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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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Talking about pre-exam anxiety !! Dude .. I was bored to hear from people, “CA kar raha hai, full toh aajayega”, “Abbey tu toh mast hai na Accounts mein, kya tension?” from friends and my dad nicely coming near me and saying, “What’s the use of studying? You should know accounts by now!” All these statements didn’t really help me because when I opened Ainapure book to study Financial Accounts, everything came to me as latin only.

Anyways, I vaguely remember yesterday night, my whatsapp chat:

11:57am: “Yash yaar, mere lagne waaley hai, 5 chapters left and saaray important hai. I guess jaagna padega.”

about 12:20am: zzzzzzzzzzzzzz .. I am nicely dozing off on my dining table where I usually sit to study.

So I get up at 6:30 am with 2 messages from my 2 different junior college and early senior college infatuations about making her proud and doing well. I remember I am supposed to finish 5 chapters in 2 hours before I left for my Boards Centre which is so far, kind off like an “Out-station Location”. BANG ON !! I started with Internal reconstruction and Capital Reduction and all it did was freak me out. I was told before that this chapter is easy but at 6:45 am in the morning, the last thing I wanted to see is, the illustrations having company names like, “Bad-Luck Limited.”, “Hard-luck Limited.”, “Bad-Day Limited”, “Mistake Limited” and so on. For a guy like me who believes in signs, this was the worst thing to happen !!

I spent few minutes in studying as much as I can, keeping my blackberry on “Phone-Only” mode to avoid that red tempting light which makes you pick up the phone and waste minutes chatting, I shut the book. After my “Exam-Pad – Check, Ruler – Check, 2 Calculators – Check, New Pens – Check, et cetera” activities, I went for a hot water shower. (Take my free tip: Whenever in stress, go for a hot water shower, you will feel bliss and content that nothing else can match). I thought I will develop a nice ghati look for exam, unshaven face, messy hair but when I went in front of mirror, Oh my – I never knew I looked so handsome :D. Nevertheless, this is quiet a routine, I looking super good at home and as I step out, it depreciates 100% making me look crap.

Just like how Indian Government cares a damn about Rape, Adjoining society cared a damn about draught affected people nicely having rain dance yesterday celebrating Holi and wasting water, our Mumbai Railway Local cared a damn about T.Y. Board appearing students. (Wait ! The names of the company in illustrations mentioned above, was that a sign?). Thanks to 5th train which came at 10:05 am, I got in luckily and reached 10 minutes before exam.

So broken, so sweat-drenched, so tired and so annoyed. There is one thing about exam – It makes you abuse a lot. There is one thing about abusive words as well. Those words make you feel light :P.

Besides such a dramatic morning for me and some people whose centre was Sathaye College (Details about it is pasted in the photo posted below), My paper was really nice. (Maybe, illustrations were just pre-exam signs and I had a better day later).

Situation at Sathaye College during Financial Accounting Exam of T Y Bcom Boards - As captured from a friend's status on Blackberry Messenger.Software Courtesy: Screen Grabber

Situation at Sathaye College during Financial Accounting Exam of T.Y.B.com Boards – As captured from a friend’s status on Blackberry Messenger.
Software Courtesy: Screen Grabber

Today reminds me of the quote by Charlie Chaplin sent in the morning by my friend, Sahil Jobalia (Wait ! This also could be one sign about the forth-coming events).

Life is a tragedy when seen in close – up, but a comedy in long – shot.

Documenting final graduation days

My So-Important Readers, Please pray for my next papers to go well too

Signing off for a nice long nap before I begin studies for the next exam


“Meet the John Grisham of Banking” – The Wall Street Journal

I have no clue, why has he been compared with John Grisham? However, this is my first Ravi Subramanian’s novel and I am fairly disappointed. The plot of the story revolves around three situations:

1) At Angola – A Covert CIA agent is about to exchange weapons for Blood Diamonds.

2) At Kerala – An elderly man will do whatever it takes to fulfil a promise made to a dying son.

3) At Mumbai – An International bank is stunned by the mysterious deaths of its key employees.

The Synopsis goes like — Bankers build their careers on trust, or so everyone thinks, till a series of murders threaten to destroy the reputation that the Greater Boston Global Bank (GB2) has built over the years. Who is behind these killings, and what is their motive? When Karan Panjabi, press reporter and ex-banker, digs deeper, he realizes that he has stumbled upon a global conspiracy with far reaching ramifications a secret that could not only destroy the bank but also cast a shadow on the entire nation. With only thirty-six hours at his disposal, he must fight the clock and trust no one if he is to stay alive and uncover the truth.

If I am to not write a review and just rate in the scale of 1-10, I shall rate it 4/10.

The book keeps hopping between three stories, however, not giving much of description to the one of Angola and giving extra emphasis on Mumbai Story. The Story about Kerala, where an elderly man named Krishna Menon, goes on with his Gandhian Principles fighting like Anna Hazare to prevent Nuclear Power Plant coming to life in his area, majorly for the benefit of people as the world had since then, witnessed the dangerous disaster that happened in Fukushima, Japan.

Besides, the major plot, about The Greater Boston Global Bank (GB2), is stuffed with so many characters that if one picks up the book after half a day, he will get confused as to who is who. All the characters, though stuffed in one story as the story will need it, are not explained or properly described. The Story becomes a dragger and bore you to death in the middle until two murders happen in quick succession and the suspense picks up.

The Start, however will attract you and so will the cover page and soon you will find yourself yawning unless the protagonist Karan Panjabi, the ex-banker at GB2 and presently an employee at Times Of India takes the role. The solving of the case will keep you with the book as all suspense stories do and may be you will end up liking the book.

If I am to write about the language, I’d prefer Anirban Bose of “Bombay Rains Bombay Girls” fame or Chetan Bhagat or even Tushar Raheja of “Anything for you ma’am” to be more appropriate when using Hindi Lingos and slangs. If I am to talk about a specific character, I won’t say much, thus keeping in line with the book’s agenda of not describing any character above a certain minimal limit. However, the character of Zinaida Gomes will let many wonder as to how she must be.

As far as recommendation is concerned, I had received this book as a part of Book Review Program by http://www.blogadda.com. But if you are to read this book, I’d suggest a try as the reviews on Internet about this book is quiet appreciated. As far as my personal opinion is considered, you shouldn’t go for this book unless you are a beginner in this hobby of reading.

I would also like to share with you a picture on Money Laundering which will help you understand the concept too:

One thing which I did like about the book is, the character of Raymond Saldanah and Karan Panjabi. When Raymond was summoned for the adverse Audit Report of Bandra Cluster of GB2, and was asked to withdraw, it did match up with the real life happenings.

I won’t demean this book and say one should just not go for it, however, I am sure, if you are a regular at it, don’t need to go for it.

All the best.

Thank You 😀

 

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