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Its not like watching a movie that even if it doesn't turn ...
Reviewed in India on 7 June 2018
Just finished Ashwin Sanghi's- 'The Krishna Key'. It took me some 10 days to reach the end. Judging by that one can failry guess how intriguing or captivating the book is.
I read the synopsis of the book before I bought the novel. If I had to write a review of the synopsis that is written at the back of the book I'd give it 5/5. More than the reviews by others who have already read the book it is the synopsis that has always mattered to me when buying a novel. But after reading The krishna Key , I probably wont rely on synopsis alone for a book from same author. Its not like watching a movie that even if it doesn't turn out to be good , it doesn't matter as I have invested only two hours in it. In a book hours and hours of effort goes into. So if a book doesn't turn out to be good as it could have been or as you'd have expected it to then in the end you only feel unsatisfied and feel like you've wasted hours into it.
Talking about the book there are many flaws in it. First of all its not a thriller! Of course the author has tried to make it a thriller but it fails to enthral. The strength of some characters changed multiple times. For example - the lady inspector when introduced she was said to have - 'beagle like ability to follow the scent to its source , dogeddness of a mule and strength of an ox!' .Point taken. But 60% in to the book and that changes completely. Of course she has changed sides but now she is frail , fragile ,out of ideas and clueless. We knew her as someone who didn't take long in solving her cases but towards the end she was keen on dropping the case! Totally disliked it. Problem was I was already two third in to the book. Too late to drop. The only reason that kept me going was the epic tales from Lord Krishna's life and tales from Mahabharata. If you say this book is unputdownable then this has to be the only reason. Even in the tales section it is not flawless though - at one point the author mentions that Krishna gave up his life under a peepal tree and at other he says Krishna gave up his life under Banyan tree. The protagonist - the historian suddenly knows something that helps him in solving a riddle and then suddenly he doesn't because of which they are stuck. Next time he knows more and that helps him proceed further. This can't be unless he went back to doing some research or study of his own related to the matter. Also the hapless ending it was like you worked so long for something precious and threw it away when you are about to lay your hands on it. Just the last 2 pages were so disappointing that I felt like tearing those and writing 2 pages on my own in stead.
I could list out many reasons not to read this book while only one in favour of reading the book - Tales from Lord krishna's life.
My rating - 3/10