|Children run at full pace to keep up with a fast moving truck to steal Coal from a Government truck transporting Coal from a mine at Dhanbad, 2010 - Photo Subhash Sharma.|
Soon to be released Bollywood movie 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' - is reportedly based on legendary 'Flying Sikh' - Indian Olympian and super sprinter 'Milkha Singh' who could run as if there was no tomorrow.
I encountered sprinters of a different kind who too would run for sheer life to steal coal or go hungry...literally as their daily existence depended on that....Guess if these children were instead put in a athletic school will they not make super runners ? In an irony of sorts, India's sport's talent, be it in running, hockey or archery comes from the hinterland where sheer hardships and often times desperation trains and hardens them.
....On my asking how they could run so fast one of these boys remarked : 'Jab G... pe Polisiya Daanda padne kar darr lagta hai... toh apne aap aag ki tarah bhagna aa jaata hai ' as they burst out laughing..