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.
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Rhea is an orphan who is taken in by Satya Guru who runs Shaktidham, a house of Tantra. It is soon discovered that Rhea has some powers of her own. As she grows up under the guidance of Satya Guru, she cannot help but fall in love with her Guru’s son, Krishnam. But as her life would have it, Satya choses her to succeed him and Krishnam leaves the country. On one hand Rhea’s love for Krishnam only increases with time and on the other hand she bears the burden of the curse that has affected generations. Being the first woman in charge, will she be able to break the curse?
Rhea is an amazing protagonist. She is a strong individual who tackles things as they are thrown at her. Her character really shines through as she develops from an eight year old orphan to a grown and matured woman. The author has done a great job in fleshing out her character. Satya, Krishnam, Vishnukant, Neel and Netra are all characters that add to the story. While Satya’s character is also central to the story, others are there in a supporting role. In any case, all of these characters have been developed well too.
The plot was quite simple and I guess the author’s agenda with this book was to put forward the concept of Tantra to common people and remove any misconceptions about it. Tantrics are shown as normal people with normal lives. They live their lives as the rest of us do only that they practice Tantra which is a combination of science and spirituality. But that is where the book failed me. On one hand I found the plot to be simplistic and on the other hand once I finished reading the book, I am not sure I really understand Tantra completely either, only the very basics. Otherwise the characters and the author’s expert narrative makes this book quite a page turner.
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