You are our pride….

I dont normally do these sporting type posts, the closest I’ve come to any action on field being vicariously through the long deceased father being cricketer and kabaddi player, and the husband being national level swimmer. My athletic abilities are the stuff of legend, with people placing bets that should I race with a snail, the snail would do two victory laps while I still huff and puff round the first lap.

Nonetheless, our boys and girls deserve this.

Vijender Kumar, all of 22, and the kind of face that Bollywood would do well to beat a path down to, and the son of a driver with Haryana Roadways.  A boxing bronze.

Akhil Kumar, 27, son of a police constable, in the quarter finals at the Beijing Olympics for Boxing.

Avneet Sandhu, 27, in the shooting squad at the current Olympics. Daughter of a farmer.

Mangal Singh Champia, 24, the son of a farmer from Jharkand, reached the pre quarters in archery.

Sushil Kumar, 24, son of a driver in MTNL, Haryana. A bronze in wrestling at Beijing.

Yogeshwar Dutt, 25, the son of a farmer, reached the quarterfinals at Beijing.

If this is not inspirational, what is?

I salute them all, for their courage, their spirit and their determination to overcome the odds that life has placed in their path and perservere in their chosen field.


Edited: Corrected on Avneet Sandhu. Thanks all.


About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published eight books across genres till date. Her books include romance and chicklit with Once Upon A Crush (2014), All Aboard (2015), Saving Maya (2017); horror with The Face at the Window (2016) and nonfiction with Karmic Kids (2015), A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up (2016) and True Love Stories (2017). Her short stories have been published on Juggernaut, in magazines like Verve and Cosmopolitan, and have been part of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul, Have a Safe Journey (2017) and Boo (2017). Her articles and columns have appeared in the Times of India, Tehelka, DNA, Yowoto, Shethepeople, New Woman, Femina, Verve, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Conde Nast Traveller, DB Post, The Telegraph, the Asian Age, iDiva, TheDailyO and more. She was shortlisted for the Femina Women Awards 2017 for Literary Contribution. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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12 Responses to You are our pride….

  1. childwoman says:

    Never been so proud to be an Indian. And I am wondering, what Raj Thackeray has to say to this?


  2. N R says:

    Avneet Sandhu did not win any medal in the current olympics 😦


  3. Priyanka says:

    Overcome huge odds indeed. Doesn’t it strike you as weird that all of them come from humble beginnings and dream about the Olympics and that not a single of them come from a big city? Makes you wonder…


  4. preethi says:

    You are right this is very inspiring!!


  5. Gigi says:

    Amazing considering there is no level playing field in the resources offered to athletes from various countries! Priyanka is so right above!
    Also it gives me perverse pleasure to see some commenters from the US on blogs say Usain Bolt was too cocky to celebrate his victory before the finish line. Sour grapes anyone? 😀


  6. Anamika says:

    Very true … Except Abhinav who is filthy rich all the others are from modest upbringings …
    but the sad fact is that after the initial media rush dies down everybody is going to forget them and god forbid they may have to go back to where they come from …
    Indian sports is full of such stories … People who won medals for us long time back now in utter poverty …
    even now Cricket is the only game that makes the players rich.

    Btw I guess what you wrote about Avneet Sandhu might not be correct.
    She didn’t won any medal at this olympics.


  7. dipali says:

    This is really amazing. Hats off to all these dedicated youngsters.


  8. Roop Rai says:

    heheh well written.


  9. sunita says:

    Most remarkable fact abt all these achievers is their normal family background….they dont come from well to do families and dont have enough facilities to practice their skill and still can reach to such a higher level .

    salute to them[:)]


  10. suma says:

    yes, hats off to all of them…for that spirit of dedication and self sacrifice, that ability to dream high and reach the stars…i hope we see more of their kind…


  11. Silvara says:

    Congrats to all the boys and girls who competed – medal or no medal they all did very well 😀

    Btw – you have been awarded! Come by to collect 😀

    Honoured. Thankie.


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