The National Sports Day, celebrated in India on August 29, pays tribute to all the sports persons for their dedication and determination in making their nation proud. We bring you a few of Audible’s recently released Indian titles that depict some of these inspirational journeys, and experiences.
The Race of My Life
Written by: Milkha Singh, Sonia Sanwalka; Narrated by: Sagar Arya
This audiobook is an autobiography that documents the journey of an impoverished refugee who rose to become one of the most towering figures in Indian sports. The book’s author, Milkha Singh, describes his inspiring journey, including the unfettered ecstasy of being hailed as the Flying Sikh in Pakistan and the crushing low of Olympic failure. He won India’s first-ever gold medal in athletics at the Commonwealth Games.
Sachin: The Story of the World’s Greatest Batsman
Written by: Gulu Ezekiel; Narrated by: Paul Thotham
The life and accomplishments of Sachin Tendulkar, widely regarded as the best batsman in the world, are chronicled in this audiobook. The most runs ever scored by a cricketer, Sachin scored over 33,000 runs in international competition. Tendulkar became the second-youngest man to reach 100 runs in international cricket at the tender age of 17. The author of the audiobook gives a breathtaking description of the life of the most outstanding athlete in history, giving the listeners insight into Sachin’s devotion to the game from when he was a little child until he became a superstar.
Cricket ka Commonwealth
Written by: Ramachandra Guha; Narrated by: Sid Sagar
This remarkable audiobook, The Commonwealth of Cricket, has an entire history of Indian cricket captured in it, from school to club to the national levels. It offers vivid depictions of regional icons, international stars, and local heroes. It also briefly touches upon author Ramachandra Guhu’s development as one of the top cricketers during the 1960s, along with combining memoirs, anecdotes, and political critique, to create a rich perception of some of the greatest games played in the nation.
My Olympic Journey
Written by: Digvijay Singh Deo, Amit Bose; Narrated by: Tavish Bhattacharyya, Meher Acharia Dar
My Olympic Journey highlights notable Olympians from 1948 to 2012 in this audiobook authored by Digvijay Singh Deo and Amit Bose. It talks about the medals won by Balbir Singhi, Abhinav Bindra, Milkha Singh, and P. T. Usha, among others while sharing their fears, superstitions, fortitude, and difficulties. The audiobook also describes their relationships and experiences, taking the listeners on a rollercoaster of emotions. These personal stories give a closer view of what it means to represent India at the most prestigious sporting event in the world, making the listeners a part of the soaring glory and shattering disappointment that only an Olympic Games can deliver.
Not Just Cricket
Written by: Pradeep Magazine; Narrated by: Ranjit Madgavkar
The audiobook Not Just Cricket is an autobiography of renowned journalist Pradeep Magazine. It’s a tale of real-life events, including joy, pain, fear, loss, and hope. It exposes previously unknown details regarding the unavoidable frictions and ego clashes in a game that dominates India’s athletic journey. It also explores how an uprooted identity can affect one’s perception of society and the country.