Chanakya's Chant

Chanakya s Chant The year is BC A hunted haunted Brahmin youth vows revenge for the gruesome murder of his beloved father Cold calculating cruel and armed with a complete absence of accepted morals he becomes

  • Title: Chanakya's Chant
  • Author: Ashwin Sanghi
  • ISBN: 9789380658674
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 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 theThe 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 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 his Arthashastra, 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.

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    About “Ashwin Sanghi

    • Ashwin Sanghi

      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 originally self published in 2007 under his anagram pseudonym Shawn Haigins The book was subsequently published by Westland in 2008 and 2010 in India under his own name and went on to become a national bestseller Chanakya s Chant is his second novel in the historical fiction genre The book has remained on AC Nielsen s India Bookscan Top 10 for all of 2011 It won the 2010 Crossword Vodafone Popular Choice Award in September 2011 UTV has purchased the movie rights to the book and a film based upon the story is expected soon Dr Shashi Tharoor released the novel in Mumbai calling it an enthralling, delightfully interesting and gripping read with historical research that is impressive The Hindustan Times has called it a cracker of a page turner Ashwin is currently working on his third novel, as yet untitled, that explores business strategies in ancient India Ashwin is also working towards a Ph.D in Creative Writing from Bangor University in Wales Ashwin lives in Mumbai with his wife, Anushika, and his eight year old son, Raghuvir.

    506 thoughts on “Chanakya's Chant

    • 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: "Ashoka trees" are referred to in the Maurya tale for e.g while Ashoka was Chandra [...]

    • 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 [...]

    • 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 100th 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. Businessmen of Mauryan age are shown SHAMPOOING but in reality, the process CHAMPI (etymology of shampoo has this word in centre) was evolved during Mughal reigns and term/method of Shampoo came in existence in 18th centur [...]

    • 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. Two parallel narratives - one centered around Chanakya's machinations, the other around Chanakya's modern avatar, Gangasaga [...]

    • This is Sanghi's second novel I read, after his more recent 'The Krishna Key'. 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 [...]

    • 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 [...]

    • The book has two stories- one takes place at around 2000 years ago (about chanakya) and the other about the current politicians and the political scenario. – More or less both are same.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. Those who have the habit of reading\hearing the news daily (that too during election time) you ca [...]

    • With google and timeofindia mentioned in the acknowledgments, one doesn't have to look further to get a sense of the kind of book that Chanakya's Chant is. 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 if you're [...]

    • 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 [...]

    • 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.So, coming to the immensely popular 'Chanakya's Chant', a political thriller set in two different ages - in ancient Bharat & in the present day. Sanghi exults in using the 'history repeats itself' theme in all his novels & this one is no different, al [...]

    • 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. But the minister isn’t a shoddy one, he’s the kind that keeps you occupied so much that you wouldn’t want to put dow [...]

    • From: Review at my blogChanakya’s Chant is Ashwin Sanghi’s second novel after The Rozabal Line. 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 m [...]

    • First class Political thriller and very good making of nexus revolving the present and the past. Well I think Ashwin gone through Arthasasthra to write this book. :P :)I love the powerful messages of chanakya1.A debt should be paid off till the last pana and an enemy destroyed till the last very trace.2.One doesn't need to pluck fruit fall by themselves. Focus on the bigger purpose and the rest of your manifesto will follow as a matter of course.3.The moot point is not whether we are strong enou [...]

    • 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 [...]

    • This book was a replacement by my brother for "Thousand Splendid Suns" as he lost it. The former book is one of my favorites. I can't say I liked Chanakya chant as much as 'TSS', but both are divergent from each other so who was I to judge?I started reading this one just because it was quite interesting from the excerpt. First of all, you don't have to like a story to like a book and that is something I understood after reading this one. Gangasagar was like Chanakya's in many ways but not in all [...]

    • "A free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular." -- Adlai StevensonThe quote is from this book, and there are several such quotes in the book interwoven in dialogues of characters. The book is fast paced thriller, which I liked but yet I give it three stars because I am no fan of 'Chanakya'. Chanakya stands on the opposite end of moral stands of Mahatma Gandhi who said bad means are not justified to achieve anything (good or bad). Whereas Chanakyra represents either too ordinary p [...]

