Saina says Namaste London

By Uma Sudhir


India’s badminton ace Saina Nehwal is raring to go at next week’s World Chamoionships in London. The event also holds larger significance because of the fact that the venue will also host the Olympics’ event in 2012.

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2 Replies to “Saina says Namaste London”


    Yeah u read it right – I’m talking about Saina, not Sania !!The meteoric rise of a Haryanvi ladki – tracing the journey from Hisar, Hyderabad to Hong Kong – is the subject of her inspirational Biography by T S Sudhir. Titled Saina Nehwal, the book has an interesting account of her growing up years, description of her innumerable hours of toil for practice sessions, rapport with different coaches, her strengths and weaknesses, her performance at different domestic and International tournaments and the factors which have contributed to her success in the field of Badminton.

    Interesting facts like Saina being on the Badminton court as a five-month old to see her mother play the game, Saina’s diet control strategy with fitness expert Dinaz to her soft corner for chocolates and icecreams, her conflict with chicken pox just ahead of a crucial tournament, her honest answer of now knowing what ‘Petroleum’ meant as a 14-year-old while she was offered a job at Bharat Petroleum, her parents firm resolve and struggle in providing her quality training and equipment – travelling 25 kms on a scooter back and forth each day, her Saina’s aggression and never-say-die spirit for the sport find mention in the book that keep the reader enthused to read more. Being offered a DSP’s job by a Haryana CM after her multiple victories in 2010, tales of hope and despair while facing players of different ages, switching over from Karate to Badminton when her parents did not allow a bike to be driven over her hand, P Gopichand’s role in helping Saina reach the peak in her career are written about in an engaging manner.

    One also realises that there is not only disparity in different types of sports like Cricket, Tennis and Badminton but within Badminton itself – within Singles and Doubles Badminton players – as between Saina and Jwala – Ashwini in terms of prize money and felicitations.

    Saina – a shy, mentally strong and physically agile person has a feather in her cap in areas apart from Badminton too – she has been the showstopper for a designer during the Hyderabad Fashion Week, has been endorsing brands for as much as Rs. 2 Crore, is the recipient of the Padma Shri, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, Arjuna award etc.

    She is Dr. Harvir Singh’s and Usha Rani’s dream child; a disciplined mother anda meticulous approach adopted by her father have helped Saina reach the pinnacles of success which very few female sportspersons have achieved in India.

    Saina’s Biography takes u through a glimpse of her life which revolves around Badminton and understand the nuances of her almost decade – old career. What makes her click is her Passion for the sort – she declares Badminton is her Life – way to go Saina. So, read on to know more about India’s Shuttlecock smasher !!

    -Aparna Chandra
    August 1, 2012

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