The Krishna Key

The Krishna Key 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 KaliyugIn Modern Times, A Poor Little Rich Boy Grows Up Believing That He Is That Final AvatarOnly, He Is A Serial KillerIn This Heart Stopping Tale, 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 MankindHistorian Ravi Mohan Saini Must Breathlessly Dash 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 From The Sand Washed Ruins Of Kalibangan To A Vrindavan Temple Destroyed By Aurangzeb, Saini Must Also Delve Into Antiquity To Prevent A Gross Miscarriage Of JusticeAshwin Sanghi Brings You Yet Another Exhaustively Researched Whopper Of A Plot, While Providing An Incredible Alternative Interpretation Of The Vedic Age That Will Be Relished By Conspiracy Buffs And Thriller Addicts Alike

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

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  • The Krishna Key
  • Ashwin Sanghi
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  • 08 April 2017
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10 thoughts on “The Krishna Key

  1. says:

    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 checkAn ancient secret relating to history and mythology checkMacabre deaths of scientists other academics checkBeautiful female sidekick checkReligious symbolism checkSolving secret codes, puzzles checkAnagrams checkDelusional, not very psychopathic killer checkUnlikely villain revealed towards the end checkNow this is not a big deal Since so many writers across the world have tried to emulate Dan Brown s record breaking success by creating a suitable concoction of history, modern science and numerous conspiracy theories I have read a slew of such books especially by James Rollins and Sam Bourne and found them to be passably entertaining nothing close to the Da Vinci Code awesomeness though But The Krishna Key, misses the point somewhere It failed to to give me those goosebumps inducing moments that I have come to associate with books of this genre or make me care about the characters or the mystery.Don t get me wrong I am a sworn Ashwin Sanghi fan and I loved his Chanakya s Chant to death, which was quite a well written political thriller But The Krishna Key is unable to stitch together a coherent narrative It focuses too much on the history and the mythological explanations, while ignoring important aspects of a novel like a solid narrative, the characterization and sometimes even logic view spoiler Towards the beginning of the novel, when Priya Ratnani tags along with Professor Ravi Mohan Saini, both of them being assisted by her father, I was unable to comprehend as to why a father would encourage his daughter to be on the run with a suspect in a murder case Later on, of course, this is explained But my common sense tells me Ravi Saini should have found this odd at the time Then there s the case of the events at the Somnath Temple and Mount Kailash That part of the book was completely wasted on depicting wild goose chases, which had very little to do with furthering the plot and mind you, I know the importance of wild goose chases in novels of this sort hide spoiler

  2. says:

