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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A Tale of Mystery and Intrigue – by Vinita Godinho
This story is a story of intrigue alright! The set up is a little unclear on the details of the adopter. However, it brings out the character of the leading lady in no uncertain terms. In any case, the adopter isn’t really important to the story, except for being the instigator of this saga.
It is immediately apparent to us that Mrs Hardeep Singh is a force to reckon with and has a personality to match. The tale that follows more than adequately brings out the compassion, curiosity and action that embody Mrs Singh. Not only is she benevolent, she acts on it. With a sharp and focused plan that she executes with aplomb. I used to get paid to teach people how to plan, for a first set of actions and, more importantly, to adapt, modify and be ready to deal with the many unforseen impediments that will come up during execution. Mrs Singh passes with flying colours (colors, if American) and deserves a medal for her foresight and adaptability.
The telling of the story itself has a light and airy feel to it. This could so easily have become a dark tale with a moral, but it remains faintly humourous, and offers us a glimpse into the sordid world of charity and charitable organizations. Overall, a delightful tale. And I guessed, correctly, who Mrs Singh was in relation to the author.
To me, this was an example of the processes that are designed by well-meaning people being subverted by those tasked with following them. It offers a glimpse into the darker side of some of the people who are involved in the organization, such as Dorje. Clearly, it allows for an element of cruelty and, maybe, a ghoulish delight in seeing people suffer.
I wonder, is there more to learn about Dorje and his work?