Ranveer Singh’s “Apna time aaega” has come to be quoted often. It is meant to inspire, get people going. But Chayaa Nanjappa has never needed it. With sheer will, a kind heart, and one helluva smile, she has managed to bring better days for herself and about 1,000 tribal farmers.
She is the only child of a Coorgi coffee planter and a school headmistress. Her parents were in their 40s when Nanjappa was born. Quite understandably, they doted on their daughter, who also turned out to be an “above average” student. To expose her to the city life, the Nanjappas sent her to Christ the King Convent — a boarding school in Mysuru.