Born in India, Anita grew up in Harborne, Birmingham. She gained a Ph.D. in neurosciences at Nottingham University, and worked in clinical research at Dept. of Psychiatry, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham (1993 – 1996), before moving to The Dept. of Medicine at University of Birmingham, where she worked until 2002. Anita helped secure funding for research projects, published research papers, and taught both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
From 2000, Anita was asked to co-ordinate the delivery of a new service for those with an acquired brain injury, by the charity Headway, in North Worcestershire. She undertook both the strategic and operational management of the new service which involved multi-agency 2 liaison between health, academic, and social service sectors.
After the birth of her daughter in 2002, Anita set up an Indian cookery school and now runs food events for corporate and private clients all over the country. Anita published ‘A Life of Spice’ a cookery book charting her mother’s cultural journey from the India in 1950’s to modern day Britain, in 2011, and has appeared on TV alongside Jean Christophe Novelli for a national cookery campaign.