November Vignette : Pranathi Reddy - The Miracle Of Life

Dr. Pranathi Reddy, one of Hyderabad’s leading gynaecologists, leads an incredibly multifaceted life, perfectly suited to her vibrant personality and irrepressible vivacity. Apart from revelling in the joys of bringing life into the world and working tirelessly to promote women’s wellness, Dr. Pranathi Reddy is a fitness enthusiast, a trustee of a hospice, and an avid reader who is fascinated with history.

She believes that beauty is not just skin deep, but born out of attention to detail, and a reflection of self-confidence. Based in Hyderabad, Dr. Pranathi is a loyal patron of Kanakavalli and delights in shopping for the kanjivaram online. Making time in a schedule that, though bursting at the seams always manages to accommodate a little more, Dr. Pranathi tells us about where her passion for medicine comes from, what beauty means to her, and how she keeps herself busy... She also picks her favourites from the repertoire, curating a selection of kanjivarams that weaves together varied elements and aesthetics of the craft. Excerpts of a conversation with Aneesha Bangera below…..

The Miracle of Life

Ambition & serendipity

My mother is a physician and she was my biggest inspiration. She practiced in a small coal mining town and was absolutely devoted to her job. As a child, I was fascinated by the amount of respect and adulation she received. Wherever we went – a cinema hall or a temple – there was a patient or family member who recognised her and tried to do something that would make life more comfortable for all of us in small and big ways. I remember the time she had to rush off in the middle of the night to save a young girl’s life – a girl who came from a disadvantaged background in a nearby village. Every time the girl came back to see my mother for a check-up, her father would bring a delicious home cooked chicken curry for all of us… That’s what medicine signified to me from a very early age: the ability to make a difference in somebody’s life –a difference that was never forgotten. It was like leaving footprints on people’s hearts.

Above: Dr Pranathi as a child, held by her mother who is her greatest influence and inspiration.

As I grew up, I became keenly interested in science. At that stage (in the 80s in India) the medical field was aspirational and entry into medical school was the pinnacle of academic achievement. With this background, I set out to make it my ambition. From a young age, I have always been an incredibly determined and driven person in everything I set my mind and heart on. Gynaecology was a combination of serendipity and ambition. While at medical school and during my internship, I developed an interest in Gynaecology and Paediatrics. And Gynaecology was the available choice for me at postgraduate selection. So, I took it.

Finding the balance

What do I love most about my work…. that’s easy. I just love the fact that in this minefield of medicine which deals with disease, suffering, pain and disappointments, I am so blessed to be working in a specialty which deals in joy, happiness, hope and new beginnings. I begin my day with a prayer of thankfulness for this. To guide women, couples and families through the journey of pregnancy, to make it joyous, to make it natural, to allay their anxieties and finally to be assisting them in that moment of utmost joy when the baby arrives, is for me the most fulfilling experience. Despite the loneliness, sleep-deprivation, tears and laughter, and adjustment to a completely different way of life, I’m happiest when I’ve gone out of my way to deliver a child as naturally as possible and have been able to participate in the joy of that moment with the family and our team. I truly believe that Obstetrics represents the coming together of the medical sciences and humanism. The challenges are obviously the difficult clinical situations when things go wrong as is bound to happen in any field of medicine. But in this field of pregnancy and childbirth, it is even harder because there is a baseline expectation that nothing should go wrong both by patients and doctors; unlike true disease where everyone is prepared for negative outcomes. It makes us very unforgiving of ourselves. Another challenge is striking the work-life balance. This is a 24 hour / 365-day job. A woman can go into labour at any time, problems can arise at any time. All my social and family time comes with the proviso that I can disappear at any moment, to attend to my work. This is hard on my family, but over time we have come to accept it and make the most of it. And now it doesn’t bother us so much. I think my husband and son understand how much it means to me to do my job right.

Fitness as a way of life

What started out as my quest to beat my strong family history of obesity and diabetes has now become a passion for me. I enjoy my workouts; I feel strong (I lift 75 kg at deadlift), invigorated, and mentally stimulated. It is also an hour every day that belongs only to me. It is no longer about weight management, weighing scales and blood sugar measurements anymore – it is about enjoying the process. And the results are bound to come. Many gynaecological problems are the result of hormonal imbalances arising from excess weight and a lack of attention to physical fitness. Fitness is non-negotiable to me. And that should be the case for all women. Unfortunately, in India women tend to be unwilling to talk about certain health issues considered to be private. Having done my training in Urogynaecology, I’ve been committed to bringing these issues to the forefront, to encourage women to seek help. I think that, strangely enough, women are reluctant to address quality of life issues they face, while they are quick to seek help when it comes to the health of their husbands and children. I think families need to invest in the wellness of women with more seriousness, and we all need to treat women’s health with the same alertness as we do any other field of medicine.

