotch at the end. (less)
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One has got to be living under a rock for the past decade to miss all the glaring similarities this book has with Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons.

Academician in his 40s as the central character - check
An ancient secret relating to history and mythology - check
Macabre deaths of scientists/other academics - check
Beautiful female sidekick - check
Religious symbolism - check
Solving secret codes, puzzles - check
Anagrams - check
Delusional, (not very) psychopathic killer - check
I hadn't read any of Sanghi's books before picking this up, but if his writing skills in the Krishna Key is anything to go by, then I can safely say I dodged a couple of bullets. I won't waste space pointing out the innumerable similarities between the Krishna Key and the Da Vinci Code, as it's been done to death by the other reviewers on Goodreads. Instead, let me put together a list (in no particular order) of stray observations I made while reading this book. It's going to be a LONG one, so p ...more
b00k r3vi3ws
Do you know what is Lord Krishna’s best kept secret? Well, there are 4 seals which once put together will point you towards that secret. Professor Varshney is one of the few who knows about this secret and he has a safety net. He had sent the clues to the secret to four of his most trusted friends. When he is murdered, the safety of this secret lies in the hands of those four people, but even they are turning up dead.

When bodies start dropping around him, Professor Saini is one of the main suspe
Vani !
Five thousand years ago, Krishna, the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu left a legacy, one that will befuddle men for ages, until one man decides to unravel this secret. Anil Varshney is an archaeologist and seems to have made some headway by discovering four seals belonging to that era; the seals fit into a ceramic base plate and taken together point to the source code of this age old secret— together they constitute ‘The Krishna Key’. Not wanting to risk the discovery of all the seals at one place, ...more
Alpa Dedhia
Now I was going to start my review with

*Drumrolls* Ladies and Gentlemen ,may I present to you Indian Da Vinci Code and was stumped when everybody on the blogosphere said so. So no point in talking more on it.

The book is divided into 108 chapters and each chapter starts with 108 shlokas which tell us the story of Krishna. After these shlokas, the present day story continues.

Now, on the plot. Krishna has been the most intriguing God in Indian Mythology. He has left 4 seals which when brought toget
Confirmed Neurotic
"The Krishna Key" is an utter waste of time. Before I started this book I was told that the writer has two bestsellers about Christ and Chanakya in his resume`. Moreover my interest was also piqued by the YouTube advertisement of the book that popped up a few times when I was trying to watch some popular videos. So I got this book from Delhi Railway station during my recent Delhi-Mumbai journey, mainly because I shuddered at the thought of a dreadful 24 hour journey in an equally horrible train, ...more
This is the first novel by the author that I read. It did not disappoint! The storyline and plot is extremely imaginative, though I could not help seeing similarities between this work and Dan Brown's the da Vinci Code. Obviously, it is not to say that this is in anyway unoriginal.

The storytelling and narrative is extremely fast paced, taut and smooth, and the book flies. The way the author has juxtaposed ancient Hindu scriptures and believes into modern day notions of science almost beguiles th
"The Krishna key" came to my rescue through a newspaper, read reviews and decided to read it. The notion about this book and Ashwin Sanghi that it's an Indian version of Dan Brown's work, is absolutely correct but this fact doesnt make the work of Sanghi inferior in any manner! Infact, the INDIAN thing made it much more interesting as we could relate to everything.

This story is based on our Ancestral Hero KRISHNA and it clears all the misgivings that has been there regarding MAHABHARAT and it's
Vikas Singh


Ashwin Sanghi, as it is being referred to for some time now, is the Dan Brown of Indian adventure, and this book puts a stamp on it. :) After two bestselling titles, Rozabal Line (2007) and Chanakya's Chant (2010), The Krishna Key (2012) is his 3rd book, all of them under adventure genre.


Prof. and Historian Ravi Mohan Saini is the protagonist of this novel. Juvenile Priya is his associate. History is in their genes. Then comes Inspector Radhika, a toughened-up cop after fam
Pratul Bagri
Ashwin Sanghi's latest not only disappoints but also bores the living out of me. It is a heartbreak in comparison to Chanakya's Chant which made me a Sanghi fan in first place. Sanghi has surely done a lot of research and he has lot more to tell.
The story basically seems like his research paper with characters and Dan Brown plot. He bombards the readers with loads of information at every chance he gets which makes his character seem odd and out of element.

