Book Review: Tantra


Author:                            Adi 

        Apeejay Stya Publishing
Publication Year
Number of Pages:
        344 Pages

Genre:                            Fiction/Fantasy 

Price:                              Rs 195

About the Book:

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.

About the Author:

Adi grew up reading fiction books by flashlight, hiding under the covers, pretending to be asleep. While it must have affected his academic life the next day, he still went on to get degrees from Stanford University and Harvard University, which he uses in his life now as an entrepreneur and researcher.
Adi has also published a poetry book and a minor textbook. He wishes he could withdraw all copies of said poetry book from the market. At the time, it seemed poignant, but now it's just embarrassing. The textbook still seems all right.
He splits his time between India, Dubai and Zurich. Deeply impressed by the vast religious history of India, he could not help but pick this topic for his first novel.

The Review:

Let me just start by saying this is the first ‘official’ review I’ve ever written so be a little kind on this reviewer.

I’ve only recently been introduced into the wonderful world of reviewing and discovered the joys of being a member of When Tantra was announced as one of the books to be given away for reviews, I didn’t pay much attention to it. But for some reason, the cover page haunted me for a while. It wasn’t before long; I decided to lay my hands on his book.

During the last week whenever someone asked me what I was reading, I would say, “Tantra.” On being questioned what the story was about, I would simply reply, “Indian Vampires.”

But of course, Tantra is more than just about Indian Vampires. It took me awhile (yes, I know I was a little dense at this time), to realize Tantra basically referred to as the Tantric magic, we’ve all heard stories about growing up and still do.

I loved Anu Aggarwal. It has been awhile since we’ve seen such a kickass Indian female, bogged down with the typical expectations of settling down with someone nice, yet managing to dodge all that, because she already leads a double life.

Adi is a wonderful writer. His vivid descriptions transported me to Delhi, and special mention of all the chase and fight scenes. He writes the action scenes so well, that the reader feels everything is happening right before their very eyes!

Of all the characters which Tantra introduces us to, I loved Amit – Anu’s co-partner in fighting the vampires, and in this particular case, the evil Senaka. I loved the funny banters these two shared throughout the book. Even during crucial fight scenes.

Anu is torn between her two worlds: one of fighting the vampires and the other of following her heart, and falling in love with the handsome Gaurav.

This book is definitely worth a read for anyone who’s interested in mythology and wants it to be blended with modernity. It really is one of the nicest and engaging read that I’ve come across in the last year. 

Rating: 3.75/5

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