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Chanakya's Chant by Ashwin Sanghi Chanakya's Chant is a thrilling novel that tells its readers about a sharp parallel story between two individuals. One of these individuals is the very person who brought the scattered Indian subcontinent under the reign of Chandragupta Maurya-Chanakya. Chanakya is one of the wisest political strategists to have ever lived in the history of India. The second protagonist is Gangasagar Mishra, who is a rather insignificant Brahmin teacher, who seems to be struggling to make ends meet, but is actually a reincarnation of Chanakya himself. The author gives you an intricately woven plot that is set in two parallel worlds, but is tied together by its two protagonists, namely Chanakya and Gangasagar.

Article Id: Chanakya's Chant is a novel written by Indian author Ashwin Sanghi. It was written two years after his first novel The Rozabal Line was released in India. Chanakya's Chant was released on January 26, and entered all major Indian national bestseller lists within two months. The year BC. A hunted, haunted Brahmin youth vows revenge for the gruesome murder of his beloved father.

Cold, calculating, cruel and armed with 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 weak edges of both forces against each other, he pulls off a wicked and astonishing victory and succeeds 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 Arthashastra , the science of wealth. But history, which exults in repeating itself, revives Chanakya two and a half millennium later, in the form of Gangasagar Mishra, a Brahmin teacher in a small town of India who becomes a puppteer to a host of ambitious individuals-including a certain slum child who grows up to be a beautiful and a powerful woman.

Modern India happens to be just as riven as ancient bharat by class hatred, corruption and divisive politics and this happens to be 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 the Chanakya Chant work again? The book has been well received by critics. So really the scams, scandals, corruption, collateral damage, war mongering, innocent deaths, communal riots — all the ills that we accuse the modern day politicians of -are nothing new. My Dashboard Get Published. Sign in with your eLibrary Card close. Flag as Inappropriate. Email this Article. Pitting the weak edges of both forces against each other, he pulls off a wicked and astonishing victory and succeeds in installing Chandragupta on the throne of the mighty Mauryan empire.

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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.

Can this wily pandit—who preys on greed, venality and sexual deviance—bring about another miracle of a united India? Ashwin Sanghi, the bestselling author of The Rozabal Line, brings you yet another historical spinechiller. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published January 26th by Westland Limited first published January 1st More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Chanakya's Chant , please sign up. Why did Gangasagar want Chandini to be the Prime Minister. Chanakya's motive was to avenge his father's death and put an end to Dhananda's rule Vaibhav Vats Chanakya's motive to avenge his father's death is one thing.

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Chankya picked Chandragupta Maurya a child to be the emperor of Magadh is another thing …more 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 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. What purpose does she served? Likewise Chanakya wanted Chandragupta to be the king because he wanted a unified Bharat. Vaibhav Vats Gangasagar was after power.

Power of money and politics. So he picked Chandini to be his sword and what ever came her way to block his Gangasagar's …more Gangasagar was after power. So he picked Chandini to be his sword and what ever came her way to block his Gangasagar's purpose he just destroyed that by the shield of his intellect and ruthlessness.

Purpose, Chandini would have served as a PM was to put Gangasagar on high command. She was the front end, he would have been the backend had he lived any longer. See all 6 questions about Chanakya's Chant…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews.

Showing Rating details. Sort order. Feb 25, Prashanth 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: The dialogues are so uninspired as to be excruciating- they borrow liberally and unimaginatively from a random book of quotations and also the delectable BBC TV series "Yes Minister" and "Yes Prime Minister" for effect, and are served up simplistically without any respect whatsoever for the reader's intelligence.

One wonders why the author could not have taken the effort to make the dialogues more original and effective by recasting whatever pearls of wisdom he found relevant to his tales in his own words, and in a much wittier manner. To the author's credit, he does provide a list of references and acknowledgments for his research in which the reader's suspicions are confirmed- that this novel was intellectually and in literary terms an effort steeped in complacence and mediocrity, if not outright indolence and by relying on regurgitation of popular quotes for inspiration fritters away magnificently, a great opportunity to not only revitalize, by retelling, an ancient Indian tale but also to comment with insight and wisdom on the murky world of contemporary Indian politics.

Will be meticulously laying off Ashwin Sanghi's works in future. View all 8 comments. Sep 30, Samadrita rated it liked it Shelves: 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 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 latter one deals with Gangasagar Mishra, a Chanakya-like character, who plays kingmaker in modern India.

The book begins on an eerie note as we are introduced to an ailing Gangasagar Mishra, awaiting his imminent death in a hospital ward, while he watches his protege of years, Chandini Gupta, get shot while taking oath as the eighteenth Prime Minister of India on television. Soon after this we find ourselves plunging headlong into the core of the story - the early life of Gangasagar Mishra, his discovery of Chandini in a slum of Kanpur and his subsequent foray into politics.

