In Perfect Balance is the story of Dipa Karmakar – Biography for children, the first female Indian Olympic gymnast. Karmakar is famous for being one of only five women in the world who have ever successfully landed the Produnova vault. The story is inspiring since Dipa had to overcome diversity, having flat feet, not suitable for gymnastics, and having mostly makeshift facilities as the sport was not popular so is not well funded in India.
This inspiring biographical children’s book was brought to us by Pratham’s Storyweaver platform, and is available in the creative commons.
Author: Sreelata Menon, Illustrator: Sonal Gupta
Sample from – Dipa Karmakar – In Perfect Balance, Biography for children
Dipa loved to jump.
She loved to climb trees.
And most of all, she loved to run and play with her Puja Didi.
Dipa lived in Agartala, the capital of Tripura.
Agartala is green and beautiful with agarwood trees and pineapple, orange and litchi orchards.
Her Baba was a national weightlifting champion. On most days, she went with him to the gymnasium, where he was a coach.
Ma and Baba wanted both their daughters to take up sports. So, at the age of five, Dipa started training.
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