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Lucknow boy writes book to make sports a movement in country

This book explains how sports played a major role in holistic personality development of the players.

lucknow Updated: Mar 30, 2017 13:29 IST
Rajeev Mullick
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Kanishka Pandey(HT Photo)

Lucknow boy Kanishka Pandey has penned down his research on sports in form of a book, ‘Sports: A way of life’. Recently, the book was released by iconic sports person Pullela Gopi Chand at a function held in New Delhi. 

“You can become a person to reckon with only if you play sports along with your studies,” says Kanishka, a bureaucrat’s son and a budding researcher, who had his formal education up to Class 12 at St Francis College and played sports at KD Singh Babu Stadium.  

This book explains how sports played a major role in holistic personality development of the players. Apart from such biographies of great distinguished players, efforts have been made to make it result oriented, said Kanishka who is also pursuing LLB from Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi. 

Kanishka says, “I have underlined the findings through this book to make sports a movement in the country.” This book makes an attempt to find out how to stand against misleading ideas about sports. 

“In the book, I have also explained how to make sports attractive among children and how to motivate parents so that they encourage their children to actively participate in sporting activities. Sports help children groom into complete individuals,” he said. 

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It is a general notion that reading research books doesn't strike the chords of the reader in a way as other genres do. This book even though is a concise form of the original research yet a little liberty has been taken to make it interesting for common readers, he said. 

After completing his graduation from St Stephen’s College, Kanishka started preparing for civil services exam and despite his hard labour, the result was not as expected. This disheartened Kanishka and also lead to insomnia. “It was during this time that my father reminded me of my days as a sportsman where I received applause irrespective of the fact whether I had won or lost. He reminded me that the applause was always for the fighting spirit which I showed,” says Kanishka, whose father Dr Ajai Shanker Pandey is a senior IAS officer of UP cadre and currently on deputation as officer on special duty with the governor of Rajasthan. 

He left bed, picked up a diary and started jotting down whatever thoughts came to his mind. “I don't remember for how long I wrote and when exactly did I fall asleep but the following morning when I woke up I realised that a 15 page synopsis of a book was ready. This is how the journey of the research took off,” Kanishka said. 

To identify the values of sports, Kanishka went through biographies of sporting icons besides peeping into the 15 years of active association with sports as a badminton player. The important thing is that this effort was not limited to identifying sports values only. The book has also analysed the various events and challenges related to the personal life of the players, he said. 

The next stage of his research will focus on the relationship between sports and depression. “I believe that a personality devoid of sports is a fertile ground for depression.Since depression is being termed as a pandemic by health science, hence the use of sports in dealing with this medical condition has also been included in the study. Psychiatrists, depression specialists and neurologist all agree that sports help fight this medical condition in a big way,” he said.

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