Unbreakable: an Autobiography

Unbreakable: an Autobiography

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Paperback, Pages: 152

Genres: Biography, Autobiography, Nonfiction, Cultural

Language: English

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‘My Years of hard work, the refusal to give up, pushing every boundary there was. The thrill, the joy of winning, the successes. The Olympic bronze, my most prized possession. And boxing, the sport I gave myself to. All of it is real. I was the David who took on the Goliaths in the boxing ring – and I won, most of the time.’

MANGTE CHUNGNEIJANG MARY KOM. Queen of the Indian boxing ring. The winner of give world championships and an Olympic medal.

Born to parents who were landless agricultural labour in the state of Manipur in Northeast India, Mary’s story is one of relentless struggle and unflagging passion for the sport of boxing. A childhood of hard labour prepared her body for the sport just as well as any fitness training might have. Her own will and aggression carried her through the minefield of politics that any sport in India is. Nimble of foot and pulling no punches, the boxing ring was Mary’s dominion.

M.C. Mary Kom is not yet ready to call it a day, but here she tells her story so far, no holds barred – her tough childhood, her rebellions, how long she waited for Onler to propose marriage, how she was willing to run away with him and , of course, how she held her won in the male world of boxing. It’s all packed into this inspiring, exhilarating tale of a woman who faced impossible odds in a man’s world – and won.

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  •    Kazrarisar Enley
    2020
    Unbreakable by M.C. Mary Kom could have been the story of any woman living in rural India. For a majority of Indian women, life is a struggle – a struggle to follow their dreams, a struggle to assert their rights, a struggle to make ends meet. What sets her apart is the sheer grit with which she faces every hurdle, and her determination to not let her struggle go in vain.
    Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom is a woman who has worked really hard to distinguish herself as an achiever. A five time World Boxing Champion, she is the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships. At the London Olympics 2012 , the first time women’s boxing was introduced as an Olympic sport, she won a bronze.
    Unbreakable traces Mary Kom’s life from the time she was born, to her sojourn at the 2012 London Olympics. Born in a small village in Manipur, in a family primarily dependent on farming, her attempts to study despite the house-work and farm-work is a story many young Indian girls will identify with. She describes how she discovered her passion for boxing, her initial days of training, even going into details of the politics among sports bodies, both at state and national level. Anecdotes about each of her five World Champion medals are tightly woven with incidents in her personal life – her shift to Delhi, falling in love, marriage, the birth of her children, loss of a parent. The book highlights the maternal side of her as well; her agony at having to part from her children during the long training camps, spending her breaks setting the house in order; making her come across as no different than most other working women of her age. The 12 pages of photographs from her personal and professional life make you feel as if you have known her all your life.
    What makes the book a winner is the short and crisp narration. The 140 pages book is clear, to-the-point and full of action, much like her punches. Autobiographies, if not handled well, tend to turn into a rant, but there is not a single dull minute in her narrative. By the end of the book, you feel like giving a standing ovation to this woman who is a role model for millions of women who do not have the means, yet have the dreams and the will to strive for them.
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  •    Yorisar Lutran
    2020
    The Magnificent Mary

    This is an autobiography of India's most celebrated women boxer Mary Kom. She carved a career out for her. From humble beginings to highest honor, Mary has seen it all. The book reads more like a self help book than a real autobiography. She goes in depth to explain her poverty and the sacrifies her near and dear made to give her an opportunity to be what she is today.
    Her husband is a real hero, Mary had all the fame. Under her shadows he did everything he promised and more. No body talks about her husband, but yes he is the real hero.
    Again, as an autobiography she seldom talks about any boxing techniques or stratergies. I was expecting her to explain cetain bouts technically. Like how the opponent threw a right and she blocked with left high and threw a right hook. Or her favorite upper right etc. Or even when she was hurt and she did something to come out and win the bout. But none of those details exist.
    She just mentions the tournoment name and gives the round score and the result if she won or not. Over and over again. Atleast she could have explained her final bout in olympics. But nope.

    Having said that, Mary has a remarkable story and lesson for everyone.
    She has made India proud on multiple occasions and all the best for Olympics 2016!
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