Express News Service
Imagine that you need to wake up every morning to another person, live a different life, pretend to be around all day and always make sure that you do not reveal your true identity. For 28 years it has been the life of Rajani Pandit, but one quick conversation with her and you know that her passion for her work burns as strongly as ever.
Rajani was born in 1962 in Mumbai. Having spent her childhood watching her father, who worked in the police, she had a natural tendency to solve crimes. “It simply came to our notice then. When I started, no one supported me, because they thought it was not a woman’s job, ”Rajani said.
As a child, she began her first unofficial detective career. The family had a wedding and traditionally they were given presents. However, Rajani’s keen eye quickly noticed that the price of the gifts and the quality did not match. “I went directly to the store and learned that if the gifts were wrapped in covers from that store, the gifts themselves were bought somewhere else. So I went and told my family that the gift should be made from the heart, whether big or small. You don’t have to lie about it. ” They were outraged and called it open and inappropriate. But she didn’t care. She says, “After all, the truth is what’s important.”
Her next case was years later when she was hired by a woman whose husband kept telling her that he was being cheated on at work. Rajani learned that he was, in fact, spending all his money on gambling. Since then, her repertoire has expanded. From family disputes to spying on future brides and grooms to unraveling the dangerous mysteries of murder, Rajani has still worked on at least 75,000 cases. “Being a detective has become much easier today, due to new technologies such as CCTV cameras and advances in forensics. But before I had to rely only on my intellect and presence of mind, ”she said.
Rajani had to perform several roles to do her job. She lived the life of a maid, a blind and deaf man, a mentally unstable woman, to name a few. “When I pretended to be a mentally unstable woman, it was dangerous. If I was caught, I could be beaten, ”she said.
Rajani believes that being a detective can be a viable career option for the next generation. In fact, it is now open to educating young people.