When her husband decided to take premature retirement from the Indian Army, he persuaded her to start a school of her own - a school in the tiny town of Thrissur in Kerala, a school which he named Hari Sri, a name so meaningful in that it is the first two words a child is made to write when he or she writes for the first time. A name that was to prove fateful as, the very next year, her beloved husband passed away after a massive cardiac arrest, leaving her with three young daughters. This was the Hari Sri of a new life, and she was just 39 years old in a strange town that looked askance at young widows.
This was when Nalini realized that her work could bring her solace and she went on with fortitude, moulding Hari Sri with patience, working relentlessly to make it the best in the city, pouring into it all the wonderful skills that she had picked up over the decades. Hari Sri Vidya Nidhi was soon a well known ICSE-ISC school, a power to be reckoned with across the country, winning medals and laurels with much ease. While Academics was given importance, students were encouraged to take part in Co-curricular activities and Sports, all of which were blended beautifully with the spirit of sportsmanship and fair play.