Healer: Dr Prathap Chandra Reddy and The Transformation of India Launched in Bangalore

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Biography on Apollo Hospitals’ Chairman unveiled in the presence of luminaries from cross section of life 600-page biography narrates Dr Reddy’s life story like it has never been told before.

Bangalore, Karnataka, March 14, 2014 -(PressReleasePoint)- The Garden City of India and a hub for the country’s fast growing biotechnology and healthcare industry, Bangalore, witnessed the launch of the biography of Dr Prathap Chandra Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group at a private event hosted in the city on Wednesday evening. The function saw a select gathering of family, friends and noted luminaries from different walks of life, including Guests of Honour Dr Devi Shetty, Chairman, Narayana Health and Dr Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, CMD, Biocon Ltd. along with special invitees like Mr G.M Rao, Chairman, GMR Group, who graced the occasion to celebrate the launch.

Two years in the making, “HEALER: DR. PRATHAP CHANDRA REDDY and the TRANSFORMATION OF INDIA” by Pranay Gupte has been published by Penguin Books India. The biography was unveiled in the presence of an august gathering that saw family, friends and noted luminaries from different walks of life come together, making the function extra warm and special.

The engaging biography contains several sepia-tinted photos of Dr. Reddy, his parents and family from the early days. It is a celebration of his accomplishments and life whose story begins from Aragonda, a small village in Andhra Pradesh, where Dr. Reddy spent his childhood. The biography traces his improbable journey from the small, provincial town to a medical school in Madras to a flourishing cardiology practice in the US. At the age of 50, he returned to India at the prodding of his father to make a difference to the country.

Dr Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group said, “Thirty years ago, despite all the challenges and hurdles, I was driven by a dream - to bring medical care at par with the best to India. Looking back over the years, I feel the struggle was well worth it. I today derive satisfaction from how the Apollo family has grown and become a vital part of the Indian healthcare system. It is a fulfilment of a dream. If my life’s story proves anything, it is that India too is a land where dreams can come true if you show courage and determination and have full faith in yourself and your mission.”

By bringing to India world-class medical care, cutting edge technology, best practices and, by persuading Indian doctors living abroad to return home, Dr. Reddy succeeded in creating what has now become Asia's foremost health system. Apollo today holds world records in heart, liver, lung, kidney and other solid organ transplants. Apollo has served over 37 million people across it 54 hospitals and over 120 clinics in the past three decades.

The launch event included reading of passages from the book by Pranay Gupte, the author of biography and Geetanjali Kirloskar -  passages that best described Dr Reddy’s journey to becoming the architect of modern healthcare in India over the past three decades. Dr Devi Shetty and Ms Kiran Mazumdar Shaw delivered special addresses illustrating their experiences and personal interactions with Dr Reddy over the years to a packed audience of several well-wishers of Dr Reddy and his family.

Dr Reddy was joined by his wife, Sucharita Reddy, and daughter Preetha Reddy, Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group.

Several instances in the book recount the state of affairs in the Indian healthcare sector over the last four decades and the enormous challenges faced by Dr Reddy in his eventful journey. Full of delightful anecdotes and dramatic twists and turns, the biography narrates Dr. Reddy’s inspirational story like it has never been told before.

Priced at Rs 899, HEALER is available at all leading bookstores. The book is also available at leading shopping portals and bookstores online.

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