Anu Vaidyanathan - Profile
Anu Vaidyanathan is a Best selling Author, Entrepreneur and Triathlete. Anu Vaidyanathan holds the distinction of being the first Asian, male or female, to have competed in Ultraman Canada triathlon having a 10km swim, 420km bike and an 84.4km run, placing 6th, being the youngest finisher that year. She backed this up with Ironman Canada, three weeks later, becoming the only athlete to do so in the history of the race. Triathlon is an arduous sport involving swimming, cycling and running. Having competed all over the world, Anu Vaidyanathan is also the only Indian triathlete to have qualified for the 70.3 Half-Ironman World Championship.
Anu Vaidyanathan is a filmmaker, comedian and engineer whose memoir Anywhere But Home was long-listed for the Mumbai Film Festival’s word-to-screen market in 2016. Her feature scripts have found themselves at the final rounds at Sundance and Rotterdam. As a comedian, she has gigged across greater Europe and London and has trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and Ecole Philippe Gaulier in France. “…Endurance is in the family.” (Harper’s Bazaar). “…inspiring, refreshing and full of surprises.” (Hindustan Times). “India’s Female Ironman” (Wall Street Journal). Her book and films are available on Amazon and on request.
Anu Vaidyanathan is a very popular inspirational keynote speaker who inspires audiences with tales of resilience, grit and extreme endurance. Anu loves to share her story of competing in an arduous sport like Triathlon or her journey as a successful entrepreneur or navigating the pressures of being a mother and balancing her career, home and sports.
Besides being a long-course athlete, Anu is an entrepreneur, a sought-after speaker at forums on Sport, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Leadership and the Founder of PatNMarks, an Intellectual Property Consulting Firm. Anu received her PhD in Electrical Engineering at UC Canterbury setting the Department and University record in 26 months, shortly after her Ultraman placing. She has been affiliated with both the Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar and the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad teaching courses in Computer Architecture, Innovation and Business Policy.
Being regularly featured in some of the world’s best print and television media in Sport, Lifestyle, Women’s and Business segments including Sports Illustrated, Marie Claire, Triathlete Magazine, Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Hindustan Times, The Hindu, The Times of India, NDTV, CNN and prominent radio channels, Anu is also a new mom and an upcoming author, with her first book on sport releasing in 2016.
Having delivered talks at several large forums, Anu Vaidyanathan’s experiences in sport, entrepreneurship and teaching at the Indian Institute of Management form the perfect backdrop for workshops, lectures and seminars. Anu Typically addressing topics around Ethics, Sport, High-Performance, Innovation, Intellectual Property, Engineering, Leadership, Productivity, Education, Diversity and Women, Dr. Vaidyanathan has addressed several organizations, including Fortune 100 companies, Sporting Teams, Universities and Schools.
Recently, in the UK, Anu Vidyanathan almost got robbed in an alley. But instead of thinking how to run, she thought what a great set this would make for her standup act. Ever since she stepped into the role of a standup comedian, inspiration has been flowing in from everywhere, be it while changing diapers or being slapped awake by her sleeping child. Today Anu is touring in America with her Stand Up show titled BC:AD ( Before Children, After Diapers).
It was the incarceration of the pandemic that pushed Anu to take up standup comedy. She felt claustrophobic and wanted to do something. Then, in August last year, when she was writing a comedy piece, she wanted to learn how to direct it. She joined a clown school — Ecole Philippe Gaulier in France. “That atmosphere turned something in my head. Standup was a conduit to finding my voice and sticking to my opinion,” she says.
She did her first show in September last year and ever since has performed in London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Krakow, Budapest, Lisbon...
Standup is a way to test ideas in a quick way. If your set is good or bad, you will know it immediately, she says. I write for myself, she declares. “If I find it funny, I’ll go say it. If people laugh, great; if they cross their arms and stare, that’s great too,” she says.
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Anu Vaidyanathan Speaker - Profile
Having graduated with two degrees in Computer Engineering, Anu Vaidyanathan’s primary identity was that of a good Indian girl and a super-nerd. A change circumstances made her turn to endurance sport, to explore the limits of her physicality. Getting past situations that were funny, heart-breaking, maddening, and unexpected, she went on to become the first As ian, male or female, to compete in Ultraman Canada, a three-day triathlon, having a 10K swim, 420K bike and an 84.4K run, placing 6th.
Set in several cities in India, where coaches advised her to get married instead of training, and sports facilities lacked toilets for women, she describes several facets of her own country, her identity and her support-system, which were completely counter-intuitive. Her stories around training and racing in several parts of the world, often exploring new places on her own two feet, the seat of her bike and on her own salary, takes readers through a fast-paced narrative told with humor, self-deprecation and curiosity.
Anywhere But Home captures a veritable Venn Diagram of Family, Friendships and Prayer, where Anu occasionally found herself at the intersection of all three when approaching milestones in sport and in real-life, through what is every young person’s reality today, itinerance.
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