Meet the Indian Sherlock
Living in Kolkata, grew up on a staple diet of macher jhol and Sherlock Holmes. The beautifully constructed character of a puzzle-obsessed detective never failed to mesmerize me. Why am I, all of a sudden talking about this Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Masterpiece? This is because I came across a real life Sherlock and She is a woman. Interested to know more. read on.
Meet Rajani Pandit, India’s first female detective who along with 20 members, has been running Rajani Pandit Detective Services for the last 25 years.
How it all begin for the Indian Sherlock:
In her 25-year long career, she has solved almost 75,000 cases. As they say, the journey to success is never easy, which is absolutely true in her case. The love for investigation sprung up in college .
“I realized that if you look around carefully, you will find many problems and mysteries in many houses. Problems that people can’t solve themselves and need external help with. But they don’t have any evidence and don’t know where to go. That’s when an investigator comes into the picture,” she said.
Rajani’s father was a CID inspector and worked on the Mahatma Gandhi murder case. Our Indian Sherlock had a tremendous inclination towards investigation since her childhood, and in one of her cases, she pretended to be a maid in a house for 6 months to catch a murderer. Rajani studied Marathi literature at Ruparel college and took up a temporary job before she set up her agency.
Her work (more of passion) has earned her the Hirkani award from Doordarshan, and she also has received accolades for a couple of books she has written.
Giving advice to the youngsters today, she said “If you want to do something, you should do it. There should be no shame in doing any work you are passionate about. Self-confidence, courage, and stubbornness – these are the things that take you a long way. With these, women can do anything that they set their minds to.“
Rajani, is a true inspiration all Indian women. Isn’t she truly the Indian Sherlock?