Review: The Race of My Life – An Autobiography by Milkha Singh and Sonia Sanwalka

September 14, 2013

Author:Milkha Singh and Sonia Sanwalka
Publisher:Rupa Books
Year: 2013
ISBN: 9788129129109
Rating: ★★★☆☆
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Biographies of sportspersons are filled to the brim with inspiration. The Race of my Life, by Milkha Singh, on which the movie Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is based, is no different.

The Race of my Life is an autobiography of the world renowned athlete, ‘Milkha Singh’. The book is written by him, together with his daughter Sonia Sanwalka. The introduction is penned by Jeev Milkha Singh (his son) and the foreword is graced by the words of popular director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. The book encapsulates the journey of his life. It opens with Milkha’s birth and subsequently his family is introduced.

The day his whole family was massacred to the day when he won his first gold medal; the day he was forced to get back to Pakistan to face all his painful memories and was further crowned with the title of ‘Flying Sikh’; all the jubilant and gloomy days of his life are captured.

His entire journey is truly stimulating. It will imbue you with a sense of determination, and will teach you to possess strong willpower which will ultimately lead you to fulfil of your dreams.

The writer seemed to possess good knowledge of words, so the book is decorated by a decent vocabulary. But she fails to develop the reader-author relationship. Blame it on the nationwide release of the movie first, but the story was totally known and completely predictable. In addition, the book lacked the charm, the tale had. Even the most intense sequences from his life, were delivered, as you may say, with a straight face.

But no worries, Singh’s inspirational life will overpower all the fallings of the book. If you are a Milkha fan, it is a must read for you. And even if you are not, go for the book, you should know about India’s only individual athletics gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games. The book won’t disappoint you, for sure!

Other sports biographies: Days of Grace by Arthur Ashe, Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times by Thomas Hauser, Open by Andre Agassi, Sachin: The Story of the World's Greatest Batsman by Gulu Ezekiel

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