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Chanakya's Chant

The year is 340 BC. A hunted, haunted Brahmin youth vows revenge for the gruesome murder of his beloved father. Cold, cunning, calculating, cruel and armed with a complete absence of accepted morals, he becomes the most powerful political strategist in Bharat and succeeds in uniting a ragged country against the invasion of the army of that demigod, Alexander the Great. Pitting the weak edges of both forces against each other, he pulls off a wicked and astonishing victory and succeeds in installing Chandragupta on the throne of the mighty Mauryan empire. History knows him as the brilliant strategist Chanakya. But history, which exults in repeating itself, revives Chanakya two and a half millennia later, in the avatar of Gangasagar Mishra, a Brahmin teacher in smalltown India who becomes puppeteer to a host of ambitious individuals—including a certain slumchild who grows up into a beautiful and powerful woman. Modern India happens to be just as riven as ancient Bharat by class hatred, corruption and divisive politics and this landscape is Gangasagar’s feasting ground. Can this wily pandit—who preys on greed, venality and sexual deviance—bring about another miracle of a united India?

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Critical Acclaim

“I’m utterly enthralled. A delightfully interesting, and a gripping read. The historical research is deeply impressive...” —Dr. Shashi Tharoor, MP

“I’m thoroughly enjoying the rollicking 2,300 years-back-and-forth-per-chapter historical thriller Chanakya’s Chant by Ashwin Sanghi.” —Indrajit Hazra

“Must read: Chankaya's Chant by Ashwin Sanghi. As brilliant as The Rozabal Line. No 3 already on the fiction charts. Will be No 1.” —Pritish Nandy

“With internal monologues and descriptions as taut as a-held-by-the-thumb sacred thread, we have Ashwin Sanghi's cracker of a page turner, Chanakya's Chant. Two narratives flow like the Ganga and Yamuna…a brisk technicoloured thriller.” —Hindustan Times

“A gripping, fast-paced read, the novel is a true thriller in the tradition set by Dan Brown.” —People Magazine

“Just finished reading Chanakya's Chant by Ashwin Sanghi. Loved it. Strongly recommend it for all to read.” —Amish Tripathi, Author, Immortals of Meluha

“Political grooming and conspiracy remain at the core of Ashwin Sanghi’s historical thriller. Bloodshed, legal trials, betrayals, murders, assassination attempts and all that which make this into a page-turner.” —Sakaal Times

“Released in India to wide acclaim, Chanakya’s Chant is a political page turner.” —Business India