Book Review – Dare To Run by Amit Sheth
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” – Goethe.
Name – Dare To Run.
Author – Amit Sheth.
ISBN – 978-93-80392-12-7.
Price – 249.
Number of pages – 240.
Genre – Running motivation, biography.
About the author
I never heard about Mr. Amit Sheth till the time I attended TCS World 10k expo. His book was on display with other sad memorabilia like key chains, coffee mugs etc. I preferred to pick up the book. I never knew an Indian will ever write a book on running. After reading it I found out that it being a bestseller and in the ranks of books like Ultramarathon Man or Eat and Run or Born to Run or Once A Runner.
Amit Sheth is not a star runner but a average person like you and me. Though his grit and determination is something which is rare. He started to run only at the age of 38 and since then hasn’t looked back. He has done numerous marathons and ultras in India and abroad. Most noticeable are his attempts at Comrades Ultra Marathon.
About the book
Dare To run is a autobiographical account of Amit Sheth and his musings with running. The book starts with an essay on the failure of making it to the cut off time limit at 82.17k mark. Thereafter, the book takes the reader on a progressive journey of 27 chapters. Essays to be precise. Each chapter or an essay are so interlinked and yet can be read independently, like a compilation of blog posts.
Amit Sheth is not a ace distance runner. He starts running at the age of 38 with numerous regular visits to his Doctor. However, his grit and determination to succeed and finish his challenge does the needful.
The book covers his races at Comrades. One of a failure and later of the success of finishing. The description of the failure is quite emotional and one gets a lump in the throat. However, the first failure did not deter him from attempting the next years race where he finds success. The essay on his failure gets a response from Bruce Fordyce(nine time winner of Comrades Marathon).
There are a number of things I liked about the book and author’s life, which I hope you will also like are –
1. The author seems to be a well read man. The examples and stories he brings out from the teachings and stories of Osho, Buddhism, Indian mythology, David and Goliath, quotes by Shakespeare, Mahabharat, Gurucharan Das, Socrates to name a few, adds spice and flavor to the book.
2. Amit has a very easy and conversational style of writing which feels as if he himself is sitting next to you and narrating the story.
3. His wife, Neepa, runs with him. A lucky man indeed.
4. The chapters ‘Why Do I Run?’ and ‘My Social Life’ are the ones I liked the most because I could relate to them. The happiness I get from running in the wild than partying with friends in a club and drinking like a fish is something, I think, I share in common with the author.
5. He has a number of races, both national and international, under his belt. He has the money and time and passion, which I envy.
My first reaction on reading this book was, “What the hell! Why didn’t I read this book before? Why didn’t I hear about this book? Who is this Amit Sheth? I need to write to him.” And I shot out an email to him to tell him that I really loved reading his book and congratulating him for such a fine work, though it’s a couple of years old publication. He, to my surprise, replied back with a thanks.
If you are a runner, slow or fast, or if you are still contemplating on taking up running or if you are just looking for a adrenaline kick and motivation, this book is for you. It is a book every avid reader would be proud to display in his library. The story of Amit is remarkable and is one which makes you believe that anything is possible.
I will take this opportunity to end this book review on Dare To Run by Amit Sheth by giving out the last paragraph from the book.
“I don’t have the vocabulary to express my gratitude for this gift of running. Perhaps the only way to show my gratitude is to just keep running…running…running!”
Till then stay fit and keep running.