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|'The Last Smile' Book Release in US |
Fremont, CA (USA) December 4, 2009
Assembly Member Alberto Torrico (second from left) receiving The Last Smile- A Fathers love story from the author Jeevan Zutshi. Shiraz Jivani, CEO of Naz 8 Cinema is second from Right
Jeevan Zutshi, a KP community activist did not think his life's journey from India to Fremont was worth telling until his son died last year. Amit Zutshi looked like a Bollywood hunk, but his interest in fitness stretched beyond the gym and into the kitchen. Amit Zutshi, a Fremont technology worker, used multiple over-the-counter health supplements, a combination that doctors told his father likely contributed to his heart failure at age 30.
"I wrote the book to keep the memory of my son alive," Jeevan Zutshi said. He also hopes it will warn others about the health supplement industry.
"When you combine these supplements, they become like poison," he said. "I believe my son died because he didn't read the fine print."
Since his son's death, Zutshi, 61, has read numerous health studies, many of which he cites in the book, 'The Last Smile." He advocates eating organic and raw food, and he has given up drinking and eating meat.
Zutshi, a real estate broker and business consultant, self-published the 200-page book, which is available at www.amazon.com. The first section chronicles his childhood in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, where he was born into an upper-class family and earned an engineering degree.
The diploma won him a green card, and it allowed him to move to Fremont, where he started a family and became a leading figure in the Bayarea Indo-American community. Zutshi heads both the International Kashmir Federation, which seeks a peaceful settlement to the violence in Kashmir, and the Indo-American Community Federation, which is a major philanthropic foundation.
He was part of a delegation that briefed former President Bill Clinton before the president's 2000 trip to India, and has met several Indian prime ministers visiting the United States.
Proceeds from book sales will go to the Amit Zutshi Foundation, which seeks to educate young people about the dangers posed by nutritional supplements.
Book Signing on Friday December 4 in Fremont main Library.
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