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A seemingly random selection of heads of state are struck down like flies by unnamed killers who work with the clinical efficiency of butchers. Except that they leave no trace of their methods. Welcome back to the shadowy and addictive world of Ashwin Sanghi. After The Rozabal Line, Chanakya's Chant, The Krishna Key and The Sialkot Saga, Ashwin Sanghi returns at last with another quietly fearsome tale-this time of men who guard the 'Kalachakra' or The Wheel of Time.
Sanghi describes a world of people at war with one another-a boomeranging conflict of faiths that results in acts of such slow and planned human cruelty that they defy human imagination. Caught in the midst of this madness is Vijay Sundaram, a geek scientist who is only dimly aware that the wider sky outside his laboratory is stretched taut and close to being torn apart by forces that he wants simply to have nothing to do with.
But events conspire to propel Vijay into the labyrinth of Milesian Labs, a centre of research deep in the forested hills of Uttarakhand. What he stumbles upon is a primordial clue to a galactic secret that could accelerate the downward spiral of humankind. Trapped and wholly unaware of his actual foe, Vijay races against time to save humanity-and himself.
Zigzagging from Rama's crossing to Lanka to the birth of Buddhism; from the origin of Wahhabism to the Einsteinian gravitational wave-detectors of LIGO; from the charnel-grounds of naked tantric practitioners to the bespoke suits of the Oval Office; and from the rites of Minerva, shrouded in frankincense, to the smoke-darkened ruins of Nalanda, Keepers of the Kalachakra is a journey that will have you gasping for breath-but one that you cannot abandon till all the pieces of the jigsaw come together.
Till you come up gobsmack against an end that you simply did not see coming.
"The book can't be put down till all pieces of the jigsaw puzzle are put together." -The Financial Express
"The author packs a powerful punch... spicy and saucy, a survey of the past and the present... without a dull moment, without a dull page." -The Sunday Standard
"Science and spirituality collide in Ashwin Sanghi's latest thriller... but the end product doesn't overwhelm the reader at all." -India Today
"Spread over a vast canvas, the novel has an engaging plot laced with mythology, history and legends." -The Hindu
"Ashwin Sanghi's Keepers of the Kalachakra is as explosive as a time bomb ticking in your hand. Every chapter springs an unpredictable surprise." -Deccan Chronicle
"Keepers of the Kalachakra has it all: political characters that remind you of real-life politicians, a racy, complex plot and enough improbable twists to keep you hooked." -Hindustan Times Brunch