Chanakya's Chant

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Westland, 2010 - Fiction - 448 pages
Chanakya's Chant is a racy and gripping account on Chanakya, one of the greatest political strategists India has seen. The story changes track as it narrates the tale of Gangasagar Mishra, the reincarnation of Chanakya, in parallel. Will he be the next kingmaker? Gangasagar Mishra, a denizen of a quaint old Indian town, is no ordinary man. Society sees him as a Brahmin teacher who can barely make ends meet, but he's the reincarnation of the man who brought the fragmented subcontinent together under a single empire – Chanakya. Chanakya's Chant by Ashwin Sanghi gives its readers a look into two parallel worlds that are tied together by the intelligence of the main protagonists. The first story is set in 340 BC, when a young Brahmin man, fueled by the death of his father, vows revenge against the king and overthrows his rule by bringing in Chandragupta Maurya, the first emperor of the Maurya Dynasty. The scene then shifts to modern day India, where Gangasagar Mishra leads his life as a nonentity – until he decides to groom an ambitious girl from Kanpur into India's prime minister. Will Chanakya's manipulative mechanisms change the face of the nation again? The book takes readers on a joyride through Chanakya's cold and calculating moves. Chanakya's Chant was very well received by critics and readers. Renowned bureaucrat and writer Shashi Tharoor released the book in Mumbai and termed it a gripping and delightful read. The book is a historical account, but features many colloquial terms too.

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User Review  - Chiththarthan - LibraryThing

'A man who opens his mouth too often may end up meeting a tragic end, either from indigestion or execution!' - ironic, but point taken. Political thriller roller coaster, politely acceptable Read full review

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User Review  - ashutosh.kumar - LibraryThing

Though the book starts on a period-tale, it proved to be engrossing soon-after. I finished the book in one sitting on a sunday morning in one go (morning 9 am-4pm). The author Ashwin Sanghi seems to ... Read full review

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