Praise for Smash!

Despite emergence of badminton as the second most played sport in India, literature on it is still lagging way behind. In this situation, Benedict’s work assumes special relevance.
I am sure this work will inspire many youngsters to set their goals higher and achieve greater glories in the years to come.

Vimal Kumar, Chief Coach, Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy

Congratulations. It’s so good to see an exclusive book on Indian badminton. I hope people learn a lot about the history of Indian badminton. I’m happy that we are getting recognition through your book which is needed. There’s so much to learn from badminton. I hope people enjoy your book. Thank you for making this book for everybody.

Jwala Gutta, Indian Doubles Champion

A brilliant book! It’s a reservoir of experiences, fight-backs and endurance. Sports, and specifically sports coaching, has so much similarity with the journeys of entrepreneurs – responsible not only for oneself but for others. The book teaches how to imbibe failures and learn from rejections. Great Read!

Manish Gaur, Managing Partner – IVS School of Design & Urbane The Design Workshop

I’m impressed with the holistic approach which you have taken in presenting the indian badminton story. This book reveals the essence of how Indian badminton reached the pinnacle of international competitive achievement.

Benedict has articulated a wide and yet intricately detailed view of the evolvement of the game and of all the players, coaches and organisations which made Indian badminton what it is today. Some great learnings and quotes from sportspersons from different sporting backgrounds will benefit all who read it.

Geet Sethi, 5 times winner of World Professional Billiards Championship. Author of Success vs Joy

This book inspires you to anticipate career and business challenges and take it to the next level. I learnt new ways of looking about training from badminton coaches. Indian badminton champions truly inspire youth to aspire to be the best in the world.

Sandeep Das, Strategy Consultant, Author, Yours Sarcastically, Hacks for Career and Life: A Millennial’s Guide to Making it Big

As a mentor to many young minds, this book is a strong recommendation. I particularly liked the junior-senior synergy anecdotes. Badminton never seemed so intriguing. Kudos for such a sporty presentation of life lessons.

Saloni Sinha, Faculty, Business Communications & Theatre, BIMTECH, Noida

Smash! is both informative and meditative in its decoding of the rise of badminton in India and the way to the ambitious future we desire. All in all, a good read for sports lovers and curious lay readers alike.

Pooja Bhula, Journalist and Co-author of Intelligent Fanatics of India

A must read for sport lovers. The journey of the rise of Indian badminton is very well captured. It offers key points for serious badminton players to take their game to the next level. This book shatters the myth that Indians are not strong enough to compete against the best in the world. Every Indian sportsperson can take a leaf out of Indian badminton’s success story.

Rajeev Narayana Iyer, Program Manager @ Walmart

Could get through the book easily. It’s a page turner.

Praveen P, IT Professional

This book is insightful and gives an inspiring perspective into Indian badminton. It’s a must read for all athletes and coaches.

Nida Sara Ahmed, Student