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Pulitzer winner shares tale of Extraordinary Measures.

The American Centre played host to the launch of Pulitzer Prize- winning journalist Geeta Anand's book, The Cure . Anand, based in the Mumbai, has spent several years reporting on the biotechnology sector at the Wall Street Journal.

The book was recently made out into a film starring Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford -- curiously enough, even before she had written a word of the first draft.

The launch was followed by a discussion between the author, Kishan Rana, who represented the Aspen India Institute and Bruce Ross, the country director of the Food and Drug Administration U. S. Embassy in Delhi. Anand, who won the top journalism prize in 2003, explained that it was during one of her stories that she chanced upon John Crowley ( the protagonist of the book), who was trying to raise funds to research the rare Pompe's disease that afflicted his two young children. Since the research was still in its infancy, the human interest angle of the story moved her immensely.

Like every good journalist, Anand decided to follow the family for ( at that time) a few months. When Crowley managed to raise US$ 100 million for the research, everyone began to take him seriously.

And Anand decided to chronicle their extraordinary race against time in the book.

During her six month sabbatical, which later turned into nine, Anand's publishers got a call from Harrison Ford and the producers of Extraordinary Measures . Strangely, the film, which released earlier this year across markets, will not make an appearance in India.

Anand says she's spoken to the producers who probably don't consider the market profitable enough. " Besides, English films don't really work that well here, do they?" asked Anand. So the author is holding select screenings -- after the one at the American Centre, Anand hopes to follow it up with a fundraiser in Mumbai next month.

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Date:Jul 16, 2010

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