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Very few people make it big and very few people amongst them understand the importance of making it big and what took them to get there. Milkha Singh is one of those few. His life is almost rag to riches story – however with a lot of perseverance and hard work.
“The Race of my Life” just documents that hard work and brings it to readers in the form of a book and of course the movie, which most people must have watched. The book chronicles Milkha Singh’s life as a refugee, to his joining the Army, to finally becoming a world-class athlete.


The book is inspiring and at the same time makes you want to achieve a lot more. It makes you realize probably what you can be and do. The life of brilliance is captured here. Go read it.

 

An orphan, refugee and a man who considered becoming a dacoit found home in the Indian Army where he learned life had a different tale for him to follow. One ruled by speed, that of his legs. The Race of My Life is the story of a man called The Flying Sikh, the autobiography of Milkha Singh.

Summary of the Book

Running is synonymous with the name Milkha Singh in India. After witnessing most of his family being killed in the violence that followed the India-Pakistan Partition, he lived with his sister. A short while in a refugee camp in Purana Quila followed by some time at a resettlement colony in Shadara, Delhi, led to Milkha realizing he was confused by life. Disillusioned by life, he considered becoming a dacoit but applied for the Indian Army under his brother’s persuasion. Four attempts later, he got in. It was during his posting at Secundrabad that he was introduced to athletics, and discovered his life’s true calling. A gold medal at the commonwealth games, and several Olympic games later, Milkha Singh was the stuff of legend. The Race of My Life is the story of an orphan who has been running all his life, and the face of Indian Sports for nearly forty years.

About the Authors

Milkha Singh is a former Indian track and field sprinter. He represented India in several of the Olympics track events over the years and won an individual athletics gold medal in the Commonwealth Games.

Milkha Singh’s life story has been into a Hindi movie entitled: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.

Sonia Sanwalka is an Indian writer.

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Authored By Sonia Sanwalka Milkha Singh
Foreword By Jeev Milkha Singh
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Milkha Singh joined the army in 1951. Arguably, Indias 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... Read More

Book Details
Publisher Rupa Publications India
Publication Year 2013 August
ISBN-13 9788129129109
ISBN-10 8129129108
Language English
Binding Paperback
Book Type Entrance Exam Book
Dimensions
Width 5 inch
Height 8 inch
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Rahul Shukla
29 Jul 2013
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A HEART TOUCHING STORY DIRECT FROM A LIVING LEGEND...MUST READ!!!

Most fantastic autobiography I have read in my entire life. It has been written in very simple language but you will be able to connect to every word written in this book. The part of Milkha Singh we all saw in the film was just a summary of his life. Please read this book if you want a deep insight into his life. A very emotional and very motivating heart touching autobiography. Proud to be born in a country were legend Milkha Singh lives.

I preordered this book and want to thank Flipkart for delivering this book before expectation.

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I got this book through Pre order from the publisher. Fantastic book, written in a simple manner, yet short and to the point. All youngsters must read this, a good inspirational book and helps inculcate discipline and leadership qualities in teenagers

Once you start, you wont put tit down until you finish. Took jut three days to complete, apart from spending 14 hours at office. you just can't put it down. So sad to know the bureaucracy in Indian Sports. What a tough journey this Legend has been through, yet stands apart with all his achievements.

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I got this book through Pre order from the publisher. Fantastic book, written in a simple manner, yet short and to the point. All youngsters must read this, a good inspirational book and helps inculcate discipline and leadership qualities in teenagers

Once you start, you wont put tit down until you finish. Took jut three days to complete, apart from spending 14 hours at office. you just can't put it down. So sad to know the bureaucracy in Indian Sports. What a tough journey this Legend has been through, yet stands apart with all his achievements.

Swimming against tides.....Personified......
I got this book through Pre order from the publisher. Fantastic book, written in a simple manner, yet short and to the point. All youngsters must read this, a good inspirational book and helps inculcate discipline and leadership qualities in teenagers

Once you start, you wont put tit down until you finish. Took jut three days to complete, apart from spending 14 hours at office. you just can't put it down. So sad to know the bureaucracy in Indian Sports. What a tough journey this Legend has been through, yet stands apart with all his achievements.

Swimming against tides.....Personified....Hats Off to the FLYING SIKH!

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Suriya Gayathri
01 Apr 2014
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The stirring life story of the ???Flying Sikh???

