Ashwin Sanghi has created a very interesting niche for himself. Bringing forth curiosity arousing theological thrillers like The Rozabal Line, Chanakya’s Chant, The Krishna Key and the recent being The Sialkot Saga. While he got the Indian readers hooked with his second and third novel yet The Rozabal Line published under his pseudonym, Shawn Haigins, proves to be a readers delight.
This one, much like the other novels by Sanghi, is a page turner. Based on the theory that Jesus died in Kashmir, this novel is an exciting take on number of things including the relationship of Islam and Christianity, as well as relationship of Christianity with other religions of the world. Much like Dan Browns’ The Da Vinci Code, this too embraces one too many controversies. From enquiring ‘Who was Jesus?’ to exploring the Christian rituals and its origins the novel is a profound study of Christianity. Ashwin Sanghi treads on a thin ice with this one but also makes sure to be politically correct by giving a long list of references.
Did you know that Christians would take weekly rest on Jewish Sabbath day which is Saturday and adopted Sunday as their rest day only after Constatine’s edict? Did you know that Jesus Christ was born on December 6 and Horus, Mithras, Tammuz were born on December 25? Do you know how the ritual of Baptism originated? Or what is Hieros Gamos? So many questions get answered within 346 pages.
If theology interests you do give this one a read.
On the scale of readability, I rate it 9 on 10.
How much rating will I give this one? 4 out of 5 stars.
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