Experiences in the realm of the supernatural and the neo Pagan practice of Wicca form the substance of a debut nonfiction by Deepta Roy Chakraverti, the daughter of Ipsita Roy-Chakraverti, one of the country's most fabled Wiccan.
Using real life experiences and observations by her in India and England, Deepta has penned 12 incidents in "Bhangarh to Bedlam: Haunted Encounters," book that was launched here recently.
"I have put them down as I have felt them, and as i have later analysed them. In doing so, I have delved into history, mythology and science," says Deepta.
The author who is a corporate lawyer by profession investigates the presence of the supernatural in the world we inhabit and writes about paranormal encounters she has had ranging from Bhangarh Fort on the Delhi-Jaipur highway, in the Lodhi gardens here, the Konark Temple in Orissa, and the mental asylum of Bedlam in London.
So Deepta, her mother and their team of researchers are given a peek at Sooraj Bai, a dancer in the court of Akbar, who is still trapped in the ruins of the old fort in Bhangarh, built by Raja Bhagwan Das of Amber, in the latter half of the 16th century and was later the capital of his son, Madhi Singh.
In "Night marchers of Puri", Deepta writes about her encounter of the spirit of Shyama Pallavi whose grief holds her down in this realm.
The Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram is talked about in the chapter "God of the Elements" and in "The Healing Code of Konark", the author finds herself reliving her encounter with the spirit of the Iranian priestess of the Konark Sun Temple.
Deepta explores the energies of the Safdurjung Road house of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who was assassinated and the psychic investigator writes about her experience.
Also in Delhi at the Lodhi Gardens, Deepta says she sees a young Persian scholar who fell victim to court intrigue, still continues her academic learnings.
She recalls a chilling encounter in the chapter "Who Walks on Marine Drive?" related to a peanut seller on Mumbai's Marine Driver who has a horde of people, including a father-daughter pair flocking to him. The people, says the author are those who died suddenly in the 2011 terrorist attacks and are hovering between the worlds of the living and dead.