Bestselling Autobiographies By India’s Finest Sports Stars
India’s sports stars are used to receiving both the bouquets and the brickbats from their adoring fans. Most have come from nothing, and have been through quite the journey to make it to the top-spot that they currently hold. This eventful journey always makes for an interesting tale, which they have, with a little help, put pen to paper and bared their all for the world to see. Here are some bestselling autobiographies by some of the nation’s finest sportstars.
Price: Rs 670
this list begin without the autobiography of the ‘God of Cricket’ in the top
spot? ‘Playing it My Way’ tells the tale of Sachin Tendulkar’s journey as a
young boy who was introduced by his brother to the game he would forever change
the face of, to the legend that lives in the hearts of millions of Indians
today. It chronicles how he blazed his way from one century to the next,
breaking one record after the other, to become a shining star in the world of
cricket. There wasn’t a dry eye in the nation when, on 2013, the Little Master
hung up his boots for the last time. This book gives Sachin fans a chance to
relive the magic that once was.
Price: Rs 215
Singh, better known as the ‘Flying Sikh’ is a name that is synonymous with
running in India. His autobiography tells the tale of how Milka witnessed most
of his family being killed in the violence that followed the India-Pakistan
partition, and how he spent his formative years living in a refugee camp in
Purana Quila with his sister. Under his brother’s persuasion, he applied for a
post in the Indian Army, which he got four attempts later. The book veers into
how Singh was introduced to athletics during his posting at Secundrabad and
discovered his true calling, which earned him a gold medal at the commonwealth
games, and a part in several Olympic games.
Price: Rs 255
Singh was cricket’s most eligible bachelor who had women going weak in the knees.
His prowess in the game, including the victory of the 2011 ICC World Cup, made
him a true contender, until misfortune truck the young cricketer when he was
diagnosed with cancer. ‘The Test Of My Life: From Cricket To Cancer And Back’
is an inspirational and heart-warming true story of Singh’s battle with the
disease that made his life and career come to a stand-still and his ability to
overcome the most traumatic phases of his life.
Price: Rs 135
An Autobiography’ is the life story of Mary Kom, five-time winner of the World
Boxing Championship. The book chronicles Kom’s journey from being born into a
family of landless agricultural labourers in Manipur to becoming one of the
best female boxers in the world. Mary’s childhood of hard labour and her strong
background of athleticism prepared her for the arduous training and difficult
journey that was ahead of her. Her aim was not for fame and fortune, but to
lift her family out of poverty and give them a better life. The book talks
about the hurdles she faced not only as a woman in the largely male dominated
world of boxing, but also as a North-easterner. She had the last laugh of
course, the day she won the bronze medal at the Olympics, emerging a true winner.
Price: Rs 149
Nehwal’s success in the field of international badminton is a well-documented
fact. In ‘Playing to Win’, the 2012 London Olympics bronze medal winner takes
the reader off the badminton court nad into the life of a young 22-year old
girl who loves the simpler things in life. The book provides an insight into
Nehwal’s rigorous training, fitness regime and disciplines diet and on how she
has had to make certain personal sacrifices, like give up on partying, to make
her professional dreams come true. Currently ranking No. 5 in the Badminton
World Federation, the book chronicles Saina Nehwal’s persistence and
Price: Rs 224
‘A Shot at
History’ is the autobiography of Indian Olympic Gold medalist Abhinav Bindra.
It tells the tale of Bindra's journey to becoming the first Indian to strike
world championship gold and the first Indian to win an individual Olympic gold.
His story documents one man’s search for perfection and his downright refusal
to accept anything short of that.
Price: Rs 181
is the captivating true story of Sunil Gavaskar, one of India’s greatest
batsmen, whose astounding feats on the field have broken many records and set
impossible targets for the younger lot to achieve. It tells the tale of a man
who became a legend in his own lifetime. The book resonates Gavaskar’s fluent
casualness and the self-effacing modesty that has come to be synonymous with
Price: Rs 399
from the Heart’ is the autobiographical inspirational account of Kapil Dev
Nikhanj, also known as the ‘Haryana Hurricane’. His first tryst with the game
began in 1975, when he was just two months away from his 17th birthday, and he
didn’t stop there. The book talks about how this son of the soil won the hearts
of the Indian masses with his true grit, flair and adventurous spirit.