India's first test-tube baby has magic in her blood


By WANI MUTHIAH

Magician Kruti Parekh pulling out a long roll of recycled paper after eating waste paper and drinking a glass of water at Menara Star in Petaling Jaya on Saturday. The 19-year-old engineering student from Bombay, who is India's first test-tube baby, uses her rare talent to help the poor and downtrodden by performing for charity and also propagating environmental consciousness among children and young adults. - STARpic by Ong Soon Hin

PETALING JAYA: Magician Kruti Parekh reckons that magic is her legacy due to the circumstances surrounding her “miraculous” birth. 

The 19-year-old from Bombay in India is her country's first test-tube baby, having her birth “engineered” by the father of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) Patrick Steptoe in the famed Bourne Hall Clinic near Cambridge, England. 

“Magic must be in my blood as I was born due to the magic of science,'' said Kruti who is her parents' only child. 

Her performances are also equally unique, as not only does she do them for charity; the third-year-engineering student also propagates environmental consciousness among children and young adults. 

She says it is her life's mission to utilise her special gift to heal the world of its tragic wounds caused by environmental degradation. 

Among her illusions to promote environmental awareness, Kruti, who has mastered over 2,000 tricks, eats waste paper and reproduces recycled paper through her mouth. 

She performed this trick when interviewed at Menara Star here yesterday. 

“My message here is that if we discard paper correctly we can recycle for it to be used again,'' added Kruti, who was awarded the Global-500 Roll of Honour for Environmental Achievement by the United Nations Environmental Programme when she was 13. 

When receiving the award in Japan, she was commended by Crown Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako for her efforts in promulgating environmental consciousness. 

“I performed for the Yayasan Anak Warisan Alam today (Saturday) and will give shows in aid of the Pure Life Society and Batu Caves Tamil School before I leave for India on July 8,'' she added. 

All of her income also goes towards maintaining the Sharda Mandir High School in her hometown, which has taken in about 1,000 children from the slums. 

Kruti, who took to magic like duck to water at a very early age, says her 'journey' began when she saw a street magician when she was five.  

“Two weeks later my parents took me to a magic show and I asked the magician if I could perform with him.” 

He allowed her and from then on she became hooked on magic. 

For details call V.P. Singam at 017-314 6520. 

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