Manasi Samudra

Sachin Singh- Khel Khel Mein

Born in Bareilly and brought up in Srinagar and Rajasthan, Sachin was the youngest amongst 5 siblings. Their father was a Helicopter Pilot in the Air Force while mother was a Homemaker. At Age 7, Sachin joined Taekwando and Swimming classes along with his sisters Jyotsna and Archana. After learning Taekwando for 5 years earning the Red 1 Belt, Sachin and Jyotsna went on to teach Taekwando for two years 😎. In 10th standard; inspired by their elder brother Sailesh-…

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          Cheryl Mascarenhas- Run Yogini

The middle child born to working Professionals in Mangalore, Cheryl was a happy heavy kid who loved her food in school. However when Puberty hit, the teenager resorted to avoiding food and starving in a bid to lose weight. She also took skipping in a big way on a Concrete surface which lead to an L4-L5 injury causing bent spine, muscle spasm etc 😢. Living along with her cousins and extended family in Twin Houses resulted in plenty of support…

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Sukhjeevan Singh Bhimber- Mukkabaaz

This young athletic boy was born and raised in the town of Meerut. Enrolled in the St. Mary’s Academy known for its sports facilities, Sukhjeevan was perpetually on the ground. A short distance sprinter, he excelled in the 100m, 200m besides participating in Long Jump and High Jump. Later Sukhi took up Boxing, even winning a Silver Medal at the State Level. However it all came to a grinding halt when he got injured dislocating his jaw at the age…

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Ami Upadhyay- Keep on Tri-ing

Born to an Engineer-Scientist Father and Teacher Mother in Gujarat, Ami Paneri was the eldest of three sisters. Someone who thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors running and cycling in the paddy fields, climbing trees and playing Kho kho and Kabaddi spending hours outdoors daily 😊. She did her BSc, MSc and MPhil in Physics traveling from Gandhinagar to Ahmedabad. Initially teaching was her passion, and along with studies, she would teach University students as well as IIT-AIEEE students. Fascinated by Computers…

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Prakash Wani- Once A Cop

The fifth amongst 8 siblings Prakash Wani was born in a simple lower middle class family in Pune.  Their father was a hardworking farmer and mother worked as an Ayah in the nearby hospital to support the growing family.  Though both parents were uneducated, they strived to provide the best possible Education to their children . An Athletic kid, Prakash enjoyed participating in various sports right from his school days.  His adventurous streak continued in College when he joined NCC…

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Mayuri Sutar- Fire And Ice

Born to a Carpenter Father and Homemaker Mother in Kandivali, this spunky young girl was a born athlete. From the tender age of 10, Mayuri participated in athletics and group sports like Langdi and Kho Kho in her school Dr. T R Naravne Vidyalay. Usually the Winner or First Runner Up on the School sports day; Mayuri would represent the school participating in the inter-school athletic competitions of the schools located near the Western Line. She would invariably get first…

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Ashok Someshwar- What The Fish

Dreaming of a better life, a young 19 year old fisherman from the tiny fishing village of Someshwar in coastal Mangalore decided to move to Mumbai.  After getting a job as an industrial worker, he got married and was joined by his wife. Settling in Mumbai,  initially at Mazgaon and later at the industrial housing board colony at Tilaknagar in Chembur, they had three kids.  In a bid to give them a good education, the father, now a textile mill…

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Neha Lodha – Beyond the Veil

The eldest of four siblings, Neha was born and brought up in a traditional Marwari family in Raipur, Chattisgarh. When her grandmother was detected with cancer, this young girl took on the household responsibilities so that her mother could take care of her ailing grandmother. Though always very active in her creative pursuits, Neha started focusing excessively on her studies at the cost of everything else. Therefore, after her 12th Board exam, when Neha wished to pursue Engineering her father…

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Chitendra Shetty- Kaala Chashma Rocks

The middle sibling amongst three brothers, Chitendra Shetty was born and brought up in Mumbai. As a child his only association with sports was his indulgence in local games like football, cricket etc. along with the other neighboring kids. At age 45, sensing some discomfort, Chitu went for a health check-up and was diagnosed with high BP, cholesterol and sugar in 2011. This was despite being a teetotaler and non-smoker. Looked like the job related stress as a Safety Officer…

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Sonal Mishra- What’s in a Bib?

Born and brought up in Mumbai, the only form of Sports that young Gita Agrawal indulged in were the Catch n Cook games with her friends after school. Every once in a while, their Mother would take three girls for a walk from their home in Zaveri Bazaar to Nariman Point. Like many other families, they were brought up on good wholesome homemade food and either travelled by Bus or walked everywhere. At 23, Gita met and got married to…

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