    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 please bear with me Or skip to the end for the TL DR version 1 If anybody is labouring under the delusion that this is a book with a plot or a story, filled with action, intrigue, conflicts, resolutions and happy endings, let me stop you right here This isn t so much a novel as one giant ass lesson in history, mythology and theology EVERYTHING that happens in the book is done for the sole reason to allow Sanghi to include as much of his research as possible into the book.2 While the amount of research gone into this book is commendable and I admit there is no way I can read through all the material mentioned in the appendix to verify or refute his theory , at times it feels like Sanghi is just trying a little too hard to connect everything literally to India Krishna Vedas I mean, Noah He of the Ark actually comes from Naoh Hindi word for boat Really 3 Sanghi has made use of the omniscient POV my least favourite kind while writing this book This means that we get to know everything, everyone of the characters is thinking or saying or doing at all times which can be an overload of information It also means, we don t get to spend enough quality time with any of the characters to be able to develop an attachment to them, and end up not caring about anything that happens to any of them One of the characters nearly dies in an avalanche Don t care He is bleeding to death Yawn All of a sudden, with nothing leading to it whatsoever, they re in love now Watching paint dry is exciting than these two They are trapped in a cave in Can we get on with the story already 4 The writing is awful Justno The descriptions of characters are extremely cringe worthy and give the impression that Sanghi has only the vaguest ideas of how most Indians look like He had been blessed with godlike physical charms and unblemished complexion She had the body of a Rajput warrior queen and the analytical mind of a Tamil engineer His outward appearance was that of a geek ill fitting clothes, uncombed hair face was blemished with acne and his personal hygiene left a lot to be desired this last one made my blood boil a little because, not only do I consider myself a geek and find this extremely offensive, but, also, it is SO CLEARLY stereotypical and LAZY, that it leaves no room for any doubt that Sanghi doesn t give two hoots for his characters he only needs them as a mouthpiece to show off his research On his balding head was a straw hat that gave him the appearance of a mafia donHalf the time, the characters say things that are so unbelievable, that even suspension of disbelief doesn t quite work here Imagine, if you will, an Indian cop who says things like Cat got your tongue Your femme fatale friend Talking about jail Welcome to Hotel California You can check in any time but you can never leave 5 The editing is careless, to say the least I can recall two instances page 301 and 389 where Radhika and Saini are referred to as Priya, respectively 6 At one point, Saini, an Indian professor, says to Priya, fellow Indian For your information, a yojana is about nine American miles Excuse me Since when did Indians stop using the metric system It is things like this that make me loathe to pick up books by Indian authors From this one statement, it is SO OBVIOUS that Sanghi has written this book keeping probably non existent American readers in mind, while the truth is that almost all of his readers will be Indians because, c mon, which American in his right mind will want to read a Da Vinci Code rip off Know your audience, Sanghi DO NOT ALIENATE THEM.7 Sanghi has a habit of over sharing Throughout the book we are told that the characters are wearing Reebok shoes or Levis jeans or carrying a Samsung Galaxy XCover or using an Apple iPad or driving a Yamaha bike with a 150cc engine or smoking a Cohiba cigar Are you being paid to endorse these products, Sanghi No Then quit it, because and I cannot emphasize this enough NOBODY CARES Give us a gist of the scene and settings, and leave the rest to our imagination Do not spoon feed us and insult our intelligence 8 Speaking of insulting the reader s intelligence, Sanghi also has a habit of re iterating key passages of the book during a big reveal In italics I can almost hear his voice in my head going, Look See Here s the twist in the story BUT I HAD ALREADY HINTED ABOUT IT BEFORE See how smart I am And since you re too stupid to figure it out on your own, I m going to remind you about the hint by typing it again In italics Because that s how it s supposed to be done 9 Finally, let s talk about the plot Can I say, contrived much So we begin with a Mr Varshney, who starts off the whole thing by giving Saini a VERY IMPORTANT ancient seal He tells Saini to safeguard it for him as he is afraid his life might be in danger Question, WHY is his life in danger, Mr Sanghi What gave him the idea What did he figure find out that led him to believe that what he has in his possession is also wanted by dangerous people who will stop at nothing to obtain it, and that he has to give it to FOUR different people to keep it safe, all of whom HAPPEN to be descendants of Krishna How did he convince those people to do this favour for him Also, Every character we ever meet conveniently has an abundance of knowledge on Indian history and can spout them at will Even the so called mob boss knows the ins and outs of Krishna s escapades, as well as detailed info on nuclear transmutations Don t expect us to just go along with your story, Sanghi, make it believable 10 The ending Oh God, the ending The norm in reading a book is that the ending is supposed make the rest of the journey worthwhile That s the whole point of the book Sanghi spectacularly fails in this The ending is so abysmally done, you feel like tearing at your hair and throwing the book at the nearest wall, for having wasted your precious time on this drivel Through the whole book, they gather the seals, escape from death, travel across the country, only to be told, and in turn tell us, that paraphrasing we should aim to be better people in life and only then we can be happy Not a peep about the seals or the Krishna Key after that So everybody in the book died for this I READ THROUGH ALL THAT CRAP FOR THIS TL DR Less thrills and facepalms Terrible writing Shoddy editing Contrived plot No story Severely lame ending Too much historical information stuffed into one book Don t bother reading unless you re a Indian mythology Conspiracy theory buff.P.S I am embarrassed to admit that I didn t see the reveal of Mataji coming But that might be because I really didn t care about the story at that point.

