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Chanakya's Chant

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  22,102 ratings  ·  1,406 reviews
The year is 340 BC. A hunted, haunted Brahmin youth vows revenge for the gruesome murder of his beloved father. Cold, calculating, cruel and armed with a complete absence of accepted morals, he becomes the most powerful political strategist in Bharat and succeeds in uniting a ragged country against the invasion of the army of that demigod, Alexander the Great. Pitting the ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by Westland Limited (first published January 1st 2010)
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Vaibhav Vats Chanakya's motive to avenge his father's death is one thing. Chankya picked Chandragupta Maurya(a child) to be the emperor of Magadh is another thing …moreChanakya's motive to avenge his father's death is one thing. Chankya picked Chandragupta Maurya(a child) to be the emperor of Magadh is another thing based on his abilities as a young child. Similarly Gangasagar picked Chandini to be PM was based on her childhood abilities (the way she used to answer his classroom questions). Gangasagar had nothing to avenge for, he was just after power; intellectual powers and political powers. And Chanakya was after revenge and shape a better future for India. (less)

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Feb 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Grievously disappointing- neither story feels authentic; the character development is shallow, the conversation inane, the victories too easily attained. There is also no effort to match the conversational idiom with the historical context in which the stories are supposedly set, the time lines of both the story-strands are obfuscated due to the lack of attention to details and the inconsistencies (A few examples: "Ashoka trees" are referred to in the Maurya tale for e.g., while Ashoka was Chand ...more
Amrita Chatwal
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
What IS it with Indian writers? Why does it take time and a substantial number of pages before you can get used to their style of writing? I had the same problem with Amish Tripathi and now with Sanghi.

I started this book with the hope of learning something about India in the 4th century. I finished this book only because the neatnik in me refuses to leave a book half-read.

Two parallel narratives - one centered around Chanakya's machinations, the other around Chanakya's modern avatar, Gangasaga
Chanakya's Chant is not one but two similarly-themed novels, spanning across two different timelines, combined into one thrilling roller-coaster ride that you are bound to enjoy throughout.

The first story follows the machinations of the ingenious Brahmin Chanakya, who mentors a young Chandragupta Maurya, right from childhood into finally ascending the throne of Magadh, the most powerful kingdom in ancient India. The latter one deals with Gangasagar Mishra, a Chanakya-like character, who plays ki
Rajat TWIT
Oct 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
Starting with the wrong political map of India, this book had given me enough reasons to hate it. I wanted to stop by the time I was on 100th page but carried on just to observe how irritating this book might go. And it topped the list of the most stupid book I have ever read. Businessmen of Mauryan age are shown SHAMPOOING but in reality, the process CHAMPI (etymology of shampoo has this word in centre) was evolved during Mughal reigns and term/method of Shampoo came in existence in 18th centur ...more
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is Sanghi's second novel I read, after his more recent 'The Krishna Key'. Frankly, I was disappointed. Average ratings suggested that Chanakya's Chant is better received than Krishna Key, and it was with that expectation and excitement that I purchased this. But, as I mentioned, this is disappointing.

The historical part depicting Chanakya is relatively grippier, but the modern day narrative is too contrived, naive and amateurish. The modern tale reads more like an ordinary Bollywood script
Sudha Shashwati
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
There can be stories we don't agree with, but the manner of story telling can make us fall in love with it and the same story can go on to remain etched in our memory for a long time. That's the beauty of 'Chanakya's Chant' and the genius of Ashwin Sanghi.

This book did to me what 'Godfather' had done a month back. As a person, there was no way that I could appreciate the 'wisdom' being propagated by either Chanakya or his modern avatar Professor Gangasagar Mishra- that ends justify the means, th
Feb 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: i-own, indian-authors
The book has two stories- one takes place at around 2000 years ago (about chanakya) and the other about the current politicians and the political scenario. – More or less both are same.
The current story reveals about the politicians, how they get elected, and how low they will go to get elected, etcetera. While reading this (current scenario part), I feel more like reading a newspaper than a book. Those who have the habit of reading\hearing the news daily (that too during election time) you can
Jan 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
With and mentioned in the acknowledgments, one doesn't have to look further to get a sense of the kind of book that Chanakya's Chant is. Narrating two parallel stories side by side - that of Chanakya and the other of a modern day political strategist and his protege, the book ends up appearing as a school boy attempt at historical fiction. The terrible book also proves that a PhD in Creative Writing is no yardstick to measure the quality of the author. Worth avoiding i ...more
Sushmitha Kanukurthi
Jul 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Two months - that's how long it took me to finish this book. In all my reading life, never have I struggled through a book as much as I did with this one. Chanakya's chant, written by Ashwin Sanghi, is a let down on all fronts - The story never seems to take off, the writing is appalling at best (and that is still paying a compliment to the writer), the plot seems ill thought out and what's worse, it is even more horribly executed. In all, this book is a disaster.

