Maya In Search Of Tantric Father

“Truth is revealed to only those who search it with full commitment. The more it is obvious, the more obliterated it is.

  • Vipin Behari Goyal {Maya in search of Tantric father.}

There are a lot of things one can learn from a book, but there are some books which need knowledge to understand. Here is one such book, which I struggled to read because of my lack of knowledge.

NameMaya In search of Tantric Father {“A key to the eastern mysticism”} 

Author:  Vipin Behari Goyal 

ISBN: 978-93-83562-66-4

Publishers: Frog Books.

Star Rating: 3.5/5!

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The general theme of the book is centered around an American girl, whose biological father is an Indian. She is back to India in search of her father, after the death of her mother. How did she come to know about her father? Her systematic and well organised mother maintained a diary regarding her Indian trip. So this young American female, sets off to visit the place which is described with very dark and disturbing words from her friends. {She really doesn’t have a good opinion about us by the beginning of the book}.

But later as she goes on to find her father, she comes upon too many coincidences leading to her visit with different people who show her the depth of knowledge hidden behind the facade of snake charmers of this country. She marvels at the advanced way the Indian spiritualists and the sages have devised age old techniques to find the truth about self-understanding and different aspects of life that every humans go through. She finds some crazy stuff mixed with wonder and curiosity about this country making her learn that there is more to life than just existing.

My Thoughts On The Book:

I made a mistake in assuming this book to be a work of fiction and regarding the 187 pages of wisdom as an easy read when I started it. I also didn’t understand the style of writing for 2-3 pages and already started assuming the worst when Maya{ alias, Martha} is describing my country in bleak words. I was on full defensive mode by the time finished first chapter.

Wait for my epic fail right here. By the second chapter I realized, that I’m so stupid to have assumed my point of view through an American and think in the lines of an Indian. I gave a virtual mental slap and resumed reading. That’s when the story started making more sense.  Oh just a mention here, the story is written in the form of a journal. Its completely based on Maya’s thoughts and her perceptions.

The journey depicted in the book, is one every human should try to seek out. The author has made such a gigantic effort to condense the vast resources of spiritualism, myths and Indian mystics into the form of a story. It’s beautifully crafted even though its a little fast paced. The whole theme draws attention to the fact that the depth of knowledge regarding self is so much more than words can actually describe. {That’s a lot of saying from me, considering I don’t read spiritual stuff}. The author forms a nice relation between the characters and their desire to know more about everything that has been regarded as mere stories. He also gives rational reasons for many of those rituals.

The use of Sanskrit words including their meaning is the highlight of the book. {I didn’t know so much about my country, that after every few pages I stuck the page wondering what kind of a citizen am I?}

Every reader {including myself} will come to the following conclusion after reading this book:

“India is a strange country, here whatever truth you may find about it, the opposite will also be true”.

Now don’t expect me to explain it. Read the book, you will always get there on your own, after all its just 187 pages of a journey!

Also if you are person who considers all the belief, faith and spiritual stuff as something out a stories, do read this book. I did and now I think I can start meditating to attain peace of mind!

The book has a second part as well. That is where Maya goes in search of a Guru. The foundation for that book is laid in the first book itself. There may be a question as to why there is a second book. You will get the answer in the first book, when you see there is so much to know that we have not even started to see and the only way to know more is to apply it in your own life. There is no way across it. Enough of my rambling, here is a question for you to think about:

What is joy? what is sorrow? Who grants us joy and why? What is virtue and what is sin? what makes one a good human and what not? How is virtue measured? Is it same for all?

I thank the author for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review! This book has really been an eye opener.

 

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The Code Of Manavas

“To make an endeavor successful, it is not about how firm your leap of faith is, rather how firm your faith in your leap is.”

-Arpit Bakshi(The Code Of Manavas)

 As always, reading a book by an Indian author is always the best gift an Indian can receive. Without further adieu bringing the amazing science fiction by an Indian Author:

Name:The Code Of Manavas: Beyond The Realm 

Author:  Arpit Bakshi 

Publishers: Notion Press 

ISBN: 978-93-5206-547-9

Star Rating: 3.75/5!

For a visual description by the author, watch the trailer: Youtube

There is always a difficulty in mixing mythology, spirituality and science-fiction. Considering the mix, on first impression, I thought “That’s impossible!”.

