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Threading @rvaidya2000 's tweets on #Rani Rampal, Hockey sensation
“I wanted an escape from my life; from the electricity shortages, to the mosquitoes buzzing in our ear when we slept, from barely having two square meals to seeing our home getting flooded when it rained. 1/n
Parents tried their best, but there was only so much they could doPapa was a cart puller -Maa worked asmaid.There was hockey academy near my home-I’d spend hours watching players practice- really wanted to play.Papa would earn Rs.80/day- couldn't afford to buy me a stick. 2/n
Everyday, I’d ask the coach to teach me too.He’d reject because I wasmalnourished. "You aren’t strong enough to pull through a practice session.’Found a broken hockey stick in field-began practicing-I didn’t have training clothes,so I was running around in salwar kameez. 3/n
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