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Adi brings in a Superwoman who does not wear a cape, nor does she has any suffix to her name just like a stereotype superhero has, nor is she known to people except few and yet will command more love from readers from the superheroes we always knew.

                                    ——— Maulik Doshi

Tantra - By Adi Source: Blogadda.com

Tantra – By Adi
Source: Blogadda.com

         About the book

          Tantra, a book which gives you an impression about a girl, Anu Aggarwal, flying from New York to New Delhi, who supposedly is a hunter or guardian killing vampires to save humanity, to find the killer who killed her only love, Brian. However, once you happen to take a chance, which will be worthy one, to grab this book from stores or library to read further, you will realize, it was much deep, different and interesting than how it is described at the back.

          The main character, Anu Aggarwal is mesmerizing as she goes about adjusting to Indian traditions after coming from New York. Especially, two times, one of which was when her mother asks her to drop down the excuse of being a lesbian to avoid scandal when she calls her mother to seek advice on how not to succumb to her aunt’s efforts on finding her a groom through Indian Arranged Marriage System and “Dekhan-Dekhai”, and second when she goes to night club and a wannabe comes to her saying, “Hey Bay-bee, Wanteeh Dancee” and she goes close to him, presses his balls to make him realize, she was not that type. It was funny to see a superwoman who was fearless in fighting the “night-rakshas” (Vampires as they termed in Hindi” to get so nervous when had to meet prospective groom for Arranged Marriage’s Dekhan-Dekhai. 

      The book revolves around a battle between Sattvic and Tantric forces, the good and evil, the threads connecting every human and the burden of memories every soul carries. Vampires, unlike the ones in New York, seem to be caring a bit about humans in New Delhi, where the head of Vampire also has alliance with Guardian Agencies. Although the book professed about a story being Vampirical in nature, it was more regarding the Tantric forces.

      In order to understand, there are two ways to rise spiritually. One is long route which is Sattvic. This had less risks and that is the reason it had less returns and was a slow process and required years of meditation. The other one is short cut with heavy risks. Since the risk were high, even the returns were high but had terrible outcomes and circumstances.

     For someone who believes in existence of supernatural forces and forces beyond our understanding and imagination, this book won’t be a bore at all, rather it will be such that will keep you stuck to it till the end and from wanting to know more about the subject. One needs to note, this book is not at all like other Vampire Fictions like Twilight, it had a greater meaning and revolves around a completely different subject. However, just like Vampires in Twilight, even the ones in this book were very charming and had a mesmerizing personality.

About the Cover

       The cover is not at all good. Only if you getting this book for free, or your instinct asks you to buy, or if you are a vampire fan, you will go for the book. The book, however good it may be, needs to go for a re-design for the cover. It is bright, not at all appealing and I give minus points for that.

About the book-mark

Picture Courtesy: Maulik Doshi

Picture Courtesy: Maulik Doshi

I loved the idea, one can not miss a page of the book and not even use it for another book. Plus points to marketing team of the book 😀 😀

My overall Rating for the book – 3.5/5

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Information on the book

M.R.P. — Rs. 195/-

ISBN – 978-81-908636-2-9

Author – Adi

About the Author – Adi is a science graduate of Stanford University with an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He seems to have decided to put his education to the best use possible by writing fantasy fiction.

About the book (At the back cover) –

Anu is a leather wearing, no-nonsense professional guardian with a reputation for killing the most dangerous vampires in New York City. But when her enemies murder the one person she truly cared about, all she wants is vengeance. The only clue points to New Delhi, so Anu puts in for a job transfer.

In India, she finds more than she expected. For one thing, her fellow operatives have made a truce with the vampires. For another, it’s way too hot to wear leather.

At first, it seems Anu’s biggest challenge will be evading the nice boys her aunt wants her to marry. But when children start disappearing, she discovers forces older and darker than anything she’s faced before. All of Delhi is in danger, especially the sexy stranger who sets Anu’s pulse racing.

To prepare for the coming battle, Anu must overcome her personal demons and put aside years of training. This time, her most powerful weapon will come from her mind, not her weapons belt.

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I walked past the station lane, to the road that connected a short cut to my building. I don’t remember watching the road while walking, or realizing if my phone vibrated with several pings or notifications from twitter, facebook, not realizing if I am walking on footpath or on the road, if there is a car honking at me, or did I stamp any dog’s tail.

I was lost in thoughts, I was lost in words. Back then in December, when nation rose to Delhi Gang Rape incident, I had tweeted, wrote a blog, condemned in social discussions and pledged in #SafetyForWomen trend on twitter to stand up for any woman who is getting either discriminated, manhandled or harassed. I felt dissapointed, not only with myself but with everyone around. Wondering if our nation has given us scope to stand up.

I was going to office, and was not surprised to find train reaching on time when I am even late by milliseconds  As I reached, the train was about to leave Platform 7 of Andheri Station. I jumped in a way, Zaheer jumps while delivering the ball, held my earphones in my hand, got my bag on shoulder to avoid it patting my ass and ran. This time, luckily I could manage myself in the last compartment.

I sat near that curved area, which is quiet comfortable also to sit as 4th one can’t manage himself to the seat and saw one old man, sitting right opposite to me asking a man to get up so that a lady can sit. I felt good for the generosity that he showed, leave apart I could have stood up to give her place, but then I did not see her, so I should not unnecessarily feel non chivalrous too. Nicely, I slipped my book from the bag and started reading.

While the train crossed Vile Parle, may be because of the gesture that the old man showed, the lady answered to a random question asked by him. While she was answering questions to the conversation that man entered into, I saw that man moving his hand to that lady’s thigh. Lady must not be older than 27. Married though, I heard that when she was responding to him. The lady tried to put her bag on her lap to avoid it, and he started touching her at other places like elbow, and shoulder. People around me had a slight smirk with silent abuses which you can decipher by the movement of their lips. I observed elsewhere before I could have spoken or asked him to behave but even the lady did not protest anymore. I don’t blame her for being without action, may be she expected any of co-passengers to react. Old man looked weak enough to successfully enact a heart attack sequence shifting trouble to us proving us as perpetrators. I wanted to speak. I wanted to stand up. This was the first time, situation came to me. My blood boiled, I gave him a cold stare which he noticed but he hardly cared. It was Matunga Station then, and the lady left the train saying, my station has come. I did not say a word. She left and then the old man smiled at me and got down at Elphinstone Road.

Throughout the day, I felt guilty and to whoever I narrated this incident, told me that ‘Good, You didn’t react’. Not only guys, but even girls told me to not react and let it go. Everyone said, if the lady didn’t react and after your standing up also she doesn’t go by your side, then you’ll make a fool out of yourself. If that old man acted in any way and something really happens also, you will be questioned. If no one said anything, police will only interrogate you as witness to any pursuing issue. Everyone sighed at the sorry state of affairs of law and order of our country, passiveness of people and helpless feeling. Everyone sweared at such men who are disgrace to our gender, our race.

I still don’t feel good about that incident. I could have raised a voice. I could have stood up. I feel sick about it. But really, is there any scope to stand up? May be I would have known or rather everyone would have known had I stood up.

 

I feel the same for myself Image Courtesy: Google Images

I feel the same for myself
Image Courtesy: Google Images