Suit, Karuna’s own, shirt by Zara, earrings by Amrapali
For Karuna Nundy, clothes speak the language of power. She prefers wearing saris to work as they “lend themselves to formality and an assured authority”. While the cultural currency of the sari goes a long way in the courtroom, Nundy’s experimented with long pencil skirts as well, which she admits caused quite a stir. After a degree in economics and a stint with a station, Nundy finally settled on law as a career, and returned from an internship with the in New York to establish her own litigation practice. “The need for equality and human rights engagement felt more urgent here,” she says. One of the few women to argue cases in the Supreme Court, she hopes that the glass ceiling for senior women counsels is done away with soon. Breaking convention around staid black- and- white courtroom dressing isn’t something she’s tried yet, though she’s glad Indian lawyers don’t have to don hideous yellowing wigs. “Wearing more colonial regalia when it’s 50 degrees is a frightening thought,” she says.
Karuna Nundy 36 Advocate, Supreme Court