Adi-Shakti Namo Namah; Sarab-Shakti, Namo Namah; Prithum-Bhagwati, Namo Namah; Kundalini Mata Shakti; Mata Shakti Namo Namah. Chanakya lifted his eyelids, and the haze from his meditation gradually dissolved into clear vision. He looked at Chandragupta, who was sitting cross-legged and palms together in a “namaskar”, looking at his master meditate into his serene other-dimension. “Chandragupta”, said Chanakya in his low-pitched voice, “The time has come. We are about to write history, and you are its hero. Cherish each moment as much as you can, as it will be remembered for ages to come.” Chandragupta silent for a while, looked at his master with questions in his eyes. “O wise guru!”, he exclaimed, surprised, but not skeptical about his Guru’s chosen path for him, “But will the future remember me as winner, the maharajadhiraja who ruled Bharata, or a cheater, who dwindled his way in and cowardly sneaked the throne?”
Chanakya smiled and said, “Relax, O king of Magadha, for we are the winners, and winners are always choosers, and hence always heroes. You completed the herculean task of uniting Bharata again, and the ends always justify the means.”
“The ends always justify the means”, said Pandit Gangasagar as he looked at his protégé Chandini Gupta, a beautiful dame, and a prospective prime minister of India. Arthashastra – the science of politics- Such are the beautiful parallelisms in the stories of Chandragupta and Chandini; and history and the present.
Its not often that one sees a book which gets wide acclaim, with a gray lead character. Chanakya, was an epitome of that. Mean, Ugly, and manipulative, Chanakya was often compared to a cunning fox, but still history remembers him as a hero. It is probably because Chanakya’s noble ulterior motive, or otherwise, as winners get to write history the way they want to, and all modes are avowed.
Ashwin Sanghi has done justice to the authors of this history. The book is beautifully scripted and the stories of Chanakya and Pandit Gangasagar, and their respective disciples flow parallel. Pandit Gangasagar’s tools, same as Chanakya were violence, sex and greed, and a firm understanding of the sublime human psychology.
Critically speaking, there is an initial drag, where the reader can get lost between the vacillating biographies. On the whole however, the book is a 3.5 on 5, a should-read book :).
P.S. I am publishing this 9 months after I wrote it. Pardon my incompetence at this!