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Chanakya’s Chant

Rating: 4/5

Title: Chanakya's Chant
Author: Ashwin Sanghi
Genre: Fiction, Historical
Pages: 448
Publisher: Westland
ISBN-13: 9789381626818

The title of the book indicated that it had something to do with Chanakya and that was tempting enough to buy the book. But the antique bronze look to the cover made it even more attractive and I quickly grabbed a copy knowing that it will be fun going through this one.

The book has two stories running parallel; one about Chanakya and how he manages to crown Chandragupta the king of Magadha. The other is about Pandit Gangasagar Mishra, a modern day Chanakya, who succeeds in manipulating the government for his own purpose.

The book begins with the year 340 BC when a young Vishnugupta, later known to the world as Chanakya, is shattered as his father is assassinated by the king of Magadha. He vows to take revenge as he flees from the city for the fear of being murdered himself. As Chanakya grows up to be this shrewd and intelligent teacher of politics …