For much of my early childhood, Dara Singh was the only superhero I knew.
Marvel didn't really exist in the Indian eye, the Mahabharata was mythical - tales of magic and power, Mandrake and Phantom were probably the closest we got to the 'other' supermen but they came later.
Dara Singh was real and he would figure in all my father's stories. I would wait for my dad to come back home and tell us another Dara Singh story. The stories, which I now know were made up, always ended in the same way: Dara Singh would rise, against the odds, and win.
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