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CHAT Anuradha Vaidyanathan is passionate about doing things well, finds KALYAN ASHOK

If you are a successful woman entrepreneur, with an outstanding academic record as well, would you take up an extreme sport and make it as a passion of your life?

Well that’s what Anuradha Vaidyanathan, or simply Anu Vaidynathan as she prefers to call herself. She is a multi-faceted young woman, who is an Iron Man athlete (Iron Man is an extreme form of triathlon), a successful entrepreneur and an academician who lectures in country’s top B Schools and IITs and a regular speaker on National forums on entrepreneurship, innovations and leadership.

The slightly built, soft spoken Anu hardly fits the image of a sportswoman, who is into an extreme sports. She was the first Indian (male or female) to qualify for the Half Ironman World Championships and also the first Asian (male or female) to participate in the Ultraman Triathlon in 10 km swim, 420 km biking, 84.4 km run, finishing at the sixth place. Anu, who holds a doctorate from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand ), is the founder of Pat N Marks, an Intellectual Property Consulting firm in Bangalore. She has also won several awards for her excellence in sports, business and leadership areas like — TieAspire Award 2011, Bajaj Allianz Most Inspirational Working Woman Award 2012, INK Fellow 2012. Given her commitments, life’s quite hectic and Anu finds herself always on the run and living out of suitcase ! “But it’s fun,” she declares.

Becoming a triathlete was hardly a childhood dream. She was more interested in academics, especially English literature and Shakespearean works, history and geography. “The love for basic sports came much later, like an after thought and has surpassed anything I could imagine in all the milestones that I crossed,” says Anu.

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