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[Video feature] Anu Vaidyanathan: Woman, Athlete, Indian

Monday, 12 May 2014 - 4:01pm IST | Agency: dna

So what’s it like to be India’s first Ironman, if you’re a woman? Find out in this video on India’s first Ironman and accomplished triathlete, Anu Vaidyanathan.

In her award-winning online talk show, Chai with Lakshmi, Lakshmi Rebecca gets Anu to share about her most amazing and most disturbing experiences and the development that’s needed in sport in India.  It’s hard to believe, that even after years into the sport, Anu’s day begins at 4 – 4.30 am.  Add to this, she works 6 – 8 hours a day, and then goes in for a second session of indoor work out for about two hours in the evening. In sharing with Lakshmi, Anu talks about the innumerable experiences and safety issues she has faced while training on Indian roads: right from being mistaken for a thief to being followed by men on a moped. Even the strongest of women have to go through this. Anu says that there “have been a couple of safety incidents, that could have been off the edge, people will follow you on a moped, especially if you are really tired and you are going a little bit slower than usual, they will say things. Either you have to ignore them or somehow get into a crowd.” 

This amazing woman, Anu, is also an entrepreneur and an academician, and she supports a non-profit that is bringing back girl children into Rajasthan’s rural schools. Find out more about Anu Vaidyanathan and her work in this inspiring video…


About the show:
Chai with Lakshmi is India’s first award winning online talk show. It showcases people and ideas that are positively shaping India for the future. Follow the show on Twitter (@chaiwithlakshmi) and Facebook

Watch more refreshing conversations on: chaiwithlakshmi.in 



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