25 January 1969 |
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Alma mater||The Cathedral & John Connon School, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, Yale University|
|Genre||Thriller, mystery fiction, conspiracy fiction|
|Notable works||The Rozabal Line
The Krishna Key
13 Steps to Bloody Good Luck
The Sialkot Saga
Ashwin Sanghi (born 25 January 1969) is an Indian writer in the fiction-Thriller genre. He is the author of three best-selling novels: The Rozabal Line, Chanakya's Chant and The Krishna Key. All his books have been based on historical, theological and mythological themes. He is one of India's best-selling conspiracy fiction writers and is an author of the new era of retelling Indian history or mythology in a contemporary context. Forbes India has included him in their Celebrity 100 list. His latest novel, The Sialkot Saga was released in April 2016.
Sanghi completed his schooling from the Cathedral & John Connon School, graduated with a BA (Economics) from St. Xavier's College and earned an MBA from the Yale School of Management. He joined his family's business in 1993. He wrote his first novel in 2006 and thereafter continued to pursue dual careers, as a businessman as well as writer. He is part of the overall trend of young professionals and businessmen turning to writing as a parallel career. In 2013, Sanghi and James Patterson announced that they would be co-writing an India-based thriller called "Private India" within Patterson's "Private" series. The book was released in July 2014.
Sanghi has been praised and appreciated by writers and media. He has also been hailed as the Indian Dan Brown for The Rozabal Line and The Krishna Key, both of which were critically acclaimed as Indian versions of the best-selling The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol.
M. V. Kamath says, "One must remember that this is a work of fiction. Provocative, but commanding attention. What is truth? Jesting Pilate is quoted as having asked Jesus. One might as well ask the same question of the author, in jest or in all seriousness. From what he has written it is clear that he will not pause for an answer."
Bibliography and adaptations
- The Rozabal Line: First published under the anagram Shawn Haigins.
- Chanakya's Chant: Available in 4 languages - English, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil.
- The Krishna Key: also available in English, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil.
- Private India: co-written with James Patterson, within the latter's "Private" series.
- 13 Steps To Bloody Good Luck
- Sialkot Saga
- The 2010 Vodafone-Crossword Popular Choice Award was awarded to Chanakya's Chant. The award is decided by readers' votes online, and was awarded to the novel for logging the highest sales in 2010.
- Private India made it to UK Top Bestseller List.
- Chakravorty, Sohini (13 September 2011). "Revisiting history". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
- Khare Ghose, Archana (25 December 2011). "The retell market". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
- Mishra, Ashish (8 February 2013). "Forbes India Celebrity 100". Forbes. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
- "Home | The Sialkot Saga". The Sialkot Saga. Archived from the original on 2 March 2016. Retrieved 2016-02-19.
- "Filling the Blanks with History and Mystery!". Retrieved 22 June 2012.
- MOLEKHI, PANKAJ (24 October 2010). "Playing by the Book: Corporates/Writers". The Economic Times.
- Subramanian, Anusha (11 October 2011). "Corporate honchos are also writing popular fiction". Business Today.
- Suresh, Suanayana (11 May 2013). "I write to enlighten and entertain: Ashwin Sanghi". The Times of India.
- Menon, Vidya (22 July 2014) Prasoon Joshi launches James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi's book 'Private India' in Mumbai. The Times of India.
- "Master takes". Tehelka. 17 September 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
- Thapar, Mondy (28 January 2011). "Above High Command". Hindustan Times.
- N.C., Vardhini (3 April 2011). "Article". Deccan Chronicle.[dead link]
- "Rediff.com, Ashwin Sanghi:The birth of India's Dan Brown". Retrieved 20 March 2013.
- Kamath, MV (22 February 2009). "Did Jesus die on the cross or came to India?". Organiser.
- Atray Banan, Aastha (7 March 2009). "Did Jesus spend his final days in Kashmir?". Mid Day.
- "My wife told me to quit moping". The Pioneer. 1 September 2011.
- India, p. 289, Sarina Singh – 2009: "Rozabal The small, green Rozabal Shrine (Ziyarat Hazrati Youza Asouph) is a minute's stroll northwest from Pir Dastgir Sahib facing the ... This claim is at the core of Shawn Haigns' 2007 The Da Vinci Code–style thriller The Rozabal Line."
- CHHIBBER, MINI ANTHIKAD (7 June 2011). "Facts of fiction". The Hindu.
- Panikker, Rohit (2011-09-15). "A fresh new narrative". The Times of India.
- Anupam, Suprita (2013-05-13). "Book Review: The Krishna Key". Anupamtimes.
- Anjum, Nawaid (28 September 2011). "In the limelight: The award goes to...". Asian Age. Archived from the original on 31 December 2011.
- "Vodafone book awards for Sanghi, Joseph". Asian Age. 5 September 2011.[permanent dead link]
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