You know the other day I did ten pushups and felt very proud of myself. Then I read Anywhere But Home. For those that don’t know Anu Vaidhyanathan she is the first Asian woman to have competed in Ultraman Canada. To be honest I hadn’t even heard of Ultraman and if I had I’d have thought it was a deodorant company. But I googled it and immediately became an admirer of Miss. Vaidhyanathan.
The ultraman is a very taxing endurance test of sorts. It involves a 10 KM swim, 425.6 KM bike course and an 84.4 KM run. I can’t even do a 100 metre swim so you can paint me sufficiently impressed. I heard about Anu Vaidhynathan first on twitter when people were talking about the Coimbatore race. I clicked on her profile and started learning about this impressive woman who is from a traditional Tamil Brahmin family. A while later I was given an opportunity to read and review Anywhere But Home and since the book was already in my amazon wishlist, I typed out YES in a frenzy and sat waiting. I wanted to know all about her, what made her who she is, how she went from a studious sports hating person in a curd rice eating body to someone who wanted to drop everything to go for a run on muscular limbs.