The book I will be reviewing today is ‘The Keepers of the Kalachakra’, written by Ashwin Sanghi. Sanghi, known as the Indian ‘Dan Brown’, has established himself as one of the best writers in the country, with his witty and informative writings and books, such as ‘Chanakya’s Chant’, ‘The Krishna Key’, ‘The Sialkot Saga’, etc. But his recent book, ‘The Keepers of the Kalachakra’ fails to live up to the standards which Sanghi has set for himself.
‘The Keepers of the Kalachakra’ starts off with the Canadian Prime minister (Fictional), grasping for his life in the White House, in front of the US president. Sounds weird, right? Well, it gets weirder as the story progresses. With the story taking place across a number of countries, the story mainly tries to focus on the protagonist, Vijay Sundaram, an IIT scientist who works in IIT. When he accepts a job with an unknown and shady company offering him huge sums of money, his world goes upside down.
The story, as an Ashwin Sanghi story always does, combines religion, spirituality and science to make it a compelling story with a somewhat unbelievable ending. The characters are not given a lot of development and having a lot of characters just accentuates this problem. Sanghi tries to deliver a compelling and interesting story, combining science and Indian mythology, but it fails to be believable. But this does not mean that the entire book is a bad read. Some aspects, such as the focus on terrorism and its impact, truly capture the current world scenarios the world faces and the focus on quantum psychics makes the book a good read.
Compared to his previous books like ‘Chanakya’s Chant’ and ‘The Krishna Key’, where the story was fictional yet believable, ‘The Keepers of the Kalachakra’ has an unbelievable storyline, which fuses out towards the end. The main characters are not developed properly, and the story sometimes feels rushed.
To conclude, ‘The Keepers of the Kalachakra’, although has underdeveloped characters, puts up for a good read which any adventure enthusiast is looking for!