About Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

Hello everyone,

My name is Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD.

I was born in Malaysia, of ethnic Tamil (South Indian) heritage and have been skipping across the globe (North America, Europe, Asia) since I was 16 on merit-based scholarships and awards from various universities.

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I was one of those kids who read a lot and began using encyclopedias when I was 4 – in my early teens, I was certified as having a Mensan IQ of 172, in the top 2% of the global population, i.e. a genius-level score. After finishing primary school at 11, I basically took my education – and my future – into my own hands. In other words, I am auto-didactic/a self-taught learner.

I finished my high school education at 13 after months of intense self-tutelage, completed my Bachelor’s in record time at 19, skipped a Masters, and then completed a 100,000 word doctoral thesis (PhD) at the age of 25. Here’s a link to an interview where I speak about all of this (in Tamil) – this was aired in July 2013 on the ASTRO network.

I consider myself a self-made woman, driving herself but acknowledging  the wider Universe in making that happen.

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In between all this academic ‘stuff’, I engaged myself with several years’ worth of social work, contributing what I could to the social, educational and general improvement of the Malaysian-Indian community.

You can also look at my LinkedIn profile to get an overview of the various professional and academic chapters of my life thus far. https://www.linkedin.com/pub/bairavee-balasubramaniam/40/56/82

My academic interests have varied and evolved through different phases of my life. When I was little, I loved astronomy, astrophysics and neuroscience – and so began my first degree in the US (on scholarship). There I received an introduction to the liberal arts and my taste for politics and justice grew – I then switched my major and my university and studied International Politics and History in Germany.

My life-perspective (as an ethnic minority, as a woman) kept evolving through this time and I found myself with a scholarship to study Gendered Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament as part of a 5-year research project at the University of Warwick, UK. Those who’d like to view my thesis can do so here: http://wrap.warwick.ac.uk/54359/

Through my academic studies of the world and its political institutions, after years of study I finally realize that I am (and happy to be labeled as such) a post-structural, post-colonial, third-wave-feminist. One who seeks to write and live by the works she invests her energies into – which brings me onto a totally different facet of my life – one which I am integrating into my public, social and academic identity (and vice versa).


In addition to the identities described above  – I am a priestess, a holistic astrologer, a spiritualist, a writer, a poetess, an artist and a bunch of other things that I keep evolving into.My spiritual journey intensified when I went through several years of soul-searching during my PhD in the UK, and I have undertaken numerous pilgrimages to sacred sites in India, Nepal, Australia, the US, the UK, Malaysia (so far) – all of which have deeply moved, transformed and awakened parts of me that I did not realize I had. Now I know, and here it is.

One reason I wanted to make this profile and ‘go public’ as it were was to accept the different facets of my identity – a decidedly liberal academic  – a post-colonial, post-structural political scientist – a internationalist- a Malaysian-Tamil – an ethnic minority – a public speaker – a motivator – a priestess – a woman – a feminist – a person taking a stand for social justice – a star-lover – a poetess – and to demonstrate (to myself first of all) that they can all coexist in one person.

So here’s to co-existence and creation.


Vanakkam, Namaste and Blessings to all,

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

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17 thoughts on “About Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

  1. Such a powerful woman! Please continue your wonderful work, and thank you for your noble pursuit of being human on a new paradigm. Many blessings.

  2. Love your inspirational self confidence and self belief you truly are a wayshower……many many women need to come forth including myself and shine their light!

  3. Truly an empowered woman of great merit. Bairavee combines all facets of her being by integrating her intellect with her higher mind and the connection with source.
    After my own journey with astrology for a good 30 years, Bairavee enlightened me to aspects of myself I had yet to explore, but was searching for.
    Her rapid zoning in on core issues, using her lightening fast calculations after responding to divine inspiration, cut straight to the chase.
    The warm connection she radiates goes beyond her intellectual capacity and feels more like a universal envelopment.
    Thank you dear Sistar.

  4. Just came across your site whilst searching for more info on Dhumavati Maa and wow….what a journey you’ve had,good on you. I was raised a Goddess worshipper by priestesses in my family,we come from the Caribbean but have a very mixed heritage as is normal in the west indies,one such heritage I have is Tamizh among many others

  5. I’ve been following you for some time and find your take on astrological events the most cogent I’ve found. I greatly appreciate your insight, intuition and intelligence! Do you use Tropical or Sidereal Astrology for your readings?

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