Monday, 8 April 2013


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.

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.

My Take on the Book

Most of the books penned by Indian authors belong to the genre of romance. Else, it would be chic-lit kind or it will be based on mythology. And, we readers have also become comfortable reading those kinds of books. In such a situation, a book like Tantra authored by Adi is freaking different. And the book scores high right there. 

To begin with, the book cover and design itself is unique. The texture sets the mood for the book right away. As readers, we understand that it is a serious book and thriller. The book scores high again here because the book meets the high expectations set.

Anu, the protagonist, comes across as a bold and independent woman. She has a personal agenda which requires her to fly from New York to India. 

The first few pages move very slowly. Hence, we may sit and wonder what we are reading and where the story is leading us. It may be because the author is giving away too many details... Or it may be because the plot is something very new to us. But, once we get a grip over the story and we become aware the story-premise, we start enjoying the book.

Author’s narrative is vivid and we can actually visualize each of the scenes. The book has around 300 pages and suffers slow take off. Yet, the book can be a onetime read. Yes, it can be read once as a token of motivation to the author who has taken up such an unusual idea.

To conclude, I enjoyed the book. It is fresh. 

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Satya,

    Here is a month long celebration of Indian debut writers. Do join in. The rules are simple - Read the 1st book of an Indian writer, review, link to us. We promote, you vote. It will be a fun and exciting month. With some prizes thrown in too. Hope to see you at The Tales Pensieve.