Alternately the story switches back years into the past, to the era of Dhanananda's misrule and we're shown a young Chanakya vowing to avenge the death of his father Chanak by bringing about the downfall of the oppressive king of Magadh. Chanakya's Chant may put you off politics for good that is, if the unending series of scams and scandals and douchebag politicians of this country haven't done that already.

For it repeatedly stresses on the importance of forsaking moral values or ethical considerations, to reach your goal. Both Chanakya and his modern-day avatar, Gangasagar, are depicted as wickedly shrewd, ruthless men, who are hell-bent on achieving success at any cost, allowing nothing to stand in their way.

And by the time you reach the end of the book, you will find yourself despising them with a passion as most of their political strategies and decisions, border more on the criminal side rather than just immoral. But then again you will also begrudgingly marvel at the cunning plans they devise. But when I took up Chanakya's Chant, all thanks to the grace of the Blogadda book-reviews program, I must say I was pleasantly surprised.

Unlike The Rozabal Line , this book focuses on weaving a tale of political intrigue without meandering into various subplots or a series of seemingly unconnected stories.

Here the events are the key driving factors while detailing and characters become secondary. Although this much is evident that a painstaking amount of research has been put into gathering facts about Chanakya's life and the political environment of our country. The book will bring back memories of history lessons in school when you were taught tales of valor of historical figures like Paurus or Alexander or even Chandragupta Maurya.

Although it may also plant the seeds of a nagging suspicion that not all their actions may have been as glorious or awe-inspiring as our history text books suggest. The narration switches back and forth between the two different eras, ending every arc of each story at a point which just heightens the suspense. And one is compelled to read on to find out what happens next.

The book can't exactly be called un-put-down-able till the end, but it packs in enough punch to make you want to reach the end as quickly as possible nevertheless. Coming to the negatives, both Chanakya and Gangasagar are portrayed as almost invincible men and their plans are seldom or never thwarted.

Not much attention is given to fleshing out the characters of Chandragupta or Chandini.

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And at the end, you are faced with the bitter realization, that they were perhaps nothing more than mere puppets at the hands of their respective mentors. Cliches, such as pregnancy out of wedlock or sacrificing love in order to realize bigger ambitions, abound. Dialogues are somewhat weak as well and there are hardly any quotes worth remembering. But even so, Chanakya's Chant remains a well-written political thriller.

View all 4 comments. Nov 09, Amrita Chatwal 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.

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Two parallel narratives - one centered around Chanakya's machinations, the other around Chanakya's modern avatar, Gangasaga What IS it with Indian writers? Two parallel narratives - one centered around Chanakya's machinations, the other around Chanakya's modern avatar, Gangasagar Mishra - are the only thing that prevent this book from plunging into unadulterated, teeth-gritting boredom.

Just when you feel that you'd like to strangle Chanakya for being an inhuman, overthinking clod, along comes Gangasagar to remind you that the dregs of the world of fictional characters are vastly populated indeed. The subject and storyline of the book could have been fairly interesting if they hadn't been bogged down by the soulless writing and flat characters. Even with two narratives, the book is hopelessly one-dimensional.

The writing is more like reporting, except when Sanghi remembers that it's supposed to be creative fiction and inserts a sentence or two to appease the more discerning. What irked me most about the book, perhaps irrationally, was the liberal use of quotes from personalities as varied as Dale Carnegie and Joseph Stalin.

It was downright incongruous to read about a 4th century Brahmin quoting Mae West. It was an exercise in self-control to stop my eyes rolling in frustration whenever Chanakya or Gangasagar glibly spouted yet another quote. The book is being relegated to the back of my book shelf. If only to hide from myself the reminder that I'm hopelessly inable to prevent the automatic movement of my eyeballs and eyebrows when confronted with bullshit.

View 2 comments. 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 th 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. Chankya is shown using language which is not only filthy but extremely down market. Agreed that the book is in English, but then also the revered academician, master strategician and renowned pandit will never ever use such foul language.

You will find feeling of deja vu in many expressions and idioms. Redundancy made it unbearable to read. Usage of good words is limited and there is no depth in the characters of story. The characters are so shallow that you will feel no connection with any of them, even the lead characters of both stories.

Time frame of current story has got many irregularities and it was hilarious to read the way Gangasagar makes plans to introduce Ikrambhai in politics and makes him CM of UP in the very next elections. And he decides who will be next Prime Minister almost by will according to the situation and never gets any trouble in executing his plans. Although starting his career as a simpleton guy he manages to get influential friends in US and Britain and in high posts of all important departments.

Usage of wonderful quotes and saying by great people are the only point to be lauded, but then in this age of information it is rarely a problem to read such quotes. We have enough self-help books in case you are not net savvy!

Single star rating that I gave is just because of these quotes. This book is cheaper than the B grade Bollywood movie. No wonders its heavy sales has made UTV to buy the rights of this book. Because as said by Charles McCabe also used in this book: View all 9 comments.

