Tantrika: Traveling the Road of Divine Love

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Religion - 304 pages
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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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Learning American Tantra i
Leaving My Old Life
The Man I Married
From the West to the East
Worshiping the Lingam
A Cremation Ground
My Devoted Muslim Family
4 Finding New Shakti
5 Durga on Her Tiger
7 Morgantown
Thirty Days in a Spiritual
Riding into the Village 797
Wannabe Goddesses Cry
Out of Morgantown
Parrots over a Safe House

Finding Freedom Again
Pilgrimage to the Himalayas
From the Bay of Bengal to a Train Berth
The Village
3 The Sick Man
Child of Truth

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About the author (2009)

Asra Q. Nomani is a former Wall Street Journal correspondent, has also written for the Washington Post, New York Times, and Time magazine on Islam, and has covered the war in Afghanistan for Salon.com. She has spoken about women’s rights in Islam on CNN, PBS, NPR, and the BBC. A Muslim born in India, Nomani was raised in the foothills of West Virginia, and currently lives in Morgantown with her son, Shibli.