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by Asra Nomani

A Foreign Correspondent's Search for Her Cultural and Spiritual Identity

What began as an assignment from her editor at the Wall Street Journal to investigate "America's hottest new fad," the secrets of sexual ecstasy in Tantra, became a story that would lead reporter Asra Nomani halfway around the world and change forever her life, faith, and self-identity. From a New Age Tantric seminar in Santa Cruz to sitting at the feet of the Dalai Lama in India, from meditation caves in Thailand to crossing the Khyber Pass with Muslim militants and staring down the barrel of an Afghan soldier's AK-47, Nomani's trek unexpectedly climaxes in Pakistan, where she risks great danger in joining the hunt for kidnapped fellow reporter Danny Pearl. She travels the globe in search of this elusive "divine love," but ultimately hers is a journey of self-discovery in which the divine within herself and within all women -- all "tantrikas" -- is revealed.

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ISBN: 0062517147
ISBN13: 978-0062517142
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: Leaders & Notable People
Author: Asra Nomani
Language: English
Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (May 11, 2004)
Pages: 304 pages
ePUB size: 1527 kb
FB2 size: 1816 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 637
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sunrise bird
Asra Q. Nomani had me absolutely hooked from the first page with her description of a ring-necked parakeet named Cheenie Bhai. I was immediately drawn into a foreign world made totally visible by her enchanting words, and then my literary senses were tickled by her explanation, in the most exquisite wordplay, of how two languages could intertwine and become one. Nomani's account of her travels to research Tantric practices are what originally attracted me to her book, but her travels took me with her in a search for her ancestry, her roots, and for who she was as a woman. Her strength and independence, riding her motorcycle into the Himalayas to see the Dalai Lama, inspired me as an individual and a woman in search of spirituality. Her account of her return to her childhood home, Latif Manzil, and the descriptions of her realtionships with relatives (especially her cousin-sisters) and friends were intimate portraits into a life lived with a passion. She pursued her own "shakti," or inner strength and power, with an open-minded courage that I admired. Reading Nomani's story, I traveled to many new places as if I was accompanying her. Her words opened up other worlds and other viewpoints, and left me with the feeling of strength and inner peace that emanated from the last pages of her unforgettable memoir. I will strive to be a Tantrika in my own life thanks to the gift of her story.

Lori A. Crockett
...that is until the final chapters. Upon reading, I do feel much more enlightened about cultures and religion in the Middle East. Sometimes, it was just difficult to understand where she was going next - but it was a journey.
blac wolf
I think Azra is awesome and her experience is very unique she has a lot of insight the book is written in sometimes a stream of conscious like narrative which may be a little difficult for some readers' attention spans.
Phallozs Dwarfs
While readable, it comes across as a girl from a wealthy family trying to find her purpose in life while not having to deal with the real world most of us have to deal with (jobs, familys, etc.). Very self-serving for the author, but that's it.
I was skeptical about reading this book, however I felt since it was written by a women and her spiritual journey, it was a chance to take. I like Asra Nomani. She is very candid. She also has an adventurous spirit which spurred me on to keep reading. It was a bit slow, but time can be slow too. I empathized with her realizations of her unknown past coming to life. The struggle she went through to realize her cultural heritage and all it's baggage. I am glad she emerged a stronger more connected human being to her past. I love her immediate family, her Mom and Dad seem very compassionate and open minded, which was a God send for her to keep plugging away at her mysteries.
Where I completely flipped was when I realized she was Daniel's good friend in the horrible demise of Daniel Pearl. I had seen the movie so I knew the story very well. I was very glad to hear her side of the story, but somehow it shocked me that she was the other girl. I'm thrilled that she told her story but never would I have imagined that her life intersected with this tragedy.
I'm glad that she kept her baby and defied the injustices of the Muslim laws against unmarried pregnant women. It is very scary the killings, stoning's and jailing's of these women.
I would love to talk with her to find out the newest and the latest of her life with her baby and her romances. She seems like a good friend and a great person. I only wish her the best.
Total waste. The woman thinks she is a tantrika because she liberated herself by riding a motorcycle in India. If you want a boring litany of the names and locations of all her relatives, this is the book for you. Tedious, uninteresting. She is a journalist - and she doesn't understand how to write an interesting memoir. Too bad her publishers didn't edit the book better. It would still be uninteresting, but maybe an easier read.
I very much anticipated reading this book being familiar with Asra Nomani's writing as well as being able to relate to her spiritual quest. While I simply loved the story, the recounting of a long deep spiritual journey, the telling of that story does leave some to be desired. I found the style to be choppy at times and the text was not well edited. These criticisms aside, I highly recommend this book for any one, especially Muslim women, who have ever come to a place in life where you needed to do some searching to find a truly comfortable place in your "religious" beliefs.