Whether one is glued to the television during the World Cup or relentlessly watches the Olympics or frantically updates the app to receive Wimbledon scores, or does none of the above, this book surely has a life-lesson or two for all of us …
Through an eclectic selection of essays, each of the authors articulate their personal experience- a journey of transformation, to share their reflection of inspiration that has driven great feats. It beautifully encapsulates the hidden and behind-the-scene stories of the making of an ‘athlete’, how talent is shaped and recognized, how sport stories are told, and more importantly, how the notion of sport has changed over time...
While it’s about the exploration of many ‘sporting’ expeditions and philosophies … it also fuels food for thought about larger questions, one of them being - is it important for us to learn how to lose, as it is, for us to learn how to win?
Fascinating collection of perspectives into India's sporting transformation. You dont have to read them all at once, pick and choose as you like.. Naturally I went first to my dear friend Roopa Pai's fan girl essay, and went on an instant trip down memory lane!! New TV at home for Asiad Games, watching PT Usha miss the bronze by a whisker, all those names that one heard while in school and college.. the vivid description of goosebumps when a compatriot takes the top step on the podium!! Then of course I had to go to the chapter by Rahul Dravid because, well, because it is by Rahul Dravid. The one and only. And he writes so wisely.. Sharda Ugra doesn't disappoint either.. Go buy the book!
An inspiring book of this kind is a dire need of the times in our country. Sport is emerging from a deep languorous slumber and these inspirational words from stalwarts in the field will definitely help unknown budding talents across the country, and who knows the medal tally in the country would project a different picture altogether. Bindra's dogged intensity and determination to be perfect in an imperfect world, Gopichand's "extra half hour" and Dravid's belief that "talent is agnostic and aspiration is free" can only serve to inspire young athletes. Here's wishing the book every success it deserves!
An awe-inspiring book consisting of super motivating articles by who's who of the Indian sports world. It is not just for sports enthusiasts - more than anything it's for parents who think their kids have no future in sports; investors who consider the money put in this field wasted; journalists who find sports writing insignificant or lowly. We are all in for an eye opener. Well done, team.
Firstly, Congratulations to the entire GoSports Team for this book ! Its clear we need more such writings about Indian Sport to literally wake everyone up about the work done in the sector. The gripping story of Murlikant Petkar and media coverage of Para-Olympics is brilliant !
Indian sports has evolved over the last decade or so. The book is a collection of fascinating stories. Carefully picked authors. Much needed reading for young enthusiasts. Great job of putting it together 👍