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SMASH! The Rise of Indian Badminton Stories of Grit and Triumph

Author Name: Benedict Paramanand | Format: Paperback | Genre : Self-Help | Other Details

Badminton has become a popular sport in India thanks to Prakash Padukone, Pullela Gopichand, Saina Nehwal, P V Sindhu, Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponnappa, Kidambi Srikanth, and a few others. Each of them has a riveting story. The author has tried to weave all their stories into a fascinating canvas.

This book is about how Indian badminton emerged as a global powerhouse in over a decade; what’s gone into the making of several world champions; who all played pivotal roles, and much more. It also reflects on the current shortcomings that could slow down the rise of the sport and how they could be addressed.

Anyone keen on learning the secrets of peak performance from Indian champions and their coaches; how to bounce back stronger from setbacks; how and how not to lead a team, will find this book appealing.


I hope people learn a lot about the history of Indian badminton from this book, Jwala Gutta, Indian Doubles Champion

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Benedict Paramanand

Benedict Paramanand has been pursuing advocacy journalism and media entrepreneurship since 2004.

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The, an annual business literature festival held in Bengaluru, is meant to build a platform for authors and readers to hold deeper and meaningful conversations. The above initiatives have been well received but they have a long way to go in making a larger impact.

The author believes India needs more authentic and well-written biographies to excite its citizens about the adventure of entrepreneurship. His three biographies are Sushil Mantri – Big Bets, Big Rewards; C K Prahalad – The Mind of the Futurist and Baba Iqbal Singh – Mission to Reboot Punjab Through Value-based Education. Thanks to Dr. Manmohan Singh for launching this book in April 2017 in Delhi.

The author lives in Bengaluru.

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