“I was born in a middle class family. We were 6 children. We went to school like all kids and later in the evening we worked at my father’s factory. Later I had to give up school since we couldn’t afford it. So I took up typing classes after 10th and that helped me secure a job in the Department of Horticulture, as a typist. Post work I would play Table Tennis at the club and that was it. Everyday was a routine untill the day I first saw the billiards table. I started playing because the table was available and we had a coach to teach us. Since I was good at it, my coach enrolled me into the state tournament. The minute I won a state tournament, I gained confidence and started working hard and practising after work hours or during lunch breaks. I never knew all the hard work will fetch me The World Championship Title. This happened in 2012 and I was 47 years old then. When I first held the billiards stick, I didn’t know this was meant for me. But at that age, the achievement was overwhelming. And that’s the only thing that makes me very special though I look very ordinary” she says with pride in her eyes and a smile on her face.

“You do not know when life will happen to you in your life. It’s all about taking chances and putting your heart and soul into the work you do. That’s what I did. And I totally enjoy travelling to places and playing tournaments. I also enjoy coming back to Bangalore and going back to my regular job”

“I got married at the age of 39 and I would never have been able to achieve whatever I’ve done if not for his constant backing. I am Umadevi Revanna”