Barathy’s research interest lies in studying the construction of public spheres in the realms of religion and polity in the Tamil-speaking regions of colonial Madras Presidency and Ceylon. His research is concerned with dining spatiality and the bodily access vis-à-vis caste as granted in these public spaces. He completed his B.Com from Loyola College in Chennai and worked as an Audit Assistant for a year. After a change of discipline, he pursued his Master’s in History from the University of Hyderabad. He contributes essays and short stories in Tamil.