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  1. 5 out of 5

    Aj

    Amazing book there are a lot of things to be learned from these books . Ill just mention few lines which i really liked from the book. "We are all born with a divine fire in us. Our efforts should be to give wings to this fire". Desire when it stems from the heart and the spirit when it is pure and intense possesses awesome electromagnetic energy.This energy is released into the ether each night as the mind falls into sleep state. Each morning it returns to the conscious state reinforced with th Amazing book there are a lot of things to be learned from these books . Ill just mention few lines which i really liked from the book. "We are all born with a divine fire in us. Our efforts should be to give wings to this fire". Desire when it stems from the heart and the spirit when it is pure and intense possesses awesome electromagnetic energy.This energy is released into the ether each night as the mind falls into sleep state. Each morning it returns to the conscious state reinforced with the cosmic currents. That which has been imaged will surely and certainly be manifested. You can rely, yough man , upon this ageless prmise as surely as you can rely upon the eternally unbroken promise of sunrise ... " Those things that hurt instruct"- Benjamin Franklin All reasonable men adapt themselves to the world. Only a few unreasonable ones persist in adapting the world to themselves . All progress in the world depends on these unreasonable men and their innovative and often non-conformist actions. I have always considered the price of perfection prohibitive and allowed mistakes as a part of learning process. When the freedom they wished for most was the freedom from responsibility then Athens ceased to be free nad was never free again. -The historian Edith Hamilton wrote of greece The desire to work at optimum capacity leaves hardly any room for anything else . Flow is a sensation we experience when we act with total involvement. When each task of your project is not just a means to an end but a unique event in itself then you are doing it well. To live only for a future is superficial. It is like climbing a mountainto reach the peak without experiencing its sides. The sides of the mountain sustain life not the peak. This is where things grow and experience is gained and technologies are mastered. "The sweetness we taste in a piece of sugar is neither a property of sugar nor a property of ouselves, we are producing the experience of sweetness in the process of interacting with the sugar"-Ronald Fisher Robert Schuller who built the crystal cathedral- "God can do tremendous things through the person who doesnt care about who gets the credit . The ego involvement must go" Sun Tzu-" War is not decimating ur enemy physically but breaking his will so as to make him concede defeat in his mind." God has not promised Skies always blue Flower strewn pathways All our life through; God has not promised Sun without rain Joy without sorrow Peace without pain. Pythogoras -"Above all things reverence yourself." Looking at all these things it looks like a personality building session but actually is the persons life Salute you SIR APJ

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dr. Appu Sasidharan

    (Throwback Review) There are many people who I have to thank for developing my reading habit. Sarala teacher, my high school English teacher, will be on the top of that list. She is one of the first people who understood my love for literature even before she started teaching me when she saw the essay I wrote for an essay writing competition. This is the book she recommended to me when I was going through a challenging phase of my life. That was also the first book recommendation I got in my (Throwback Review) There are many people who I have to thank for developing my reading habit. Sarala teacher, my high school English teacher, will be on the top of that list. She is one of the first people who understood my love for literature even before she started teaching me when she saw the essay I wrote for an essay writing competition. This is the book she recommended to me when I was going through a challenging phase of my life. That was also the first book recommendation I got in my life. This book has made an extraordinary impact on my life. Kalam's love for books, quest for knowledge and simplicity, workaholic nature, leadership skills which he learned from his seniors like Vikram Sarabhai and Satish Dhawan, fightbacks from failures, love for children, and ability to motivate others, are all excellently portrayed in this book. This is a book you should never miss if you are someone who loves to read biographies.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jean-Luc

