Chanakya’s Immortal Arthashastra- Chanakya’s Chant by Ashwin Sanghi
Book: CHANAKYA’S CHANT
Adi Shakti, Namo Namah;
Sarah Shaakti, Namo Namah;
Prithum Bhagvati, Namo Namah;
Kundalini Mata Shakti;
Mata Skakti Namo Namah.
I was first attracted by the title of the book. Chanakya’s Chant seemed to me a meaningful book and was I glad that the author, Ashwin Sanghi did not prove me wrong! I have never read a more engrossing book on history, a novel that delves into the archives of interesting and fascinating tales relating to the life of the ‘brilliant strategist’ Chanakya. What makes the book stand out is the intense detailed research that has gone into the work apart from the fact that it takes up the challenge to portray the 340 B.C. Chanakya in the form of the modern day kingmaker in politics, Pandit Gangasagar Mishra. It is not a continuous novel of one tale. Instead, it alternately takes you through the ancient and modern ages of politics, political strategies, ethics of political rule so to say.
The murderous kisses of the Vishkanyas (poison maidens), the chapter when Chanakya discusses about the duties of a king, the manner in which the mentored Gangasagar transforms into the mentor of Chandini, the description of King Dhanananda’s eerie prison and Chanakya’s escape, Gangasagar’s sting operation – all stand out in their detailed description and the apt use of language.
“What should a man strive for? Kama-love, dharma-duty, artha-wealth, and moksha-salvation. But the fact is that neither your wife nor your children will love you if you are poor, no single citizen will perform his duty if he’s not motivated by financial incentives or penalties, and which man can renounce his worldly life in quest of salvation if he does not have wealth to support the family he leaves behind? I am a teacher – but a teacher of arthashastra, the science of wealth.”
This sums up the gist of the novel. And the mantra that the title of the book talks about is the mantra chanted to the Female Divine Energy – a magical chant for success in life, the secret of which lies within the tale so excitingly and lovingly written in the book.
I would definitely recommend this book to you, especially to those interested in past glory, war, succession, history, politics and the like. Not very different from our world in spite of the enormous time gap between Chanakya and Gangasagar, the two characters that keep the story going strong.
“…Everything is always all right in the end. If it isn’t all right, then it isn’t the end..”
What can be more optimistic than this, friends?
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Many thanks for your kind comments. I am delighted that you enjoyed reading ‘Chanakya’s Chant’. There is no greater reward for an author than appreciative feedback from readers… I’m grateful.
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