It’s been a pleasure to have been able to interview the author of The Tantric Curse, Anupama Garg. The book is about the spiritual journey of an eight-year-old Rhea who mysteriously lands at the doors of a Tantric house of worship, in a trance. If you are curious of tantra and tantrics this book is a must read. You can read my review of The Tantric Curse here.
The book was showcased at the 2016 Frankfurt bookfair, world's largest trade fair for books. And earlier this month Dr. Vikram Singh, ex DGP U.P., Vice-chancellor Noida University was in conversation with Anupama Garg at World Book Fair New Delhi.
If you are intrigued by the topic, I am sure you will enjoy this interview where I ask the author how she came about writing on a taboo topic like this and more. So, let’s get started.
Interview with Anupama Garg author of The Tantric Curse:
Q. Please tell our readers a little bit about yourself and how your journey as a writer began.
Anupama: I am a student of Tantra and disciple of Baba Batuknathji, a Tantric and the head of BhootNath ashram, the main center being in Lucknow, India. I am a post graduate in chemistry, and have received a Diploma in Business Management and completed law thereafter. Currently, I conduct programs under the name and style of “Life by Choice” with corporates, educational institutes, hospitals, and organizations. The focal point of all the programs is self-awareness and self-cultivation leading to holistic wellness. My idea to write this book was to draw attention to certain facts about Tantra.
Q. Given the stigma attached with tantra and tantrics, how did you get interested into this?
Anupama: Media, in general, has maligned, misinterpreted and misrepresented Tantrics as dark mystical people, indulging in sinister activities. The West has misrepresented and misunderstood it as some exceptional sexual practice, whereas in India, as some practice which has grotesque rituals meant to cause destruction. Often media and television, in particular, have reinstated the fact time and again by calling delinquents Tantrics. Self-proclaimed Tantrics indulging in illegitimate activities are not Tantrics but imposters wearing robes and exploiting people under the garb of Tantra. Tantra is not a sexual practice, but sex is sold under the garb of Tantra calling it Tantric sex as it sounds and is perceived as exotic.
This also is primarily due to the fact that there is little known about Tantra. I am not really a writer, and often I would discuss with my Guruji about miscreants posing as Tantrics and maligning Tantra.
This book happened as one day my Guruji directed me to write a book on Tantra which could be read and comprehended by a common man instead of sitting and forever complaining that why do people misunderstand Tantra so grievously.
Q. Which is your favorite part of the book?
Anupama: I like the beginning of the book as it is the point where the protagonist reaches her home irrespective of her biological parents and her Guru Satya also recognizes her. I believe in reincarnation and the fact that many workings of the universe are beyond our logical understanding.
I also personally like the scene where Rhea decides not to react to the negative vibrations sent to her by Bhairava to kill her, in spite of having the power to do so. She instead steps up to see the larger picture. However, she does not let the incidence pass and responds to the incidence by going to meet Bhairava.
Q. Between Rhea and Krishnam, I liked Krishnam’s journey. Which of the two characters is closer to your heart?
Anupama: Both Rhea and Krishnam are close to my heart. Their journey was different. One had to literally walk the path, and the other had to lend support to reach a single goal shared by both.
Q. What is the story behind the cover? It is mesmerizing to the point of hypnotic and telling. How did the cover come about?
Anupama: A few covers were finalized by the Rupa team and sent for approval. They strongly recommended this cover, and it happened.
Q. Are you planning to write another book? What are you working on now?
Anupama: I have not really decided, but maybe I do write. I have been thinking ifI could work on the subject of reincarnation.
Q. What did you edit out of this book?
Anupama: Nothing has been edited out of the book!!
Q. What are the kind of books you like to read? What are you reading currently?
Anupama: I read any book that I feel would interest me. Presently I am reading Albert Camus’s “The Outsider.”
Q. What is the one question you wish I had asked you and what is your answer to it?
Anupama: Yes, I would like to answer the following question.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with your readers?
Before you have an opinion on Tantra and Tantrics do read “The Tantric Curse.” Don’t get exploited by people who claim to be tantrics, offering you solutions for everything at a price!! Tantra is not a path of erotic sex or miraculous solutions; it is a path of self-realization. I am not a writer but wrote this book as an attempt to dispel the myths about Tantra.
I hope you enjoyed the interview and are now intrigued to pick up this book if you haven’t already.
Let us know what are your thoughts in the comments below about Tantra and Tantrics and was the author able to shift your opinion at all.