    Note: This book is about being Indian. It doesn't make alot of sense to read this book if you're not an Indian (either from birth or heritage). That said, the only word possible to describe the book is "inspirational". What other word could possibly describe a dirt-poor Muslim growing up to become president of a country filled w/ 800 million Hindus? Supported by both major political parties, the man is considered the quintessential Indian. Abdul Kalam wasn't a member of any of the disparate groups Note: This book is about being Indian. It doesn't make alot of sense to read this book if you're not an Indian (either from birth or heritage). That said, the only word possible to describe the book is "inspirational". What other word could possibly describe a dirt-poor Muslim growing up to become president of a country filled w/ 800 million Hindus? Supported by both major political parties, the man is considered the quintessential Indian. Abdul Kalam wasn't a member of any of the disparate groups who combined forces to push back the British occupiers... occupiers that had deliberately slaughtered millions of Indians over hundreds of years. If he had an opinion of the brutal partition that tore India in half, he didn't mentioned it in the book. No one asked him for an explanation of India's humiliating defeat at the hands of China in 1962. It's almost as if he missed all of the major mind-blowing events of his time. So why exactly is he so important? When Abdul Kalam was growing up, he was just a young man eager to learn as much as possible about science. Successive mentors convinced him that there was a great goal to be achieved in making India self-sufficient in multiple areas. Eventually he came to greatness by overseeing the development of satellite launch vehicles, a feat duplicated by only a handful of other countries. Those SLVs served as the basis for a variety of state-of-the-art military missiles. (caveat: I'm not an expert on whether they're actually state of the art, but India is certainly holding her own...) From an American viewpoint, where everyone is screaming bloody murder about weapons proliferation, Abdul Kalam's recollections of France's withdrawl of support and false accusations of German help serve as a disturbing reminder that embargoing a country simply cannot work if the country's populace is determined to control their own destiny. It's disturbing that there is little discussion on the ethics of an impoverished nation developing nuclear weapons and deploying delivery systems... but that's almost completely lost in the discussion of self-reliance and a determination to never again submit to foreign rule. "You gotta believe!" may be an ok motto coming from Parappa the Rappa, but it sounds corny coming from just about anyone else... but not from Abdul Kalam. The man is boundless optimism, and it's infectious. Any gathering of Indian adults in America will inevitably produce the whining that their kids are too Americanized and they don't respect India and blahblahblah. My opinion on this is that kids who grow up outside of India don't appreciate India's potential. This book is the solution. I challenge any skeptic of India's greatness to try to read this book without having your views fundamentally altered.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shine Sebastian

    3.5 stars. The first autobiography I've read, and I really enjoyed it. Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is a source of infinite pride and inspiration for every aspiring youths and in particular , young scientists. A really motivative book which gives us a glimpse of the two sides of a bright golden coin, one is Dr. Kalam as a fine , compassionate , humble, optimistic and a highly respectable human being, the other side, an extraordinarily skillful, imaginative and a 100% dedicated scientist and a leader. Th 3.5 stars. The first autobiography I've read, and I really enjoyed it. Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is a source of infinite pride and inspiration for every aspiring youths and in particular , young scientists. A really motivative book which gives us a glimpse of the two sides of a bright golden coin, one is Dr. Kalam as a fine , compassionate , humble, optimistic and a highly respectable human being, the other side, an extraordinarily skillful, imaginative and a 100% dedicated scientist and a leader. These two sides combine together and the result was, a phenomenal personality and a true leader, ...... Dr.Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Venkataraman Sambasiva

    Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam's book, WINGS OF FIRE is more than an autobiography. Written with the main intention of bestowing clarity and vision to the Youth in general, Indian Youth in particular, the book is inter alia, a history of Indian rocket launching and defense research; and partly a work of sound philosophy that would inspire any Indian. He has nowhere sought to preach in his book. But his ideas, conveyed vividly on a number of subjects would guide the Indian Youth. Regarding Science he says: Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam's book, WINGS OF FIRE is more than an autobiography. Written with the main intention of bestowing clarity and vision to the Youth in general, Indian Youth in particular, the book is inter alia, a history of Indian rocket launching and defense research; and partly a work of sound philosophy that would inspire any Indian. He has nowhere sought to preach in his book. But his ideas, conveyed vividly on a number of subjects would guide the Indian Youth. Regarding Science he says: "I wonder why some people tend to see Science as something which takes man away from God. As I look at it, the path of science can always wind through the heart. For me, science has always been the path to spiritual enrichment and self-realization." Referring to Prayer he says: "One of the important functions of prayer, I believe, is to act as a stimulus to creative ideas. Within the mind are all the resources required for successful living. Ideas are present in the consciousness, which when released and given scope to grow and take shape, can lead to successful events. God, our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities, great potential strength and ability. Prayer helps us to tap and develop these powers." Explaining his approach to work he says: "I have always been a religious person in the sense that I maintain a working partnership with God. I was aware that the best work required more ability than I possessed and therefore I needed help that only God could give me." in the midst of the political 'leaders' who have done everything possible for them to divide the Indian people on the lines of castes, religions, languages, regions and classes,and are trying to perpetuate the differences, Dr. Abdul Kalam voices the need for the people to come together and work unitedly for nation-building. Insisting on the ancient wisdom of maintaining equanimity and duty-consciousness, Dr. Abdul Kalam quotes an old poem: For all your days prepare And meet them ever alike When you are the anvil, bear - When you are the hammer, strike. Becoming free from the vicious grip of the cunning politicians who have rigidly compartmentalized them in castes, religions,languages, classes and regions is the primary task of the Indian Youth. To achieve this, there cannot be a better source of inspiration and guidance to them than the words of Dr. Abdul Kalam spoken as a noble patriotic Indian, appealing for unity and hard work. For Indian Youth, there are, of course, great challenges ahead to face; shrewd and deceptive enemies to tackle; tough deadlines to meet; deep-rooted conflicts to resolve; but here are sincere and truthful words of Dr. Abdul Kalam to guide them: If you want to leave your foot-prints On the sands of time Do not drag your feet.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gagandeep

