When Aranya Johar is on stage, hitting out at the hypocritical, patriarchal society, you cannot miss the poignant, wistful quality about her face. "When I am writing or performing, I tend to get a lot more serious than I actually am. People often forget that I am 18 and still a child," asserts the slam poet. She laughs — and often — during our 15-minute chat ahead of her first spoken-word performance in Hyderabad. A packed house at Ravindra Bharathi greeted the online sensation as she spoke, in her inimitable style, about women empowerment, menstruation taboos, rape culture and issues that make up a misogynistic society . Cheering her on from amidst the crowd was social activist Sunitha Krishnan , a Padma Shri awardee noted for her long-time activism to rescue sex trafficking victims and organising citizen-state collaboration on anti-trafficking measures. By the end of her performance, Aranya left the audience to contemplate about the world they live in. A thick veneer of seriousness notwithstanding, Aranya gives us a peek into her ‘I am 18 and still a child’ side in this pre-performance chat. Excerpts: First impressions of the city? It’s very vibrant. There’s a lot of stuff happening […]