Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Vamsa - Quest for the Divine Calling by Kavitha Kalyan

I specially requested the review copy of Vamsa to the author. Sheetal from "Halo of books" helped me reach Kavitha. I would like to thank both the ladies for providing such a wonderful book. It took me few weeks to start this book, but I liked the slow paced story of Vamsa.


Book Blurb
A potent ritual in a forbidding forest shakes the peace around the village of Vamsa. When Ranga's world falls apart, he has no choice but to follow the last instruction given by his father. He finds himself heading into the mysterious world of spiritualism when he goes to Vamsa. With uncertainty looming around him, Ranga learns that the future is tough and beyond his understanding and yet there is a strong desire to go through with it in a hope to see his family again. With love blooming on one side and spiritual adventure on the other, he descends into Tantrik faith weaving his way through unbelievable experiences that leave him wondering what does he want most - his spiritual path or his lady love?
As mentioned in the subtitle, Vamsa is the story of Sadhak towards divine location/self-realisation. It is the story of Ranga, Veeru, Madhav, and Urvashi. Urvashi and Veeru belonged to Avanthi. Life was normal and boring for both. Adventurous Veeru heard some stories about the forest. He started venturing into the forest in the night and started witnessing some fearsome rituals. During the same time, Ranga entered into Urvashi's life. He was sent by Urvashi's father Vittala's peer Abhimara. Just like Urvashi, Ranga was not told about sacred sadhana by Abhimara. This opportunity gave birth to spirituality and mission oriented direction to the young generation. I don't want to reveal much of the story so I suggest readers check the book.

The book has multiple things
  • The Story Part - It is the bonding part for readers with book
  • A Sanskrit shloka (verses) at beginning of each chapter and in between few chapters. These shlokas were given to show us how a verse can be used to show means at multiple levels from verbal to spiritual level
  • Spiritual Part - Though given as story but one can easily find out that it is given for readers spiritual upliftment. I found it wonderful during divine journey segment.
The book reminded me "Tantric Curse" book by Anupama Garg to me. Vamsa's main aim was to enlight population about facts like
  • Tantric Vidhya / Sadhana is not just black magic.
  • Tantra is about meeting divine being & self-realization
  • Though many rituals have unconventional ways, it doesn't mean true sadhak will accept the wrong mean to achieve powers.
A completely different book. One should read it if he or she can take slow paced, message drive and, religious kind of book. Talking about rating
  1. Cover - 3.5 / 5
  2. Content - 4 / 5
  3. Characters - 4 / 5 (I especially liked Baldeva's Character)
  4. Concept - 4 / 5
  5. Overall - 4 / 5
Book can be found at - Amazon & Flipkart
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads
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