Dare to Run (English) Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Aug 2011
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Amit's combination of poetry, philosophy and scriptures has inspired all those who have read his writings. The words of the wise all come alive when he relates them to running. Between the soles of his running shoes and the touch of the earth, Amit's connectedness with and awareness of his surroundings extols the joy and pain of running. Out of this arises peace and stillness. His is not a personal but a universal expression of being alive while running. - Naresh Nana, South Africa, Amit's essays are about determination, discovery, courage, self-awareness and the joy and pain of running. They reflect on testing and pushing your limits, conquering your fears, and on the incredible spirit of community found amongst runners. And most of all, they are truly inspiring and a fun read. - Andrea Moritz, Canada, Ultra Marathoner, A book not only for grizzled veterans or newbie beginners but also for those who have yet to lace up their first pair of running shoes." --Alyn Park and Jay Wissott/USA' --Marathoners around the globe
The stories inn this book are an evidence of the greatness of the human spirit and all that is good in this world." --Chris O'Neill,Ireland Ultra Marathoner" When Amit runs,he experiences life in a way few people do.These accounts are less about running and more about life.For Amit running is life." --David Bree,Australia This book is a spiritual journey of self-belief, courage, discipline, determination, dreams and discovery. A labour of love. A gold medal performance. Thank you Amit! -Fillipo Faralla, South Africa, 16 Comrades Marathons. I read Amit's account of not finishing the Comrades Marathon in 2009. His account was so powerful it made me cry. Right then I knew that I had to attempt this famous race.Andrea Moritz --Andrea Moritz --Marathoners around the globe.
Amit writes as the 'everyman' of running, having to balance family, work, training and injuries. He shares insights that provide motivation and strength to stretch targets and open possibilities of achievement. - Steven Weeks, USA, Ultra Marathoner, Tri-athlete, Comrades Runner. For the novice runner, this book is a well from which to draw inspiration and motivation. It reveals the path to progression in a life changing sport. This book will also touch the heart of all seasoned runners as they will recognize many of their strengths and weaknesses in these essays. A great book. Harold Gleave, UK, Marathoner and Comrades Runner. Like no other running writer I've read, Amit puts into words just what it means to challenge yourself to do the impossible. In this book Amit muses on why us less than-speedy runners are prepared to do something that so frequently takes us into our discomfort zone and gives a wonderfully insightful analysis of the emotional aspect of running. This is the story of an ordinary runner doing extraordinary things. - Lisa Jackson, United Kingdom, Ultra Marathoner. --Marathoners around the globe.
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Second, coming to the book itself, I am left puzzled as to which portion I have to comment on because Amit has not just penned his “running experience”. His versatile rhetoric simply amazed me. His narration of his transformation from a couch potato to an accomplished runner is intermingled with portraying the actual person he is. He is just not a passionate runner, daring to run, marathon after marathon but also an avid reader and an erudite person. He is endowed with this gift of bringing his erudition in sharing his running experience.
What I mean is the entire book is laced with wisdom of the west from Shakesphere to Milton to Socrates and so many others whom I even do not know. When I was about to conclude that he is a person proficient with western literature, he surprises by quoting the wisdom of the east from the Mahabharatha, Aurobindo, Vivekananda and of course Osho who could deliver the wisdom of east suitable for a western palate. Not to leave the Zen. At some point in the book, he describes, while running in the mountains during the nights and becoming awestruck by the beauty of the night sky that are filled with bright stars. I was awestruck in a quite similar way by the wisdom of east and west sprinkled throughout the book like those stars in the night sky.
Even if you strip his running experience from the book, it would still be a good book just for the quotes and poems of those great minds of east and west. That is why it’s an amazing book worth reading for several reasons.
Coming to the core of the book which is his running story - one thing comes out strikingly is his determination and balanced approach to life and his running passion. I just want to highlight one portion from the book regarding the Comrades experience where he was representing as an ambassador of India. The ensuing drama right from the start from his house to airport, to clearing the immigration, and the theft of his purse in South Africa (where Comrades, the 89 km marathon is held) which contains his cash, passports, credit cards, phone and what not, and unable to getting his running bib, champion chip (records the running time when affixed to the shoe) and without a registration to the race. All in one go and too much to handle. The scene was just like a movie, where in a climax scene the hero is stacked against all the odds (like in the climax scenes from the movie Blood Sport or Undisputed III just as an example). But he overcomes all these just as a hero does and completes the Comrades along with his wife. Credit to be given to his as well and he acknowledges it wherever possible.
He concludes the book by wanting to share his achievements to society at large, where in he says “I need not grow very rich and old before I do my duty towards society. Everything needs to be done simultaneously” and he goes on to say, “Can the road of life only be about my own work, family and passion without compassion for all fellow humans? If I can dare to run, must I not dare to hope? Hope for all those little lives? Can we let a child be left behind?”. His philanthropic nature shows in his involvement in “The RuHI group”, the Tata Memorial Centre-Runners of Hope Initiative for the treatment of children with cancer which says that “No child is left behind”.
As said before a book worth reading for several reasons. Five stars.
Read this book.
It will help you run some miles in race of life too.
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