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Tantra presents the story of a powerful woman called Anu, who is well-known for killing vampires in New York. It is written by Adi who loved reading fiction and grew up reading them. The author never had ambitions of getting degrees from high-profile universities and had no regrets about it. He had written a poetry book and a few textbooks, which were published as well. However, now he feels embarrassed about writing these books and wishes if he could withdraw those publications. He takes more pride in his late night reading sessions during his early school days and owes his success to these sessions. The degrees that he acquired during the later years have not inspired him much. He wishes to write about those books that he had read during his childhood days in school. Inspired deeply by the religious history of India, the author picked this topic for his first novel. This book was published in April 2013 by Apeejay Stya Publishing.

In order to buy books online at affordable rates, you can compare the prices from the retailer sites that are listed on Junglee. This book tells the story of Anu, a straightforward and realistic person, who has a reputation of destroying the most threatening vampires of New York City. But she is filled with envy, and wants to take revenge when her enemies kill the person she had affection for. What makes Anu think like this? Why is her mind filled with vengeance after the murder of the person she cared for? In this intriguing novel, the author tells the story of this leather wearing woman who takes a transfer from her job and shifts to New Delhi from New York City.

She is desperately looking for the killers and all clues point to the Indian capital. While Anu finds more than she had expected in New Delhi, the climate of this city does not let her wear leather. She also discovers in New Delhi that her associates have become one with the vampires. What does Anu do after learning all this? Does she stay in Delhi or she goes back to New York? Is the fire of vengeance still burning inside her? The story of this novel takes a different turn when Anu has to take a bigger challenge to evade her aunt's wishes to get her married. At the same time, Anu's temperament runs high when she meets a sexy stranger. Who is this man who turns Anu's mind? Does Anu come in the grip of this man?

Everything changes when children in Delhi starts getting kidnapped and Anu confronts a bigger challenge of saving Delhi from this danger. At one point, Anu realises that she must free herself from her devilish powers. Why does Anu change readily? What weapons does she use for battling the dark forces that she comes across in India? Does she forget her actual reason for coming to this city? Can she finally take revenge and fulfil her deepest desires of vengeance? Will these incidents change Anu forever? It is for the readers to discover the nuances of this gripping novel by Adi. This is the first volume of this book and is available in paperback binding. There are 260 pages in this book with ISBN 10 number 8190863622 and ISBN 13 number 9788190863629.

Product Details
Language English
Publication Date April 1, 2013
Publisher Apeejay Stya Publishing
Contributor(s) Adi
Binding Paperback
Edition 2013
Book Volume Volume 1
Page Count 260
ISBN 10 8190863622
ISBN 13 9788190863629
Dimensions and Weight
Product Weight 436 grams
Product Dimensions 14 cm x 2.2 cm x 21.6 cm
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  1.  Dark Indian Fiction 8 April, 2013 On
    This is by far the darkest piece of Indian fiction I've picked up for a while. A paranormal thriller with thrills and chills galore, it has that peculiarly Indian feel to it. The author doesn't seem to want to come out publicly, simply going by the nickname 'Adi', obviously the short for 'Aditya', an everyday Indian name.

    Anu, the main characater, is a young woman who can look after herself. Recently arrived in Delhi from New York, she's no sheltered Indian princess. She's walked on the wild side since she was young, having the unique gifts and training which make her a vampire hunter. She stalks the night in black leather with an impressive array of weapons hidden about her person, not to mention the ability to shift and give chase across rooftops in the dead of the night.

    But now, the East/West culture shock kicks in. Her aunt insists she do the 'dekhan dekhai' custom like a good Indian girl and meet eligible young men from 'good' families (whatever 'good' means), with a view to settling down. The heat is too much. She's forced to ditch the black leather in favour of black kurta pyjamas. What's even stranger, is the fact that in India, the lines between good and bad are blurred. Back in New York, the vampires were the bad guys and always the target. In India, things are slightly different. The vampire hunters and vampires are inclined to do deals here, being very often on the same side. I'm not sure if that's so strange. As a reader who occasionally reads paranormal, I'm familiar with the tortured vampire hero who isn't bad at heart but who tries to keep his need to feed limited to preying on the scum of the earth, the wicked, underworld members of society who prey on innocents. But for Anu, it's something of a culture shock.

    The common enemy of the vampire hunters and vampires is a seemingly innocuous guru, Baba Senaka, who runs an ashram in Delhi and who is a brand in himself.. Anu senses the evil atmosphere emanating from the Baba's ashram. While investigating a spate of kidnapped and murdered children, all clues lead the Baba. Is the revered guru is actually a practising tantrik underneath, someone who use the black arts for his own aggrandisement? Anu goes into training under the watchful eye of a couple of experts, learning sattvic mantras and exercises to counteract the evil influence of the Baba as vampires and hunters alike gather for the final showdown just before the Holi festival, when pure psychic power permeates the atmosphere.

