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Private India

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 Private India, James Patterson, Ashwin Sanghi, book reviewThis is a continuation of the Private series, one of James Patterson’s most popular worldwide which is based around the exclusive detective agency, Private, headed by Jack Morgan with offices across the globe. In India, the setting is Mumbai, the centre of Bollywood glamour, glitz and finance which results in a collaboration between Ashwin Sanghi and the world’s No 1 thriller writer.

Ashwin Sanghi has been making headlines with books like Chanakya’s Chant and The Krishna Key. Given the fact that the thriller focuses on whisky swilling Santosh Wagh who is the Indian head of Private India, it is obvious that Sanghi’s contribution is vital to pad out the Mumbai crime details and to provide information that Patterson would not have had access to without in depth research. And one is tempted to give Sanghi credit for the Durga connection in the novel, which is probably not too presumptuous an assumption.

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The Mahabharata Code

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 The Krishna Key by  Ashwin Sanghi, book reviewIt begins with a murder, a straight plunge into gruesomeness. What is odd is that the murderer thinks that he is an avatar of the god Vishnu, the 10th Kalki avatar and there are a number of mystic seals at stake which the murderer has been ordered to find. That is a dive certainly into Da Vinci Code territory, four clues to be pieced together by a history professor Dr Ravi Mohan Saini who finds himself on the run from the inexorable Radhika Singh of the police force. Known as the Sniffer Dog she is determinedly on the trail of her suspect, even though her hunt doesn’t say much for her detective capabilities since she is determined to accept circumstantial evidence as proof of guilt!

Sanghi does a smoke and mirrors with the mysterious Mataji who is the power behind the killings and who, like Radhika Singh has the habit of telling her rosary.


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Machiavellian Conspiracies

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Chanakya's Chant: Ashwin Sanghi , book reviewChanakya’s Chant follows very definitely in the footsteps of The Da Vinci Code and other historical thrillers. Ashwin Sanghi brackets past and present to create his page turner, throwing in an ancient chant as a leitmotif. It’s amazing that no one thought of using India’s Machiavelli as the subject or partial subject of novel before, but Chanakya with his king making strategies and devious mapping of power works as the main character of a conspiracy thriller – which is a form that has not really been explored by Indian writers of English.

This is Ashwin Sanghi’s second novel in the genre – the first The Rozabal Line was self published in America under the pen name Shawn Haigins and then published in India by Westland in Sanghi’s own name, where it promptly caught on.


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