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The Rozabal Line

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  7,511 ratings  ·  686 reviews
A cardboard box is found on a shelf of a London library where a copy of Mahabharata should have been. When the mystified librarian opens it, she screams before she falls unconscious to the floor. An elite group calling itself the Lashkar-e-Talatashar has scattered around the globe, the fate of its members curiously resembling that of Christ and his Apostles. Their agenda i ...more
Paperback, Revised Edition, 278 pages
Published August 14th 2010 by Northhill Publishing (first published 2007)
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Pooja Jeevagan
Mar 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Finally I did finish it...and that's what mattered the most to me..this has been a novel which made me resolve never to buy a novel just because u liked another one from the author...Reading Chankya's Chant, and finishing Krishna Key before I could finish this one (which took me like what...7-8 months) I knew he is not a light author...he researches, and brings in a lot of history, science, mythology and all other stuff in his novel including picture clue, anagram and all...

And then of course, h
Priyanka Adhikary
Apr 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
The first thing that caught my attention when I laid eyes upon The Rozabal Line are the following words:

More complex than the Da Vinci Code and a whole lot more terrifying

Little did I understand the import of these words on the cover of the book at that time. Da Vinci Code is one of my all-time favorite thrillers and the promise of a work that was not just more complex, but more terrifying as well made my spine tingle with anticipation.

Reading through the book made me realize that Rozabal Line
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
The Rozabal Line The Rozabal Line by Ashwin Sanghi

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Seems the author is hell bent on proving the same thing in all his books that all religions originated from India and India is the cradle of civilization.A wafer thin plot submerged between verses lifted from some journals and the writer's own version of religion.For a guy who chose the pseudonym Shawn Haigins for this book,its ironical that he refers to Hinduism and India as the source from which all religions have originated.The most
Manikanta Avinash
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own-a-copy
This is one of the best novels I have ever read and I am proud that it was written by an Indian. Its definitely way better than Da Vinci Code(maybe I am partial to him as he is an Indian). He is India's answer to people who think CB is the face of Indian writing. Though his narration looks a bit similar to Dan Brown's, the way he handled the story is highly commendable. He almost convinces you on everything he tries to say though I feel he went a bit overboard in driving the point(but I am defi ...more
Jun 24, 2012 added it
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I hated it.

Ok honestly, I can't really say that because I am neutral towards this book. It was fascinating, yes. But at some point, I just wanted to throw it away.

WHY would someone play with religion? It shatters the utter faith that people have. Maybe it divides people but that doesn't mean you need to unify it?! Jesus in India with a Muslim hierarchy! Wow, WHO would even think of that?

While some might consider this 'AH! he is a genius', some might just say ' DAFUQ did I just read?'. I don't
Dec 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
I am sorry I read this book, but not for this harsh review. It is evident that the author has put in a lot of effort in writing this, his first novel. However, effort is not the criterion on which you judge whether to read a book or not.

Was it entertaining? Mildly so.
Was reading the book worth it? Certainly not.

I really regret the time, money and energy spent on reading this book. For various reasons. Firstly, it was like a telephone directory. Too many characters with hardly any plot. By the s
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was curious to read this book after reading Chanakya's Chant by Ashwin Sanghi. However, this book disappointed me.

Ashwin seems to show off his knowledge and research throughout the book. Sure he has done tremendous research on religions and has good knowledge about the subject. But he lacks the skills to present it in a way that one understands it without getting confused.

Also, he takes you to different time periods from anywhere and to many levels which takes you away from the main storylin
Vaiibhav Nigam
The Rozabal Line, an Indian version of Da Vinci Code, starts very well and binds the reader for the first couple of chapters. It then takes a very large number of incidents spread across space and time and knits them into a good storyline to set up a climax that could do Ludlum or Dan Brown proud. The plot is intricate and unpredictable, though not entirely new. Dan Brown's influence is evident, as is the author's interest in world history.
Ashwin Sanghi has taken up the creative liberty of using
Arun Divakar
Mar 23, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book and the tale contained in it builds its foundations on two best-seller ideas : Religious fanaticism that later morphed to terrorism and the idea of a religious thriller (aka Da Vinci Code). There is a lot of information in this book about world religions and secret societies and conspiracies and so on. Meant to be a jaw-dropping- revelation genre of fiction, it ends up resembling a completely muddled and bewildered child on the eve of exams.

The author tries to weave the strands of a th
The Rozabal Line is Ashwin Sanghi’s first novel, which he published under a pseudonym (Shawn Haigins) with Lulu Press, a self publishing firm. It was later published by Westland.

