Anu Vaidyanathan’s Anywhere but Home is an
engagingly written account of a woman’s commitment to sports. Written in a wry,
humorous, and whacky style, Vaidyanathan unveils the intrepid Indian’s journey
through her chosen sport of triathlon – a combination of running, cycling, and
swimming. What seems impossible to an old codger like me seems possible for
this woman owing to a can-do spirit and a gutsy temperament. I learn a few
things like if you are chased by a pack of dogs while on your morning walk/run –
as I have been – sing to them. Yes, it does the trick and the dogs wag their
tails at me, after my tuneless singing of old Rock-and-roll hits.
Engagingly written, well produced, this
book is worth a look because of what it can offer, especially after the
Olympics where it was our girls who picked up the medals.