Swimming against the tide - True Story of Para Swimmer Madhavi Latha Prathigudupu
By Madhavi Latha Prathigudupu
I never thought I'd ever be referred to as an author....
I remember my dad always encouraged me to read books from a wide variety of genres, throughout my childhood. My mom taught us the Telugu alphabet before going to school itself. The moment I was able to read, I started reading short stories. After seeing my interest in reading books, my dad started bringing story books for children. I remember people fondly called me "book worm" by the time I turned 7.
I had surgery for my legs at NIMS, Hyderabad, when I was 7 years old, to correct the contractures which were caused due to polio (I had a massive polio attack when I was just 7 months old).
I was popular in the hospital - not by name but as "bookworm" Later in the early teen years of my life itself, I completed reading all the books in the two libraries in our village.
Dad envisioned that I'd be a writer someday. What did I do to fulfill his wish?
Watch this space for more on my journey...
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