The Wiccan's world



August 2015

By Punya Srivastava

Daughter of the well-known Wiccan, Ipsita Roy Chakraverti, Deepta Roy Chakraverti discusses her life, learnings and her to-be-released book, Bhangarh to Bedlam in an interview with Punya Srivastava

The word ‘witch’ usually conjures up an image of a hag with an elongated crooked nose, ready to ascend her broomstick, when not bubbling up vicious potions in a cauldron! Or, for some of us, the word might bring up news flashes of poor tribal women from West Bengal, Jharkhand, or Orissa being burnt to death for covertly practising witchcraft.

Like mother, like daughter: Ipsita and DeeptaLike mother, like daughter: Ipsita and Deepta

Deepta Roy Chakraverti, who signs her blog posts as a witch, however, doesn’t fulfil any of these criteria, and I seriously doubt she has any sort of cauldron-brewed potions stacked under her bed! Deepta is a corporate lawyer with Reliance Industries, and a mathematician by interest. However, she identifies herself as a Wiccan, which doesn’t come as a surprise given that her mother is the famous and most prominent Wiccan priestess in the country, Ipsita Roy Chakraverti. Deepta, a law degree holder from King’s College, London, is also the General Secretary of the Wiccan Brigade which was founded by her mother in 2006 as a platform to teach Wicca to serious seekers of this ancient religion. Wicca is regarded as one of the earliest religions of the world, while some also hail it as a tenet of Paganism.

Life Positive interviewed Deepta a few days before the launch of her maiden book, Bhangarh to Bedlam – Haunted Encounters, published under the banner of Life Positive Books. The book is a compilation of Deepta’s experiences with a world beyond our perception. Here is a tête-à-tête with the debutant author where she talks about the book and the world of Wicca in detail.

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