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Akhada: The Authorized Biography of Mahavir Singh Phogat By Saurabh Duggal,

  • Title: Akhada: The Authorized Biography of Mahavir Singh Phogat
  • Author: Saurabh Duggal
  • ISBN: 9789351951346
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Paperback
  • The inspiring life story of one of India s greatest wrestling coaches In 2000, after the Olympic Games closed with much fanfare in Sydney, legendary wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat watched, dejected and heartbroken, as the prize reserved by his state government for winners of Olympic medals in wrestling was left unclaimed Determined to never see this instance repeated, PhoThe inspiring life story of one of India s greatest wrestling coaches In 2000, after the Olympic Games closed with much fanfare in Sydney, legendary wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat watched, dejected and heartbroken, as the prize reserved by his state government for winners of Olympic medals in wrestling was left unclaimed Determined to never see this instance repeated, Phogat decided to do the unthinkable Much to his neighbours curiosity he spent two days digging a pit in his courtyard and asked his young daughters and nieces to join him there at the break of dawn one day Little did they know that this unusual command from him would change their lives forever.Yet, each of their wins in the ring, every ambition he had for them, came at great personal cost In the small village of Balali in Haryana, a state infamous for its practice of female foeticide and low literacy rates, Phogat had to battle not just deep social stigma and an apathetic government, but also a disapproving family and personal tragedy, to train the girls in his sport Due to his efforts, the girls have all gone on to win medals and acclaim at the national and international levels, including at the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games.Akhada tells the remarkable story of a man of tremendous fortitude, of a father who fought against all odds to give his daughters a future they could not have dreamed for themselves.
    Akhada The Authorized Biography of Mahavir Singh Phogat The inspiring life story of one of India s greatest wrestling coaches In after the Olympic Games closed with much fanfare in Sydney legendary wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat watched dejected and

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    1. It was one of the greatest moment of my life, Mahavir smiles proudly I was speechless watching with awe the sea of humanity waiting for us Even today, the moment is etched in my mind It was such an amazing experience that words cannot do it justice one has to live it to really appreciate it Before the Commonwealth Games, Geeta and Babita were recognized as my daughters, but after the Games , people started recognizing me as the father of Phogat sisters It felt like a gift from God.

    2. It s a inspirational book it shows that always strong financial background in not the only factor for a achievement of a successful person determination is also much important

    3. The real life story of the Phogat family is inspiring in every way The book narrates of the trials and tribulations of the Phogat family from a rural background to the medals in the international arena The amazing work by Mahendra Singh Phogat on bringing the best out of his daughters and nieces is a sheer act of persuasion and hard work Kudos to Saurabh Duggal who wrote a good account of the Phogats It is rare in a country like India that a contact sport becomes the centre of attention and than [...]

    4. This is a biography of Mahavir Singh Phogat and his family, Dangal movie is based upon their story Read this book, especially if you ve seen and liked the movie There are a lot of things in the book which are not there in the movie Dangal, a good movie, but suffers from overdramatizing the story in the second half I believe the book is closer to the reality than the movie It s a good biography, language is simple and the story is told without trying to make it emotional, dramatic or complicated [...]

    5. Amazing story of hard work, single minded focus and perseverance Written in a very simple English, the book s message is simple anything is possible if you want to make it possible

    6. A true story about a father who encourages and coaches his daughters and nieces to break all boundaries set for women.Very unlike the movie which is quite filmy, this book is all about the hard work and toil that goes into making an international athlete.A Dronacharya who helped create 3 Arjuna award winners in wrestling and all from one family Truly inspiring

    7. Saurabh Duggal s book based on the life of the Phogat sisters and their father coach is a clear and detailed representation of the determination and passion of a man, which brought women s wrestling into the spotlight in India Mr Phogat s hard work in the span of his life has been translated effectively in the book The writer has kept a good balance between the portrayal of multiple protagonists while telling the story A must read if you wish to know the real story behind Dangal And as always, t [...]

    8. Nice overview of life of Mahavir Singh Phogat and his daughters during the early years, when he trained them to become world champions The writing by Saurabh Duggal is smooth and easy to follow, and achieves the objective of making Mahavir s story known to the readers Overall a good weekend read.

    9. Lots of things which we were not able to know is nicely explained in this book.hardwork of a coach and the sisters.Big Salute

    10. The sheer inspirational nature of the story keeps the reader moderately interested However, the narrative comes across as bland and utterly unremarkable It serves as a simple chronicle of events rather than a story of sweat and blood That said, the book is indeed commendable in that it does not resort to hero worship and does bring out some of the flaws in Mahavir Phogat s otherwise stirring tale something that Dangal fails to do.

    11. If you watched the film, Dangal and thought it was inspirational then this book is a MUST read Mahavir Phogat is truly a great human being, who didn t care about what his community and others thought but plowed ahead with the sole ambition of training his daughters and nieces to represent India in a male dominated sport and own it With no help, financial or otherwise, he dedicated his entire savings and life towards training his wards who in return showered their Gurus with medals.

    12. I had not much expectation from book after seeing Dangal.However the book gives a vivid picture of the father and also socio economic fabric of late 1990s It not only covers the time till Commonwealth games but captures the journey of other two daughters and how new fond riches have had no impact on father or daughtersKindle edition was available for INR39 and it was truly worth every penny.

    13. Hell lot of dramatization done by Nitish Tiwari in Dangal Except for training start part and bias towards girls, there is utter difference in what is presented in this book and the movie Nevertheless a decent one time read to understand the realities and difficulties of training girls in a highly patriarchal society Had the author worked on personal aspects of Mahavir through his childhood, teenage and further stages with higher detailing, it would have been a priceless book to keep.

    14. Trulyan amazing story of grit and determination A must read.The story serves as an ispiration proving that nothing is impossible One man s vision to achieve the impossible helped the country win awards at a global level More importantly it changed the mindset towards women.

    15. than Dangal Great work by saurabh duggal to bring out the real story of Phogat Family movie was just 20% of what legend the family owns.

    16. An inspirational story A badly written book.Narrative is very dry and the book does not even remotely do justice to the immense inspirational efforts of Mahavir Phogat Avoidable.

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