Udupi: Appointment of Mala Adiga as the Policy Director of US First Lady in-waiting Jill Biden by US president-elect Joe Biden has a reason for rejoicement in Kundapura taluk of Udupi district.
Mala Adiga, 47, has her roots in Kakkunje village of Kundapura taluk and she also hails from the reputed family of Suryanarayana Adiga, renowned lawyer, politician and founder of Karnataka Bank.
Many of the close relatives of Mala Adiga are elated with the achievement of their 'affectionate and loving girl'.
For her paternal aunt Nirmala Upadhyaya, Mala is someone who believes in her roots and has held on to it firmly.
"For her, we are still 'Atthe-Maava' and not uncle and aunty," Nirmala told DHNS.
As per family members, Mala loves the Brahmin cuisines, especillay the 'Tomato samba' and 'potato pallya'.
Mala Adiga has served as a senior advisor to Jill and a senior policy advisor on the Biden-Kamala Harris campaign. Prior to this, she was the director for higher education and military families at the Biden Foundation.
During the term of Barack Obama, Adiga served as the deputy assistant secretary of state for Academic Programs at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in the Secretary of State's Office of Global Women's Issues as chief of staff and senior advisor to the Ambassador-at-Large, besides as director for human rights on the National Security Staff.
Her father, Dr Ramesh Adiga and mother Dr Jaya Adiga had migrated to the US decades ago. The eldest of the three siblings, Mala has two twin brother-Shridhar and Shekar.
Mala is married to Charlie Brio and the couple has a 15-yr-old daughter Asha.
The Kakkunje Adiga family had hit headlines last when Arvind Adiga, the author of 'White Tiger' bagged the 40th Man Booker prize in 2008.
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