ISBN 9789383064021,Chanakya Returns : A Novel

Chanakya Returns : A Novel



Aleph Book Company

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9789383064021

ISBN-10 9383064021


Number of Pages 264 Pages
Language (English)


It all starts with a question: What shapes human lives, the love of power or the power of love?

A political thriller like none other! Avanti is the daughter of the leader of an unnamed state. She thinks highly of Chanakya – the political tutor and mentor of Chandragupta Maurya. And guess what? Chanakya is reborn in the present world and is there giving sound advice once again. This time though the decisions are harder, the ones between love and power, and what they hold for Avanti. She needs to choose quick as her would-be tutor needs answers. 
The book in essence is an invigorating read. It does demand some attention and pondering, however that is only valid given the context. The writing is stark and precise. I would not classify this as a quick read. It will take some time to get through it. Having said that, it is extremely readable and will make you see Chanakya in the modern scenario and situations.


Chanakya Returns is a political thriller from Timeri N. Murari.

Summary of the Book

Avanti is the only daughter of the leader of an unnamed Indian state. She is also the student of Chanakya, the military genius responsible for the Mauryan empire and the writer of the Arthashaastra. He was once exiled from his homeland, and returned with a young boy in tow as his protégé, the boy who history remembers as Chandragupta Maurya. Greek scholars sang his praises, and even Alexander the Great acknowledged his military prowess. Long dead, Chanakya is reborn into the current world and poses an eternal question before Avanti. What shapes human lives, the power of love or the love of power? Avanti needs to choose soon, and she knows that it must be a question of the utmost importance for the man who poses it is a genius known for his military and political machinations. Under his tutelage, Avanti can follow in the footsteps of Chandragupta Maurya and become yet another successful student of the genius master. She has everything to lose, and everything to gain in this exciting thriller that will glue readers to their seats.

About Timeri N. Murari

Timeri N. Murari is an Indian novelist and journalist. Some of his earlier works include: The Marriage, Taj, The Taliban Cricket Club, and Children of the Enchanted Jungle.

Born and raised in Chennai, India, Murari studied electronics engineering in UK and later switched majors to History and Political Science at the McGill University, Montreal. He has previously contributed to several prominent newspapers, includingThe New York Times, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan among others. He has also written film documentaries, including a series in three parts entitled Only in America.