    I would like to emphasize here that it is just an opinion of one person and I truly admire the man Dr Kalam is as I had the honour of meeting him in person as well, but this book somehow did not impress me at all. It was full of so much scientific terminologies and details that for a layman it is hard to stay focussed. When I read an autobiography, I am more interested not to know about the factual details about a personality as that can be available anywhere on the internet. For me it is import I would like to emphasize here that it is just an opinion of one person and I truly admire the man Dr Kalam is as I had the honour of meeting him in person as well, but this book somehow did not impress me at all. It was full of so much scientific terminologies and details that for a layman it is hard to stay focussed. When I read an autobiography, I am more interested not to know about the factual details about a personality as that can be available anywhere on the internet. For me it is important to know the events that made the people great. Unfortunately this book fails to do that for me. It is important to learn about the struggle story and the psyche of the individual in tough times to feel inspired and motivated by an account. That did not happen when I read this book.But then again it is the opinion of just one girl !

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amit Mishra

    The infinite power lies within us. We are the captain of our soul and the master of our fate. Dr Klam has written his biography in a very fierce that can ignite the fire inside the belly of our youths. His inspiration to do something is really fantastic. He never dreamed of being the president of India. His simplicity and high thinking are unmatched. His writings give us a message, this does not matter from where you start your journey the matter most is where you end your journey.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Piyush Bhatia

    What you imagine, is what will transpire. What you believe is what you will achieve Awe-inspiring !!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Satya Ananthu

    Many people said this book is good, so wanted to read it, but I never cared to ask what was in the book. I started with the feeling that it could be one more boring autobiography. When I finished the book, I had a complete different feeling. What a legacy Scientist/Engineer/Leader/Poet/President of India/Padma Bhushan/Padma Vibhushan/Bharat Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam has left! Just count the number of decorations conferred up on him. A small town boy who started from Rameswaram, conquered the worl Many people said this book is good, so wanted to read it, but I never cared to ask what was in the book. I started with the feeling that it could be one more boring autobiography. When I finished the book, I had a complete different feeling. What a legacy Scientist/Engineer/Leader/Poet/President of India/Padma Bhushan/Padma Vibhushan/Bharat Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam has left! Just count the number of decorations conferred up on him. A small town boy who started from Rameswaram, conquered the world with his Satellite Launch Vehicles and Missile systems. People like him, mentored and groomed by legends like Prof. Sarabhai put India on the forefront of technological advances, made her self-reliant and pushed towards the league of developed countries. If you would take this as some boring scientist's autobiography, you will be totally mistaken. The journey from the sand beaches of Rameswaram, to successfully test firing five different missile systems that India can be proud of, if not more, is amazing. With limited resources and only dreams and hopes, these men of excellent character changed the tech scene in India. This book also has sound management principles which helped the scientific community to stay apart and ahead from the otherwise terrible bureaucracy of Indian government organizations, are also applicable to today's enterprises. And I am positively surprised how the government managed to keep the scientific institutions away from the complex politics of India and allowed them to make solid progress. The INC party sucks today, but there were legends in the past who laid solid foundation to building the "young" nation, by establishing IITs, universities and other research institutes. (view spoiler)[ It's amazing how he kept the scientific community upbeat even at experiencing big failures: The country doesn't deserve anything less than success from us. Let us aim for success. And how he inspired young engineers: A big shot is a little shot who keeps on shooting, so keep trying. Essential leadership lessons: The collective understanding of the problem is the main attribute of effective leadership. A good plan violently executed right now is far better than a perfect plan executed next week. (hide spoiler)] What a great man and what a great contribution he had made to build the nation! He rightfully earned all his positions/titles. And yet a humble human being. I closely follow the Indian space program and missile program as the SHAR rocket launching center is hardly a hundred miles from my hometown. I was always fascinated, as a child, by pictures the majestic SLVs displayed in newspapers the next day after a successful launch, with the five letters "I N D I A". That only said to me, this nation is less to none, so are you. And now I know how that was possible. I'm very happy I read this book, I learned a lot from this book!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tanu

