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By: Ashwin Sanghi
ISBN: 9380658672
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Category : Literary Collections
Chanakya's Chant is a fictional retelling of the life of Chanakya, the great political strategist of ancient India. The novel relates two stories in parallel, the first of Chanakya and his machinations to bring Chandragupta Maurya to the throne of Magadha; the second that of a modern-day character called Gangasagar Mishra who makes it his ambition to position a slum child as the Prime Minister of India.
A fast-paced and gripping read, the two stories draw a close parallel though based centuries apart. The plotting, the scheming and the somewhat unruly methods adopted to attain power and position, esp. in the world of politics ring true and seem like an age old practice passed on over generations.
Sanghi peppers his novel with quotes from folks as disparate as Benjamin Franklin, Oscar Wilde and Mao Zedong. This thriller delivers all the elements of drama in the right proportion.
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