This e-mail is from Prof. Rama Govindarajan who's a faculty member at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore. She's an IIT-D alumna, Bhatnagar Prize winner (2007), ex-neighbour, and friend.
Many thanks to Rama for agreeing to share with us her e-mail to the folks at Pan-IIT:
Dear Madam/ Sir,
IIT is a beloved institution for me, so I need to point out the following.
I was unhappy to see the program for spouses in the PAN-IIT get-together, to try and make them "complete women". My spouse does not want to become a complete or incomplete woman. He will therefore of course not accompany me. I feel that spouses who are female would expect a more intellectually stimulating program as well.
Secondly I expect a scientific outlook from the IITs. Astrology etc. would seem not to belong in a meeting of this nature.
Thanks a lot.
With best regards
BTech Chemical Engineering, 1984.