The Rozabal Line, an Indian version of Da Vinci Code, starts very well, and binds the reader for the first couple of chapters. It then takes a very large number of incidents spread across space and time, and knits them into a good storyline to set up a climax that could do Ludlum or Dan Brown proud. The plot is intricate
Riju Ganguly
Jun 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Many moons ago, there came upon these hands a book. It talked about shocking secrets, history's greatest mysteries, conspiracies, love, and redemption. Not only my humble self, but the world itself seemed to take a collective breath, and wait for the explosion to come.
It came.
It broke all records in terms of sale. Became an unbelievable bestseller rivaling the Bible and Harry Potter series. Spawned mimics too numerous to count. Gave rise to an entire armada of pretenders and would-be-usurpers.
Riku Sayuj
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Bit weak on story but engaging at times...
Jan 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was perhaps in a Stephen King book (possibly Hearts in Atlantis, but I may be wrong) that I had read a character telling the other to give every book a chance in the form of 20 pages. If the first 20 pages don't grab you then stop reading, but if you make it past 20, then you owe it to the book to see it all the way through.

I curse you, Mr. King for saying this, as that is the only reason I stuck all the way through this horrid, horrid book.

This book, purportedly in the vein of Da Vinci Code
The underlying theme that resonates throughout this book is 'History repeats itself'. Or mumbo-jumbo repeats itself. Whatever.

I really don't know what to make of this book. I appreciate the amount of research Ashwin Sanghi has put into writing his first novel & that he attempted at writing the first-ever Indian theological thriller (as far as I'm aware). He dared to write a book of magnanimous scope, which he comes really close to getting it right but eventually misses the mark.

I'm not gonna eve
Jul 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
I have quite a bit of interest in Hindu mythology, so I had a bias going in. It would be fair to say that it also gave me the patience to sit through the back stories that constantly intersperse the narrative.

The thing I admire most about this book is the painstaking research that the author seems to have done. (all references have been diligently acknowledged) I've read books that require research and mix fact and fiction (eg.Michener), but in this case, the research is across cultures and rel
Muddle head
Jun 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: indian-fiction, i-own
Two and a half stars!

Can't help but compare it with Da Vinci Code. It's got a similar concept, about Jesus being a flesh n blood human and his subsequent marriage with Mary Magdalene and their lineage. That's where the similarity stops. Ashwin talks a lot of the Indian connection to Jesus and Mary, their roots in Buddhism and the links across various avatars of Gods across diff religions, all tied together by the philosophy of Karma, re-birth etc.

This book, has a feeble plot, feeble bcoz it's be
Anil Swarup
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Very rarely do you come across a book of fiction so well researched. This is one such book that attempts to display the "common grounding" of all the religions. The author comes up with apparently incredible intrepretation like "How many people realise that the Hindu God Krishna's mother was 'Yeshu-da', the mother of Yeshua?". He even links Christianity to Budha : "Who recalls that Buddha's wife was 'Yeshu-dhara', the wife of Yeshua?" The author very painstakingly weaves his argument through ill ...more
Vikas Singh
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-book
I found this book more interesting and gripping than Dan Brown's Inferno. I am making this comment because frequently Ashwin is compared to him. For a long time there has been a theory that Jesus had escaped to India after crucification and this forms the opening of this book. The book is so fast paced that i completed it in one sitting. Too many characters keep floating. However the weakest link in the book is its ending almost too abrupt.
Rohan Sangodkar
Aug 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2020
1.5 stars, since a single star is only reserved for unreadable.
This book is bizarre. Does not even make sense in most of the parts. Every now and then it feels like you are reading half drugged Dan Brown. The only good part I felt was that I came to know about a few of the cult groups which are spread around the world and I might further my reading about them.
Not recommended unless this is the last book available.
Faraaz Kazi
The Rozabal line, a brilliant conspiracy thriller was formerly a self-published book by Shawn Higgins aka Ashwin Sanghi (he used the pseudonym to connect with the foreign audience). Just goes to see, how many good books don’t see the light of publication but this was just a temporary problem for the author. Seeing its success, it was introduced in India by Tata’s Westland publishers and I swear, it hasn’t disappointed anyone. The book at times might seem too factual but let’s give it to the auth ...more
Sriram Srinivasan
May 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
Oh God!!!!

