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Dipa Karmakar – The Small Wonder


Nominated | Book Awards 2019 | English Non-fiction

Dipa Karmakar – The Small Wonder

Author: Bishweshwar Nandi, Digvijay Singh Deo, Vimal Mohan
Publisher: Fingerprint! Publishing

Award Category: English Non-fiction
About the Book: 

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.

About the Author: 

Bishweshwar Nandi is a recipient of the Dronacharya Award and is one of India’s most iconic coaches. A five-time National individual champion, Bishweshwar is the man responsible for the emergence of Dipa Karmakar as one of the top gymnasts in the world.

Digvijay Singh Deo is one of India’s leading sports journalists and currently heads the sports team at WION. He has covered sport all over the world and interviewed global stars including Mark Spitz, Nadia Comaneci, Boris Becker, Roger Federer, and Tiger Woods.

Vimal Mohan is the winner of the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award (2012), and has dedicated himself to cover the Olympics, and any other adventure or marginalised sport. Vimal has over the last twenty years covered the Olympics, the Asian Games, and the Commonwealth Games.


‘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

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