Mumbai, Jan 22, 2019: Dipa Karmakar’s memoir, titled Dipa Karmakar: The Small Wonder, was launched in Mumbai by cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar at the Lower lawns in Taj Lands End, Mumbai. The launch saw presence of ace Badminton player, Olympian, and Arjuna Awardee, Aparna Popat; Tennis player, Olympian, Asian Games Silver medalist, winner of the IOC Women and Sports Awards World Trophy 2012, Manisha Malhotra; and Shooter, Olympian, World record holder, high performance director of the Indian shooting team, Suma Shirur, amongst others. The three personalities, along with Dipa Karmakar, also held a panel discussion where they shared their ideas and thoughts on ‘The Rise of Female Icons in Indian Sport’. The discussion was mediated by leading Sports and Anchor Nikhil Naz. Nikhil even conversed with the three co-authors of The Small Wonder, Dipa’s coach and mentor Bishweshwar Nandi, and Sports journalists Digvijay Singh Deo and Vimal Mohan on the books’ and their respective journeys.
The evening proceeded concluded with a conversation between Sachin Tendulkar and Dipa Karmakar on ‘Breaking Barriers in Indian Sport’. The two sportspersons engaged with each other and the audience with great warmth and no hubris.The launch was followed by drinks and dinner.
“While the world knows that Dipa’s achievement in context of Indian sports is stupendous, it is imperative that everyone knows and understands the path she took to reach her first destination. The book brings her journey to life and gives a sense of why her achievements need to be celebrated,” said Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar after the launch.
Shikha Sabharwal, Publishing Director, Fingerprint! Publishing, said, ‘Fingerprint! is honoured to have played its part in sharing Dipa’s fascinating journey with the world. Dipa Karmakar: The Small Wonder is a story all of us are immensely proud of.’
About the book:
Dipa Karmakar: The Small Wonder
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.
‘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
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 Publisher:
An Imprint of Prakash Books India Pvt. Ltd. Fingerprint! Publishing is one of India’s most dynamic publishing imprints, keen to publish quality books on a commercial scale. Owned by Prakash Books, which is one of India’s largest distributor of books and whose publishing cell has published some of India’s finest coffee-table books over the years, Fingerprint! was launched in January 2012 with the aim of publishing commercial fiction and non-fiction that’s priced affordably, packaged interestingly, and distributed as widely as possible, both as physical books and eBooks. Some of their best releases include Kevin Missal’s national bestseller Kalkiseries, Ma Anand Sheela’s controversial memoir Don’t Kill Him!, top film critic Mayank Shekhar’s whacky yet insightful take on desis and popular culture Name Place Animal Thing and bestselling author Shubha Vilas’s Open-Eyed Meditation, a unique self-help book inspired from the ancient texts.