Life beyond the hospital

I have been a Rotarian since 2010, and was president of the club in 2016-17. Our signature project is Sparsh Hospice, a centre we run for terminally ill patients where we provide palliative care services. My father-in-law died of cancer and as doctors, my husband and I were fortunate to be able to provide palliative end of life care at home and he died peacefully, surrounded by his family. This got us thinking about the palliative care services in the community which we found to be woefully lacking. Terminally ill cancer patients invariably turned to hospitals which are not geared to provide palliation; and the entire intervention becomes a slow and painful process for the family, sapping them all of physical, emotional and financial resources. Sparsh Hospice is the brainchild of my husband to address this unmet need. As a Rotarian and Trustee I work hard to raise funds for the hospice through a combination of lobbying, networking and promoting awareness. As President of the club I also worked hard to make it a fun place of relaxation and happiness. When I’m not bringing new life into the world or working for the hospice, I’m usually either reading murder mysteries – Agatha Christie is my favourite – or watching reruns of old TV shows, including Friends, Poirot and Blue Bloods.

Above: A glimpse of Dr Pranathi's bookshelf, featuring her favourite author Agatha Christie

I also have a great fascination for certain time periods in history and enjoy travelling to experience those places. I am intrigued by World War 2 and its aftermath in Europe, so over a period of two years in short breaks we have travelled across places that were most affected by this era of history – Berlin, Auschwitz, Krakow, Warsaw, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Hamburg, Amsterdam. It was incredible to see these places and people, to understand their historical struggle with adversity.

The essence of beauty

I love saris. For me, childhood memories are filled with me playing ‘house’ and trying to drape myself in my mother’s saris, folded in half… I enjoy being well groomed. I don’t believe in narrow definitions of traditional beauty, but I do believe that a little care and attention to detail can truly enhance a woman’s self-confidence. I think I inherit my love for saris and for dressing up from my mother. Despite her busy schedule she always wore beautiful saris and well-matched blouses. She took the trouble to change her sari at least twice a day! My mother-in-law, who was always immaculately turned out with jewellery and hair accessories perfectly accenting her saris, grew up in Chennai and her gorgeous collections of kanjivarams have also influenced my aesthetic. Being a South Indian I also naturally gravitated towards kanjivarams; drawn by their rich, regal splendour. I read somewhere that they are referred to as silks for the Gods. There is something so dignified about them, just like there is something dignified about being a doctor.

A sari, to me, doesn’t come alive until it is paired with a beautiful blouse – however simply tailored or elaborately designed – and set off with the right kind of jewellery. I honestly believe that you don’t have to spend a lot of money or time to look your best; in fact, much like medicine, it’s a unique combination of science –paying attention to detail – and an element of the human – infusing the ensemble with your personality! To me beauty is a woman who is content and at peace with herself, who takes pride in and brings passion to what she does, whether she runs a household, raises children, or works as a doctor, delivering babies. (caption about the sari she’s wearing for the shoot)

Above, Dr. Pranathi Reddy is wearing a vivid leaf green shot parrot green kanjivaram with bold checks in silver and gold zari across the body. The black korvai border has a band of silver tissue, and the pallu, also in black, features silver zari. “Most people associate the kanjivaram with rich, gold zari, but Kanakavalli has changed my perceptions – I absolutely love the beautiful saris in their repertoire that are detailed with intricate silver thread work. I love silver as a metal: in practicality, I think it far surpasses gold. Ahalya’s signature silver jewellery is truly exquisite, and I enjoy pairing it with these timeless kanjivarams. I love the way Ahalya brings so much passion to her work at Kankavalli and Ahalya jewels. It has been a journey of love for her and that is reflected in the aesthetics of her saris and jewellery."

- Dr. Pranathi Reddy, in conversation with Aneesha Bangera

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19 comments

Pranati garu , the bestest doctor n more than that a wonderful human .
Very elegantly dressed n has great class n style. She’s my favouriteeeeee person .. ?

Rajni December 01, 2017

I’ve known Dr.Pranathi since her early years, when she started out on this challenging path. Her loving and passionate nature has made her strike a balance between family and profession.
She truly is an inspiration to all women.

Poonam November 30, 2017

Dr Pranati maam has all the qualities of a good and sincere doctor. She is no doubt fully knowledgeable and carries a good reputation.
She has too many strong credentials, and way of explaining patiently makes the patient comfortable.
She is very open n responds well to each and every query.
Her communication skills are too good.
She is easy to reach too.
Lastly I would mention that she is an ideal dr not only for young mothers but also for old mothers.
She is like a mother to all mothers and she has to be seen n met , to be believed.
Thanks

Rekha Gupta November 30, 2017

Dr Pranathi exemplifies elegance and confidence
Her strong sense of purpose  doing the right things the right way is visible at the work place
Dr Pranathi takes evident satisfaction and pride in a job well done .She is impeccably dressed
every single time. I don’t know Whether it is her beauty or style quotient,or attitude at work but I have grown to respect more with every single passing day !

