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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The Girl with Mismatched Rubber Bands- by Debaleena Mukerjee
Introspection; that’s what this is all about.
This is not a story, a tale, a piece of fiction. It is an exploration of a life; a moment, or two, of careful thought. It allows us to question ourselves, reflect on where we are, what we have gained, what we have lost along the way, what we thought we wanted, what we now wish we had. This is done with a poetic bent of phrasing. Clearly, the author is well-versed in poets, and their works. For this essay uses the language that clearly comes from a vivid imagination that is able to paint pictures with ease. It uses a structure we have seen before in this anthology, where a person who has seen life, been through many challenges, defeats and victories uses the imagined (or real) child to trigger self-reflection.
Taking time to introspect is, in my opinion, a good thing. I used to set time aside. There came a time when I thought I was getting overtaken by introspection and the need for self-improvement. Maybe, good enough is good enough is a thought I have been asking myself.
Do you take time off for self-reflection? I’d be very interested to hear about your experiences.