A review of two books for children – India at the Olympic Games (for 8-plus years) and India’s Olympic Story (11-plus years). Published by Chennai-based Tulika, in association with the British Council and the Abhinav Bindra Foundation, the books were released just before the start of The Games in London. The article was published in (The Hindu) Business Line on 27 July 2012 in the Weekend Life section.
Do you know who won the first Olympic running race? Or what the crown of olive leaves presented to the winner was called? How about the year in which India first took part in the Olympics? Can you name the ‘magician’ who led our country to gold in hockey?
This is not a quiz — it’s a teaser to nuggets of information packed away in two books recently launched for children: India at the Olympic Games (for 8-plus years) and India’s Olympic Story (11-plus years). Published by Chennai-based Tulika, in association with the British Council and the Abhinav Bindra Foundation, the colourfully illustrated package includes history, trivia, and mini-biographies. Both books open with a letter from Abhinav Bindra, India’s first individual Olympic gold medallist, in which he talks about his love for sports, and the spirit of the Olympics.
Moving from the origin of the Games, the books discuss India’s performance over the years, and profile prominent Indian sportspersons who have made their mark there. The book for the younger audience is visually more attractive, with the narrative centred around illustrations, while the other is text-heavy and uses cartoon-strips to lighten the account.
(The article continues. Read the full article at the Business Line website: Faster, further, higher…factoids)