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Stree Shakti

Dr Preetha Reddy

Vice Chairperson of Apollo Hospitals

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Eldest daughter of the founder of Apollo Hospitals Group, Dr Prathap C Reddy and the Executive vice-chairperson of Apollo Hospitals, Dr Preetha Reddy fervently strives to make a positive difference in people’s lives. She is known to seek perfection in all that she does and has a keen eye for detail. Her strength in a super successful career is known to be her calm demeanor.

Poised, graceful and successful Dr Preetha Reddy is a post-graduate in dance from Kalakshetra, the most sought-after school set up by the legendary Rukmini Devi Arundale.

On the auspicious occasion of Navaratri, we learn the power of Stree Shakti, how accomplish more in life and also explore the beauty of striking a balance. Short, sweet yet impactful.

Navaratri is a time to exchange good wishes, to pray, to introspect and to look for beauty, especially during these trying times. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused much turmoil and has disturbed life and work in a number of ways all over the world. There’s increased stress on the healthcare industry and widespread anxiety and apprehension about the future.

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Sometimes you can be confronted with unpredictable and unfortunate circumstances in life but it’s important to remember that you are the architect of your destiny. You are in charge of yourself and you can make a difference. Don’t let chance or luck guide your life decisions but work towards achieving what you desire. There are no limits to what you can have, be or do. It is only your thinking that limits you. You have the power within you to make others blossom and see the world grow gracefully around you.


If people around you have self-limiting beliefs, use UR ‘shakti’ to help them transcend their limitations.


If people around you have self-limiting beliefs, use your ‘shakti’ to help them transcend their limitations. Nourish and love people and the world will definitely be a better place! Women by nature are nurturers. It is her divine identity. Women care, support, encourage and protect not only their children but also those around them. They help them to develop, grow and thrive. Choose to be ‘Mata Devi’ rather than ‘Ma Shakti’ to make a meaningful impact.

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Create opportunities and don’t wait for them to magically appear. You can create your destiny by making things happen. Believe in discipline to flourish as a person and to help others flourish too. Find a sense of balance in whatever you do and things will definitely pan out right for you. But be mindful of the fact that life is fluid and go with the flow.

Don’t try to schedule equal hours for your work and personal activities. This can be quite ineffective and impractical. Work-life balance can vary with time due to the unpredictable nature of life. What worked for you yesterday, may not work for you tomorrow because of the shift in priorities that is bound to occur over time.

We will attain the balance and value of life that we desire so much when we are able to achieve and enjoy something every day of our lives in all the aspects of our lives. Do things for yourself and decide what you want to presently focus on – achievement or enjoyment? Act accordingly. It is not hard to implement.

Help the people you care about, enjoy and achieve at the same time, every single day of their lives. At work, enjoy what you do and if you feel you are not appreciated for it, congratulate yourself for what you’ve achieved, and help others do the same.

Express gratitude towards others. It helps to enhance your well-being and has a tremendous impact on your health. It brings forth joy, satisfaction and happiness. During this crisis situation an attitude of gratitude is very important to maintain positivity and to stay energized. It helps you to heal and brings a ray of hope.

Gratitude is closely linked to wellness and helps one deal with anxiety and uncertainty. Focusing on what you have and what you can control and what you can give back to society, will able you to tide over this situation. So remember to be grateful, to boost your well-being. Giving thanks is an ancient concept and the acts of kindness and gratefulness are at the core of most religions and traditions.

Last but not the least, learn how to eat well and live well. Proper nutrition will help you live a longer and healthier life. When it comes to disease prevention and health, nutrition plays a key role. Eating right is not complicated. Choose foods that are nutritious – rich in minerals, vitamins and fibre. When you eat well you can stave off chronic diseases that are widely prevalent today. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and opt for fresh produce. Be mindful of the calories you consume and make healthy food choices.
Have a blessed Navaratri.