Sep 09, Anand rated it it was ok. 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 This is Sanghi's second novel I read, after his more recent 'The Krishna Key'. The modern tale reads more like an ordinary Bollywood script with politics as a background and scheming, dirty, evil, corrupt characters for the various roles. More often than not the quotes, sentences and dialogues are a simplistic and literal translation of spoken Hindi into English, which leaves a lot to be desired.

Add to that numerous, purportedly high wisdom one-liners to be found in almost every paragraph, all of which make Gangasagar the modern 'Chanakya' in this novel sound too unreal. However cunning and shrewd a person may be, I doubt they converse in such an unreal manner through quoting quotes every second breath.

Further, there are too many sub-plots and small incidents that keep getting narrated, making the plot very confusing and complex.

As it is the reader has to be keep track of two parallel times, and to add to that numerous complexities is unnecessary. Things could have been kept a lot simpler, and leaner, and the book therefore ought to have been about a pages shorter. While I like the overall idea and concept behind this novel, the treatment, narrative and the language are a big let down when judged in the context of the high expectations set for this novel from an author who clearly is vastly gifted and different from the ordinary.

View 1 comment. Jan 28, Sudha Shashwati 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 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.

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, that all politics is dirty, that revealing your true feelings never serves any good- in short that you have to suppress everything that is human in you and be consumed by the ultimate aim.

Yet I couldn't help appreciating the same 'wisdom' as a psychology student.

The sheer intellect and raw cunning of the both the kingmakers began to impress me from the word go and the breath-taking pace at which it ran compelled me to finish it in 2 settings flat. View all 3 comments. Feb 07, Nithya rated it did not like it Shelves: The book has two stories- one takes place at around years ago about chanakya and the other about the current politicians and the political scenario.

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.

I have read some other historical fictions before in Tamil written by kalki. I used to love those books. The characters in those books will do anything with dignity to keep up their promise where as here in this book they will do anything lying, murdering and never keeping their promise just to get something for themselves.

Even years ago our rulers are just like our current politicians? View all 6 comments. Jan 08, Manish rated it did not like it. With google. 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 With google. Worth avoiding if you're a serious reader! Jul 07, Sushmitha Kanukurthi 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 uninitiat Two months - that's how long it took me to finish this book. The supposedly parallel stories of the two protagonits have only one thing in common - both Chankya and PGM are consumed by their desire for power.

But that's where the similarities end. While Chanakya's story requires nothing more than referencing historical textbooks on the subject, PGM's story is a shabbily written collection of all the scams that have plagued India over the past decade.

One cannot fail to see the similarities between the telecom scam in the book and the 2G scam in India.

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And this is just one of the many scams that the writer un successfully tries to pass off under the guise original story telling.

What makes you squirm with every page though, is the style of writing. It is horrific to see jokes and one liners that you did not even enjoy as a teenager, occupy space in the book. Lines such as "we all know that children in the dark cause accidents and accidents in the back seat cause children" are an indication of how mediocre writing is accompanied by absolute lack of creativity. The protagonists seem to be like demi-gods who can get anything they want just by wishing for it.

Towards the end of the book, one tends to get the feeling that Ashwin Sanghi is trying to glorify all that is wrong with the Indian Political system today and nothing can depress the reader more than that. I could go on and on but I am going to end on this note - if you really believe that reading provides you with the much needed intellectual nourishment or are even looking for light hearted entertainment, avoid this one like the plague!

May 15, Abhinav rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. The plot opens in a hospital ward at Kanpur as an aging Pandit Gangasagar Mishra watches his protege Chandini Gupta get shot moments after taking oath as the Prime Minister of India.

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As a result, the characterisation of the protagonists is very good indeed, but the other key characters in this book seem to be mere puppets in their hands which they are, actually. This kind of manipulation reminded me of Sidney Sheldon's bestselling novel 'Master of the Game', but the comparison is totally meant as a compliment.

Despite the author liberally distorting historical accounts from the time of Chanakya for the purpose of storytelling, I found it gripping throughout. What I also liked is how Sanghi takes inspiration from recent events in India's political sphere to create the present day scenario which Gangasagar considers his battleground.

The cliched characters, poor dialogue sorry Mr. I really wish that the author had stuck to telling us the good story he had on his hands rather than trying to make it more 'filmable', if you can call that.

My rating is 3.

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Recommended for those who like their dose of thrills with a splash of history in it. Apr 20, Fuad Al Fidah rated it really liked it. 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. The full review is on my blog. Aug 01, Deep S rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 Beautifully written book. The langauge is smooth and transition between various episodes is nicely done.

I liked the way the 2 stories run in parallel and portray the growth of the 2 leaders. Politics can be a beautiul tool to help the country grom or Kill it. You should make money but help the country grow so that you can make more money. The Hook and Crook methods of getting votes is nicely described.

Oct 04, Riku Sayuj rated it liked it Recommends it for: Nishant Singh. Historically inaccurate but otherwise a good read Jan 29, Salvadesswaran rated it liked it. 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 From: