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Dipa Karmakar’s stopover at obscure Bapgaon on road to Tokyo Olympics

Dipa Karmakar is camped in Bapgaon for three weeks starting January 1, and is relishing, amongst other things, clean air and a pared-down lifestyle, fresh, unadulterated cow milk.

Dipa Karmakar's stopover at obscure Bapgaon on road to Tokyo Olympics

The Indian Express visits a private gymnasium in a bucolic setting on the outskirts of Bhiwandi, Maharashtra, that is helping Dipa Karmakar perfect her moves ahead of Olympic qualifiers. (Express Photo by Deepak Joshi) READ FULL STORY: https://indianexpress.com/article/sports/tokyo-via-bapgaon-dipa-karmakar-maharashtra-gynasoium-olympics-5546627/

Dipa Karmakar's stopover at obscure Bapgaon on road to Tokyo Olympics

Dipa Karmakar is the biggest arrival at the Aakar Gymnasium training centre in Bapgaon, bordering Kalyan and Bhiwandi along river Ulhas. (Express Photo by Deepak Joshi)

Dipa Karmakar's stopover at obscure Bapgaon on road to Tokyo Olympics

Dipa Karmakar is camped here for three weeks starting January 1, and is relishing, amongst other things, clean air and a pared-down lifestyle, fresh, unadulterated cow milk. (Express Photo by Deepak Joshi)

Dipa Karmakar's stopover at obscure Bapgaon on road to Tokyo Olympics

Dipa has taken accommodation in a tiny but tidy room of a two-storey village home. (Express Photo by Deepak Joshi)

Dipa Karmakar's stopover at obscure Bapgaon on road to Tokyo Olympics

Dipa has kept the dangerous Produnova routine oiled in its deconstructed format. (Express Photo by Deepak Joshi)

The coach wanted a change of scene for Dipa besides warmer weather — and no distractions as she started a new season. (Express Photo by Deepak Joshi)

Dipa is looking sharp after a year spent in rehab after her knee surgery. (Express Photo by Deepak Joshi)

She would have her meals —wholesome bhaaji, usal, koshimbir, bhakri and a rural recipe of chicken — in a large steel thaali. (Express Photo by Deepak Joshi)

Dipa had begun enjoying her routine of post-practice baths, with water heated on a firewood chulha. (Express Photo by Deepak Joshi)

Aakar centre offered Dipa a calm mind to stitch up her routines. (Express Photo by Deepak Joshi)

“It’s peaceful and I’m liking the food with no milaawat. I see where it’s grown, and where the cows are milked, and I’m happy to live here because what matters to me — the gymnastics equipment — is perfect,” Dipa says. (Express Photo by Deepak Joshi)