The way he takes symbolism from one m
Simran Khurana
I must admit that I picked up this book despite reading the reviews by other readers on Good Reads. Why did I do so? Well, I am a history buff, a conspiracy theory fan, and revel in Indian literature. I had already read Rosabal Line and Chanakya's Chant by Ashwin Sanghi, so I thought, 'Heck, how bad could it be?'
Well, I was wrong. Mr. Sanghi plummets to new depths, probably deeper than the submerged site of Dwarka. I have read up to page 120 and I decided that enough is enough. I couldn't go on
Oct 02, 2012 Pragya rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dan Brown Books Lovers
Ok, I’m done, finally. Yay, kudos to me. ‘Why’, you ask? Well, reading a 500 pager in a week along with 4-5 other books is no mean feat, my dear. And that too when this one didn’t start on a very positive note for me.

Ok, I will say this loud and clear. Though I am Indian, I have some problem with Indian writing style. Somehow it doesn’t make for a quick, smooth reading for me which is why I avoid reading much from Indian authors. So when I am reading this one along with 4-5 international ones, i
Ok..firstly i am definetly very disappointed with the book . I was so looking forward to read it and when i read it turned out to be a mojor disappointment ! People call him the Dan Brown of India but please i beg to differ i seriously don't think so. Yeh he has put a lot of effort in the research department and maybe for that i would give him credit .
The characters are a little stilted, the writing tedious, but the story still manages to thrill (just a bit).This book wasn’t all perfect though.
Shravanthi Kripa
The Krishna key is a book that everyone must experience once. It was an amazing read right from the beginning till the end , without a moment of ennui. Though I have to agree with the popular opinion , that the book is loaded with innumerable facts that one cannot digest in the first read, I have to say that this was what kept the plot going. Prof. Saini wouldn't be qualified enough if he wasn't aware of the significance of 108, or of Kailash.(view spoiler) ...more
Short review: Well researched book on Krishna and India, a tad too detailed, but definitely cannot be missed.

video review here

Detailed one

The author, Ashwin Sanghi, is doing a fab job of publicizing the book across all channels. I loved the book trailer, here it is

Ashwin has Masters degree from Yale University and is currently pursuing PhD in Creative Writing. Hence, I picked up the book for review.

The book is a little long one, 465 pages. It’s style in such a way that there are two stories goin
Sai Sasidhar
The Key Seems Lost !!

Having read his previous books The Rozabal Line and Chanikya's Chant, I did expect a lot from this book hoping to find some conspiracy theories and untold tales about Lord Krishna. But this book turns out to be a slightly less than what I have expected.

Ashwin Sanghi's style of developing a plot shares some similarities with Dan Brown's style for which Sanghi is called Dan Brown of India. Nevertheless, Sanghi managed to get readers attention with loads of interesting facts a
Gatha  G Namboothiri
'The Krishna key' is a mythological fiction of Lord Krishna and the time when Kurukshetra takes place.A man believes himself to be the 10th avatar of Lord Vishnu-Kalki.He is but a mass murderer and our protagonist is trying to stop him.

The book started of as just 'wow'.I loved this book at many points.The amount of research gone into this book is commendable and great.Also I love mythologies especially Indian ones.So this book was a treat for me.I got to know so much more about Mahabharata and K
Adityaa Patidar
I started this book with moderate expectations. Within initial 25-30 pages I realized that this is just another rip-off of The Da Vinci Code but cooked with an Indian flavor. It was like reading an extensive research paper with a little narration in it.

Authors like Dan Brown do know this for a fact that if you conspire mythologies enough, you'll have a best seller at your hand. Sanghi applies the same recipe but I gotta hand it to him for all the research he put in it. I also liked all the links
Nikhil Harindranath
This is definitely not the first review of The Krishna Key that you have read. There are thousands out there - All you have to do is to "Google it"! And there is a reason for that - It is Good! But then how good is it depends entirely on you! Let me make it clear right at the start - It is not a book for everyone!

