Tantrika by Asra Nomani
Traveling the Road of Divine Love

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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.


About Asra Nomani

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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.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 310 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Travel, Self Help. Non-fiction

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It was supposed to be a light, human interest assignment for Wall Street Journal reporter Nomani: Write about the fad of "Tantra sex."

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But even more appealing is what it offers her as a woman: "To practice Tantra well is to be a Tantrika, a woman who isn't defined by anything, living compassionately, lovingly, blissfully, and fearlessly with appropriate wrathfulness when necessary.

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