Reading is the best hobby to have. Period! Reading doesn’t only fuel you with the tremendous development of your language but also it stimulates your ability to think and envision things which a movie always hinders.
So, begin your reading habit by reading these top 17 sports books on Indian women athletes. Grab these books, read them, and gift your loved ones.
As Henry Miller said, “When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold.”
Complete list of top 17 Sports books on Indian women Athletes
|Golden Girl – The Autobiography of P.T. Usha
|PT Usha and Lokesh Sharma
|Unbreakable- Mary Kom
|Mary Kom and Dina Serto
|Playing To Win – Saina Nehwal
|Ace Against Odds – Sania Mirza
|Sania Mirza, Shivani Gupta and Imran Mirza
|Free Hit – A Story of Women’s Cricket in India
|She Dared: Women in Indian Sports
|Women and Sport in India and the World
|Fiercely Female: The Dutee Chand Story
|Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win
|Dipa Karmakar: The Small Wonder
|Bishweshwar Nandi, Digvijay Singh Deo and Vimal Mohan
|Anywhere But Home
A sportswoman in India
|Girl Power: Indian Women Who Broke the Rules
|Neha J Hiranandani
|SHE WALKS, SHE LEADS: WOMEN WHO INSPIRE INDIA
|Shuttling to the Top: The Story of P.V. Sindhu
|Born to Bat: Mithali Raj
|Arthy Muthanna Singh
|Unguarded: An Autobiography
1. Golden Girl – PT Usha biography | Best Sports Books on Indian women athletes
The book is a story of the Queen of Indian track and field, nicknamed ‘Payyoli Express’ – P.T Usha is an inspiration to every Indian girl rising from the shackles of poverty. At the age of 16, she became the youngest Indian sprinter to participate in the Moscow Olympics in 1980. Kerala born has won as many as 101 international medals including a silver at the 1982 Asiad games, 5 Golds and 1 bronze at the 1985 Jakarta Asian Athletic Meet, 4 Golds and 1 Silver at the 1986 Asiad Games.
The Golden girl is India’s first woman to reach a final of an Olympic event. However, she missed the bronze by just 1/100th of a second. P.T.Usha has been awarded the Greatest Woman Athlete in 1985. In 1984, she was felicitated with the Arjuna Award and the Padma Shri.
2. Unbreakable- Mary | Sports Books on Indian women athletes
Priyanka Chopra’s movie ‘Mary Kom‘ did little justice to the greatness of ‘Magnificent Mary’ that she is. Born to a landless agricultural labourer in Manipur as Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte, she has won six World Championship titles and an Olympic bronze in her illustrious career. Mind you she is 35 and a mother of three!
The boxer has been awarded the Padma Shri in 2006 and Padma Bhushan in 2013 by the Indian government. Read ‘Unbreakable’ for its honest and raw writing where she tells about her poverty, struggle and her rise from the bottom.
3. Playing To Win – Saina Nehwal | Best Sports Books on Indian women athletes
With over 23 international titles to her name, Saina Nehwal has contributed immensely in making the sport of Badminton popular in the country. In the 2008 Bejing Olympics, she became the first Indian woman to reach the quarterfinals. However, in the 2012 London Olympics she won the bronze becoming the first Indian woman to win a medal in badminton at the Olympics. She has been awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and the Arjuna Award.
‘Playing To Win’ is about Saina’s “life, on and off the court”. Apart from the world-class athlete that we know her to be, she brings her other roles to life – of a daughter, sister, a student. She also talks about her rigorous training, diet, sacrifices, etc.
4. Ace Against Odds – Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza is the single most influential sportsperson of women’s tennis in India. The girl from Hyderabad has got many laurels for the country with her brilliant display of tennis. In a sport hugely dominated by men, she became world doubles number one. She was ranked number one in India for 9 years straight. She has been conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and the Arjuna Award. She has also received the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan by the Indian government.
‘Ace Against Odds’ is a behind-the-scenes access pass to her life. The book is a reader’s delight. It full of anecdotes and encounters with people that have shaped the champion.
5. Free Hit – A Story of Women’s Cricket in India
Cricket is still considered a gentlemen’s game, what about the women? India has produced cricket gods and geniuses of cricket namely Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, etc. but never a goddess of cricket is mentioned. Her name is Mithali Raj and her contribution to Women’s cricket in India is far greater than anybody mentioned above.
‘Free Hit’ written by Surpita Das focuses on Raj, the world’s greatest female batsman, and Jhulan Goswami, the leading wicket-taker in women’s cricket. The author takes us into the lives of the spirited bunch of women who, across the years brought home laurels that are worth celebrating, the highest point being the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017 where the team made it to the finals.
Free Hit is the untold story of how women’s cricket in India got here and casts light on the gender-based pay gaps, sponsorship challenges, and the sheer indifference of cricketing officials it faced along the way.