Born In: Muradnagar, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
Priyanka Chaudhary Raina is an Indian software engineer, former banker and social worker, who is best known as the wife of cricketer Suresh Raina. She previously worked for companies like Accenture and Wipro. At the time of her marriage to Raina, she was working as a senior software tester for ING in Bijlmer neighborhood of Amsterdam, Netherlands, but left her job to raise her child and later became involved in charity. Along with her husband, she is the co-founder of Gracia Raina Foundation, which is an NGO that promotes mother and child wellness. On November 19, 2017, she delivered a TED speech on behalf of her foundation at an independent TED event organized by 'TEDxWhitefield' in Bangalore, Karnataka. She has a radio talk show on RedFM titled 'The Priyanka Raina Show'. She also writes blogs regularly on topics close to her heart, primarily focusing on creating awareness on pregnancy, motherhood, child-rearing and mental wellness of pregnant women and new mothers. Prior to launching the foundation, she had been involved with other NGOs like Paalna, Food Bank Network and Nanhi-Jaan at PGI in Chandigarh.
Spouse/Ex-: Suresh Raina (m. 2015)
father: Tejpal Choudhary
mother: Sushila Devi Chaudhary
siblings: Abhishek Choudhary, Vivek Choudhary
children: Gracia Raina, Rio Raina
Born Country: India
Height: 1.67 m
Priyanka Chaudhary Raina took the Indian news outlets by storm after news of her upcoming marriage to cricketer Suresh Raina was revealed in early 2015. Rumors of his marriage was doing the rounds of tabloids when Suresh Raina was out in Australia for the World Cup. After his return, it was reported that the 'roka' ceremony was held on March 12, 2015. This created a lot of interest on the bride and made the low-key girl an internet celebrity.
Growing up in the same neighborhood, Priyanka and Suresh Raina have known each other for a long time and have been childhood friends. Her father was Suresh’s sports teacher in Ghaziabad. Both their mothers were also very close to each other. However, the two lost touch after her family moved to Punjab and he began travelling constantly due to his cricket career. In 2008, after she shifted to Netherlands, they once met briefly for five minutes at the Delhi airport when Suresh was going to Bangalore for an IPL game. However, in 2015, while he was away playing cricket for India in the Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, his mother fixed his marriage to her old friend’s daughter, Priyanka.
His mother called him in Australia to give him the news that his marriage has been fixed with a childhood friend. After that the two began talking on the phone and developed a relationship. As such, they consider it an arranged marriage, even though they were in love by the time they got married a few weeks later on April 3, 2015. The pre-wedding celebrations started a couple days earlier during which their low-key engagement ceremony was held at his Ghaziabad residence. The following day, Priyank Sukhija, Raina's friend and famous restaurateur, hosted a bachelor party for him at his business venue, Lutyens Cocktail House, in New Delhi. The wedding event was hosted at The Leela Palace, Delhi.
Priyanka Chaudhary Raina was born on June 18, 1986 in Muradnagar, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh to Tejpal Singh and his wife Sushila. Her father is a sports coach in Ghaziabad. She has two brothers, Abhishek and Vivek, both of whom are engineers. She completed her B.Tech from Krishna Institute of Engineering and Technology. Her family later moved to Rajnagar, Ghaziabad and after completing her studies, she relocated to Netherlands to pursue her banking job. In 2016, Priyanka and Suresh Raina were blessed with a daughter. They named her Gracia. The couple were blessed with a son, Rio, in 2020.
She prides herself for her ability to balance charity work, family life and motherhood. She also finds time to go to the gym regularly to stay fit. While she thinks that being a woman entrepreneur is difficult as women have more responsibilities, she also feels that women are great at multi-tasking.
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