  3. says:

    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 suspects, while little do authorities realise that Professor Saini is one of the targets too In order to save himself from the actual murderer and the police, he has no other choice than to solve the puzzle The only people he can rely on are a doctoral student and a criminal lawyer The chase and the hunt begin as Professor Saini tries to bring together all the four parts and put together the Krishna key.Does the plot sound familiar to you Yes, the plot is similar to that of Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown and Professor Saini s character similar to Robert Langdon Since I have also watched the movie Tom Hanks kept popping up in my mind while reading this book If I had not known about Da Vinci Code, I would probably be going all gaga over this book But the fact remains that I do know and so this book feels like nothing but an Indian adaption of the original Even if I look at it that way, there s still a problem with it since it is very clear that the author has written the book in a way so as to cater to the International market Some of the common terms in India have been replaced by the common American terms for the same thing I mean really It s like getting a plate of authentic Chinese Fried Rice, adding a bit of ghee and black pepper stir frying it and then selling it back to the Chinese under the name of Pulayo Granted that the author has tried to take a different approach, but with the similar outline and protagonist, it is difficult to be different However, I have to acknowledge the hard work that the Author must have put into the book From Mahabharata to the Vedas to the different Indian civilizations, he has thoroughly reasearched everything I had no idea about a lot of things that were mentioned in the book and I was intrigued enough to actually look them up Also, to actually build that information up and providing them in a package of thriller must have been difficult Ashwin Sanghi command over the language is extremely good With a few exceptions of very clich d dialogues and intentional use of American terms, his language is definitely a plus point of the book.So overall, I would say that this book excels in aspects of research that has gone into it and also its presentation It would serve as a good and healthy dose of Indian history, but end of the day, it still reminds me too much of Da Vinci Code and since that was published first the credit of originality definitely goes to Dan Brown Would I recommend this book to anyone Perhaps I would recommend this book those who are interested in reading about Indian mythology history and also to those who haven t read Dan Brown.

  4. says:

    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, The Golden Temple Express.In any case, The Krishna Key is nothing than a incoherent rambling of a Pro Right wing mind I am not sure whether the author understand the meaning of research or whether mentioning some so called research papers of dubious origin in bibliography at the end of the book would make it look like a well researched book I am seriously skeptical about both The author have made such comical assumptions and hypothesis that it is hard to distinguish at times whether you are reading a mystery or the manifesto of some Right wing organization like RSS or BJP Seriously, believe me , they have a large quantity of such literature meant to brainwash children in Sishu Mandir schools and RSS cadres Not to deviate from the point This books jumps and meanders aimlessly from topic to topic including, nuclear war, nuclear missiles, alchemy, atomic power plants, numerology, mythology, vedas, Mahabharata and modern times I assume such a random and seemingly unrelated course was taken just to fill up the stipulated numbers of pages mentioned in the publisher s agreement and writers contract The characters are poor caricature of real life people and can be best described as cardboardish A college professor who knows everything, a killer who kills in broad daylight, a femme fatale who is a Krishna devotee, a tough honest cop whose staple diet is almonds plus cigarette, a gangster from Mumbai, a corrupt cop who is a CBI director and sundry other funny and useless characters that neither contributes to the story line nor takes the narration forward You know what kind of thriller you are reading when the main villains are called Mataji Vakeel and Sir Khan Our own desi Mogambo, the sci fi villain eternally etched in Indian psyche would have been proud of these names The narration is so tedious that the same facts appear and reappears millions of times in the book The dialogues between the various characters appears like choreographed QA sessions Yawn inducing and totally unnecessary It s a shame that neither Indian film directors nor Indian writers have learned the subtle art of conveying information to their audiences Reading The Krishna Key conversation part is akin to watching a B grade Bollywood movie with banal dialogues and too much verbal diarrhea Now let us deconstruct the originality of the book People might argue the similarity with Dan Brown are many, but I wont even dream to compare this pathetic book with the highly entertaining books from Mr Brown Forget about it, just because The Krishna Key is based on a story of historical conspiracy doesn t elevates it to the standard of The Da Vinci Code In fact the book is nothing than 40% of the grand epic Mahabharata which is narrated at the start of each new chapter There are 108 chapters and so the entire Mahabharata from start to finish is summarized part by part at the beginning of each chapters 20% of the book is an exact copy replica of various articles from Wikipedia It s a verbatim copy so much so that the author have not even bothered to change a single word or picture from those Wikipedia articles 10% of the book is the repetition of the same facts, dialogues, situations that are mentioned in the previous chapters and keep on appearing in every alternate chapter Comical ideas that Vishnu and Shiva are the same energies in opposite direction are mentioned The proof according to the author is S H I V Lord Shiva is exact opposite of V I S H Lord Vishnu Now I being a fairly learned student of mythology can t remember a single instance where our Lord Vishnu has been mentioned as VISH The author has fabricated names of the Lords to fit his stupid conspiracy theory The childishness, not let me rephrase for lack of abetter word, the stupidity and immaturity of the fundamental premise can be accounted from the fact that this opposite VISH SHIV argument is thrown at every QA type conversation through out the book The remaining 30% of the book is a strange amalgamation of some mindfuck historical facts whose authenticity is highly questionable All these incoherent crap is inserted in a wafer thin storyline I was not able to understand what the story was, neither was I able to understand why the climax was based on the popular e mail that originated a few years ago stating Taj Mahal is a Hindu temple I am sure many of you have seen that email that states Taj Mahal was actually called Tejo Mahalaya meaning the abode of Lord Shiva The author have taken that email and weaved the climax of this book around that email Hat s off to the originality To end the review, I just want to say this is one of the worst book, I have read in recent time Do not waste your time and money on this book Grab a classic and enjoy it.

