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B. R. Vatsala Sperling was born on January 1, 1961 to a Tamil Brahmin
family living in Jamshedpur, an industrial township in the northern
state of Bihar, India. Raised with her five siblings in an orthodox
Hindu environment, Dr. Vatsala was trained in the traditional religious
rites and rituals of the Brahmins, the priest caste of India. She
has been familiar with Sanskrit since her youth, and is also fluent
in Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Bengali, and English.
As is traditional for a woman of her caste, until
attending graduate school, her life revolved around her immediate
family and religious obligations. She has studied and produced religious
paintings both in the Tanjore style, as well as contemporary devotional
paintings and secular portraiture.
Early on, Vatsala Sperling earned the nickname of
"Mukta" in her family, meaning one who is liberated and
strong-willed. She left her native village for the rigorous life
of a university student in the city of Delhi, and in 1985, she was
awarded a gold medal by the president of India as the top student
in a master's degree program in microbiology. Vatsala Sperling earned
her doctorate in clinical microbiology from Delhi University in
1992. After publishing her thesis, she was appointed Chief of Microbiology
at the Child's Trust Hospital in Madras, one of the largest referral
hospitals for children in Southeast Asia, where she worked until
her marriage to Ehud Sperling.
She was invited by the Mayo Clinic to do postgraduate
work, has worked extensively with the World Health Organization,
has published numerous articles and papers, and was a popular lecturer
throughout Tamil Nadu.
Dr. Vatsala now lives in rural Vermont with her husband
and young son, Mahar. Vatsala Sperling is also co-author of the
Marriage Made in Heaven".