Class Act

Social Commentary

Class Act

Illustration: Mudit Ganguly


he alarm shrieks. It’s 5 am. Leila Alvares resists the urge to sink a little deeper under the covers, and yells, “Kieran, you have to revise for your chemistry test today.” The predawn silence is accusing, as she stumbles to her 10-year-old son’s bed and prepares to shake him awake.

“Get started on the periodic table,” she says brusquely, quelling the instinct to go back to bed, wearily heading to the kitchen.