    There are enigmatic characters aplenty. Anu, one senses, is one step away from turning rogue. Although she's clearly on the side of the good and the innocent, she has scores to settle. Her lover in New York was murdered and as she was able to trace his killer back to Delhi, this is what motivated her to return to her place of origin. The powers who control the vampire hunters would clearly not approve of her using her skills for revenge so she keeps quiet. There's Amit, the Indian vampire hunter who is fully aware that the dangerous nature of his work means that he will never live out his lifespan. There's Chandra, the charismatic commander of the vampires who has lived longer than any of them. Pandit Grover, Dr. Sharma and the enigmatic Karta, powerful, psychic characters who inspire and encourage Anu as she readies herself for the confrontation with the naked power of evil.

    What does it mean when all the questions are not answered at the end of a story? It means you have to wait for the second part. So that's what I'm doing now. I'm waiting for Part II of this dark and fascinating tale. I want to know who killed Anu's lover. Will Anu become Chandra's lady or will she get with Gaurav, a young man who attracted her since she arrived in Delhi?

    I shall never think of Delhi in quite the same way again. City of tombs? Indeed!
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  2.  An Indian Vampire Huntress facing indigenous challenges 31 August, 2013 On
    Frankly, I wasn't very sure about an Indian Author trying to write a 'vampire' book in Indian settings. First of all, we don't really have a history of the traditional vampires in India so putting together vampires and New Delhi was not easy to digest. Top it up with our own Indian lady vampire hunter and the digestion sure was challenged.

    The back cover blurb also talked about the vampire huntress dodging the social arrange marriage scene … making the indigestion complete. So I had pretty low expectations when I started reading this 'weird' combination.

    BUT … I was in for a surprise. Adi has mixed the above weird concoction really well and infused Tantra (yeah … the Tantrik wala Tantra) very well into the mix

    The story is about the Vampire Huntress who takes a 'transfer' from New York to New Delhi with a hidden agenda. She is the best they have and thinks Delhi would be a cake walk for her only to realize gradually that the 'scene' out here in India is very different and vampires are not the only problem .. in fact, they are otherwise at time.

    The story had a touch of Indian mythology in the sense that there is the presence of the now-famous (made by Ramayan and Mahabharat serials of course) Brahma-astra and Agni-astra.

    If this were a movie, there is some Matrix and Harry Potter style action packed into the fabric of the story as characters fight at some sort of a super-natural level (Brahma-astra and Agni-astra style) … where the ability to go into hyper-drive action comes into play.

    I liked the character of Anu Aggarwal … the vampire huntress … who comes in confident at first and is then humbled by the experiences and begins to learn and discover herself. Enemies turn allies and her perspective of things, people, facts, faith, life, her job … all go through a gradual transformation.

    The book is not without its fair share of occasional humor and it is a pleasant but exciting thing to read. The pace is good and the story keeps giving you stuff to look forward to in next few pages, making it difficult for you to insert a bookmark and take a pause in the reading. I liked the kind of humor in the novel … Adi weaves humor into the story and its situations without resorting to the typical run-of-the-mill routine and boring comic sequences.

    If I were alone on some business tour with a weekend at hand, I would have probably finished this off in a single or maybe a double sitting within a single day. Being at home and going to office daily made the book reading stretch to 3 days. I would definitely recommend this book – in fact, I am going to handover the book to best friend and my book guide, for reading.

    Not to forget the Cover Design ... very interesting. The Moon morphed into a Skull took me by surprised although the girl on the cover does not really match the girl and her dressing in the book :) But thats ok ... chalta hain !!

    What I did not like is the loose ends at the end of the novel. The author surely intends to write a sequel, a continuation to the story BUT leaving loose ends … especially those which seem central to the story from the beginning to the end … leaves a sense of being cheated ... sense of having read an incomplete novel ... sense of a few pages missing from the end.

    One more thing though, not really a criticism, but more of an expectation I had which did not get fulfilled. The New Delhi setting offered the author plenty of historic and interesting places to use in the story. This did not happen. Except for a few references to the safety of women and metro travel, Delhi was missing in the novel.

    Wish the author took more advantage of what the city had to offer to the novel. Surprisingly, the cover design also neglects Delhi ... Delhi and its recognizable monuments could have served as a fantastic backdrop to the already good cover design.
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