The stirring life story of the ???Flying Sikh???. The book is candid and centers on how he built his career as a world-class sprinter. "Milkha Singh, you don't run, but you fly???. He is India???s most towering athlete till date and spent his life, in his words, running, running and running. I had learnt during my school days about the freedom fighters??? struggle for our country???s independence and also their stories of victories. Never had I comprehended fully the callous manslaughter in India and Pakistan between Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs during the Partition in 1945. It was diffic... ()

The stirring life story of the ???Flying Sikh???. The book is candid and centers on how he built his career as a world-class sprinter. "Milkha Singh, you don't run, but you fly???. He is India???s most towering athlete till date and spent his life, in his words, running, running and running. I had learnt during my school days about the freedom fighters??? struggle for our country???s independence and also their stories of victories. Never had I comprehended fully the callous manslaughter in India and Pakistan between Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs during the Partition in 1945. It was diffic...
The stirring life story of the ???Flying Sikh???. The book is candid and centers on how he built his career as a world-class sprinter. "Milkha Singh, you don't run, but you fly???. He is India???s most towering athlete till date and spent his life, in his words, running, running and running. I had learnt during my school days about the freedom fighters??? struggle for our country???s independence and also their stories of victories. Never had I comprehended fully the callous manslaughter in India and Pakistan between Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs during the Partition in 1945. It was difficult to read through how Milkha Singh had lost most of his family in one night and his struggling days thereafter until he joined the Army. The later part exemplifies how he had molded himself, worked hard and revived his passion to accomplish his dream to be a world champion. The book is full of life and is a powerhouse of inspiration not only for sports enthusiasts but also for all who are working hard towards their goals.

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Dokka Sai Viswanath
18 Feb 2014
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Good book - The Race of My Life : An Autobiography

Am a reader who gets into reading various types of books, like - Autobiographies, Motivational, Leadership, Fiction, Non-Fiction etc. The reason for reading these books is to kill my free time while am tied at home. Well, coming for this book I would say - This book should be read by everyone. People who are reading this review might think what's so great about this, as everyone tells the same. Well, the main reason to read this book is, it will make you think about what are your goals in life, and where exactly are you missing in persuading them. This book speaks about our star (Milka Sing... ()

Am a reader who gets into reading various types of books, like - Autobiographies, Motivational, Leadership, Fiction, Non-Fiction etc. The reason for reading these books is to kill my free time while am tied at home. Well, coming for this book I would say - This book should be read by everyone. People who are reading this review might think what's so great about this, as everyone tells the same. Well, the main reason to read this book is, it will make you think about what are your goals in life, and where exactly are you missing in persuading them. This book speaks about our star (Milka Sing...
Am a reader who gets into reading various types of books, like - Autobiographies, Motivational, Leadership, Fiction, Non-Fiction etc. The reason for reading these books is to kill my free time while am tied at home. Well, coming for this book I would say - This book should be read by everyone. People who are reading this review might think what's so great about this, as everyone tells the same. Well, the main reason to read this book is, it will make you think about what are your goals in life, and where exactly are you missing in persuading them. This book speaks about our star (Milka Singh) who has fought his inner demons to reach the pinnacle in his chosen goal i.e., loosing his family, fighting against the jealousy of his fellow team mates, frustration of not able to reach the goal and above all on how to abstain from all distraction that we have around us. Well, I could write a whole page, but this much is enough for a serious reader.

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anant trivedi
24 Aug 2014
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Inspiring

Got the book in two days or may be next day of ordering....
Guys if you love sports...be it any not just running you must read this book and its about the only sports here but the whole story of milkha singh life his struggle will give you lot of inspiration to fight...must read

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Inspiring

Got the book in two days or may be next day of ordering....
Guys if you love sports...be it any not just running you must read this book and its about the only sports here but the whole story of milkha singh life his struggle will give you lot of inspiration to fight...must read
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awesome book!!!!!!

this worth buying. the movie is only a summary of this book so you would better buy it before stocks are over. (View complete review)

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17 Jun 2014
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Hats Off Milkha Singh

One of the best inspirational biography. not everyone can be 'The Flying Sikh'. But we all can aspire to be a good human being like him. (View complete review)

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Dwaipayan Sarkar
11 Jun 2014
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Don't miss Guys!!!Just Read it...

Great book,The Flying Sikh.Easy language,Informative about Milkha Singh.Enjoy Reading,Heart touching Story.Great book,inspiring story.Some rare image turned the book to a extraordinary.Salute u Sir!Highly Recommended,Just read it... (View complete review)

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Poorly Written!!

It will help you increase your vocabulary a bit!!
Other than that nothing interesting if you have watched Bhaag Milkha Bhaag!!

Movie is much more inspirational than this book!!!
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