Saina Nehwal shares life mantras in memoir

New Delhi: Do you know aloo parantha is ace shuttler Saina Nehwal`s favourite snack? Or she can`t resist full-milk tea made by her mother?

Twenty-two-year-old Saina`s fans can look forward to know more of these interesting titbits about the Olympic bronze medallist in her soon-to-be-released book "Playing to Win".

In her own words, she tells many more things including how she loves to sketch and likes Angry Birds.

Saina`s phenomenal success as an international badminton player is one of the most inspiring stories of Indian sports. She comes from a middle-class family and has been groomed into a world-class player in the face of awesome odds.

"In this fascinating memoir, she talks about her childhood and growing-up years; her relationship with the most important people in her life; the ups and downs of her celebrated career, from district level wins to the Olympics; and the sacrifices needed to succeed in any sport," publishers Penguin said.

"Being a player from India defines who I am. When I play, it`s for my parents, my coach, and my country," Saina writes.

The Padma Shri and Khel Ratna awardee reveals little-known facts and offers a peek into her many avatars - daughter, sister, student, and the regular girl behind the badminton prodigy.

Fans can find out what a typical day in Saina`s life is like - rigorous training, a strict diet, and no parties or sleepovers.

"But it`s not all work and no play; Saina loves to shop, eat ice cream (post wins only) and play games on her iPad," the publishers said.

"With candid photographs and badminton tips from the pro herself, this book showcases the making of a badminton champ - in her own words."

This is the second book on Saina in recent months.

T S Sudhir`s "Saina Nehwal - An Inspirational Biography", published by Westland, is an account of her rise as a champion with the selfless support of her parents - Harvir Singh, an agricultural scientist and Usha Rani - and the dedication of her coaches.


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