Fingerprint to Publish the release of its biggest non-fiction release of the year, Dipa Karmakar: The Small Wonder, the true story of India’s first-ever female gymnast to have competed in the Olympics.
This fascinating memoir of Dipa’s incredible journey from Tripura, an almost forgotten sporting outpost, to Rio de Janeiro, the venue for the 2016 Olympics, and beyond, is peppered with anecdotes that make for stunning reading, and at the same time provide an incredible glimpse into what it takes, and what it took, for a sportsperson to battle against all odds and leave an indelible impression in the hearts and minds of people the world over.
Written by her coach Bishweshwar Nandi and veteran sports journalists Digvijay Singh Deo and Vimal Mohan, Dipa Karmakar: The Small Wonder is one of the most heartwarming sports biographies you’ll read this winter.
About the book: On August 14, 2016, a young girl landed the Produnova that took her to the cusp of an Olympic medal. She stood fourth yet soared into the hearts of millions across the globe.
Dipa Karmakar’s fourth-place finish at the Rio Olympic Games was a defining moment for Indian sport, which had barely cast a glance at the sport of gymnastics as a medal discipline till then. Dipa’s journey from Tripura, an oft-neglected sporting outpost, to the national consciousness and India’s highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, is one of grit, determination, and a stubbornness to beat the odds.
Praise for the book:
‘Dipa is a game changer for Indian sport’
– Saina Nehwal
‘An honest and riveting account’
– Abhinav Bindra
‘It’s important that these stories are told and documented to create more icons in sport. Dipa is an inspiration and a trailblazer’
– Anil Kumble
About the authors:
Bishweshwar Nandi is a recipient of the Dronacharya Award and is one of India’s most iconic coaches. A five time National individual champion, Bishweshwar is the man responsible for the emergence of Dipa Karmakar as one of the top gymnasts in the world.
Digvijay Singh Deo is one of India’s leading sports journalists and currently heads the sports team at WION. He has covered sport all over the world and interviewed global stars including Mark Spitz, Nadia Comaneci, Boris Becker, Roger Federer, and Tiger Woods.
Vimal Mohan is the winner of the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award (2012), and has dedicated himself to cover the Olympics, and any other adventure or marginalised sport. Vimal has over the last twenty years covered the Olympics, the Asian Games, and the Commonwealth Games.