She Seeks is the fifth book of short stories in the “She” series. Written by women around the world from various backgrounds, this book explores the methods people use to “navigate a complex world”.
A desire to revisit the past, or nostalgia, is one aspect of this discovery process. Another is the investigation of a problem and the various solutions available, maybe even gain some self-realization for future growth and capabilities.
The SHE project’s main aim is to provide a creative platform for women’s voices and their reflections from daily lives. None of the authors come from a ‘purely literary’ background – and yet, as scientists, bankers, professors, engineers, managers and homemakers, they all have a story to share.
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Mataji Knows Best- by Saleha Singh
Ah, an interesting anecdote of a rather unusual lady and an unusual situation.
The image of the towns and villages and the countryside is clear. The vision we get of Mataji is clean and clear. If you have lived in India, especially North India, then you will have absolutely no hesitation in recognizing those images. If you haven’t, you still won’t be left wondering what the place and Mataji look like. The seeing eye of Mataji solves puzzles of daily life, using, I dare say, a very strong sense of the psychology of the individual, as Hercule would have said. There is, perhaps, an aura of the occult in the predictions.
The story is well written. The imagery, as I said earlier, is crystal sharp. The author and I differ on the use of em-dashes, hyphens, n-dashes and all other types of dashes in text, so I will not say a word more about the preponderance of such things. I struggled a bit with the varying paragraph lengths, which I found a tad inconsistent. None of the above takes away from the story!
I do wonder about the Seeing Eye Predictions, though. I prefer to see it as a hypotheses that are believed, through a combination of faith and by means of trial and error to support them.
What about you?