Synopsis: (Spoiler-alert!)
The protagonist is Ravi Mohan Saini, a historian who is accused of murdering his close friend over an ancient artifact which is eventually a part
Manikanta Avinash
I was skeptical as to whether he is trying really hard to become Dan Brown of India. turns out it is true! But I really liked how well he tried to build up the premise and how much research he has done. Though he is not an author who can engage you in general, the story will help you to peg on.
The only complaint I have is how he is closely following Dan Brown . A mercenary, a secret group, a professor of history....everything is eerily similar to Brown's style of writing. But I like how he tri
Good one.....interesting way of putting facts across. Ashwin Sanghi has done a lot of study( his Bibliography is 6 pages long), his permutations and calculations seem to be quite accurate. His theories and then refuting to make other theories gets complicated as you go along the book.Logic and commonsense go hand in hand. The switching from the real plot to Krishna telling his story is fantastic. Actually i think i did love the book, recommended and forced my friends to buy it and read it, just ...more
Devdoot De Roy
Just one word for this one - Awesome!!!
Really well written....some mind-boggling revelations (dont know whether they are true or not but still)
One thing which I really liked about this book is that in the beginning of every chapter, the story of Krishna is written in a short and concise way.
It was really a great learning experience too as I didnt know most of the things written about Krishna and Mahabharata (I really felt guilty sometimes while reading as I didnt know about one of the greatest e
The Krishna Key By Ashwin Sanghi is engaging enough to be called a page turner, at times. The inter-weaving of the oft told Lord Krishna story and the murder 'mystery' make it 'different'--impressive to begin with, too much to take in, at times, for, we've all grown up seeing umpteen movies, tele-serials and all that about Krishna, the butter-stealing God 'of love', not to mention the illustrated rendering by way of comics and books and narrations! Though the narration holds its own to an extent ...more
Darshana Unnikrishnan
i can only say that i somehow finished this book. i started the book with high expectations. though i haven't read Ashwin Sanghi's earlier books, i had heard good reviews about them. So when i got this book as a gift i decided to read it.

Now, the book is a pure fiction and one should appreciate the author for the extensive research he has done before writing the book. the references for this book is given at the book. In spite of having done all this research i would say that the author could no
Readers Cosmos
For complete review read :

The story is about the quest for "The Krishna Key", a secret that lies buried through ancient times. It begins with the murder of a leading archeologist Anil Varshney, in Dan Brown style (with the assasin stamping a seal on his head and painting a sanskrit shloka, Remember the Vitruvian man murder) as he discovers four seals which were relics of lord Krishnas kingdom, hence disproving that Krishna is a myth. However of greater in

The Krishna Key, Ashwin Sanghi third book. Like his second book ‘Chanakya’s Chant’ here also there are two stories going parallel.

Story 1 : Lord Krishna is narrating his own story.

Story 2 : Story of history professor Ravi Mohan Saini, who becomes the prime suspect for the murder of his childhood friend Anil Varshney, who is at present a well known linguist and symbolist. The plot moves forward as same as the plot of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.

“Louvre curator Grand Master Jacques Saunière is f
Sundeep Supertramp
The Hindu - or rather, Indian - version of The Da Vinci Code...

After reading Dan brown's books, I always wanted to read a thriller dealing with Indian conspiracies and theories... And finally, got to read one.

I have read the other books by Ashwin Sanghi - Chanakya's Chant and The Rozabal Line. Liked both of them and this one exceeded my preconception about this book manifold.

At the start of reading this book, I was disappointed, it was more boring stuff, but then as book story crossed the 100th
Pavan Kishore
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Ashwin Sanghi has undoubtedly made a mark as an author who does his homework well. The Krishna Key is very well researched and reveals a treasure of information about a great mythological figure in Indian culture, in a manner that is definitely a marked improvement over the usual narratives and texts in old languages like Sanskrit. Allow the handsome historian Ravi Saini and the cigarette smoking lady cop Radhika to take you on a journey as they uncover secrets in the life of Krishna.

If you've e
Sep 24, 2012 Pins rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Too many cooks spoil the broth. Too many details spoil the plot, minimizes the interest and a reader trudges along. Ashwin Sanghi failed to retain the interest he introduced in the first few pages, constant lecturing, repetition of ideas to reinstate, a love story in the midst of things just like in Don 2, between Don and the character played by Priyanka Chopra. If it were not for the Blogadda review, I would have left the book unfinished, or skipped some detail and jumped to the end.

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