Rashmi's dedication to health and
wellness through balanced living
Rashmi wrote a weekly health column for the INDIAN EXPRESS for more than 15 years. She continues to write on health and spas for various national and international magazines. Having trained with the BBC she produced, scripted, directed and presented 52 episodes of a TV SHOW, HEALTH TODAY for the INDIA TODAY GROUP which was aired on DD METRO and was called ‘HEALTH TODAY.’
Health Today was an upbeat, magazine format show fleshed in an entertaining style but with a backbone of well-researched information. There was a balance of medical, fitness and nutritional information along with a celebrity interview in each episode, along with leading national and international doctors of modern medicine, as well as holistic healers and integrated medicine experts. Aishwariya Rai and Sunny Deol were amongst the several celebrity guests on Health Today. The episodes ranged from ‘Managing Stress’ and ‘Forever Young’ to ‘Preventing Cancer’. It was telecast for a whole year, (1995 – 1996) every Saturday.
This the fascinating story of Dr R.P. Soonawala, the man synonymous with gynaecology in India. He designed India’s first female contraceptive in 1963, now called the Soonawala IUD; he has conducted scores of training programmes across towns and villages in India, training thousands of doctors to deliver better health care. He was awarded the Padmashree in 1991. Acclaimed writer Rashmi Uday Singh pens the story of his journey from being the grandson of an engine driver and starting work in a small hospital in Mumbai to birthing generations of Kapoors, Ambanis, Godrejs and Birlas. Interspersed are tales of a how a common love for hockey led to his falling in love with the stunning Piloo Gimi, his years of struggle as a student, and his close connection with each of his patients and ward boys.