We live in the era of cricket, tennis, football, chess and I can keep adding other games to this list. But where is Field Hockey in that list ?

Field Hockey is the India’s National Sport.

Do you know?

  • 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Indian Hockey Team won Gold medal.
  • 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, USA – Indian Hockey Team won Gold medal
  • 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany – Again the Indian Hockey Team won Gold medal, much to the dismay of Adolf Hitler.

The man behind these victories was Dhyan Singh Chand – the magician of hockey. The local newspaper put it like this during 1928 Olympics: “This is not a game of hockey, but magic. Dhyan Chand is in fact the magician of hockey.

Today, we celebrate his birthday, August 29, as our National Sports Day.

Dhyan Singh “Chand” – Hockey’s Magician


The book is written by Dilip D’Souza, illustrated by Mohit Suneja  and published by Pratham books. It tells us the story of the hockey magician. The book explains Dhyan Chand’s perseverance and hard work and how he practiced late into the nights and on the rail tracks. It goes on to tell us how he proved Adolf Hitler wrong.

The book also tells us the laments of Dhyan after India was dismissed in 1976 Olympics. Dhyan Singh is supposed to have said, “Kabhi nahin socha tha aisa din dekhna padega” (I never thought I’d have to see such a day).

This book is a good read for the kids of this era to know and understand about the heroes of the past. I also really hope that the Indian Hockey Team can revive its glory back and come back. I consider this book  a very good tribute to Indian Hockey and its star Dhyan Singh Chand.

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