Wings of Fire
About the book
Wings of Fire: An Autobiography of APJ Abdul Kalam (1999) is an autobiography of A P J Abdul Kalam, former President of India. It was written by Dr. Kalam and Arun Tiwari. Read more…
About the Author
Kalam examines his early life, effort, hardship, fortitude, luck and chance that eventually led him to lead Indian space research, nuclear, and missile programs. Kalam started his career, after graduating from Aerospace engineering at MIT (Chennai), India, at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and was assigned to build a hovercraft prototype. Read more….
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Bharti Madan: Certainly a must read book for all Indians by the best President of India. This book has some inspiration for everybody. This beautifully written book reaffirms our faith in basic values of life. It tells us that honesty, simplicity and humility are not outdated virtues. It shows that you and me can dream anything and achieve it without any unfair means. It proves that all religions of the world teach the same things. It introduces us to an exalted soul who could quote effortlessly from Quran, Bible and Bhagwat Geeta alike. It makes you feel proud to be an Indian. In all, this book and APJ sir simply win your heart. Just go for it!!
Rachna Dudhoria: Humbleness,respect for each and every human,giving each their due and not basking at one’s achievement but striving towards bigger and better goals is what I learned from this great man and this captivating book.Sharing his highs and lows,trials and tribulations takes one through a whirlwind of emotions so beautifully depicted here.The vast, amazing, complex world of rocketry and space and dedication of all hard working scientists and behind the curtain people have increased my respect for them manifold.My salute to the formidable Sir Kalam and his genius.
Aastha Saggu:For me the the only word for this book is “inspirational”. APJ Abdul Kalam is a renowned Indian scientist who went on to become 11th President of India (2002-2007). He is very well known across India and is a recipient of India’s three highest civilian awards – Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Bharat Ratna.
Wings of Fire is an autography of APJ Abdul Kalam covering his early life and his work in Indian space research and missile programs. It is the story of a boy from a humble background who went on to become a key player in Indian space research/Indian missile programs and later became the president of India. This book was very engaging initially, but tended to drag a bit towards the end with lot of technical details and procedural information of his space research and missile projects.
Kalam was born in Rameswaram, a southern religious town in Tamilnadu. The initial chapters provides an interesting glimpse of religious harmony which existed before India’s partition. When Abdul Kalam was growing up, he was just a young man eager to learn as much as possible about science. Kalam examines his early life, effort, hardship, fortitude, luck and chance that eventually led him to lead Indian space research, nuclear, and missile programs. Kalam started his career, after graduating from Aerospace engineering at MIT (Chennai), India, at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and was assigned to build a hovercraft prototype. Later he moved to ISRO and helped establish the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre and pioneered the first space launch-vehicle program. During the 1990s and early 2000, Kalam moved to the DRDO to lead the Indian nuclear weapons program, with particular successes in thermonuclear weapons development culminating in the operation Smiling Buddha and an ICBM Agni (missile).
One of the things that stands out throughout the book is Kalam’s positive thinking. He held many high ranking positions in various organizations. Yet in the book he rarely mentions anything about corruption of bureaucracy or politicians. The secret to his success seems to be his ability to ignore negative things around him. The book also gives a clue to his popularity in India.