Padmavathi Chandrashekaran


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About Me!

“The start of this story is around 1948-49 in a village in Kerala. This was a newly independent India, but ideas of freedom were still faraway thoughts for many young girls across the country with tradition-bound lives. Fifteen-year-old Padmavathi, who loved math and wanted to study beyond matriculation (Grade 10), was one of them. The custom in those days was to get girls married early and that’s what her parents wanted. It would mean an end to education and a life spent largely within the confines of home. But the girl who regularly topped her class in math, could not give in without resistance.”

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