Friday, April 12, 2013

TANTRA - Book review

 About the Book

Title: Tantra
Author: Adi
Publisher: Apeejay Stya Publishing
ISBN: 978-81-908636-2-9
No. of Pages: 335
Price: 195 INR
Genre: Thriller/ fiction

About the Author

Adi grew up reading fiction books by flashlight, hiding under the covers, pretending to be asleep. While it would certainly affect his academic life the next day, he did go on to get degrees from Stanford University and Harvard University, so it was not all that bad.

Somewhere along the line, a poetry book and a minor textbook were published. He wishes he could withdraw all copies of said poetry book from the market. At the time, it was poignant, but now it is just embarrassing.

He’s always given more credit for his successes in life to those late-night reading habits of years ago than to the high-school academics he trudged through, and he yearned to write one of those books himself.

Deeply impressed by the vast religious history of India, he could not help but pick this topic for his first novel.

The Cover Speaks

The blue dust jacket embodies the acclamation the story received from a few of the readers.

"Thrilling, action packed and funny. I missed going to the office the next day.      Thanks to reading this book all night."- Tushar Kalra.

The cover pictures a girl with blood-soaked daggers in both her hands sitting at the top of a building with ghostly eeriness spread in the atmosphere.


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.

Its time to settle down to read about a thriller heroine, known for killing the most dangerous vampires and is now set for a vengeance. So read to know if she is there in your town.

Book Review

The vampire plot with a female protagonist seems to connive the readers in her action sequences. The story is spread over twenty-nine chapters with Anu aggarwal as the protagonist who fights the vampires in the streets of New York. But as she got mired in the trap of a vampire, she chases him in Delhi, India and then begins the pursuit of vampire by a guardian ( Anu, the vampire hunter).  

The way Delhi is sketched in the book enchants one into the beauty of deep and dark city. As the Indian scene takes off, spirituality, religion, family bonding, tantra and much more entices the reader and belts him to the Indian culture.
Meanwhile Anu comes to know about Baba Senaka who is involved in a racket of murdering children and innocent people. Then the horn is blew and Anu fights against Baba Senaka with the help of Dr. Sarthak Sharma and Pandit Grover. The tantra part is then discussed at length intriguing the reader into the story. Read the book to know how Anu wins over Baba and his tantra.

In a Nutshell

Adi tried his hands on his first novel with a thriller fiction theme. Though the story lacked a bit of heroism but the efforts put into the making of the draft are commendable.

My Rating


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  1. Even though I dont believe in Vampires and tantras, I liked the way you have handled the subject.Good rendition.

  2. interesting read surbhi on what u have written on tantra by Adi..simple& cool..smiles:))God<3U

  3. Nice review....the cover pic is indeed exciting!

  4. iagree to most of your points. I liked for the fact that it was a light read. Nicely reviewed surbhi :)


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