Book Talk: The Tantric Curse by Anupama Garg
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Contrary to the heavy title of the novel, The Tantric curse is a light read about love and friendship injected with facts about tantra and tantric practices along with scientific reasoning.
The story begins with a young girl Rhea, finding her ways into Shaktidham and she grows up in the ashram alongside Krishnam, the son of the head priest Satya and her love interest. The author has done an excellent job in developing the protagonist’s character where her feminism is the strength of the character. The backdrop of tantra is woven well in the conversations of the characters so that as a reader I felt in the loop even though I had no knowledge about tantric and tantra.
At some places, the plot was not tightly wound, and it felt like things were allowed to happen just so that the story could move forward. Other than that, it was an interesting read. Given that tantra and tantric practices are mostly looked at with suspicion this story does well to throw light on the many aspects of this practice, especially the part about the chakras is beautifully written.
Quote from the book:
"To find stillness in motion is the paradox to accomplish, rather than just being still while in stillness."
A perfect read for the holidays.
My rating is 4 stars.
On an amavasya night, eight-year-old Rhea mysteriously lands at the doors of Shaktidham, a Tantric house of worship, in a trance. Realizing that she is blessed with unusual faculties, the guru of Shaktidham, Satya, chooses her as a disciple over his own son, Krishnam, to carry on his lineage, a privilege previously bestowed only to males. But the lineage has been cursed for generations, and it is up to Rhea to either break the curse or perish in the attempt. Will she succeed in her endeavour? Will her love for Krishnam become an obstacle in her path? The Tantric Curse, an unusual story set in the world of Tantra that aims to dispel most of the myths about the practice, will keep you spellbound till the very last page. About the Author Anupama Garg was born in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. She has studied chemistry, business management, and law. She has been training under her Guru, Baba Batuk Nathji, a renowned Tantric and head of the Bhoot.