Hindustan Times (Delhi) | 20 Dec 2014Endurance runner Sumedha Mahajan’s (left) story is sure to bring to mind a few rushes from the Tom Hanks-starrer, Forrest Gump (1994), where he was shown setting out on a three-year coast-to-coast marathon. Three years is a bit far-fetched in real life, but Sumedha ran 1,500 km from Delhi to Mumbai, earning her an entry into the Limca Book of Records. Sumedha has penned the account of her journey covering six states, in her book Miles to Run Before I Sleep, which was launched recently. The subtitle of the book aptly states Sumedha’s story in a sentence — how an ordinary woman ran an extraordinary distance.
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Rahul Fernandes, Hindustan Times | Updated: Feb 18, 2013 12:03 ISTRunning an ultra-marathon can be a lonesome experience. But the stories emanating from these runs are truly inspirational, and best testify the resilience of the human body.
by Forbes India | Jan 10, 2015Diggi Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan, January 21-25, 2015, jaipurliteraturefestival.org Dubbed the largest free literary festival on earth, the Jaipur Literature Festival brings together some of the greatest thinkers and writers from across the world. The ninth edition will see a gathering of eminent literati like Nobel laureate VS Naipul, British author Hanif Kureishi and celebrated travel writer Paul Theroux, and will have a number of themes across sessions and panel discussions. Poetry will be one of the highlights of the five-day event as will be South Asian writing and the rich literature of the ‘Seven Sisters’ of the North-East.
Rediff.com | January 13, 2015 17:18 IST'I learned the hard way that world is never going to give you a hand and pull you up. You have to haul yourself up. So take care of yourself, you will need yourself more than any other person in the world. The forces of nature are with you, keep the faith.'
The Asian Age | Jan 18, 2015 - DiptiEndurance runner Sumedha Mahajan’s vocabulary does not consist of the word ‘quitting’. She suffers from asthma, slip disc and lumbar degeneration. Learn why she still never gave up.
Miles to Run Before I Sleep is the true story of Sumedha Mahajan, a married, working woman who undertook an extraordinary journey. At an age when most women worry about household finances and the responsibilities starting a family, she wanted to break the mould and follow her dreams. Sumedha was born with asthma and the hospital was her second home throughout her childhood. She started running to keep herself fit and to prevent asthma attacks, but it developed into a way of life. Then, in April 2012, she took up the challenge of running 1,500 kilometers from Delhi to Mumbai in thirty days. When the run began, it was purely a physical challenge which she had set for herself but, as it progressed, it became a mental struggle that took Sumedha to her very limits and as she made her triumphant way to the finish line, she overcame not just her physical shortcomings, but also the extreme prejudice of lookers-on who were convinced that she would fail miserably.
An account of a gruelling adventure and a rousing story about finding oneself, Miles to Run Before I Sleep both inspires and delights.