    “We are all born with a divine fire in us. Our efforts should be to give wings to this fire and fill the world with the glow of its goodness.” 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.  Considering that this book comes from a scie “We are all born with a divine fire in us. Our efforts should be to give wings to this fire and fill the world with the glow of its goodness.” 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.  Considering that this book comes from a scientist, this book does have little scientific narration. SLV, Geo satellite, composite material, mechanical engineering and such things. The journey itself always has technical errors especially when it’s scientific in nature. Abdul Kalam, like the man himself, forced his will to victory over failures, fears and disappointments. At the core, the book is about the great Indian dream. A wish that all the founding fathers of a country have, a wish fulfilled by Abdul Kalam. This book demonstrates how Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s simple living and positive thinking became an inspiration for the Indian youth.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ananya Thakur

    All of us must have, once atleast, heard about our eleventh President and the respect associated with his name. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, a rocket scientist has added many stars of achievements to our country's pride. Being an agriculture-rich country, we were quite lagging in technical advancements until APJ Kalam has dedicatedly inovated some high-tech rockets and missiles, which secured us a position in technological advances. Like any other layman, i have also heard a lot about hi All of us must have, once atleast, heard about our eleventh President and the respect associated with his name. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, a rocket scientist has added many stars of achievements to our country's pride. Being an agriculture-rich country, we were quite lagging in technical advancements until APJ Kalam has dedicatedly inovated some high-tech rockets and missiles, which secured us a position in technological advances. Like any other layman, i have also heard a lot about his achievements but were unaware about background and life in particular. I think there are many people out there, who doesn't know about his childhood, student-life and some family problems in detail. Thankfully, his autobiography serves the people and acknowledge them about his entire life in around one hundred and eighty pages. The reason i choose to pick up this book is only because of my curiousity to know about him in more depth. I wanted to know the story behind his massive popularity among young fellows and the one solid reason on which i could gauge his works. Eager for one reason, i actually found many to consider the worth of his inovations and research. 'Wings of Fire' begins with the description of Kalam's early stay at Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu, one of the famous tourist place. The book is basically divided into three parts that is - Orientation, Creation and Propagation. Each part is targeted to cover a certain age group of Abdul Kalam. The first part mainly discusses about his childhood and education, how he was an avid reader and a sincere and hardworking srudent, who has done Bachelor in Physics before taking admission in the aeronautical engineering course. In the second part, he had broadly narrated his struggle for getting his dream job and the disappointments which came afterwards. His entry into ISRO and the rockets and hovercrafts which he aimed to create was also mentioned in this part. A.P.J Abdul Kalam was a man of perspective and hope. Even after getting failed number of times in his missions, he somehow managed to keep himself poised and focused as he used to do. After persistent efforts and undisruptive resilience, he finally made his dreams true by creating the first ever SLV machine of India and later by launching five missiles of great efficiency. For this he also got honoured with India's Bharat Ratna and the third highest civilian award, Padma Bhusan. In the third part, which is also the culmination of his story, centers mainly on his advices and suggestions for the posterity in particular. For every young aspirants, he and his life is a complete inspiration, which everyone should sincerely learn from. Kalam was a great scientist and an utmost dedicated researcher who proved to be an assest for the entire country. My Rating - 4.4/5

