The book gives the readers ample and rich information about Vedas, Vedic people who are said to possess more spiritual and scientific knowledge than what. Ashwin Sanghi’s best-selling thriller The Krishna Key will be adapted into a movie and a web series, Eros International announced on Monday. Ashwin Sanghi’s first novel, The Rozabal Line, was self-published in under his The Krishna Key, Ashwin’s third novel, is a furiously paced and riveting.
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You are a businessman professionally so how do you manage to keep your flame of creativity illuminated? Actually, having a day job in a dreary business is the perfect reason to push one into a creative pursuit. I work Monday to Friday, forty hours per week. When I get home from work, I am relieved to retire to my study and get lost in my fictional world of fantasy, mythology, history and conspiracy.
If I were to ever stop working, my writing would become my work… that is a scary thought indeed. What was your first ever fiction and how much that influenced you? My first novel was a book called The Rozabal Line. I wrote it in after a visit to the Rozabal shrine in Kashmir. The popular folklore around the tomb was that Jesus Christ had survived the crucifixion and lay buried in Rozabal. I was utterly fascinated with the story and decided to research it extensively.
Success consists of different strokes for different folks. I always wanted to be widely read.
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With the terrific sales volumes that my last three books have achieved, I am more than happy with the results. To that extent, I see myself as successful. But I have promises to keep and miles to go before Krizhna sleep… I have always loved writing about characters that have shades of grey. I think that I am intrinsically a storyteller. I am always in search of the next great story.
It ashwi the eternal quest for the next earth-shattering premise that keeps my creative juices flowing. I am rather flattered by the comparison, even if it is misplaced. The Krishna Key is a work of fiction and should be read as such.
It does not claim to be a scholarly work and hence I would refrain from using it as a guide to our mythology or theology. I have, however, found that the easiest way to bring many lost aspects of our culture or civilization to light is simply by bringing these elements into the realm of popular discussion.
Commercial fiction is one route. I always entertain the krisshna that krshna will be readers who will use the novel as a starting point before embarking on research of their own.
What were your motivations and roadmap? Your answer will be helpful to young writers.
ket My biggest challenge was the fact that I did not understand Sanskrit. To that extent I had to depend on translations. The second big challenge in researching this sort of material is to distinguish scholarly research from propaganda. The final challenge was to map the research in a manner such that the average reader would not be overwhelmed with the breadth and depth of the information presented.
What motivated you to choose Krishna as protagonist and given a grey shade that was a bit risky in a country like India? I have always loved writing about characters that have shades of grey.
Krishna is the lovable kfishna of Gokul and Vrindavan but is also the ruthless strategist of the Mahabharata. He is the brave combatant who kills Kansa and numerous demons but is also the person who flees the battle from Mathura to Dwarka and gets labeled as Ranchor for the rest of his life. He is real in every sense and I can relate to the fact that he is a bundle of contradictions.
A novel is like a set of busy road ashwkn. After you have crossed the junction, you can always speculate regarding which alternative route you could have taken but it is futile.
An Interview with Ashwin Sanghi – Author of “Krishna Key” – Hues of A Soul
The only road that is relevant is the one that you happen to be on. What do you think about saturating Indian-Anglo literature with love stories? Is the risk of failure not stopping new writers from exploring their unique styles? You have a valid point. The success of certain genres in the Indian commercial fiction space—for example mythological fiction, campus stories, teenage romances etc. I earnestly hope that this is not the case.
When I wrote The Rozabal Line inno Indian author was exploring the fusion between history, theology, mythology and fiction.
The book eventually spawned an entirely new genre. I hope that we will continue to see innovation. What is the scope of Indian fiction in international forum?
Indian literary fiction has already established a name and reputation for itself globally thanks to individuals like Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy, Vikram Seth, Kiran Desai et al. We are still not taken seriously as genre fiction writers—producers of mysteries, thrillers, crime novels, adventures, romances etc. Partly that is because our publishing industry believed that commercial fiction was best left to foreigners. During the last decade the situation has been improving and many writers of commercial fiction have emerged.
As they continue to write and garner audiences, they will also find new avenues for global acceptance. What is your message to young writers and creative professionals to achieve success in literary world as you did? The necessary condition for getting an agent or publisher is to write well; the sufficient condition is to keep knocking on doors, rejection after rejection, even when you feel like giving up.
I am thankful to Flipitall. It was great to interview him…Have you read the Krishna Key? I tried to ask the questions that can churn out something practical and realistic advice for young Indian writers…. Hey, I like to seek more information on the shock treatment thing from you before making any comment.
Still, I do believe that what Ashwin Sanghi presented in his book Krishna Key is good and knowledgeable. However, the book lacks a fine climax. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.
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Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Skip to content Menu Hues of A Soul a blog to publish personal notes. Although I did not much like this book, I loved to read about the author. I think Indian writers like Ashwin and Dr.