Ms. Anu Vidya was our psychologist and school counsellor since June 2015. She was a specialist in animal assisted therapy and art therapy. She was very close to her students and was a very committed associate to The C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation and The Grove School. Her students affectionately called her “Anu Maam”. She loved her job and enjoyed doing what she was doing.
She was an ardent animal welfare and environmental activist, and a strict vegan since her school days. Apart from this she was a voracious trekker and spent her holidays trekking around India. She wished to be the first woman vegan to reach the top of Mount Everest by 2020.
She was a very kind and generous lady. Whoever went to her for help never returned empty handed. Her students loved and went to her whenever they had anything and they came back with a “Smile”. Whenever she saw an injured animal, she went all out to help the poor animal. No helpless human being or animal was ever left to suffer when she was around. That was the greatness of Ms. Anu Vidya.
Yet for such a good person, fate had sorrow in store. On the ill-fated day of Sunday, March 11, 2018 when she was trekking in the Kurangani Hills in the forests of Theni, the forest fire tragedy broke out which struck and claimed many lives and she was one of the many fire victims who was admitted in the Government Rajaji Hospital, Madurai. She succumbed to burn injuries and passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 6:30 PM.
The Grove School wishes to place on record her condolences to her family members and appreciation of her as a great associate and most importantly as “A good human being” with whom we have been proud to have been associated with.
She is physically gone but her memory will live for ever. Wherever she is, her blessings and good wishes will always be with her children and all of us. God bless this great and wonderful human being. May her soul rest in peace.