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  1. Priyanka Nair
    July 21, 2021 @ 12:52 pm

    Ritu, I loved the way you have presented the book. Very mindful and detailed. Anything achieved in life is definitely a combination of hard work, support, and luck. I enjoyed reading this post, the journey of Abdi Abdirahman is very inspiring.

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    • Ritu
      August 8, 2021 @ 2:35 pm

      Thank you so much Priyanka 😊. Abdi’s journey is indeed inspiring.

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  2. Mayura Amarkant
    July 22, 2021 @ 12:06 pm

    Very inspiring post! Loved the detailed interview and the story behind his hardwork. Thank you for writing this one. Looking forward to reading the book.

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    • Ritu
      August 8, 2021 @ 2:35 pm

      Thank you Mayura 😊 Do pick up the book.

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  3. Mehul Kaku
    July 23, 2021 @ 12:26 pm

    I loved the interview. This story is inspiring. He is, no doubt, a great runner but more than that he is a greater human being. The idea of balancing life with running and friends and having fun is exceptional. The concept of Magical sweat is something we all can take back in our life. And finally, like him, we all have opportunity to name our struggle as gratefulness. I am reading this book.

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    • Ritu
      August 8, 2021 @ 2:36 pm

      Exactly Mehul. There is so much to take away from the book.

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  4. Vasumathi_The Scarlett Dragonfly
    July 24, 2021 @ 2:55 am

    Wow! Your diverse reading list inspires me. Regret to say I had not heard of Abdi before this. But his philosophies seem interesting from the brief Q&A that you have shared.

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    • Ritu
      August 8, 2021 @ 2:37 pm

      Thank you so much Vasumathi 😊. The book is a must read.

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  5. Raghav Dudeja
    July 24, 2021 @ 8:22 am

    I instantly got hooked to the post when I saw that someone got qualified for Olympics at 43. Great!

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    • Ritu
      August 8, 2021 @ 2:38 pm

      Exactly Raghav. 43 and qualifying for track and field events is rare.

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  6. Satabdi Mukherjee
    July 24, 2021 @ 7:48 pm

    This is an inspiring post and it’s made me add the book to my reading list. Such a balanced approach to training, running, and life!

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    • Ritu
      August 8, 2021 @ 2:39 pm

      I am so glad to know that Satabdi 😊

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  7. Shreemayee Chattopadhyay
    July 25, 2021 @ 6:46 am

    Wow, that’s such an interesting read. Yes, whatever is happening in your life, deal with fun and excitement. And this Olympic is going to be a great fun and that’s from the very first day.

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    • Ritu
      August 8, 2021 @ 2:41 pm

      Exactly Shreemayee. It is upon us how we face the setbacks. The Olympics has indeed been amazing!😊

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  8. Smita Saksena
    July 25, 2021 @ 11:59 am

    Very nice and thorough review. The book seems like an interesting one. Would like to read it for sure!

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    • Ritu
      August 8, 2021 @ 2:41 pm

      Thank you Smita 😊

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  9. Suhasini I.P.
    July 25, 2021 @ 12:22 pm

    He is such an inspiring personality. I read his story to my kid, to teach about grit and determination. Thanks

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    • Ritu
      August 8, 2021 @ 2:42 pm

      That is wonderful Suhasini 😊

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  10. Shail Thosani
    July 25, 2021 @ 3:38 pm

    I have hardly read memoirs. I feel that doing justice to a person’s real life journey becomes difficult to capture in a book. This one sounds interesting. I will download it and read it.

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    • Ritu
      August 8, 2021 @ 2:42 pm

      I know what you mean. Do pick it up Shail 😊

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  11. Akanksha Singh
    July 25, 2021 @ 7:10 pm

    It is so inspiring to see people follow their passion even at a later age. He is an inspiration and the book will certainly inspire many others.

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    • Ritu
      August 8, 2021 @ 2:43 pm

      He is an inspiration indeed 😊

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  12. Abha Mondal
    July 25, 2021 @ 8:56 pm

    What an inspiration journey of Abdi Abdirahman. Loved how he shared his journey and experiences in this book. And the golden words he said ‘Maintaining a positive attitude is a choice.’ are so motivational.

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    • Ritu
      August 8, 2021 @ 2:43 pm

      Those are indeed golden words, Abha. 😊

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  13. Seema Bardeskar
    July 25, 2021 @ 9:41 pm

    It was so good to read about Mr. Abdi Abdirahman. I’ve never been a runner myself but it’s so inspiring to know how he started and where he is now.

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    • Ritu
      August 8, 2021 @ 2:44 pm

      Exactly Seema. He is an inspiration

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  14. Sweta Papaiyawala
    July 26, 2021 @ 7:57 am

    We do not about such people unless some one males effort. He has been to Olympics 5 times and that is not a joke. Such a struggle and hard work. I like the name though. Black cactus. Amazing and thanks to u for bringing such beauty out.

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    • Ritu
      August 8, 2021 @ 2:45 pm

      My pleasure Sweta.😊 We need more such inspiring reads.

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  15. Noor Anand Chawla
    August 3, 2021 @ 11:20 pm

    One learns something new every day. Though I’m ashamed to admit it, Abdi Abdelrahman and his incredible journey were completely new to me, but I’m so glad I came across this post and even tempted to pick the book.

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    • Ritu
      August 8, 2021 @ 2:50 pm

      I didn’t know about him either Noor before PR by the Book approached me for the spotlight. There are so many inspirational people out there that we rarely know of.

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