I was at the library and saw this one (Having recently heard about the hype about the authors other books, I decided to try it). The cover said "Theological Thriiler" alone with a quote from The Week saying " Dan Brown has an Indian challenger in Ashwin Sanghi" and I thought, will lets what its about. That was the mistake.

Where to start, this is like a 300 page novel where he introduced nearly 300 characters, about 100 places all around the globe and also just cuts across time zones a
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Maha Sasidharan
Shelves: historical-reads
Though I couldn't able to connect myself with the book, I must concede that it was indeed, a great novel with plethora of information. After reading, I was sceptical about the research that the author had done. How could a man shower loads of data in just 350 pages? He must have gone through days and nights of ceaseless research. But I would say all those were in vain. All that the book did was to lead me into CONFUSIONS. Mr. Sanghi has done an incredible job of confusing me. Great.

Firstly, this
Alok Gunjan
Jul 29, 2012 rated it liked it
I read this book after reading chankya chant and had great expectations from it.
Boy , I was disappointed. While in chankya chant the context switch were frequent it still did justice to the story. This book on other hand had a context switch or a era change or whatever u call them every 20 words or so . This made it very difficult to keep track of actual story. Too many character with similiar names / souls added to the confusion.
However overall the story is good and has decent research behind i
Sreelakshmy Govindan
Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-owned
I am always excited to read about religious - mythological - fiction books. Be it any religion. Naturally Ashwin Sanghi's Rozabal line instilled the curiosity in me and this was a book I was meaning to read for a very long time and never did.

Let me start the review by saying that I absolutely loved the story premise. Till the very end the author kept me guessing what would happen at the end. I also loved how he tried to bring the story by speculating that Mary Magdalene was a high priestess wit
Arpit Agrawal
Apr 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've probably never read a book that was so hard to read and had so little to learn from. Extremely poorly written, too much repetition, utmost disregard to basic etymology and linguistics, conspiracy theories extended beyond they should have been and finally a climax without closure. If anything, this book is only a good test of your patience.
Rahul Khatri
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Truth be told .... I picked this book after reading Chanakya's chant and The Krishna Key but held upnwith a bit disappointment . No doubt its one of the best Theological Thriller I'd ever read . Author had done vast research in giving his point of view but the plot layout fails at many stances BUT Author had let me say " Ashwin Sanghi had knock down Dan Brown " Yup . Book is damn Good with facts available .....even much better than Dan Brown's The da vinci code but again lacks only in plot layou ...more
Keerthi Purushothaman
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
I admit that I was initially apprehensive about Sanghi's works with everyone calling him the Indian Dan Brown. So I decided to read his books chronologically starting with The Rozabal Line. Having read only The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons of Dan Brown till date, I found that the Rozabal Line combined both concepts of Mary Magdalene and the Illuminati, not so cleverly. The plot revolves around the assumption that Islam and Christianity were never on two different sides of the religious war ...more
John Mathai
Sep 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Rozabal Line isn't just a book about the tomb of Rozabal in Kashmir. Rather, in the initial chapters itself it transports you round the world in a tizzy of events, people, religion and time. Written in the form of a timeline diary, it swings back and forth among eras bygone and the present as well as the future, connecting and often reincarnating events and people in the light of things as they are. Work of fiction though it is, the narrative reads like a modern-day cold-blooded terror magaz ...more
Shruti Renjit
Oct 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
As much as Sanghi calls this book a work of fiction, you can't help but realize the authenticity of certain declarations that eventually does a good job in becoming an eye opener. I was intrigued and sated when so many questions all through the years were finally answered after reading this book. I always loved exploring the subject of genealogy and so many years back, much before Dan Brown and his novels came to the limelight, I had stumbled upon so many articles about the true reason behind Ch ...more
Harish Challapalli
What to say!! So many historical occurrences, characters, codes, symbols, anagrams, faith, fiction!!

The Rozabal Line!! It is a historical fiction under the genre of thriller with the subject of Jesus having survived the crucifixion and spent his post-crucifixion days in India. It goes in the same line of DaVinciCode and got inspired from many other books as quoted by the author at the end of the book.

The story goes back and forth through continents and centuries. The author's shrewd intelligenc
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Ashwin Sanghi—entrepreneur by day, novelist by night—has all the usual qualifications of an Indian businessman. Schooling at the Cathedral & John Connon School, a B.A. (Economics) from St. Xavier’s College, and an M.B.A. (Finance) from the Yale School of Management. Besides being a businessman, Ashwin manages a parallel career as writer of fiction. Ashwin’s first novel, ‘The Rozabal Line’ was orig ...more

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