For the (fortunately) uninitia
And with this book, I've finished reading all of Ashwin Sanghi's works. While I do not certainly consider that as some sort of achievement, it feels good to know that you've read all the books of some author, no matter how good or bad he is.

So, coming to the immensely popular 'Chanakya's Chant', a political thriller set in two different ages - in ancient Bharat & in the present day. Sanghi exults in using the 'history repeats itself' theme in all his novels & this one is no different, although I
Deep S
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written book.
Polictics is a Genre which is difficult to get into and make interesting.
Most of the times you predict what might happen and get it right.
In this book I was surprised by the twists and turn and cunningness of both CHanakya and Gangasagar.

The link between the 2 characters is awesome, Chandni and Chandragupta are postrayed nicely too.
The characters are so well defined and writen, you just keep going and going into the book despite it being a long book.
The langauge is sm
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When i watched the video above, i expected the book to be a powerful one, not in the sense of writing, but in the strength of the main characters. I expected a lion, righteous and proud, ready to protect the defenceless, what i got instead was a fox, scheming and cunning, ready to take down everyone, including the woman he loves. I expected a king and got a minister instead. But the minister isn’t a shoddy one, he’s the kind that keeps you occupied so much that you wouldn’t want to put down the ...more
Riku Sayuj
Oct 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Nishant Singh
Historically inaccurate but otherwise a good read...
Jan 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: home-library
From: Review at my blog

Chanakya’s Chant is Ashwin Sanghi’s second novel after The Rozabal Line. It revolves around the life of a Pandit who emerges as a modern day Chanakya.

The style is similar to his debut, linking modern events to those that occurred two millennia ago. We have seen this style many times, flipping between two parallel events – only here, the parallel events are from long ago.

A Pandit from Kanpur with financial banking from a merchant and manpower from a Muslim strongman manages
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was a replacement by my brother for "Thousand Splendid Suns" as he lost it. The former book is one of my favorites. I can't say I liked Chanakya chant as much as 'TSS', but both are divergent from each other so who was I to judge?
I started reading this one just because it was quite interesting from the excerpt. First of all, you don't have to like a story to like a book and that is something I understood after reading this one. Gangasagar was like Chanakya's in many ways but not in a
Vikas Singh
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-book
Another block buster from Ashwin. He manages to link historical figure of Chanakya and his Arthashastra with modern day politics. Racy in narrative the climax is delightful and leaves the reader satisfied. The book mirrors the domestic political scenario of India and mirrors it against the dynastic politics of ancient India.
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Story revolves around Gangasagar, a modern day kingmaker in India. Beautifully written.
First class Political thriller and very good making of nexus revolving the present and the past. Well I think Ashwin gone through Arthasasthra to write this book. :P :)

I love the powerful messages of chanakya..

1.A debt should be paid off till the last pana and an enemy destroyed till the last very trace.
2.One doesn't need to pluck fruit fall by themselves. Focus on the bigger purpose and the rest of your manifesto will follow as a matter of course.
3.The moot point is not whether we are strong en
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"A free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular." -- Adlai Stevenson

The quote is from this book, and there are several such quotes in the book interwoven in dialogues of characters. The book is fast paced thriller, which I liked but yet I give it three stars because I am no fan of 'Chanakya'. Chanakya stands on the opposite end of moral stands of Mahatma Gandhi who said bad means are not justified to achieve anything (good or bad). Whereas Chanakyra represents either too ordinary p
Archit Ojha
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-we-own
An intriguing read it was. Ashwin Sanghi does it again. Recommended for thriller and historical fiction readers.
Indian fiction is in evolutionary phase. Moving from the old school NRI authors like Rushdie, Chitra Banerjee, Jhumpa and Naipaul writing on their native for the foreign audience, to the new breed of indigenous authors like Chetan Bhagat, Anuja Chauhan experimenting with middle class subjects, to intelligent thinking man's writers like Manu Joseph and Arvind Adiga, and the historic/mythological fiction writers like Amish and Ashwin Sanghi.

