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Cursed at Kedarnath and Other Stories by Deepta Roy Chakraverti

A woman in Delhi remembers the hell which surrounded her at an old sacred site in Kedarnath; A murdered courtesan from centuries ago appears in a mirror at a Jaipur hotel….

Deepta Roy Chakraverti’s From Bhangarh to Bedlam, introduced me to Wicca- a contemporary pagan religious movement, highlighting the supernatural. I was fascinated by the stories she told, all of them referenced and researched impeccably. The Good Book Corner also reviewed Ipsita Roy Chakraverti’s, Beloved Witch Returns. Though skeptical at first, I found myself believing in the existence of the spirit world and the presence of energy around us.

Cursed at Kedarnath & Other Stories, is an anthology of six stories, each a true account, though the names have been changed for privacy. Deepta’s personal experiences and her connection with each of the protagonists gives credibility to the encounters. Each story is supported by a section from Deepta’s personal diary, with relevant notes, observations and published references from the works of prominent scientists and psychiatrists.

The purpose of this book is not to sensationalise the paranormal. Like the other books written by the mother-daughter duo, this book too delves into the transcendental realm, where the line between scientific elucidation and supernatural becomes blurred.

A intriguing read, which will surely pique the interest of the sceptics.

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About artikabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika co-manages thegoodbookcorner.com. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master's degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika's articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror and Daily News and various blogs, such as, talkingcranes.com, sikhchic.com, sikhnet.com. She is actively involved with SAARC Women's Association of Sri Lanka. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. Her short stories have been published online and she is also working on her own novel. Artika has published My Little Sikh Handbook and is currently working on her second children's book, with Sikhism as its central theme. You can reach Artika at bakshiartika@gmail.com .

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