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Saina Nehwal: An Inspirational Biography

It is an easy read, especially for a sports enthusiast. But then there is far more to Sudhir’s book on Saina Nehwal. First, he takes you surfing on the tide of 2010 that washed over Badminton fans in India bathing you in the wholesome joy of her success. When you have swept ashore contented, Sudhir walks you on the long journey from Hisar to Hyderabad - the dream, the dedication and unwavering determination of not just Saina, but her family and her mentors.
It isn’t always easy to tell the story of an athlete who is still working to embellish her legacy. And that is why, the endearing struggle of a middle class family and the militant discipline of a player turned coach – both energised by a grand vision – add much needed layers to a story well told. Sudhir’s prose sits lightly on the lips, but it does leave a lasting impression on the soul.

The book is intimate and insightful in its effort to help the reader grasp the nuances in the making of a potentially mighty champion. One could wish for a deeper insight into the dalliances of 2011 and her life off the court, but then the author is the kind that would happily trade revenue for a little respect. Go read it; the coffee is going to smell better when you wake up the next morning.

Book Summary of Saina Nehwal: An Inspirational Biography

Saina Nehwals phenomenal success as an international badminton player is one of the most inspiring stories of Indian sports.

Saina comes from a middle-class family and has been groomed into a world-class player in the face of awesome odds.

This is an account of her rise as a champion with the selfless support of her parents Dr Harvir Singh, an agricultural scientist, and Usha Rani and the dedication of her coaches.

Saina ranks among the top few players in the world and is an icon for the young. But success hasnt changed her. Strong family values make her the girl next door. She is known for her integrity, courage and persistence. The story also unfolds against the backdrop of Indian badminton fighting to earn its place in the sun in a country which worships only cricket.

About the Author

T S Sudhir has been a familiar face on news television, having been at NDTV for 16 years. He now works full time in the digital media space. He also assumes the avatar of Tenali Rama on his political satire website of the same name.

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