Despite India’s sending its largest ever contingent (till then) to the summer Olympics in 2012 in London, the opening ceremony featured Bangalore-based danseuse Madhura Nagendra, who was seen walking at the head of the Indian team’s march during the Parade of Nations.

She grabbed more attention than the medal exploits of the 83 member-strong team representing India. Considering that India did end up with its best-ever haul of six medals – two silver and four bronze – perhaps it was a little bit unfair. After all, India’s showing in the Olympics has to be measured not against other countries (Jamaica, with a population similar to Pune’s, 2.75 million, won four each of golds, silvers, and bronzes) but against its own past.

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