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Bored with desk jobs, eves turn sleuths!

In the movie, Arnold?s wife, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, is a bored, under-appreciated housewife who wishes she led a thrilling life.

india Updated: Sep 20, 2006 16:29 IST
HT Style (Vivita Relan)
HT Style (Vivita Relan)

Anyone worth their BO spunk must be familiar with the Arnold Schwarznegger hit, True Lies. In the movie, Arnold’s wife, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, is a bored, under-appreciated housewife who wishes she led a thrilling life.

So, she becomes an undercover investigator. Sounds like the stuff of masala movies? Not anymore.

Quite a few women are joining detective agencies to pursue a more stimulating opportunity. And they usually stem from call centres.

Breaking monotony: Advocate Navtej Singh, who runs CSIC India, a detective agency, says “Many call centre employees are stuck in boring jobs with little hope for upward mobility and the timings are also gruelling.”

So they become gumshoes, usually on the tail of a philandering spouse, scouting through bits of slyly gathered data in the hope of assembling a compelling case for the cuckolded spouse.

Kamini Sharma, 22, is one such ex-call centre employee who quit her job six months ago to work as a detective with the agency. And she has been probing mostly infidelity cases.

“Most of our clients are suspicious wives or potential brides/ grooms who want to verify the credentials of their prospective spouse.” Her job is to track down the goings on of the cheating spouse and glean relevant information through colleagues and friends.

Kamini finds this job more interesting than her earlier one, as she learns something new everyday.

“It’s the on-job education that’s rewarding.”

Elligible spies: What are the qualifications to be an effective detective? Singh says you just need to have good communication skills, know how to drive (as a lot of tracking is involved) and being a female doesn’t hurt either.

“If a woman knocks on your door, you may not be as distrustful of her as a man. Also they’re more likely to win a man over and make him spill his dirty little secrets.”

The spy girls are also required to go through a self-defence programme, just in case their target turns aggressive.

Assures Singh, “We ensure that security is able to get to the girls within two minutes of an emergency call. And the defence training is a precaution.”

Payal Sahni, 28, an ex-call centre executive, is the administrative head of another such agency (name undisclosed) now. “I’ve been in the business for five years and now I plan to open my own agency. Given the increasing number of divorce cases, this is a practical proposition.”

So, are you bored stiff with your desk job? Who knows, with a little luck you could be the next super sleuth.

First Published: Sep 20, 2006 16:29 IST