Witches? The ones that fly about on broomsticks have hooked noses, peaky hats and go around casting spells on people? Um, not quite. India`s most famous witch doesn`t cast spells, uses her two feet to get around and is actually quite pretty.
`Beloved Witch` by Ipsita Roy Chakraverti
This is the autobiography of a self confessed witch. A practitioner of Wiccan, she`s possibly the most visible of a growing band of adherents to Wiccanism. Wiccanism uses age-old beliefs but tends to have a new age aura about it. There`s no mention of broomsticks or brews or spells. Instead the emphasis is all on healing and nature and wisdom.
The book is full of fascinating details on Chakraverti`s life. In the process it helps clear many doubts about Wiccanism and other forms of new age beliefs and spirituality.
Rating: An interesting read about what goes into making a person a Wiccan rather than a Grimm`s fairytale of a wicked witch.