The book launch of ‘Insight-A passion for compassion’ a compelling biography of Sankara Nethralaya co-authored by Shri VV.Ranganathan, Shri George Skarias and Ms Meera Prasad was held at the Walchand Hirachand Hall Mumbai on the 20th of March 2102.The city of Mumbai has a pride of place in the inception and growth of Sankara Nethralaya and it was chosen as the venue to open the eyes of the world to a great saga of courage and determination. The beyond capacity crowd gathered Hall the venue of the book launch strongly reiterated that Sankara Nethralaya has an indelible place in Mumbai’s heart.
Dr S.Bhaskaran, Chairman, Sankara Nethralaya extended a warm welcome to the Chief Guest, esteemed invitees, friends and supporters who had contributed for the growth of Sankara Nethralaya gathered for the momentous occasion, the authors and everyone present at the venue, The glorious moment of the day the launch of the book by Chief Guest Shri Deepak S.Parekh, Chairman, HDFC Ltd and receiving of the same by Dr B.R Barwale, Chairman, Mahyco and Member of the Board, Medical Research Foundation was accorded a thunderous applause by the audience. Dr SS.Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya gave a touching account on the crucial role of great philanthropist like Shri C.U Shah from the city of Mumbai who were instrumental in the inception and growth of Sankara Nethralaya to its present stature, he expressed his view that there was no shortage for eye care centers in Mumbai but if there were well-wishers willing to support such an initiative as in Kolkata he would be happy to set up a center in Mumbai.
The book launch function provided a platform for the Chairman Emeritus and senior management members of Sankara Nethralaya to meet and interact with some of the greatest benefactors of the institution like Ms Noel Tata, Shri Neeraj Bajaj, Shri C.U Shah,Shri Homi Bhaba, Dr Bapat, Shri Nichal H.Israni and several other great people in the same venue. Shri Sugalchand Jain, Honourary Treasurer and Secretary warmly thanked the Chief Guest, the esteemed invitees and all those assembled, for their time and interest in the book and the authors for the great work in compiling the long history and making it most readable and enjoyable.