Shuttling To The Top: Harper Collins India Announces Acquisition of P.V. Sindhu's Memoir

The memoir will be penned by V. Krishnaswamy and will be published by Harper Collins India. The book narrates the journey of India’s first and only woman silver medal-winning athlete at the Olympic Games.

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I hope my friends and fans, who have always been loyal and loving to me, will stay that way, and through this book, will be able to appreciate the journey my parents and I have undertaken along with the sacrifices that my family has made to help me achieve my dream.’ – P.V. Sindhu

Shuttling to the Top: The Story of P.V. Sindhu tells the magnificent story of one of the finest badminton players in the world. It chronicles her life from the time when, while living in a railway colony in Secunderabad, Sindhu travelled over 40 kilometres every day to get to P. Gopichand’s academy and train. It documents the hardships she faced on the way to be a promising global star and discusses what lies ahead for the young athlete.

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‘I have been fortunate to see many of Sindhu’s stellar performances, from Rio to Glasgow to Gold Coast and Jakarta. Seldom has an Indian sportsperson achieved so much, including four World Championship medals besides those at Olympics, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, in so short a time. With age on her side, the sky is the limit for this talented and yet grounded badminton star,’ said author V. Krishnaswamy, whose previous book, Sachin Tendulkar, A Hundred Hundreds Now, was a runaway success and translated in multiple languages. Krishnaswamy mentions that it has been a pleasure to not only watch Sindhu play, but also interact with her over the past few years. He further said, ‘This book is my small tribute to a shining star.’

The young sports icon is the only Indian named in Forbes’ list of the world’s top-10 highest-paid female athletes. Taling about the same Ananya Borgohain, Commissioning Editor at HarperCollins, says, ‘This is a timely book as the world awaits Olympics 2020 and because Sindhu is a young, consistent performer, we intend to reach out to readers across age groups with this book. More than just a biography, the book shall intend to inspire, analyse, and understand this powerhouse of talent.’

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A lot of questions were raised when Sindhu did not win a tournament in the first half of the year. However, her father, P.V. Ramana, says that it has only given her the inspiration to bounce back harder. ‘For us, who form ‘Team Sindhu’, it has been a labour of love and belief. She is young and has already achieved a lot and we are confident that she can go all the way to the top. Her story is one of grit and determination and teamwork and we hope it will inspire youngsters, not just in India, but all over.’ Ramana is an Asian Games bronze medalist in Volleyball himself. ‘From a very young age, I have always felt that Sindhu could be a fine sportsperson. I played a team sport (volleyball) and was fortunate enough to win a medal at the Asian Games, but we felt that an individual sport might be the right platform for her,’ he reveals.

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