In­spired by Nancy Drew as a young girl, Akriti Kha­tri be­came a full-time de­tec­tive at the age of 24. “Dur­ing school, I was the gos­sip en­cy­clopae­dia. I had all the de­tails of what was go­ing on in other peo­ple’s lives. I en­joyed do­ing that,” she chuck­les. Akriti once saw an ad where an agency was look­ing for an investigation of­fi­cer. She was cu­ri­ous and ap­plied with­out think­ing much. She waltzed through the in­ter­view and got the job. Her grand­mother got very wor­ried about her ca­reer choice be­cause she be­lieved she would never be able to find a life part­ner. The dan­gers and un­cer­tain­ties of the pro­fes­sion also wor­ried her. But Akriti was de­ter­mined. To­day, she runs her own pri­vate agen­cies in four dif­fer­ent cities in North In­dia. She has a three­year-old son and her hus­band al­ways helps her push through low mo­ments.

Akriti teams her peach Vic­to­rian in­spired or­ganza gown with a tra­di­tional sil­ver hath­phool (hand­har­ness)

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