Contains 16 pp photo insert.
Milkha Singh has led a life dominated by running, running,
running... From a boy who narrowly escaped death during Partition
(most of his family was not so lucky), to a juvenile delinquent who
stole and outran the police, to a young Army recruit who ran his
very first race to win special privileges for himself (a daily
glass of milk). After that first race, Milkha Singh became an
athlete by default. And what followed was the stuff legends are
In this remarkably candid autobiography, Milkha Singh shares the
amazing highs of winning India s first ever gold in athletics at
the Commonwealth Games, the unbridled joy of being hailed as the
Flying Sikh in Pakistan, as well as the shattering low of failure
at the Olympics.
Simple, yet ambitious; famous, yet grounded; temptations all around
him, yet remaining celibate so he could focus on racing; a rich and
beautiful girl who was desperate for him, yet fighting the world to
marry his lady love, Nimmi even as the on-field drama found its way
into his personal life, Milkha was a man who defined his own
destiny. And yet, for a man whose life was dominated by sports, he
continues to remain disillusioned with the way sports is
Powerful and gripping, The Race of My Life documents the journey of
an impoverished refugee who rose to become one of the most towering
figures in Indian sports.