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.
Artika Aurora Bakshi
Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of three well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, My Little Sikh Handbook: Travel Journal, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror.
She co-manages thegoodbookcorner.com, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts.
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, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as, talkingcranes.com, sikhchic.com, sikhnet.com.
She was actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016.
An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members.
Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook.
Artika is also working on her fourth children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults.
You can reach Artika at email@example.com .