Selected news stories from the international press relating to Asian (In)Fertilities:
Gujarati plays lift veil off IVF, surrogacy - Times of India
(1 August 2009)
ANAND: If you thought in vitro fertilization (IVF), thalassemia and surrogacy were issues to be discussed only at medical conferences, think again.
Gujarati playwrights have taken up these subjects to raise awareness while providing entertainment. After the successful play ‘Miss Fool Gulabi' that highlights the emotional turmoil of a surrogate mother, come plays dealing with IVF and thalassemia. The Gujarati diaspora in London will be treated to 15 shows of ‘Ba Ne Gher Babo Aavyo', revolving around IVF. And, for the community in US, there are 25 shows of ‘Chini Mini' that deals with the life of twins, one suffering from thalassemia. Penned by writer Naushil Mehta ‘Miss Fool Gulabi' was staged on Friday night in Anand, which gynaecologist Dr Nayana Patel has transformed into the surrogacy capital of the country. Protagonist Gulabi is an uneducated woman who agrees to become surrogate for an NRI couple to ensure that her child gets admission in a special school. It's life's irony, but she eventually ends up being mother to another special child as the couple get divorced and the mother disowns the child. The play brought tears to the eyes of many surrogate mothers. Humorous comments by Gulabi, who isn't ready to believe that somebody can become pregnant without being touched by a man, added the light element. "When we stage a play our main motive is entertainment. The message is secondary," says the Mumbai-based producer of the play Sanjay Goradia. Goradia is excited about ‘Ba Ne Gher Babo Aavyo' penned by Ankit Trivedi in which a woman who has lost all hopes of having a child conceives through IVF at 55. She braves the moral police and medical complications. 'Lali Leela', another commercial success produced by Goradia, tells the tale of Siamese twins who are joint at the hip. They're very dissimilar in terms of temperament and likes. Written by Devendra Pem, problems arise in the play when Lila falls in love with a boy with whom she used to chat on the net.