London Olympics 2012: The son rises, spreads warmth | Cover Story | Times Crest
Popular on Times Crest
  • In This Section
  • Entire Website
  • Mission admission
    July 13, 2013
    The news of a member stumping up over a crore for entry to Mumbai’s Breach Candy club only proves that the allure of private clubs still holds…
  • Finer tastes
    July 13, 2013
    It is the culinary tradition and its grand interiors that Bengal Club is justifiably proud of.
  • High on gloss, low on airs
    July 13, 2013
    As older establishments close their doors, premium clubs offering state-of-the-art facilities and personalised service open for upwardly mobile…
More in this Section
Profiles
Leaving tiger watching to raise rice Ecologist Debal Deb, who did his post-doctoral research from IISc in…
The crorepati writer He's the man who gives Big B his lines. RD Tailang, the writer of KBC.
Chennai-Toronto express Review Raja is a Canadian enthusiast whose quirky video reviews of Tamil…
Don't parrot, perform Maestro Buddhadev Dasgupta will hold a masterclass on ragas.
A man's man Shivananda Khan spent his life speaking up for men who have sex with men.
Bhowmick and the first family of Indian football At first glance, it would be the craziest set-up in professional football.
From Times Blogs
The end of Detroit
Jobs in Detroit's car factories are moving to India.
Chidanand Rajghatta
How I love the word ‘dobaara’...
Can ‘bindaas’ or ‘jhakaas’ survive transliteration?
Shobhaa De
Anand marte nahin...
India's first superstar died almost a lonely life.
Robin Roy
OLYMPIC PUNCH

London Olympics 2012: The son rises, spreads warmth



MORE TO COME: Bhagwan may have exited the Olympics early, but is confident of a better future

Jai Bhagwan was doted upon by his parents. He returned the favour by entering the ring.

The lure of flashy tracksuits - brightly coloured and differently styled - pulled a 13-year-old Hisar boy into the boxing ring. Jai Bhagwan made the second round of the London Olympics. At 26, you could say he is something of a late bloomer, but the Commonwealth Games gold medal winner was considered a medal hope in London.

Bhagwan was born in a lower middle class family, where his father, a junior-rung employee in the state PWD department was hardly earning enough to fulfill the requirements of his four children. Born after two girls and a lot of prayer, the little Jai was much doted upon. "His mother ensured that he got a special diet. As a kid, Jai was a healthy child, " remembers father Rajpal Singh.

"He thought that if he took up the sport, he would get free tracksuits as well as a government job, " says Rajpal. An impressionable Bhagwan was inspired by Pritam Thakur, son of the landlord and a boxer in the army. An inspired Bhagwan chose to emulate him.

The determined boy started learning the finer points of boxing at Hisar's Mahabir Stadium. He won over 18 golds in various junior and senior nationalranking competitions. Keeping in mind his passion for the game, the family even shifted to the outskirts of the city so that they could rear buffaloes to meet his dietary needs.

However, as an additional economic supplement, Jai Bhagwan joined the Punjab Police as a constable but then shifted to the Railways. Today, employed as an inspector in Haryana Police, the financial troubles may have been taken care of, and it is only boxing that occupies his mind.

But Birmati, Jai Bhagwan's mother, is not a happy woman. The 48-year-old frets that her son now avoids his favourite dishes like kheer and churma prepared by her, because he has to make sure his weight stays below 60 kg. "It is really painful when Jai comes home but eats nothing to maintain his weight. We are hoping that he wins a medal and then I can feed him all his loved dishes, " she laments good-naturedly.

Other Times Group news sites
The Times of India | The Economic Times
इकनॉमिक टाइम्स | ઈકોનોમિક ટાઈમ્સ
Mumbai Mirror | Times Now
Indiatimes | नवभारत टाइम्स
महाराष्ट्र टाइम्स
Living and entertainment
Timescity | iDiva | Bollywood | Zoom
| Technoholik | MensXP.com

Networking

itimes | Dating & Chat | Email
Hot on the Web
Hotklix
Services
Book print ads | Online shopping | Business solutions | Book domains | Web hosting
Business email | Free SMS | Free email | Website design | CRM | Tenders | Remit
Cheap air tickets | Matrimonial | Ringtones | Astrology | Jobs | Property | Buy car
Online Deals
About us | Advertise with us | Terms of Use and Grievance Redressal Policy | Privacy policy | Feedback
Copyright© 2010 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. All rights reserved. For reprint rights: Times Syndication Service