Suit Up

Suit, Karuna’s own, shirt by Zara, ear­rings by Am­ra­pali

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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

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