A dream come true for many

A dream come true for many

Olympic medallist Saina Nehwal surely has a very strong fan base in the City. The news of the young star visiting the City for a store launch, spread far and wide and there were people from as far as Kengeri Satellite Town, to attend the event and get an autograph. Although, the event began late, young fans waited eagerly to get up close with their favourite star. 

There were children as young as five years old to adults as well. They not only had paper pads but grabbed whatever they could from caps, T-shirts, badminton racquets... to get Saina’s autograph on it. 

Rashmi Shankar had come all the way from Kengeri Satellite Town with her little daughter. “My daughter is a big fan of Saina and says that she wants to be like her someday. And as a parent, I believe that Saina is the perfect role model for a lot of young people. Her sense of perseverance and determination is unmatched,” says Rashmi.  There were a handful of students and those who train and play state level badminton at the event. Sahana, a student of Sindhi High School, confesses that she has never missed a single match Saina has played till date. 

“She is an amazing player and I draw my inspiration from the way she conducts herself and her determination is something I try to emulate,” she says. Seersha, a  second-year degree student of Christ College, thinks that there’s more to Saina than just badminton. “I like her sense of style and fashion. She’s a woman and has brought so much honour to the country. She’s a perfect example for today’s young people,” says Seersha. 

Uzma, another student waited eagerly to get a glimpse of Saina, “I can’t believe that I got to see Saina in flesh and blood. I’ve seen her only on the television. Seeing her in person and getting so close to her is a dream come true,” she adds. 

Shika is an under-15 state level badminton player, who dropped out of regular school to pursue her passion for badminton. “Saina is undisputedly an icon of sorts. My mother is a teacher, so I don’t go to a regular school but she teaches me at home and I spend a better part of my time playing and practising badminton. I joined the sport after watching Saina,” she says. DHNS