He got out of the army van in a wheel chair. A small group had gathered to receive him. No one spoke a word as he moved into his house. Suddenly he heard a grunt
“Who gets his leg cut trying to save a friend at the age of twenty-five?”
He smiled and asked quietly to the crowd
“Well, it was not intentional. What do you do when the only two choices you have are ‘me’ or ‘mine’?”
There was no reply. He spoke after a pause.
“I choose ‘mine’.”
“Mine what?” his mother stood out of the crowd.
It’s a hollow world. Do keep a tab on things you have called ‘mine’, lest you lose them to your ‘me’.
90 minutes. That’s all he usually has. That’s as much as a football game only that for most it is the exact opposite of a game. And yet, he stood there on the dais, trying to make it sound fun!
Exactly at the end of 90 minutes, they clapped and left the room one by one – some charmed and some disappointed. He collected his props and left, contemplating a better show for the next time.
He wondered if he was more a showman than a teacher. Worse, he was not sure if that is a good thing or a bad!
Teaching is probably the most understated profession in the world! Which teacher did I remind you of in the story?
The blaring music distracted him. All around him, intoxicated people grooved to the music. He could not care less. The party demanded newer numbers. He shuffled through his CDs, wondering which one to play.
“You have never played the white one over there. Why not try it? ”, his assistant suggested.
“No. Now is not the right time.” He replied with a fake smile.
Later that night, after the party had ended, as the DJ tried to get some sleep, he took the white CD out. A hoarse seven year old voice singing ‘Good Night Daddy’ gradually filled the room!
I have always wondered if the DJ has an altogether different playlist for himself! On a separate note, it is strange how the mere mention of a song evokes memories associated with it almost instantly!
Book: The Krishna Key
Author: Ashwin Sanghi
Year of Release: 2012
In the recent few years, the Fiction Section in book-stores has seen a deluge of books that are borrowed heavily from mythology. Hugely popularized by Dan Brown and his cult novel ‘The Da Vinci Code’, the trend has fascinated fiction-lovers all over the world; to see characters and plots picked up from religious books and folklore and adapted into the present. Back home, after two very successful novels in the same line – The Rozabal Line and Chanakya’s Chant – Ashwin Sanghi has come up with his third offering – The Krishna Key.
‘The Krishna Key’ draws from the four thousand year old Krishna’s folklore that says that the Blue God would return in a fresh Avatar when needed in the Kaliyug. The problem begins when a little boy starts believing that he is that avatar and starts killing in the name of Krishna. A historian is accused of one such murder and has to outwit the cops after him and the people who have been plotting the murders and bring an epilogue to baffling questions that have been troubling intellectuals and historians alike. Sound like ‘The Da Vinci Code’? Well, the plot is not exactly that but you cannot help noticing the obvious similarities, every now and then.
For someone who has read The Rozabal Line and Chanakya’s Chant, The Krishna Key would across as a bit of disappointment. I for one, felt let down considering that I was reading Ashwin Sanghi. Do not get me wrong, this book is probably a lot better than the average Indian literature crowding the fiction section of book-stores but it definitely does not exude the kind of quality in plot that Ashwin Sanghi is known to deliver. Also the presence of a few irrelevant references to mythology and quite mundane editing errors bring down the reader-experience that I had anticipated from The Krishna Key.
The book maintains the thrill that it promises and would keep you intrigued. The English is simple and once you get a hang of the characters, reading is easy. The plot unfolds gently, better in the first part than in the second, and would definitely keep you engrossed. The plot takes you to a lot of places but the drift of the plot ensures that you are not distracted.
The Krishna Key is not a classic. It is a good one-time read. And that is my biggest bone of contention. You expect more from Ashwin Sanghi than good one-time reads!
Best part of the book: This is no Amar Chitra Katha but mythology never looked so fascinating!
Worst part of the book: ‘The Da Vinci Code’ is all over the plot and yet the plot is nowhere close to it!
Final Rating: 3/5
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