Jyothsna Latha Belliappa has a PhD in Women’s Studies from The University of York, UK and is interested in issues of gender, work, education and personal life. She divides her time between teaching, writing research and long meandering walks in nature.
In the Indian imagination, an ‘Aunty’ is a middle-aged, usually fat woman who is married and has children. Young women, especially unmarried ones, either do not want to associate with the term or are expected to steer clear of it.
Mohiniyattam dancer Dr RLV Ramakrishnan's attempt to die by suicide poses a larger question: Is it even possible for a lower caste person to be accommodated within what has been termed as ‘high tradition’ in classical art forms?