Family Background & Early Life
Anjali was born on 10 November, 1967. Her father, Anand Mehta, is a renowned Gujarati industrialist and a former world bridge champion. Her mother, Annabel Mehta, is of British origin. She is the founder of a famous NGO called Apnalaya.
Anjali Mehta was raised in one of the most beautiful bungalows in Mumbai. She completed her schooling from Bombay International School. She then studied medicine at Grant Medical College and practiced as a pediatricianfor many years at Mumbai’s JJ Hospital.
She is a very humble person by nature. Even though she was born with a silver spoon, she was always compassionate towards the needy. Her hobbies include doing philanthropic works, listening to music and traveling. She is also a foodie and loves to try out different restaurants all over the world.
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When Anjali Met Sachin
Anjali shares a beautiful relationship with Sachin Tendulkar. They were destined to be together and Anjali has been his pillar of strength.
Anjali first saw Sachin at the Mumbai airport in 1990. She was there to pick her mother up and Sachin, along with his cricket team, was returning home after a tournament in England. Sachin had just scored his maiden century in test cricket and Anjali had no idea who he was as she wasn’t an ardent follower of cricket back then. She just found him to be cute and hence started shouting and waving at him.
She then managed to get hold of his number through a common friend and before anyone could guess anything, they were already seeing each other.
The Beautiful Courtship
Anjali was still a medical student and Sachin was traveling all over the world for his tournaments. It was almost a long-distance relationship between the two and they often communicated through phone calls and letters.
They would meet whenever Sachin returned to India for home series. During one such incident, Anjali forced him to accompany her to a cinema hall as she wanted to watch a movie titled ‘Roja’. It happens to be the first film that they saw together before their wedding.
On another occasion, Anjali surprised Sachin by visiting him at his place. She did not reveal her true identity to his parents and pretended to be a journalist. Sachin was extremely nervous on seeing her at his home as he comes from a conservative Maharashtrian family.
One fine day, Sachin proposed to her and Anjali was more than happy to say yes. She then sought the permission of Sachin’s parents and was pleasantly surprised when they immediately agreed to the marriage.
Life Post Wedding
Anjali has always been with Sachin through thick and thin. Sachin too, has always recognized her sacrifices and efforts that she has made over the years to make their marriage work.
Anjali gave up her career when Arjun was born. She sacrificed her personal goals in order to take good care of her family. But she continued to perform her philanthropic workand kept on helping the underprivileged. She works with her mother in the NGO that she runs.
Anjali used to manage everything and everyone at home since Sachin was always away when he was playing for India. Whenever Sachin visited home, she would make sure he gets proper rest and that he stays away from the media.
One of her toughest moments was when she was asked to break the news of their father’s demise by her brother-in-law, Ajit Tendulkar.
Anjali had to go through another tough period when India crashed out of the 2007 world cup even before entering the second round. Senior players like Sachin were blamed for the team’s disastrous performance and Anjali had a tough time shielding her husband and kids from the animosity of the media and public.
Sachin is undoubtedly a great player, but Anjali’s contribution and sacrifices over the yearshave made her a greater housewife. She might not be a star, but she is no lesser than one.