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September reading Wrap

As most of you would know , I have been a part of a book blog – A lot of pages ( link is in side bar too) from over 5 years now. Although ,currently I am handling 80 percent of the posts there, I never felt it right to mix the two blogs. But ,starting this month I will be doing a monthly post of the books and some blogs / articles I liked in the past month. So diving into the september list of books ( review posts are linked to book title ) –

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid – I picked this book as it was the shortest of the novels shortlisted for Man Booker Prize this year. 10/10 to this one. There us no one or no reason to not recommend this book to.
Twice Blessed by Rani Ramkrishnan – A very good theme for the plot and handled decently. 7/10 for the lack of character development.
The tree with a thousand Apples by Sanchit Gupta – my first booking Kashmiri Pandits and the current issues. A bit chaotic but a bit poetic too. 7.5/10
Unlikely tales by Mani Padma – A short story collection that is has all moods and genres covered. What I loved is the day to day relatable scenes and some beautiful plots. It lacked wow factor a bit. 7.5/10
Awake by Ashok Banker – one of my fav author , but this book doesn’t give me the high like his previous ones. Waiting for the sequel to pick the plot and the tempo. 7/10
Masala Chai by Divya Prakash Dubey – My first hindi book read in 2017. This has special charm for the nostalgia and the sweetness I related in some dialogues and diction in hindi. The stories are good for time pass. 7/10

Empire by Devi Yesodharan – Luckily my month started with this amazing historical fiction set in South India. 8.5/ 10 for this book with a kickass female lead.
And since I have not thought of this post last month , I do not have any other post to link here. Hopefully next month I will share some of my favorite posts from blogosphere.
Till then, keep writing and reading.
And hit me with book recco , blog post suggestions , your views on any of these books and more.

Book Review : Tantra by Adi (@dearAdi)

Fantasy fiction , supernatural , mythological .. you name it and I love this genre. since I good hooked to reading such books, I always been on lookout for Indian authors writing similar books. After Ishaan Lalit’s “the bracelet” and Kalika ( english translation of a famous Malyalam novel) , the wait has been too long.

Then I came across Tantra. Though the cover was decent , one look at the plot and my heart was on this book. I badly wanted this to be another good read and thankfully I was not disappointed.


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.

After a long time I have come across an Indian female character who is in control of her head and heart ( mostly) . No giggles , no guy issues , no drama. Anu is a true professional vampire hunter [ Sigh! And I love vampires] , one of the best in her generation. But even she finds herself clueless and lost at first in capital city Delhi. The settlement , the relations made , unexpected friendships and unusual foes do make her life interesting and difficult at the same time.

Adi’s writing is  simple , clear and with lot of humor, which I must say is done with a class. The setting is realistic and relatable ,except maybe her night Auto travels. I actually envy her the liberty to sit on rooftops and enjoy the beauty of night. I liked her boss in Delhi , suresh but sadly not much light is thrown on his character. An obvious love for Chandra , the old and charming [ with looks of 25 yr old ] Chandra and total win for Amit , the vampire hunter and anu’s friend. We all love and need and should be such awesome friends and company for all times !

The dark forces in the book arise from use of Tantra and I enjoyed the way Adi sets its plot and unravels the extent of Tantra. Also the description of Maya and its power or hold on the world is a treat to read and imagine [ I will not say more in case I spoil the beauty of these scenes ]. On that note , Adi gets full score.

what I missed in the book was a proper background of Anu , of the vampire hunters , how and what made them different from rest , Chandra’s story and bit more of larger picture of the forces at work in the book. I know there is a sequel coming and I hope all these questions are answered in that.

Overall, I enjoyed the book.

My rating : 4/5

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