  5. says:

    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, Varshney distributes the seals among four of his friends or genetic brothers , little knowing he s putting himself and his friends in the path of a serial killer, Taarak Vakil The latter considers himself to be the tenth avatar of Lord Vishnu and is out to get what he thinks belongs to him Result Varshney is the first one to get eliminated but not before he s passed on his secret to his friend, Ravi Mohan Saini A professor of mythology, Saini seems like the perfect fit to take over from where his friend left off but he s also the prime suspect in Varshney murder case With the police on his chase, how will Saini prove himself not guilty What will happen to the other three people who also have the ancient seals from Varshney Did Krishna truly leave behind a legacy Can Ravi Mohan Saini unravel this secret The Krishna Key is an interesting read for mythology buffs and conspiracy theorists The book is tightly scripted with each chapter beginning with a story about Krishna, followed by its parallel drawn from modern times The plot is wonderfully paced and the story is well researched Having a professor of mythology as the key protagonist works well as he is the only who can make sense of those countless riddles, mythological references, anagrams, cryptic puzzles, Sanskrit shlokas and messages hidden from Mount Kailash to Taj Mahal Add to it a serial killer and a Mumbai don and that s all you need for a perfect thriller Ashwin Sanghi is a gifted writer and has done immense research which is apparent in his writing but like Dan Brown, he s dumped a lot of information on the reader which could have been avoided Aside that, the novel has an interesting cast, their backgrounds nicely explained and motives sufficiently clear Overall, I found it an interesting novel.

  6. says:

    Genre Thriller, Mystery, Crime.Publication Date 2012 The book is packed with history, suspense, crime and emotions The approach to the story history and the character who is a scholar turned detective reminds me of Dan Brown style writing The parallel running of stories of Krishna and that of the protagonist is exciting The back stories and the plot twists makes the book very engaging and interesting Its a great read and has also opened my eyes to the fact that historical figures are much than they appear and so are we.

  7. says:

    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 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 authenticity This mythological journey has been very enriching and I actually read the story of MAHABHARAT, which I wanted.It is full of suspense, twists and turns with very interesting ending It made me realize the essence of life Simplicity

