D Murali

Information is still wealth

D. Murali | Updated on December 27, 2011

Mr Viral Thaker, Director – New Initiatives, TheSocialPeople, Chennai

As a name, ‘Shawn Haigins’ can seem strange, but that is the anagram of the Ashwin Sanghi, the author of Chanakya’s Chant, described as ‘a historical political thriller’ on his blog. He is ‘an entrepreneur by day and novelist by night’ who self-published The Rozabal Line in 2007, under the anagram pseudonym.

Chant of Chanakya tells us the tale of Chanakya and how he dared to dream of something that was unthinkable in his time, says Viral Thaker, Director – New Initiatives, TheSocialPeople, Chennai. It is the tale of a man who defied and challenged a flawed system and a mighty king, he adds.

“The book is a time machine – oscillating 2,300 years to and fro. It tells us another tale of Pandit Gangasagar who personifies Chanakya in the modern time and how he too lives the life of Chanakya and gives the world his prodigy – Chandini Gupta!’

“The writing style of the author is captivating. The protagonist’s observations and the dialogues are witty and sharp. The author demonstrates very convincingly that the core of politics and strategy has not changed much with time. Information is still wealth. The parallels drawn between the two eras are also quite interesting.’

“The book shows us that politics is not about only pulling each other apart, but involves much more, and requires the understanding of a lot of varied fields. Also, the story hints at the present-day happenings around us and gets the reader thinking.’

“The book fails on predictability, with the ending being anyone’s guess. But the book does manage to keep the reader engaged to the very end.”


Published on December 27, 2011

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