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BookChums @ Book Launch: The Krishna Key by Ashwin Sanghi

Post by: Snehith Kumbla


The cosy first floor corner of Crossword, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune was an apt venue for the official launch of Ashwin Sanghi’s third book The Krishna Key. As enthusiasts took their seats, Sanghi spoke with an easy informality. To laughter, he mentioned the ‘world record’ he holds in rejections (47) for his first book – The Rozabal Line. The Rozabal Line finally went into self-publication, and on good reviews found a publisher. Taking about his latest, the writer mentioned that, “It took 18 months to eventually write the book.” He revealed that his next book is set in 1946, “A story with a little bit of research thrown in.”


Attributing his interest in reading and writing to his grandfather who used to gift Sanghi books, the writer insisted that he was not a wordsmith, “ I am just a person who tells stories. I hope the story would carry on through.” Talking on The Krishna Key, he said that the book is set in a period of extreme bloodshed, and was written with a very different ending. The ending was also crafted to enable a sequel, as Sanghi had done with his previous book Chanakya’s Chant. The starting points for all the writer’s books have been heavily based on research. "I love to build fiction on the bedrock of fact."


In the interaction session, the writer quipped that any comparison to Dan Brown made him feel at the top of the world. He also mentioned the four W’s in his world – Work, Wife, Writing and Whisky. Sanghi revealed that though he was earning enough  to make a living through writing, he preferred his routine life of a businessman by day and writer by night.


Sanghi’s favourite Indian writers are Vikram Chandra and Salman Rushdie. His, “greatest influence,” among foreign writers is Arthur Hailey. As the session winded up, Sanghi admitted that, “At some time I would like to write a detective novel.”


The Krishna Key is again an amalgamation of historical research and fiction. It tells of a historian who is accused of his friend’s death, and how, to clear his name, the historian must look at the mythological  past involving none other than Lord Krishna.


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