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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Rohit Brijnath. About the Book: A Shot at History This revised and updated edition brings the shooters life up to date and adds to the book his experience at the London Olympics in Abhinav Bindras journey to becoming the first Indian to win an individual Olympic gold, and the first Indian to win a world championship gold.
It is a triumph born of a tragedy. Having driven himself to b About the Book: A Shot at History This revised and updated edition brings the shooters life up to date and adds to the book his experience at the London Olympics in Having driven himself to become a great shooter, he was poised to win gold at the Athens Olympics in But defeated by a freak occurrence, he changed as a shooter: from a boy who loved shooting, he became an athlete bent on redemption, becoming a scientist who would try anything, including mapping his own brain, to win in Beijing.
His victory was a triumph of hard work, of ingenuity, of stubborness and a quest for perfection. His story is about one mans search for excellence and his refusal to demand anything less than the best of himself. It is also the story of managing great success, about learning to lose and about trying to win again.
He has won seventy-eight international medals in the last fifteen years. He is currently a senior correspondent with The Straits Times in Singapore. This is his first book. Reviews: One of the finest books on sport published in India? Read it if you love sport. Read it even if you dont. Get A Copy. Hardcover , First , pages. More Details Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Shot At History , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. Sort order. Jan 27, Santhosh rated it it was amazing. This is written in the style of Abhinav talking to you directly, even as he relentlessly practises, introspects, ruminates, reflects, commits, and carries us along with him on his quest. It was a brilliant journey to get into the mind of an Olympian, experiencing the constant tinkering, the minor improvements, the minuscule adjustments, the almost relentless obsession to constantly better oneself in the grim fight with the mind.
The book is only, and only, about his shooting. So there are no sch This is written in the style of Abhinav talking to you directly, even as he relentlessly practises, introspects, ruminates, reflects, commits, and carries us along with him on his quest.
So there are no schoolkid pranks, backyard games, or personal anecdotes. His early childhood basically starts with his first gun, and proceeds from there. This is a more detailed version of Colvin's ' deliberate practice ', the upper slab of Gladwell's average of 10, hours. The writing is clear, incisive, refreshing, candid. Spoken from an athlete's perspective, it also outlines the bureaucracy that is Indian sports, the trials, the frustrations and the almost cynical contempt that he feels every time along with the adrenaline rush of victory.
It also provides a rare peek into the almost fanatical persistence required to become a world-class sportsperson or musician. Sweat and blood in prose! Nov 23, Reya Kempley rated it it was amazing Shelves: autobiography , sports. An incredible chronicle, a revealing autobiographical story, an inspirational journey, and a moving personal and emotional account of the ups and downs of the path from a talented child with a hobby to a man who becomes the best in the world!
The lengths he went to in terms of time and effort, attention to detail, experimentation, personal growth, plus the setbacks he had to overcome - this man is a champion. Bindra also offers the reader a peek into the shooting culture and community of India, An incredible chronicle, a revealing autobiographical story, an inspirational journey, and a moving personal and emotional account of the ups and downs of the path from a talented child with a hobby to a man who becomes the best in the world!
Bindra also offers the reader a peek into the shooting culture and community of India, which is eye-opening. If you have competed in any sport, the poetry of Abhinav's expression will connect with you in a deep and beautiful way - you will understand, even if you couldn't have verbalized it yourself. If you've never competed in sport, you will gain an appreciation of what some are willing to go through to reach their potential I was fortunate years ago to meet Mr.
Bindra at the U. Olympic Training Center when I was there for a training camp. It was brief and I knew little of him except that he was a dedicated shooter from India. I recall thinking of him as a friendly, quiet, and intense man. He always recognized me and said hello during my time there. I casually followed his results in major competitions, and remember feeling happy for him when I saw he'd won Gold in Beijing.
Little did I know the amazing story behind the medal! Thank you, Abhinav, for sharing your story with the world. You've inspired countless shooters everywhere, and shown your own country that the sky is the limit. Mar 11, Rajesh rated it it was amazing.
I loved reading this book every day. The book gives one a detailed picture of effort, resources and time invested by Abhinav in his Olympic gold pursuit. This is a must read for any sports lover or in fact, for anyone who wants to be a champion in his own field or a perfectionist. My mind went numb for a few minutes after reading about his preparations for Beijing 08 and what he endured emotionally.
That gave me an insight on how I should plan my preparations. Simply inspiring! Warning: this review is long. If you want a short answer, it is that this book must be read. The longer one follows.
There are some things one falls in love with early in life, and these passions often become enduring companions for life. So far, in my not-so-old life, sport has been one such friend cum lover- over time seductive, consoling and heartbreaking in nearly equal measure. Sport, mind you, not only Indian sport, although I cheer for Indian athletes more enthusiastically than those repre Warning: this review is long.
Sport, mind you, not only Indian sport, although I cheer for Indian athletes more enthusiastically than those representing other nations.
That said, I don't commonly read books by sportspersons. As reading material, they are often repetitive, and just as frequently lack any distinctive personality. Athletes who have been approached to publish the story of their lives have already created a market for it through their feats, and much of their struggle is well known to a fan of their sport In addition, the stories generally read like the ghost writer's retelling of the athlete's experiences as narrated to them, rather than the story of an extraordinary life.
This book has been written by Abhinav Bindra, who among his many triumphs can also count an individual Olympic gold India's first , in collaboration with Rohit Brijnath, who is one of the finest sport writers today.
Given the problems with sport autobiographies, Bindra scores in a way because of the under publicised nature of his chosen sport "sport shooting", he calls it. He's also done well to choose a co-writer known for his lucidity and eloquence. Given the latter, I was assured of quality, but I wondered before purchase how much of this would be in Abhinav's "voice".
I have come to the conclusion that he told his story himself, and Brijnath was the excellent medium he chose to channel it, for the following reasons: 1. There are passages where events of the past are being recounted, and in some sentences in those passages the tense used is the present tense, while in others it is the past tense. Similarly, the shooter's future peaks through unexplained at various points and is elaborated upon later in the book.
I don't think a practiced journalist would otherwise write in this manner. The book is written like a personal conversation cum Quest-Story, and focuses on no one achievement. Rather, it is about the journey itself. It is engaging and unique, and has some marvelous lines that I re-read in glee there's one about arguing bees that had me grinning in delight for several minutes in the metro ride on my way to work.
Often the marksman refers to his methods as obsessive, as have other people since.
A Shot At History: My Obsessive Journey to Olympic Gold
Abhinav Bindra was born in an affluent family that could afford the best training, coaches, and facilities. But he clearly points out that having the best of everything does not ensure success. In his book, he clearly outlines that only a hunger for excellence and an inner desire to be the best can help a person succeed in life. His journey started young, when he would practice shooting at paper targets as a child. Later, he was trained by international coaches. Abhinav Bindra talks in length about these people, his trainers and coaches, who enormously contributed to his rise as a professional shooter. His long time German Coach, Gaby Buehlmann, helped him stay grounded after his bitter disappointment at finishing seventh during the Athens Olympics in
He won the medal in the metre air rifle category, which made him India's first ever individual gold medalist; this victory came after received the seventh rank at the Athens Olympics. However, due to Bindra's inexperience in writing, he co-authored the book with sportswriter Rohit Brijnath , which took them two years to complete. After it was released on October 20, , at nationwide stores by Hapercollins, Union Sports minister Ajay Maken formally released the book on October 27, , at a function in New Delhi. In this book, Bindra tells that only hunger for success and inner desire helps anyone to achieve his or her dreams.