The book – “The Complete Guide to Becoming Pregnant” written by Dr FIruza R. Parikh was launched by Random house at the Cowasjee Jehangir Convocation Hall of Mumbai University amid more than 700 invitees. Chief Guest Mrs Nita Ambani released the book. Among the invitees were Mr Mukesh Ambani, Mrs Kokilaben Ambani, Mrs. Farah Khan, Mr. Amir Khan and Mrs. Kiran Rao, Mr. Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Mrs. Anu Chopra, Mrs Shobha De, colleagues and class mates of Dr. Firuza Parikh and her husband Dr. Rajesh Parikh, professors, teachers, friends and well wishers and patients who had come from all over India. Mrs Arti Saran of Verve Magazine conducted the launch.
The book and Dr Firuza Parikh were first introduced by Ms Chiki Sarkar, the CEO of Random Publishing House.The book was then officially lauched by Mrs Nita Ambani. During the launch Mrs Nita Ambani spoke about Dr Firuza Parikh’s untiring work to help infertile couples. She added that the book has been written in a very easy format and will be a source of authentic information for those couples who are trying for a baby.This was followed by 2 book reading sessions by Bollywood Director/Choreographer Mrs.Farah Khan and Dr. Firuza Parikh. Mrs Farah Khan who delivered triplets following treatment with Dr Firuza Parikh had the audience spell-bound as she read out excerpts from her chapter, “The Director’s Cut – Farah Khan’s Story.” Dr. FIruza Parikh read out excerpts from the Chapter “The Squirrel on Marine Drive” which describes how she and her husband went on to develop the technique of CAT- Cumulus Aided Transfer which helps to improve the chances of pregnancy during the IVF/ICSI procedures.This was then followed by an interactive session where internationally acclaimed Bollywood Actor/Director Mr. Amir Khan moderated the session with Mrs.Farah Khan and Dr Firuza Parikh. On a lighter note Mr. Amir Khan asked if becoming pregnant was the prerogative of women only or was it possible that he too could one day become a mother. He had the audience completely enthralled with the discussion. This was followed by an interactive session with the audience. The book sold out its first 10,000 copies pre-launch and is now in its third print run.
The book is available for Rs 299 at leading book stores. It can also be ordered through the internet.
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