Meenakshi Ganti was born in Lingalavalasa, a little village about 30 km from Vizianagaram, in Andhra Pradesh, India on 23 June 1950. She was brought up in Madhya Pradesh. She married Ganti Prasada Rao who served IIT Kharagpur for nearly 30 years as a Professor of Electrical Engineering until 1997. She also lived in Coimbatore in the early 1970s. As a housewife, she has been devoted to serve and raise a large combined family.
The Gantis visited England with their children during 1975-76 where Meenakshi worked briefly for Salford Electrical Instruments Co, an affiliate of the General Electric Co in their quality assurance division. They visited Germany during 1982-83 where Meenakshi took German language courses at the Ruhr University Bochum. Over the last ten years she has been traveling widely with her husband visiting several countries, some more than once: Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belgium, China (Peoples Republic of), Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritius, Morocco, Netherlands, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, Thailand, United States of America, etc.
She has seen the culinary cultures of many countries in the course of her travels and hosted dinners abroad for foreign guests with her native vegetarian preparations.
Meenakshi came to Abu Dhabi in 1992 with her husband, who until 1997 was Technical Advisor to the Water and Electricity Department, Government Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and Professor of Electrical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur until 1997 and presently a member of the UNESCO-EOLSS Joint Committee, which is responsible for the development of the world’s largest encyclopedia- the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), which was released online (www.eolss.net) officially by the UNESCO at the World summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, in September 2002 and has now grown immensely since then. The Gantis have two daughters and a son and three grand children through the former