About the Book :
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 ab- sence of accepted morals, he becomes the most power- ful 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 weak edges of both forces against each other, he pulls off a wicked and astonishing victory and suc- ceeds in installing Chandragupta on the throne of the mighty Mauryan empire.
History knows him as the brilliant strategist Chanakya.
Satisfied and a little bored by his success as a kingmaker, through the simple summoning of his gifted mind, he recedes into the shadows to write his Artha- shastra, the science of wealth .
But history, which exults in repeating itself, revives Chanakya two and a half millennia later, in the avatar of Gangasagar Mishra, a Brahmin teacher in smalltown India who becomes puppeteer to a host of ambitious individuals including a certain slumchild who grows up into a beautiful and powerful woman.
Modern India happens to be just as riven as ancient Bharat by class hatred, corruption and divisive politics and this landscape is Gangasagar s feasting ground. Can this wily pandit who preys on greed, venality and sexual deviance bring about another miracle of a united India?
Will Chanakya s chant work again?
Ashwin Sanghi, the bestselling author of The Rozabal Line, brings you yet another historical spinechiller.
About the Author :
An entrepreneur by profession, Ashwin Sanghi writes extensively on history, religion and politics in his spare time, but historical fiction in the thriller genre is his passion and hobby. Sanghi holds a master s degree from Yale. He lives in India with his wife Anushika and son Raghuvir.
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The tile, cover, and preface can misguide you into reading this book with high expectations. There are two story lines. One is a bollywood masala type pot boiler wherein the characterisation has drawn pseudo references from real life politicians. No big deal. The other narrative is a debatable, distorted, roughly edited version of Chanakya's era. The two narratives are inter-leaved like two different decks of playing cards shuffled together though till the end one would not figure out the relevance of doing so. The last straw on the camel's back comes out of the irresponsible and un-necessary usage of filthy abusive language. In short, a waste of time....
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