Grim and impressive magic is at work in debutant author Adi’s new book, Tantra ( Rs 195, Apeejay Stya Publishing). The book is not a satire and is certainly not another attempt to create a vampire series. The book, Adi, 28, says, is more of a “tantric novel”; even though it does talk about vampires. Anu, the protagonist of the book, who lives and works in New York City has a reputation for slaying the most dangerous vampires. “When the protagonist comes to India, tantra comes into action in her life. While she reacts to social and political adjustments in New Delhi, she also discovers the forces darker than anything she has faced before,” says Adi who claims to have lived in 45 countries. Through this book, he says, he is trying to prove the power of Indian mysticism. “No one has studied tantra closely; in the United Kingdom people think tantra is something related to tantric sex. Whereas, it is the right path to god, which involves discipline, time and effort. One has to give up a lot. Unfortunately, it gets maligned by people who are not able to maintain a perfect balance between everything, they give up midway and start following practices that it doesn’t preach,” says Adi. The author says, “I am trying to reintroduce tantra through my book. I am doing a series, so the other two books will follow. Tantra is awesome, it’s extremely complicated, scary but very powerful,” says Adi.