Wings of Fire: An Autobiography of Abdul Kalam Paperback – 1999
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If you want to leave your footprints in the sands of time, do not drag your feet." These are one of the most enduring lines that still lay etched in my memory. I have read this book long back, and I don't remember when, but surely the essence remains with me even today. This book is best suited for reading for the teenagers, to dream and to dare. It shows, how a person from the modest background ends up in being the First Citizen of a nation of one billion. It shows how a scientist, devoid of basic tools, helps in culmination of a program which other love to loathe and deride. It shows a man, who lived his life in terms of his principles and nothing else. It shows how a common man, like you and me, can achieve when he can dream. And finally, it teaches how to dream --Tarun Mitra on Apr 26, 2012
This is the most inspiring book I have ever read. Great salute to the man for his contribution to Indian Rocketry.I would like to recall few lines from book. 1. What you imagine, is what you transpire.What you believe is what you achieve. 2. A good plan executed violently right now is far better than a perfect plan executed next week. 3. Once your mind stretches to a new level it never goes back to its original dimension. 4. Adversities always presents opportunities for introspection. and the most inspiring line is.. "We all are born with divine fire in us.Our efforts should be to give wings --Devendra on Aug 26, 2012
After reading this book i realized the value of APJ abdul Kalam's dedication. Don't think about money to purchase this book to read a autobiography a spokesman,a president,a DRDO chief scientist,a ISRO chief scientist, a Bramohse supersonic missile innovator... --Naveen A H on Sep 5, 2011
About the Author
Arun Tiwari rose to fame as an author with his book Wings of Fire, which he co-authored with Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. He's a missile scientist who worked under the guidance of Kalam. Tiwari contributed to the design of the missiles, Akash and Trishul and is the first Indian who designed a titanium bottle to power missiles. Apart from this, Tiwari has been the director at the Cardiovascular Technology Institute in Hyderabad. He received the Defense Technology Spin-Off Award for developing the Kalam-Raju stent.
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What it includes???
~ The odd jobs he did to pay his school fees.
~ How he became a vegetarian??
~ How he wanted to become an Indian Force
~ How he became a rocket engineer instead of
a Collector as his father had dreamt????
He describes individuals like Prof. Sarabhai and Dr. Brahm Prakash who had a great impact in his personality. He describes the qualities of a leader and how he faced difficulties in becoming one. Being a 'small-town boy' his journey was not simple and full of people who were always jealous of him.
But as the book says he never left hope, courage and faith in God and with his determination and hardwork he was able to achieve what he could never think of.
He considered all religions equal and had equal respect for all the religions. He was even the best friend of the son of the head priest of Rameswaram Temple.
I loved the ways he keeps on describing his various teachers of life and all the influential people and their qualities.
I would say that you read this book only if you are above 15 years otherwise you will find the language heavy and difficult and you can also struggle to understand the book here and there mainly because of the deep meaning and inspirations. You will love the way he includes short poems everywhere. Also, the book uses a lot of technical and aeronautical words so some people just like me might face issues in understanding them.
The book is 180 pages long. The book according to me is not durable ( I bought it 6 months back) and the pages can easily be torn if not taken care of.
In the end I would say that this is a perfect inspirational book for anybody who is interested in aeronautics or just want to achieve greater heights in life. The book is a perfect package and is a must read.
So I surely recommend this book.
Firstly, the book talks of a boy born in a family in the town of Rameswaram. This boy today needs no introduction as he has proved himself as one of the most amazing President India ever had.
The book talks about Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam's early life, education and his career as a scientist in HAL, DRDO and ISRO.
His journey of many ups and downs and humble beginnings is a gentle reminder to all Indians who blame their life and circumstances and the lack of opportunities it presents.
The greatest learning that can be taken from this book is that no matter how humble or privileged your beginnings are, no matter how many times you fail to deliver, with the right spirit and belief in your cause will eventually manifest you the results you desire.
Another thing that this book intensely focusses on are the moral values given to children at a very young age. Children of India will grow to be patriots and secular if right from their childhood they are not taught the divide of culture, religion and caste.
Another thing this book focusses on how important mentorship is in one person's success. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam did become a leading scientist of his time, but he always attributed his success to his mentors and leaders.
The technical aspects of the book may be a little tedious for a person from non engineering background. You may get a little lost in a few chapters. Nonetheless, the book still has a lot to offer to its readers. Mechanical Engineers (like myself) would love the technical aspects of this book.
I would recommend this book to be compulsorily taught to all students in school.
This book is also a great read for MBA graduates and leaders. This book has really practical leadership lessons to offer.
Hope this review helps. Cheers !!
And for school going students, its always better to buy the english version since in technical world english terms are used and better understood. Also, then you can search the web for details.
PS : there is his digital signature on the very first page. . . yay!!!!!!!!
Some people argue that it's boring it seems that they are having a very fantasy life.It is a book of a simple and sober fellow yet a role model for whole of the country.It is written as it is happend in his life.
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