Surprise! Surprise!  Author  Arpit Bakshi has made the giant effort in bringing all these together without a hint of suspicion over the story line.

The story is relatively simple:

Humans have meddled too much with mother nature and she is taking her revenge by sinking all the huge, powerful continents one by one until only a part in India is left standing(Yay India!!). But even this is life on borrowed time.

The protagonist is a young(old by the timeline of million borrowed years) scientist, Krishna who is the founder of Bhoomidium, an organic compound helping Bhoomi(India) survive and thrive. It’s property is to heal and re-create life. But as side effects, it can enhance the mind power of humans making them super humans(Manavas). But nothing comes without a price. The catch here is, this organic compound cannot save everything. It cannot stop geological changes.

So now the protagonist has to find an alternative solution. There is one:leave the planet. But will he be successful?

The story is similar to Satyajit Ray’s incredible adventures of Professor Shonku . But that was only a collection of short stories in science fiction and the similarity ends with being science fiction.

Even then the writing style and the narration is very authentic and has the element of nature’s beauty. It’s so beautiful at times that one can just get lost within those mesmerizing words.

Just like a rising sun, a kid would be born-soft and soothing. He would learn to leave behind the horizon and leap into the unimaginable limitless sky. After making a mark on otherwise unconquerable vast sky, he would blossom into a ball of passion, hot and ever ready for any challenge that would meet him eye in eye.

But the book not only holds the imagination sphere filled with creative visions, it also brings out the hard facts to face. Either be it about our miscreants towards nature or about the misuse of power in the name of greed, it’s brought out in a manner a reader can feel ashamed of being a human.

A widely popular myth is still a myth and a truth ignored will still qualify as truth.

What I liked the most about the book was the way the story is crafted. It’s moderately paced, intriguing and involves everything an Indian story should have. From emotional drama to action everything is there!

In few words one can say:

Smooth sailing on intermittently rocking waves, with a distant faintly visible shore!

The Vedic culture is brought to light which I felt was not so well explained. There could have been a brief introduction to the lifestyle, that was the only thing that disappointed me a little. Rest assured this is one Indian-tastic read!!

I thank the author for giving this book in exchange for an honest review, which played no part of influence in the said review.

1000 Kilograms of Goa

What can be more appealing than a vacation on the Party Paradise beach in India? Of course a gang of friends and an adventure to go with it! Here is the book by an Indian author  Rohan Govenkar, who brings out adventure with some really good authentic Indian twists in the book

1000 Kilograms Of Goa!

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First of all congratulations to the author for his amazing debut novel which is so so good and has made quite an impression on the readers!

I won this book at Goodreads giveaway. And this also the very first book that I have ever won. I received this book today and I haven’t been able to keep it down!! It’s that amazing.

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My copy!!

I cannot summarize this book in my own words as each time I try, I feel as though I’m doing injustice to this book. So here is the description from the author himself:

Seven years after they last met in college, four best friends set out for a reunion holiday to Goa. Strange but alluring circumstances compel them to break the stereotype of a beach vacation and let themselves wild.
Instead of treasuring memories, they memorize treasure-maps. Instead of scoring keys, they duplicate keys. Instead of haunting discotheques, they break into haunted-like houses. Instead of partying at EDM festivals, they gatecrash birthday parties. Instead of hitting on random hot women, they grow into subjects of hot pursuit. De-stress becomes distress, and their jolly vacation transforms itself into a cabaret of headless chickens.
What motivates them to let adrenaline shoot to potent levels? What inspires them to act in a manner they’d term insane in their otherwise normal worlds? Is it a fair gamble or just another wild goose chase? Or is it really a goose that lays the golden eggs?

My take on this story:

The story revolves around a friendly reunion, which turns out to a wonderful adventure. Four friends, one sister of a friend and one girlfriend of a friend get their share of drama, adventure, spicy mix of humor, love and shocking revelations. As the title suggests you pick this book up and it’s impossible to let it down until you get the “1000 kilograms of Goa”. The things which I loved the most were the plot twists, dry humor and wonderful thoughts that make a reader feel the essence of Goa and the ideals of a human. This book not only gives the much required “complimentary ticket to Goa”, but also a very happy, satisfied and mind boggling thoughts as return gifts.
If you haven’t read it yet, then definitely your loss.
Special thanks to Rohan Govenkar. I thought you sent a book, but I received a holiday package without the travelling hassle!