India’s first individual Olympics gold medallist (Beijing 2008), shooter Abhinav Bindra, 29, stresses that it wasn’t talent but sheer perseverance that pushed him to the top. In an interview with Mint, he talks about his biography In A Shot at History: My Obsessive Journey to Olympic Gold, co-authored withsports writer and columnist Rohit Brijnath:
What inspired you to write this book?
The biggest motivation was to make an attempt to share my experience with people and give them an insight into my journey, into my life, my sport and me as an individual. I hope some young people benefit from it. I really believe everybody has to chart their own course and if somebody benefits, I’ll be delighted.
Much has been said about your dedication and hard work. Does the book deal with that aspect?
I am not talented at all. If I could achieve any amount of success, anybody can. It’s all about hard work, a lot of hard work. It’s about a lot of perseverance where you have to be committed and true to your goal. If you do that, no barrier is hard enough to cross. More: