A self-proclaimed witch, Ipsita Roy Chakraverti, takes readers into the realm of the transcendental, the occult, the psychic and the inexplicable with her book Beloved Witch Returns. The book is a sequel to her previously published autobiography, Beloved Witch, which offered tidbits about her background and her initiation into Wicca. The present book carries forward the Wiccan tradition as it plunges into deeper aspects of its healing effects. Ipsita is India’s foremost authority on the supernatural and an author and researcher into old world cultures and civilizations.
Certain phenomena reported across the world have remained shrouded in mystery and form the basis of tales and folklore. They invoke a sense of curiosity in us. Ipsita touches upon these phenomena with her Wiccan knowledge and brings out a dimension beyond the physical.
The book at length discusses how women have been made scapegoats over centuries and still bear the brunt at the hands of a patriarchal society. Witch-hunting, a term that refers to certain practices during the Dark Ages of Europe, was often used to target women who tried to rise beyond their stereotypical capacity to achieve something. Most of them were burnt alive at their stake. The practice of witch-hunting shockingly continues even today in some parts of the world. While women have found an identity, gender discrimination and patriarchy continue to exist.
Ipsita’s fight is against those notions of male chauvinism and ingrained misogyny. A recent example in India surfaced when Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, who was involved in a spat with another superstar Hrithik Roshan, was labeled a witch and accused of performing black magic in an online campaign against her relegating her into submission. Coming from the elite class, such incidents spark the debate around how women are still struggling to find a voice in a ‘modern’ society. An alarming rise in rapes involving brutality has also been witnessed. Such incidences when pitted against Ipsita’s vision of the past, sometimes centuries ago and of distant lands, reveal how the destiny of women has changed but little.
A detailed account of her interactions with several prominent figures in politics and cinema, including Congress President Sonia Gandhi, President of India Pranab Mukherjee, a former Prime Minister referred to as ‘M’ and Rituporno Ghosh among others, forms a major chunk of the book with some shocking revelations that are bound to keep the readers on their toes.