Dec 022011
 

Following is a list of sports personalities who will be participating at the “Mumbai Fully Booked, The Times of India’s Literary Carnival”. The Times literary festival will take place at Mehboob studio in Mumbai, from December 2 to 4.

 

Abhinav Bindra at The Times of India’s Literary Carnival

Abhinav Bindra with, Autobiography “A Shot At History”, at The Times of India’s Literary FestivalAbhinav Bindra won an Olympic gold in the 10m Air Rifle event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His was India’s first Olympic gold since 1980. Abhinav Bindra is the first Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics. In addition to the Arjuna Award and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Abhinav has also been conferred the Padma Bhushan, which is the India government’s third highest civilian award. In January of 2010, Abhinav almost decided to quit shooting because of the way that the National Rifles Association of India had treated him. Abhinav did his schooling at Doon and he is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Masters of Business Management.

At a young age of 15, Abhinav Bindra represented India at the Commonwealth Games in 1998. He went on to represent India in the 2000 Olympics. In the 2004 Olympic Games, Abhinav Bindra broke the Olympic record, but could not will a medal. It was third time lucky for Abhinav at the 2008 Beijing Games where he finally won the gold. Abhinav has already booked his place for the 2012 London along with fellow Indian colleague Gagan Narang.

Abhinav Bindra’s Autobiography “A Shot At History”

In October, Abhinav Bindra released his autobiography, “A Shot At History”, which he co-authored with Rohit Brijnath. The subtitle of the book “My obsessive journey to Olympic Gold” describes Abhinav’s obsession with perfectionism and winning. The book tells about his perseverance, determination, discipline and control over his emotions. In his book Abhinav describes the emotion that he felt at the moment he won the gold as “relief”. In the book, the description of the finals at Beijing, reads like a thriller. The shooters have 5 minutes of sighting time before the final competition starts. Abhinav’s first shot during the sighting time was only a 4; he had not shot such a poor shot since he was 13. Abhinav suspects that someone fiddled with his gun. He frantically tries to correct his guns sight. It takes him 40 clicks when normally it would have taken 2-3 clicks. Before the actual start of the final, Abhinav’s gun was still not properly sighted. Based on calculations he adjusted his gun and fired his first shot. The first shot was a remarkable 10.7 and this calmed him. The gold medal came down to the last two shots. The second last shot at 10.0 was not that great. The last shot had to be special; Abhinav scored a 10.8, his best shot in the finals, and won gold.

 

Rohit David Brijnath at The Times of India’s Literary Carnival

Rohit Brijnath is at the Times Literary Carnival, Mumbai.Rohit Brijnath is a veteran Indian sports journalist who has recently co-authored Abhinav Bindra autobiography. He has worked for India Today, BBC, Sportworld, Sportstar, Mint. He writes for Singapore’s Straits Times and is based out of Singapore.

Rohit Brijnath is at the Times Literary festival to discuss Abhinav Bindra’s autobiography with Harsha Bhogle.

Time: 10:30 am on December 2, 2011 at Mehboob Studio, Mumbai.

 

Leander Paes at The Times of India’s Literary Carnival

Leander Paes at The Times of India’s Literary Carnival ahead of his movie debut in “Rajdhani Express”.Leander Paes is an Indian tennis ace who is also an Olympic medalist. The 38 year old primarily plays doubles where he has won 6 Mens Doubles and 6 Mixed Doubles Grand Slam titles. Leander’s father (Vece Paes) is also an Olympic bronze medalist and his mother was the captain of the Indian basketball team.

Leander Paes will make his movie debut in the action thriller “Rajdhani Express”.

 
 

Saurav Ganguly at The Times of India’s Literary Carnival

Saurav Ganguly at The Times of India’s Literary Carnival on “Why cricket has lost its charm”.Saurav Ganguly is a former Indian cricketer captain, who can be credited for laying the foundation of the current renaissance in Indian cricket. Under Saurav Ganguly’s leadership India won 11 test matches abroad. The magnitude of this achievement becomes obvious when we consider that prior to that India had only won 13 matches abroad.

At the Times Literary festival, Saurav Ganguly will be in a panel discussion with Shehan Karunatilaka, Anuja Chauhan and Boria Majumdar on “Why cricket has lost its charm”.

Time: 4:00pm on December 3, 2011 (Saturday) at Mehboob Studio, Mumbai

 

Boria Majumdar at The Times of India’s Literary Carnival

Boria Majumdar The Times of India’s Literary Carnival on “Why cricket has lost its charm”.Boria Majumdar is a Rhodes Scholar. Boria Majumdar is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK. He is also a cricket commentator, columnist and historian, having written many books and monologues on cricket in India. Boria Majumdar is the author of “Twenty-two yards to freedom”.

At the Times Literary festival, Boria Majumdar will be in a panel discussion with Saurav Ganguly, Shehan Karunatilaka and Anuja Chauhan on “Why cricket has lost its charm”.

Time: 10:30 am on December 2, 2011 at Mehboob Studio, Mumbai.

  4 Responses to “Sports Personalities at The Times of India’s Literary Carnival, Mumbai”

  1. Excellent thread.. I had to scan it twice to comprehend it all though, haha!

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