Fauja Singh, the world’s oldest runner – A new addition to the list of superheroes in children’s books

A 36-year young professor based in the United States of America, Simranjeet Singh is from the Sikh community. He often wondered why no superhero looked like the one from his community. Simultaneously, hate crimes against this particular section have been on a constant rise in the country. He decided to turn around the situation by introducing a superhero who hails from the same community.

The book is titled Fauja Singh Keeps Going’ and it’s based on the story of the world’s oldest runner Fauja Singh. It also contains vivid illustrations by Baljinder Kaur. On a positive note, it has become a bestseller since its release on Aug 25.

The book sights experiences of Fauja’s childhood at Beas village in Jalandhar (Punjab). Fauja was born in 1911 and couldn’t walk for the first five years. This condition became a contributing factor in hindering his education. Even the doctors couldn’t explain a fair reason behind this condition. But, as soon as he turned five, he miraculously started to walk. However, he was a fragile child who, for the first time, continuously walked for about a mile after he turned 15. And the rest is history.