Book Review #183: The Krishna Key

Author: Ashwin Sanghi

Genre: Mystery & Thriller, Historical Fiction, Mythological Fiction, General Fiction, Indian Fiction

Language: English 

Publisher: Westland Ltd.

Date of publication: 24 August 2012

No. of pages: 475


5000 years ago, the magical being called Krishna changed the fate of mankind. Humanity cried in despiar when the Blue God died, but he was fated to return in a new avatar when needed in the eventual Dark Age – the Kaliyug

In modern times, a poor little rich boy is trained and taught to believe that he is the final avatar of Vishnu. The fact is, he is a serial killer. And all the murders are brilliantly thought out schemes executed in the name of God in order to expose an ancient secret – Krishna’s priceless legacy to mankind. 

It is upto historian Ravi Mohan Saini to discover the cryptic artifact of Krishna as he dashes through the submerged remains of Dwarka, to the mysterious lingam of Somnath, to icy pinnacle of Mount Kailash while dodging enemies who will not hesitate to kill him. 


This is the perfect book for history and conspiracy buffs. Mahabharata is considered as one of the ultimate Indian scripture. And it has been under debate for an equally long time. But nothing is more controversial than the legend of Krishna and his opulent city Dwarka. The book is a tribute to all things controversial when it comes to Indian legends and scriptures. The plot is a well thoughtout, carefully crafted and exhaustively researched thriller that keeps you engaged till the end of the book. The research part itself could be seen in the detailed references that were provided at the end of the book. There is no room for error. The narration is so beautiful and detailed that a for a moment I was transported to the world of mythology and conspiracy that the protagonist was explaining in his mad endeavour. 

While the characters may appear simple, their role has been used as a thrilling element to bring more spark to the plot. The cover image doesn’t say much when it comes to the title and the plot description, but still it makes sense with the overall logic that has been employed behind the book. 

My opinion: This was like the ultimate Indian fiction combining Dan Brown and Matthew Reilly. Loved the book and will definitely recommend it. Some of the Indian terminologies might appear difficult for the non-natives. But the simplicity behind each explanation makes up for any kind of hindrance. 

My rating: 5 out of 5


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