Our Self-Written Obituaries – Archana Ravi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
The 197th death.
[Text and photos sent by Archana Ravi]
Leggings campaigner Archana Ravi died of a death curse on Saturday. She had been adamant about wearing ill-fitted leggings, and desecrating the cultural sanctity of Thiruvananthapuram streets, despite being warned several times of evil eye and other consequences. She chose to call it a protest.
Well-meaning strangers had often stopped her on roads to point out how the sight of her unshapely thighs was causing them great discomfort. They would articulate it through angry glares, as people like her did not deserve fully-formed words. The good men who met her and her leggings would dispatch female messengers to make her understand how it might not bode well with the rest of the society. They themselves would be accommodating of her, of course, but they could not guarantee about others. In the teeth of danger, she irresponsibly continued wearing leggings, as if it were armor.
Her friends avoided her, as she was prone to punning, laughing at her own lines, as if it were the highest form of wit known to man. Cockroaches did not repel her as much as people who intensely loved ‘othering’. She is survived by her parents, and Aamir Khan.
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