    • বইটা প্লট এককথায় অসাধারন। পলিটিক্যাল থ্রিলার সবসময় ই আমার ভাল লাগে। খুন, জখম, হত্যা, প্রতারণা কার না ভাল লাগে (অন্তত বইয়ের পাতায়)। লেখক খুব সুন্দর ভাবে বর্তমান ও অতীত, দুই প্রেক্ষাপটেই রাজনীত [...]

    • Adi Shakti, Namo NamahSarab Shakti, Namo NamahPrithum Bhagvati, Namo NamahKundalini Mata ShaktiMata Shakti, Namo Namah-Chanakya's chantBefore reading this book,I didn't know that a book about some political genius guru can be this interesting. It totally blew my mind. Started reading during my train journey and couldn't stop till it was finished.Author has nailed it while portraying ancient and present day politics in India. Rise of Chanakya from a simple and talented Brahmin kid to becoming gre [...]

    • As every election unfolds, media and so-called sephologists go to a tizzy over someone whom they call The Chanakya. Then, as the dust settles over the landscape, either the supposed kingmaker is hailed, or the poor sod gets roasted as a con job.But what about the real deal?What if a modern incarnation of Chanakya, working with the sole aim of uniting the nation under one ruler, decides to enter the game?This novel is a case study with respect to that scenario.It's also the finest make-believe bi [...]

    • Couldn't just put it down . truly Ashwin Sanghi is the Dan Brown of India no words to express how I felt reading it. It makes u feel as though u are living in Chanakya's age and at the same time in today's world as well the book takes u to the world of politics d it is played the same way whether today or during olden timeAdi Shakti namo namah

    • Indian fiction is in evolutionary phase. Moving from the old school NRI authors like Rushdie, Chitra Banerjee, Jhumpa and Naipaul writing on their native for the foreign audience, to the new breed of indigenous authors like Chetan Bhagat, Anuja Chauhan experimenting with middle class subjects, to intelligent thinking man's writers like Manu Joseph and Arvind Adiga, and the historic/mythological fiction writers like Amish and Ashwin Sanghi. So it was inevitable for me to pick one Ashwin Sanghi bo [...]

    • I wouldn't have picked up this book if it wasn't for the title "Chanakya's Chant",that caught my attention.I had always been in awe of the great economist and politician in ancient India, also known as Kautilya.His work "Arthashastra" is one of its kind.So with that in mind,and the recommendations from the likes of Shashi Tharoor,a man of intellect, and Amish Tripathi,whose Shiva Trilogy has kept me spell-bound,made me go for this book.Far from being a religious treatise of Chanakya,as one would [...]

    • A very thoughtfully crafted novel which draws amazing parallel between history and contemporary. With mind blowing one-liners and quotations, Ashwin Sanghi has brought out a very descriptive character sketch of Chanakya's persona. Also, he has very aptly portrayed how the human psyche works irrespective of the era. How even the minutest of differences can be exploited , how major differences can be created with the know-how of the structure and how a battle can be won without bloodshed. At some [...]

    • Nicely written piece of Indian fiction. Out of the two stories, i found the "present-day" story more gripping. The political fore-play inter-wined with the corporate greed is depicted nicely. Although all the incidents are too co-incidental to happen to the same parties, i am sure they occur in the dirty world of politics. The money making schemes and scandals were mildly impressive. However, the victories are easily achieved. It would have been really good if the author stressed the character's [...]

    • 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. Then the scene then shifts to modern day India, where Gangasagar Mishra leads his life as a nonentity – until he deci [...]

    • What a brilliant writer Ashwin Sanghi is. He takes from history a famous tale of revenge involving politics and rewrites a modern day political drama simultaneously with both reaching a same conclusion.The story moves at such a fast pace , both the historical and the modern day stories play around with our brains to create a perfect potboilerA perfect story of revenge and politics from two different eras from a brilliant story teller. You wont put this book down

    • Parallels are drawn between Ancient and Current Indian Political scenarios. Events that actually have happened lately in Indian Politics have been stacked together wonderfully in this Political story. However the parallels drawn aren't that striking, few Quotes hold amazingly true for both the stories & Shakti does trump Shiva in the end!

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