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Courtesy, The Bindhu

Srividya has produced one of the finest fictional critiques of caste society.

Courtesy, The Bindhu
Courtesy, The Bindhu
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In which debutant Srividya Natarajan pays her tribute to Shakespeare by arranging a cast of characters of various castes, sexualities and shapes; which is set in the English Department of Chennai University where professors invite a dead Foucault to a conference; where atrocities are committed on Brahmins (the up-trodden who suffer trodditude) by acts such as the pedestalisation of a bronze Ambedkar reading Annihilation of Caste; in which Students for Democracy are pitted against TamBrahmAss whose members have curd rice in their dental cavities and lemon/mango pickle under their fingernails; in which everyone is constantly referring to reportage in The Bindhu, plugging into e-prarthana.com for spiritual solace, or seeking post-menopausal bliss in the groping hands of triple-blessed swamis prefixed with Sri Sri Sri; in which Shakespeare’s injunction to actors ‘no onions nor garlic’, interpreted via Manu, becomes a Tam-Brahm’s way of life.

The reader, if she enjoys comedy and satire, and can stomach caricatures of Tam-Brahms and their...

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