What a moment it was for all the Indians. I still get the goosebumps whenever I see this clip of IAAF U-20 Championships 2018.
Hima Das: The first Indian woman — in fact, the first-ever Indian athlete — to win a gold medal in any format of a global track event at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF World U20) Championships when she clocked a speed of 51.46 seconds.
Being a Cricket dominated nation, sometimes we tend to miss the various other sports feats our Indian athletes have achieved. We only realized the same when we received a few DMs on our Instagram about our blog The Race of My Life – An autobiography of The Legend Milkha Singh – where people thank us for covering his story and spoke about the unawareness of his contribution to Indian Sports till they watched Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.
Quickly, I realized and understood the importance of movies like Dangal and Marry Kom.
So, while Bollywood is doing its part by making Biopic on these legends, we thought of contributing our bit by reviewing and summarizing the books written on them.
Now we have few defined intentions here:
- To inspire you by narrating their motivational journey.
- To highlight the contribution of Indian Athletes to Indian Sports.
- Finally, to persuade and encourage you to take reading as a habit.
So, without any further delay, let’s start with the book review and discuss the inspiring journey of Hima Das.
About the author
Sahitya Chintan is like an e-library with books ranging from fictional, non-fictional, literature with different languages like English, Hindi, Marathi etc. People can also get their hands on different novels, books etc. for free.
I have been reading a lot of books under this publication for the last one year and trust me they have some amazing eBook collections across different categories. Few of my favorites are Sherlock Holmes, Think and Grow Rich and The Tata Man.
The book in brief
The book titled “Dhing Express“, is an amazon kindle edition and will take you through the inspiring journey of Hima Das.
It’s a short 24-page book written on the life of Hima Das and her struggles plus essays on some of the heroic efforts she pulled on the racetrack.
It’s a Hindi read and probably our overseas audience may find it difficult to understand. So, I would try to have this brief, a little detailed, for the benefit of everyone.
We have ~25% international visitors, majorly from the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany and Ukraine
Hima Das was born on January 9, 2000, in Kandhulimari village, Dhing town of Assam. This is the reason she is also popularly known as Dhing Express.
Hima Das was the youngest of five siblings. Her parents were farmers in rice farms. She was good at sports since school time. In fact, she was a very good football player.
However, the way she used to sprint in the field; her physical education coach suggested she go for professional athletics. Her father being an athlete himself has equally encouraged and motivated her to pursue a career in sports.
After competing in district level championships, Hima was discovered at an inter-district meet in 2016.
And once Dhing Express took off, there was no turning back.
She represents India in the Sprint race and mainly participates in women’s 400 m race, 200 m race and 4×400 m relays. She has represented India in many International events and brought laurels to the country and make Indians proud.
PS: Few of the information shared above are not covered in the book. We have included the same to highlight some important life experiences.
Some of the records made by Hima Das
- Won Silver medal in 2018 Asian games 4*400m mixed relay
- 200m gold in Poznan Athletics in Poland (July 2019)
- Gold in 200m in Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland (July 2019)
- 200m gold in Kladno Athletics Meet in the Czech Republic (July 2019)
- Gold in 200m at Tabor Athletics Meet in the Czech Republic (July 2019)
- 400m event gold in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic (July 2019)
- 5 golds in a span of 19 days
Some of the other accolades and awards
- After winning the U19 track event, she was named the first sports ambassador of Assam state of India.
- She was conferred with the Arjuna Award, India’s highest Sports Award by the President of India on Sep 25, 2018
- A tigress born in Bannerghatta National Park was named after Hima in July 2019.
- Hima also appeared in the famous TV show Kaun Banega Crorepati in 2019
- She is currently serving as Deputy Superintendent of Police in Assam Police service Cadre.
How does a village girl from Assam suddenly take the athletic arena by storm?
Dhing Express is the piece narrating the same. The book is the story of the Indian star sprinter Hima Das, who has become the heartthrob of Indian athletic fans.
If I have to compare this book with other books, I will say it’s the same analogy as a marathon is to sprinting. Reading this book was a quick sprint as I finished it in no time in comparison to other regular ones, which are generally a marathon read.
Do read it and get inspired by the exciting journey of this awesome girl from Assam.
A Few of the famous words by Hima Das
Forget the past and ask me what’s next.
I don’t show tension and nervousness, but I know how fast my heartbeat races before a race.
I was naughty but never demanding. Also, I never asked my parents for shoes or tracksuits. I was happy with what I had.
Thank You for reading it through. India is fortunate to have got such talents. And with the likes of Hima Das, Dutee Chand and Dipa Karmakar, India Athletics looks to have a solid base for coming years.
If India nurtures its talent and provides the world-class infrastructure, there is no second thought that we will be soon popular as a Sports nation rather than just a Cricketing nation.
And then probably along with Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, we will also find our heroes in Milkha Singh and Hima Das.
Till then, we will keep sharing the kind of inspirational and motivational stories with you. You can also contribute to this journey by purchasing/downloading the books through the link we are sharing.
As I mentioned in the beginning, the idea is to encourage people to take reading as a habit. And if you have the love for reading, that’s a bonus for us.
So, please go ahead and download a copy of yours. If you are on Amazon Kindle unlimited, it’s absolutely free. Else, you just have to pay a meagre amount of Rs. 49/- to receive the copy.
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