So it was inevitable for me to pick one Ashwin Sanghi bo
Piyush Devani
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Adi Shakti, Namo Namah
Sarab Shakti, Namo Namah
Prithum Bhagvati, Namo Namah
Kundalini Mata Shakti
Mata Shakti, Namo Namah

-Chanakya's chant

Before reading this book,I didn't know that a book about some political genius guru can be this interesting. It totally blew my mind. Started reading during my train journey and couldn't stop till it was finished.

Author has nailed it while portraying ancient and present day politics in India. Rise of Chanakya from a simple and talented Brahmin kid to becoming gre
Riju Ganguly
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
As every election unfolds, media and so-called sephologists go to a tizzy over someone whom they call The Chanakya. Then, as the dust settles over the landscape, either the supposed kingmaker is hailed, or the poor sod gets roasted as a con job.
But what about the real deal?
What if a modern incarnation of Chanakya, working with the sole aim of uniting the nation under one ruler, decides to enter the game?
This novel is a case study with respect to that scenario.
It's also the finest make-believe bi
Nagesh Kumar
I am sorry to disappoint you. But please blame Dan Brown for the same.

I am talking of his new offering: Inferno, a novel based on Dante’s works, artifacts with mysteries; throw in a Biomedical weapon, a deadly virus to set off the hero Langdon saddled with a short-term amnesia as he stumbles though the besieged Florence city ( Alas! This hero has not seen Ghajini, so he is not as smart as Aamir Khan!) aided by a bald lady Doctor on a wild goose chase, all the while ducking from Military Police.
Hrishikesh Bharali
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
I wouldn't have picked up this book if it wasn't for the title "Chanakya's Chant",that caught my attention.I had always been in awe of the great economist and politician in ancient India, also known as Kautilya.His work "Arthashastra" is one of its kind.So with that in mind,and the recommendations from the likes of Shashi Tharoor,a man of intellect, and Amish Tripathi,whose Shiva Trilogy has kept me spell-bound,made me go for this book.
Far from being a religious treatise of Chanakya,as one would
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
A very thoughtfully crafted novel which draws amazing parallel between history and contemporary. With mind blowing one-liners and quotations, Ashwin Sanghi has brought out a very descriptive character sketch of Chanakya's persona. Also, he has very aptly portrayed how the human psyche works irrespective of the era. How even the minutest of differences can be exploited , how major differences can be created with the know-how of the structure and how a battle can be won without bloodshed. At some ...more
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
There are certain stories where we would be awestruck with either in the language part and some times the vice versa i.e with the story line. I found this particular pick , excelling in both the terms. The author has did a deep research in bringing out this book. Initially I thought, It was just a historical fiction. But the comparitive writing and linking the old chanakya's methodology with the modern day Ganagasagar's , the author has shown his due diligence in bringing out the story line of t ...more
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd actually like to rate it a 3.5

Reading Chanakya's Chant is like reading two novels at once. And obviously so since it narrates two stories - that of Chanakya and a Pandit Gangasagar Mishra in modern India.

It's quite interesting to see how the author re-enacts the events of the ancient Scholar's life. They may be fictitious but while reading I was quite compelled to believe otherwise. However, at times it does feel a bit mythical and far-fetched. The politics played by Mishraji in the Modern I
May 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Nicely written piece of Indian fiction. Out of the two stories, i found the "present-day" story more gripping. The political fore-play inter-wined with the corporate greed is depicted nicely. Although all the incidents are too co-incidental to happen to the same parties, i am sure they occur in the dirty world of politics. The money making schemes and scandals were mildly impressive. However, the victories are easily achieved. It would have been really good if the author stressed the character's ...more
Vikram Choudhari
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indian-writing
Chanakya’s Chant by Ashwin Sanghi gives its readers a look into two parallel worlds that are tied together by the intelligence of the main protagonists. The first story is set in 340 BC, when a young Brahmin man, fueled by the death of his father, vows revenge against the king and overthrows his rule by bringing in Chandragupta Maurya, the first emperor of the Maurya Dynasty.
Then the scene then shifts to modern day India, where Gangasagar Mishra leads his life as a nonentity – until he decides
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