A few copies of my book Mantramala are available at Kitab Khana, Fort, Mumbai.
Sadly, it may go out of print and is at the end of its second edition. It had been doing well and I get a lot of feedback about it. If you want a copy this is the time.
My book, Mantramala. is now available from Celeste, the shop. Some of you complained that you had difficulty in getting the book. Now you can order online and Celeste will deliver in India.
Here is the link –
You can connect with Celeste at
Celeste is a new online store, offering new age products and a good line of workshops and readings. Do take a look.
My book, Mantramala, is now stocked at Celeste in addition to Kitab Khana and Strand bookstall, all three in Mumbai. Celeste is also beginning online sales so you can order a copy anywhere in India from the store.
Here is the Celeste website with the email and phone number. http://www.celestethecenter.com/
The first edition of Mantramala is almost sold out. The last few copies should be arriving in Mumbai, coming to Kitab Khana at Fort, or Strand Bookstall.
I keep getting mail asking where to buy it from. I know its been hard to get but it is not in my hands. Publishers decide these things. I have to keep explaining that I don’t have copies. I got a few copies when it was published and managed to hold onto one for my own reference. After that, if I want a copy I have to buy it.
As of now, I don’t know what will happen when the last copies sell out. Publishing is a business in such a big crisis right now – who knows.
I certainly hope it will be available again soon. In the meantime, if you want the book, pick it up now.
Books get published and books get lost amid the thousands which are printed every year. Too many titles and too little shelf space. When my book was first published I rarely saw it on the shelves. Bookshops did not reorder. Some did not even take orders.
Like many books it was invisible, the book I had taken five years to research and write and almost as much to get published. Once in print it just disappeared. Sales were good. One or two bookshops – especially Strand – stocked it and sold it and re-ordered it often. So, if it was selling, where was it?
Three years after publication I found out. Here, in the very first table of Kitab Khana, a friendly and cheerful Mumbai bookshop. Here it is, right at the entrance, on that important first table.
Once a book leaves home for a publisher its like a bird taking flight – you have no idea where it will land – or crash – or go into oblivion. Or sometimes, reappear.
Just goes to show that everything takes its time and every dog has its day.
This one was a really delightful day, and in some sense came full circle, since I am planning to begin another book next week.
Published by Dronequill publishers.
307 pages, over 400 mantras, ten years of study.
Mantras in Sanskrit Devnagri script, also English transliteration and, of course, English translation. Details of how to use the mantras and visualisations with them.
A review of the book by Shri M.V. Kamath is here :
About the book
The name Mantramala comes from the beads, the mala which is commonly used for mantras. It has 108 beads and this book is divided into 108 sections. Here are the contents.
The Meaning of Mantras.
The Practice of Mantras.
1. Early morning.
2. Morning shlokas.
3. Space clearing.
4. Tulsi and peepal.
5. Prayers to the sun.
6. Prayers to the light.
7. To charge water.
8. To energize food and medicine.
9. Before sleeping.
10. Saraswati mantras.
11. Saraswati names, festival.
12. Durga mantras.
13. Durga names, festival.
14. Nav varna mantra.
15. Navratri mantras.
16. Laxmi mantras.
17. Ashta laxmi mantras.
18. Laxmi names, festival.
20. Pranayam and the long Gayitri.
21. Gayitri samputs.
22. Kali mantras.
23. Devi Gayitris.
25. Mantras from the Lalita Sahasranaam.
26. Other Devis.
27. Bija mantras.
28. Ganesh mantras.
29. Ganesh festivals and names.
30 Shiva mantras.
31. Shiva names and festivals.
33. Mrityunjay mantra.
34. Variations of Mrityunjay.
35. Krishna mantras.
36. Krishna festivals.
37. Ram mantras.
38. Variations of Ram mantras.
39. Vishnu mantras.
40. Hanuman mantras.
41. Hanuman names and festivals.
42. Surya mantras.
43. Surya names and festivals.
44. Other Gods.
45. Dev Gayitris.
46. Gayitris of the elements.
47. Other Gayitris.
48. One verse Bhagvad and Ramayan and Chandi.
49. The Guru Tradition.
Book 4. A Collection of Mantras.
Festivals and planets.
50. The Hindu Calendar.
51. The Festivals.
52. Akshay Trutiya and Guru Purnima.
53. Raksha Bandhan and Shraddha.
54. Mantras for the Planets.
55. Nav graha mantras.
56. Sun sign mantras.
57. Laxmi mantras for the sun signs.
58. Vastu mantras.
59. Rudraksha mantras.
60. Gems for the planets.
Mantras for a Happy Family Life.
61. Mantras for marriage.
62. A Happy married life.
63. When you want a child.
64. For the welfare of children.
65. For love, romance and great sex.
66. For a happy family.
Mantras for wealth and business.
67. Mantras for wealth.
68. Two mantras for good business.
69. Two mantras for sudden gain.
70. To end debts.
71. To remove obstacles.
72. Two mantras for Karya siddhi, success in work.
73. For victory.
74. Prestige, status, high position.
Knowledge, the arts and fame.
75. To begin education.
76. Success in mental work.
77. Success in arts.
78. Vedic mantras for fame.
79. To develop intuition and dream answers.
80. Psychic powers.
81. Kundalini mantras.
82. Chakra bija mantras.
Protection, power, self confidence.
83. Mantras for protection.
84. Strong protection.
85. Protection from spirits, black magic.
86. Mantras to say in troubled times.
87. To overcome fear.
88. Mantras to control anger and worries.
89. Power, confidence.
90. A Kavach.
91. Making a protective amulet.
Health and healing.
92. Radiant health and energy.
93. Mantras for ailments.
94. For healers.
95. Two mantras for good sleep.
96. Positive Energy and vitality.
97. For a fit and strong body.
99. To improve one’s personality and gain charisma.
100. To achieve all wishes.
Happiness, peace and realization.
101. Power of Om.
102. Happiness and Friendship.
103. Vedic prayer for long life.
104. Two positive thinking mantras from the Vedas.
105. Prayers for realisation.
106. Prayers to the divine.
107. Kshama prathana.
108. Shanti mantras.
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When you publish your first book you feel you have climbed a mountain. You know of course, that you will not see it on those very expensive, very coveted front shelves of bookshops, but you do expect to see it somewhere. Peeping out at you shyly from the overstocked shelves, perhaps, or better still, lying on the counter while the cashier makes the bill.
The truth is that you never see it at all. Once published it becomes invisible.
The commonest question you get asked is, ‘where can I get your book?’ It’s a very valid question, because, no, every bookshop does not stock it. Some do. Some always say it’s sold out but make no effort to order more. Others will tell you, ‘there is one copy in the computer but it’s not on the shelves.’
Oddly enough, one bookshop told me that they did not have my book and I found a copy lying in the fiction section. Either they did not know what they had or they had not bothered to check.
It’s a very mysterious almost magical process. I know my book is selling steadily. I know which bookshops are selling it and re-ordering it. But if I go to one of them I neither see my book come in nor go out. Perhaps there’s some alternative reality in which it hides.
I don’t know what it is but this one thing I know – a publishing law with very few exceptions – here it is in all its starkness –
The first book is the invisible book.