Author Bio

Shruti Sheshadri (she/her) is a doctoral student in the International and Multicultural Education program at the University of San Francisco. Her current research examines the nature of pedagogies used in language textbooks across the global South. Shruti is also a consultant at the Global Partnership for Education and monitors and evaluates global education programs. In her free time, she indulges in yoga and knitting. ssheshadri@dons.usfca.edu

Agharsh Chandrasekaran (he/they) is a practicing Orthodontist based in Bengaluru, India. He completed his dentistry degree at SDM University, India and works as a faculty member at CEDEES (Centre for Excellence in Dental Entrance Examinations). Agharsh identifies as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and is involved in many advocacy initiatives in his city. He is a neurodivergent person and part of a support group called the “ADHD Queeple.” He enjoys reading, writing poetry, cooking, staring into vast skies, and long nature walks. agharshc@gmail.com


Individuals identifying as aromantic asexual face challenges living in predominantly heteronormative societies. This essay explains the challenges encountered living in India, a society known for its unique cultural and social structures. The authors use the oral history story-telling technique to understand the lived experiences of being an asexual aromantic. An analysis of the oral history highlights four key themes: liberation from structures, solidarity in the community, the perils of Amato normativity, and awareness of self. The authors call for increased access to mental health support systems in schools and beyond.

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