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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tantra- by Adi-The Anu files (volume 1)
Paperback: 344 pages
Publisher: Apeejay Stya Publishing (March 9, 2013)
Release date:April 7, 2013
Genre: Tantric,Historical, Paranormal-thriller

Author Biography

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.

Book Description

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 review

I have to appreciate the author for choosing a right choice of cover image for his first book-it invited me :) :)to read and like every page of it in the first place. As I'm also a huge fan of Vampire diaries, I was really looking forward to reading this fascinating novel about Vampires and vampire hunters. 

Tantra by Adi is an action packed paranormal thriller with a very strong ravishing female lead Anu Aggarwal. The author's depiction of her as a leather wearing, no nonsense girl was fine but I was expecting more and more details of her love life in New York city as it was the ultimate reason she comes to New Delhi-to find her boyfriend's killer(a vampire) and avenge his death.

Then the story swings around her personal life and her professional life with her aunt Nina who knows nothing of her night life as a vampire hunter wants her to marry off and settle down, so she pushes her to the idea of an arranged marriage.

While Anu, who thought Vampires and Ghouls were the only dangerous thing in New Delhi was shocked to find an evil sage, Baba Seneka who happens to be worshipped by many people including big politicians and film stars was behind the killings of many innocent children.

What is more abominable and horrifying was that this shameless tantric was only practicing into killing those helpless children only to make his grand ritual of killing two hundred more children a big success. Anu who wouldn’t allow such things to happen seeks help from Dr.Sharma, Pandit Grover and Karta , who help her to win the battle and save the innumerable children. The ending was highly predictable.

My favorite character after Anu is Amit who is very hilarious and often cracks jokes at Anu and they would make a nice pair if not for Chandra and Gaurav. After finished reading this book, I was drastically disappointed with the story as it contained merely one notable vampire, Chandra. His character reminded me of Damon in Vampire Diaries, and also I wanted to see more of him in the story ahead but sadly he had three-four good scenes.

But on the whole, I really enjoyed reading this novel about Tantra which I think is a brand new term in the novel history of India, and my expectations are now even higher on the upcoming series.


The main drawback of this novel was the way too much usage of Sanskrit words and the ramblings thereafter, which was very irritating. Other than that the author has really done a great job by making a rattling good story which is nothing less of a movie.

Thoughtful quotes from Tantra

"The universe is vast, and we are a small part of its greatness.God is the embodiment of that vastness, the source and the end of everything.There is no good.There is no evil.It is all an illusion manifest."

"The Muslims have a wonderful and apt saying-Insha's Allah-if it is the will of God, it will happen."

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Tantra by Adi (The Anu Files) (Volume 1)