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    Background 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.Characters 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 family loss and her subordinate Rathore Other characters who play important roles at times are Taarak Vakil, the villian, and a CBI director with grey shades.Various mini characters historians and scientists, mainly have their share too in providing the historical and mysterious flavour to the story The reader will like them in regard to the shape their involvement with the protagonists gives to the story.Not all characters are well established but such ain t missed as the story has its own pace to follow.Story In author s own words 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 This pretext is sufficient enough to guess what is the theme of this novel Yes, it s a Krishna based story but of modern times Every chapter begins with first person narrative of Krishna, and then the story in our times continues It is all about discovery of what precious thing did He leave here on earth when he left shredded his mortal form after the Mahabharata war.There are so many mythological and historical facts embedded and weaved into the story which most of us had no idea earlier of their being into existence Like the Mahabharata war date has been factually calculated based on simulations, then there are the submerged ruins of Dwarka, among various others including Mt Kailash, Somnath temple, Mathura, Vrindavan, Kalibangan, among others.Writing is plain and lucid And the end of the story is a welcome conclusion, as much as the journey to the end is thrilling and exciting.Likes The amount of research Ashwin has gone into just to make the book authentic and chilling.Fast paced full Indian adventureTwists and turns keep the guessing game at fingertipsPlethora of Indian mythological information for mytho n history buffs out thereExpectations Dislikes The character of Taarak Vakil which starts out as a dreaded villian seems to get lost taking orders from his spiritual boss and gets into the role of a mere side villian after half of the novel Could have been avoided or given a better shape Well, nonetheless, the novel is author s treat to us, and I, as a matter of fact, truly loved it, savored it, devoured it.Overall, 4.75 out of 5 stars earlier have read d first 5 chapters of this novel as provided free online by the author Ashwin Sanghi have to admit. d conspiracy thrill build up is natural and adventurousI have read his The Rozabal Line 4 stars from me and found it super cool Currently reading his Chanakya Chant. going v.good 4 stars again These 2 books, plus d excerpt of The Krishna Key. I m bound to say that he is the Dan Brown of India just awesome The novel is about to come in late August 2012 and I have already pre ordered it from Flipkart due to sm reason. otherws I would have ordered it from Indiaplaza

  9. says:

    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 the reader into believing this fictional tale It is an excellent mix of sci fi, fantasy, action and adventure, something like Dan Brown s writings The research into ancient scriptures and Indian mythology is deep, unlike many newbie authors who end up being shallow in such departments The gist of the plot is succinctly captured in the blurb, so I am not going into any of it here Instead, I must comment on the style of writing of the author the approach that the author seems to have taken in writing this novel It becomes apparent the author has written this novel with an international audience in mind There are many instances where I couldn t help smile at the result of this deliberate attempt to belong to a wider audience and mostly US audience at that For instance, there is a narrative that describes an Indian police officer arresting an important character At the time of arrest, the officer informs the accused that a certain Article of the Indian Constitution gives him the right against self incrimination, and that he may wish to engage a lawyer This style of presentation is alien and made up It does not happen in India this way Police officer comes and arrests simple That s how it happens in India This is clearly an attempt at making the novel international, since audiences today are fed an overdose of Hollywood movies you have the right to remain silent , etc.the Miranda rights A petrol pump , which is the standard term used in India, instead becomes a gas station Characters have sandwiches and coffee at a road side eatery, rather than standard Indian dishes There are various other smaller instances likewise where I couldn t help get a similar feeling Another thing the book lacks is character development As with many other high octane adventure centric plots, the emphasis is on the thrill of the moment rather than in depth characterisation Finally, the end is rather abrupt, sudden and a bit of an anti climax These hiccups do not take away from the inherent attraction of the novel, though It is intended to be a thriller, and that it does Good quality entertainment.

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    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 with this mind numbing, stomach churning drivel any Scratching the wall with my nails would probably be bearable than reading this trash.That the book is a sordid rip off of the American novel The Da Vinci Code is a given almost every body has said that I wonder how he didn t get into trouble for Intellectual Property law The book meanders through a plot that is as insipid as flat Coke His main characters are clueless, bungling fools, who seem to be detached from real emotions, logic or reason Why, even the evil characters seem to have green horns and they keep prancing around the plot as if to say, See I am SO EVIL, and smart Be AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID Anyway, I have long since given up on the book I don t know how the story ends, because I frankly don t care I enjoyed the history lessons though, and I did read some of the reference material that is cited at the end of the book I daresay that some of the blogs and articles were interesting than this charade of a novel.Better luck next time, Mr Sanghi

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