Author: Vipin Behari Goyal
‘Maya in search of Tantric Father’ is a story of a young and pretty American girl, who is shocked to learn a secret from her deceased mother’s diary. Maya comes to India in search of her biological father, who was a Tantric. Out of sheer determination, she travels to many holy places in India, facing numerous difficulties, which any solo woman traveler would face in India. Some mysterious powers help, guide and protect her when she inadvertently walks into danger. Her spiritual pilgrimage is full of miracles and interesting encounters with a Philosopher, an Astrologer, an Ayurveda doctor, a Tantric, a Swami, a Professor, a Music maestro, and a bureaucrat. Some of them fall in love with her but she has no time to reciprocate. Her only mission is a search and she cannot afford any distractions. Could she find what she was searching for?
This book had a great story structure. The premise of the story was also very intriguing.
Spiritualism and different customs were explained in a really easy manner, so that even those who have never heard of these concept before can grasp it quite easily. The book is filled with different philosophies, but at no point of time does it become too heavy. One can only write such complex concepts in such a simple way only if one is quite an expert in the subject.
I loved that the protagonist was a single woman travelling through different parts of India. I liked the characterization of Maya, the way she handled the situations that she was put in.
This is a subject that I have not read before in Indian Context, so it was quite refreshing to see a novel concept being accepted for publication.
But, there were minor editing flaws (which I have found that most of the books from this publishing house tends to have). Nothing a good editor could not have solved. I also felt that the book became a bit dull at the moments. I do feel that the cover could have been a bit more attractive.
(I thank the Author for sending me a copy of this book)