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Padma Shri

Saina Nehwal, Badminton Player

Inspirational Icons: Saina Nehwal

Text by Zaral Shah. Illustrations by Pratap Chalke

"I am the same person on and off the courts. My temperament is very cool"
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Sania Mirza, Tennis Player, multiple Grand Slam winner, Arjuna Award, Padma Shri, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Padma Bhushan

Inspirational Icons: Sania Mirza

Text by Zaral Shah. Illustrations by Pratap Chalke

"I wish many more girls would break out of their shells so that we will have more athletes coming out of the country"
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Dipa Karmakar, Gymnast

Winners’ Circle: Dipa Karmakar

Text by Huzan Tata. Illustrations by Pratap Chalke

For mastering the Produnova vault and becoming the talk of the nation after the last Olympics
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Dipika Pallikal, Indian Squash Player
August 17, 2015

Dipika Pallikal Raises A Racquet

Text by Shraddha Jahagirdar-Saxena. Jewellery by Jaipur Gems. Photographed by Ishaan Nair. Styling by Chandni Bahri. Make-Up And Hair by Rosario Belmonte, Anima Creative Management. Location Courtesy: Roche Bobois, Mumbai

Braving loneliness, new cultures and rigorous schedules, 23-year-old Dipika Pallikal has lived in different continents to pursue her passion for her sport. Undeterred by harsh losses and unexpected challenges, India’s top female squash player has successfully brought the individual sport into the limelight. Verve spends time with the sports star who, looking forward to her marriage with cricketer Dinesh Karthik, is gunning for the top spot in her game
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Squash Player: Dipika Pallikal, Padma Shri winner

Power Player: Dipika Pallikal

Text by Viseshika Sharma. Image Courtesy: Adidas

Squash player Dipika Pallikal makes it to Verve's Power Moment list for being the youngest ever Padma Shri awardee
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