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    ‘Portraying [Milkha Singh] in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag…made me understand that no matter what hand life deals you, it is up to you to decide if you’re just going to take part in the game, or choose to win. Milkha Singh-ji chose to win. And in doing so…he defined his own destiny.’—Farhan Akhtar


    ‘For me [Milkha Singh] was…is…and always will be an inspiration’—Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra


    The inspiring story of an extraordinary man who refused to be outpaced by life or circumstances.


    Milkha Singh has led a life dominated by running, running, running… From a boy who narrowly escaped death during Partition (most of his family was not so lucky), to a juvenile delinquent who stole and outran the police, to a young Army recruit who ran his very first race to win special privileges for himself (a daily glass of milk). After that first race, Milkha Singh became an athlete by default. And what followed was the stuff legends are made of.


    In this remarkably candid autobiography, Milkha Singh shares the amazing highs of winning India’s first ever gold in athletics at the Commonwealth Games, the unbridled joy of being hailed as the ‘Flying Sikh’ in Pakistan, as well as the shattering low of failure at the Olympics.


    Simple, yet ambitious; famous, yet grounded; temptations all around him, yet remaining celibate so he could focus on racing; a rich and beautiful girl who was desperate for him, yet fighting the world to marry his lady love, Nimmi—even as the on-field drama found its way into his personal life, Milkha was a man who defined his own destiny. And yet, for a man whose life was dominated by sports, he continues to remain disillusioned with the way sports is run…


    Powerful and gripping, The Race of My Life documents the journey of an impoverished refugee who rose to become one of the most towering figures in Indian sports.


    About The Author

    Born in 1932 in undivided India, Milkha Singh joined the army in 1951. Arguably, India’s best male athlete, he received the Padma Shri at the height of his career in 1958. Although he stopped participating in competitive events in the early 1960s, he has dedicated his life to sports. He retired as Director of Sports and Youth Programme, Punjab Government, in 1991.

    He established the Milkha Charitable Trust in 2003 in Chandigarh to help poor and needy sportspersons and their families. The Farhan Akhtar-starrer, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, is a biographical film about Milkha Singh’s early life and career.


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    Publisher : Rupa Publication
    Cover : Paperback
    No. Of Pages : 160
    Date of Publication : 2013-08-25
    Language : English
    ISBN 13 : 9788129129109
    ISBN 10 : 8129129108
    Year Of Publication : 2013
    Author : , , ,
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      Rated 14 Jan 2014

      A journey closer to pain, love, struggle, dedication and finally to reach the apex.

      Although games like cricket exist in the hearts of every lane, the nation still dreams to create Olympic players like Milkha Singhji to instill the sense of Indian victory. It manifests the sufferings and bloodshed which reunited the shattered hopes into dreams which were the fruits of sheer determination. Besides, the entire tale deals with the essence of the limbs which are run hard to overcome the obstacles of life. The Flying Sikh, Mikha Singh will continue to be an inspiration.

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