Born in 1885 into the affluent Sarabhai family of Ahmedabad, Anasuya Sarabhai lost both her parents when she was only nine. She and her two younger siblings were brought up by their father’s younger brother, Chimanbhai Sarabhai. At the age of 13, an unwilling Anasuya was married off by her uncle. Her marriage was brief and unhappy; Anasuya divorced her husband and returned to her own family.
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When I interviewed at Intel in 1996, I was asked where I wanted to end up in the long term. I said with full conviction that one day I would be the company’s country manager in India. It was my dream from Day One. Today, I feel very privileged to be living the dream, but it wasn’t always a sure thing.
I was studying in Class X when I was offered the Bengali TV show, Khela. At that time a Mumbai-based production house was also casting for a new show and called me for auditions. My dad didn’t allow me since I was still in school. Then for three consecutive years, they tried contacting me. Those days we had no access to the internet or mobile phones. So I would check my email at a cyber cafe once a month and would invariably end up seeing the mails after the auditions were over. Finally, I gave the auditions in 2009. Since I couldn’t travel to Mumbai, people came down to audition me and I was selected . After that, there was no looking back.
My father chose my name. He was very devout. He used to chant this verse and my name comes from there. It means beyond compare. He gave my mom a list of long-winded names. Nistula was the shortest of them all
I struggled a lot. I had to face a lot of accusations and threats. Any article that was released about yoga or yoga day, I would receive many messages and texts. I could not teach yoga officially. I also couldn’t get a license in 2012 for naturopathy center, even after spending USD 1 million, just because it wasn’t classified yet.