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Chanakya’s Immortal Arthashastra- Chanakya’s Chant by Ashwin Sanghi

Book: CHANAKYA’S CHANT

Publisher: Westland

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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Dear Shail,

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.

I have read the review that you posted and have included it in the list of blogs that have reviewed my books. This list of blog links shall soon be going up on my facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/shawnhaigins. Thanks for the effort put in by you.

Good wishes and warm regards,

Ashwin.

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29 Comments

  1. Mangai

    Impressed by the way you narrated the book, decided to a copy.

  2. Mangai :
    Impressed by the way you narrated the book, decided to a copy.

    That’s lovely Mangai. Nice you liked the review. Thanks for dropping by.

  3. nadi

    such a well-written review… now i want to read the book

  4. How nice! So nice of you. Do read the book. It really is nice.

  5. I read it about 2 months back .. but your review has made me search the copy again 😉
    really interesting book !! I loved Ashwin’s first book a lot more though .. do check that too ..

  6. 🙂 Glad that my review made you want to read the book once again. Now that you mention his first book, I shall try getting hold of this book too. Nice you stopped by.

  7. Indrani Talukdar

    Certainly appears tempting. I have long been intrigued by Chanakya and Chandragupta, both have many first to their credit. Thanks for the review, Shail.

  8. Indrani Talukdar

    Its a darned good review, Shail.

  9. Quite interesting. Yr review serves as a curtain raiser, Thanks a lot.

  10. Indrani Talukdar :
    Its a darned good review, Shail.

    Thanks dear Indra. Glad you liked the review.

  11. A.Hari :
    Quite interesting. Yr review serves as a curtain raiser, Thanks a lot.

    Hi Hari. Thanks. Nice that you liked the review. Hope to read and share more.

  12. Hi Shail. Wanted to read this book but haven’t got time as yet. Nice review

  13. Dear Shail,

    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.

    I have read the review that you posted and have included it in the list of blogs that have reviewed my books. This list of blog links shall soon be going up on my facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/shawnhaigins. Thanks for the effort put in by you.

    Good wishes and warm regards,

    Ashwin.

  14. gc1963 :
    Hi Shail. Wanted to read this book but haven’t got time as yet. Nice review

    Dear Geeta,

    Do read the book. It really is very very interesting. Thanks for dropping by.

  15. Ashwin Sanghi :

    Dear Shail,

    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.

    I have read the review that you posted and have included it in the list of blogs that have reviewed my books. This list of blog links shall soon be going up on my facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/shawnhaigins. Thanks for the effort put in by you.

    Good wishes and warm regards,

    Ashwin.

    Dear Ashwin,

    So nice of you to write back. Please keep writing as you do. Keep it going. Great writing!
    Best,
    Shail

  16. Thanks dear Shree for liking the post.

  17. awesome book review.

  18. Review has created enough interest for me to read this Book. Thanks.

  19. Morning :
    awesome book review.

    Thanks Morning. You made my morning!

  20. Harshad :
    Review has created enough interest for me to read this Book. Thanks.

    Dear Harshad. Thanks. Glad you liked the review enough to want to read it.

  21. Bhargavi

    Good review, Shail and those wise words of Chanakya ..very true when analysed…optimistic quote, indeed!

  22. Bhargavi :
    Good review, Shail and those wise words of Chanakya ..very true when analysed…optimistic quote, indeed!

    Thanks dear Bhargavi. Nice you liked the review. Maybe you could read the book when you have some time..

  23. Great to know that your review has been shortlisted as a winner and a portion will be published in the next edition of book. Great. Keep it up.

  24. A.Hari :
    Great to know that your review has been shortlisted as a winner and a portion will be published in the next edition of book. Great. Keep it up.

    Thanks Hari. It is because people are willing to read and encourage,
    so the credit goes both to the writer and the reader.

  25. jeevan.rama

    One Book for Life Success offers so much of wisdom – just awesome

  26. Reshmy Pillai

    Hi Shail,

    Here is a month long celebration of Indian debut writers. Do join in. The rules are simple – Read the 1st book of an Indian writer, review, link to us. We promote, you vote. It will be a fun and exciting month. With some prizes thrown in too. Hope to see you at The Tales Pensieve.

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