Maithri Reddy November 30, 2017

Dr. Pranathi the best Doctor , the best person to come across.
Always graceful , always dressed to perfection – making even a dull day glow and giving new dimension to everything she comes across. Her sense of style is something I always admire , excited for her curated collection of sarees. As her choice is nothing but the best as well.

Ravneek November 29, 2017

I completely agree with this article on Dr.Pranathi Reddy , she has been a dear friend for good many years now and I must say I am most amazed at her ability to give her 100 percent to whatever she takes up be it personal or professional.
She is a dapper dresser, very versatile in her choices of being able to carry off different blouse styles , a very minimalistic yet statement dressing kind of a woman of substance . Very happy reading this share on her❤️

Rama RRebbapragada November 29, 2017

The moment I met Dr. Pranathi…I knew my pregnancy was in safe hands. I felt safe around her…she was so elegent, positive and down to earth…I think I fell for her Saris ;-) This was seconded by my mom who is Doc herself. She just radiates positivity!! For my 2nd pregnancy we did not even think of anyone else except her. So, THANK YOU ma’am for being you.

Swecha Dharmapuri November 28, 2017

Dr Pranthi Garu your awesome.I never met a person like you Mam.you are really great…..

Hats off you Mam…

Venkat November 27, 2017

Dr. Pranathi stands as an epitome of elegance and grace.

She is always on toes and the way she perceives things so positively is unbelievable.

Her dressing sense is totally impeccable.. Iam always in awe when I see her as my doc and as a family friend :)

Truly and inspiring person and a good human being who he so down to earth!!!

Srividya November 27, 2017

My acquaintance with Dr. Pranati has been for the last 11 years. Thats when i went through my first pregnancy. There is skill….there is expertise….there is acquired knowledge. Beyond these known logical, techinical aspects I truly beleive that there is some undefined divine magic that few are gifted with. Thats what i always experienced with Dr. Pranati. Her hands are magical, be it in bringing the little wonders…the babies into the world or for that matter with any internal or external investigations as part of gynacoelogy. So non judgemental while trying to undetstand the patient’s side of tge story. Ofcourse…her sartorial sense is something that defines the sensuality of a woman and leaves you in awe. Can go on and on….will just end saying that for me Dr. Pranati has been so ever inspiring.

Prathima Mamillapalli November 27, 2017

Dr Pranathi is like a book which has answers for ‘all’ your doubts. Only she can juggle all the multiple roles, look fab and stay level headed…all with ease. I’m going to find it difficult to not buy from her curation. She adds importance to whatever she’s associated with. Kudos to her!

Chaitanya Cheeti November 27, 2017

Dr.Pranathi Reddy is truly a beautiful person inside and out. She lives every aspect of her life with great passion . Team Sparsh is doing an amazing job. Pranathi and her Sarees are exquisite.

Renuka Garineni November 27, 2017

I knew Dr Pranathi garu past several years but moved closely for the past two years.

She is very dignified n determined person. She always motivate the women whoever associate with her.
I always admire her whichever the saree she wear , the beauty and comes to saree.

NEERAJA GODAVARTHI November 27, 2017

So lovely to be able to glimpse into Dr. Pranathi’s varied interests. She is the befitting ambassador for those lovely silks meant for the Gods. I always take a moment to appreciate her immaculate dressing even when I go to her with an ailment!

Rachna Waddepalli November 27, 2017
Dr pranathi is a flawless woman. I adore her attire always. She is the best!. … I like her passion at work place and in many personal gatherings. she is my celebrity!
Kalyani November 26, 2017

Dr Pranati Reddy took away my fear for hospitals and doctors,in particular. Her vibrant smile and soothing words always puts me at ease; I trust her blindly! Well what do I say about her saris; she is immaculately dressed in the most beautiful saris or maybe it’s just her persona that makes whatever she drapes look exquisite!

Urmila November 26, 2017

Pranathi .. You have always been an epitome of grace and dignity in the way you conduct yourself both personally and professionally.
I feel proud to have been part of your journey as a close friend and classmate in MBBS though we specialised in different streams of Medicine later..

Dr Asha Subbalakshmi November 26, 2017

Dr. Pranathi is one of my best friends. I am really happy to have her as my friend. I like the way she dresses and all her Saries are very good which make her look more beautiful. She takes time from her busy schedule and maintains her self well. She is an inspiration to me and to many more around her not only for her dressing sense but for her commitment to her work.

Rajitha November 26, 2017

Dr Pranathi Reddy is one of the wonderful woman I ever met .Since 2005 she has been my inspiration, mentor, guide, role model , in every aspect of life including her excellent dressing sense !! I adore every saree she wears and they make her more vibrant !!

Deepika Saireddy November 26, 2017

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