  12. 5 out of 5

    muthuvel

    "If I had seen any further, it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants" said a 12th century being which suits synonymous to the story of Avul Pakir Jainulabdin Abdul Kalam who had become a giant himself in the domains of Indian Defense, Space Rocketry and Atomic Energy Research. The Vicariously written autobiography didn't seem to find the light completely as the writer Arun Tiwari was involved full time in penning down the experiences of Dr. Kalam. The artificial flavors were revealed at sever "If I had seen any further, it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants" said a 12th century being which suits synonymous to the story of Avul Pakir Jainulabdin Abdul Kalam who had become a giant himself in the domains of Indian Defense, Space Rocketry and Atomic Energy Research. The Vicariously written autobiography didn't seem to find the light completely as the writer Arun Tiwari was involved full time in penning down the experiences of Dr. Kalam. The artificial flavors were revealed at several moments because of the writing of Tiwari. However, he couldn't be blamed as did his best as he could. The Man was responsible project director for the first indigenous rocket of India - Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-3), been the Director of Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), established IGMDP to instigate many ambitious missile programmes and later became the president of India between 2002-07, been inspiring and motivating millions of young minds by his virtues and visions for the Nation. However, the book accounts the days he'd lived till late 90s that is upto his days in Missile Development programmes. I've to start the sequel very soon. "My story—the story of the son of Jainulabdeen, who lived for over a hundred years on Mosque Street in Rameswaram island and died there; the story of a lad who sold newspapers to help his brother; the story of a pupil reared by Sivasubramania Iyer and Iyadurai Solomon; the story of a student taught by teachers like Pandalai; the story of an engineer spotted by MGK Menon and groomed by the legendary Prof. Sarabhai; the story of a scientist tested by failures and setbacks; the story of a leader supported by a large team of brilliant and dedicated professionals. This story will end with me, for I have no belongings in the worldly sense. I have acquired nothing, built nothing, possess nothing—no family, sons, daughters."

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alex Poovathingal

    Simple, concise and inspiring. Highly recommended!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dimple

    The man of resilience, Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam's "Wings of fire" is out-and-out Inspirational book! One may find it full of all kind of aeronautic and missile stuffs but it is above all this...it is about the journey of a poor child living in an obscure place who, just by his intelligence and diligence, attains the highest place and becomes the President of the Nation! The scientific and technical terms did beleaguer me but later on I made peace with them as familiarity grew! Ther The man of resilience, Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam's "Wings of fire" is out-and-out Inspirational book! One may find it full of all kind of aeronautic and missile stuffs but it is above all this...it is about the journey of a poor child living in an obscure place who, just by his intelligence and diligence, attains the highest place and becomes the President of the Nation! The scientific and technical terms did beleaguer me but later on I made peace with them as familiarity grew! There are number of things to learn from him! He has perfectly described the Role and work of a leader and also how one should do "communication" instead of "conversation"! His beautiful poems are like "Cherry on the Cake". I'll recapitulate this review with just one poem- God has not promised Skies always blue, Flower-strewn pathways All our life through; God has not promised Sun without rain, Joys without sorrow, Peace without pain. But God has promised Strength for the day, Rest for the labour Light for the way.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sumanth

    Wings of Fire: An Autobiography of APJ Abdul Kalam by Abdul A.P.J. Kalam My review to read View all my reviews. Wings of Fire: An Autobiography of APJ Abdul Kalam by Abdul A.P.J. Kalam My review to read View all my reviews.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sanjay Gautam

    An autobiography of one the great aerospace scientist of India. I read this book in my teens and found this to be inspiring

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nita

    "Wings of Fire" an autobiographical venture by "The Missile Man of India" Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam transcends the confinements of this genre.It may well be viewed as an amalgamation of autobiography and a discourse on inspirational leadership and motivational guidance.Now on a personal front I have always kept my faith on the institution of self-cultivation and self-reliance.Standing on my experience(which I confess isn't that much time tested)I can say that may be there is an ethereal satisfaction on "Wings of Fire" an autobiographical venture by "The Missile Man of India" Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam transcends the confinements of this genre.It may well be viewed as an amalgamation of autobiography and a discourse on inspirational leadership and motivational guidance.Now on a personal front I have always kept my faith on the institution of self-cultivation and self-reliance.Standing on my experience(which I confess isn't that much time tested)I can say that may be there is an ethereal satisfaction on being a maverick but there certainly are moments when you do feel exhausted,drained mentally and emotionally.Those are the times when one craves for sources to draw much needed energy from.Literature has always provided me with that fountain of vigour.I would like to classify this book as one of those refuges for me. It takes us on a journey of dreams,success,failure and more emphatically on a journey of hope.The protagonist did not come on this planet with a silver spoon in his mouth.The streak that differentiates him is the willingness to push through the atmosphere of negativity which is always eager to make it's presence felt.One rather shrouded point that I feel quite justifiably calls for attention is Mr.Kalam's idea of a real teacher.It amazes me to think how a personality of his caliber who later went on to adorn the most coveted post of the first citizen of world's largest democracy,counted his childhood acquaintance Jallaluddin,"a virtually illiterate man" as one of his most resourceful teachers.I think only humility and a comprehensive perception of wisdom in it's truest sense will be able to reason this out. Now my personal admiration for this man harnesses me from saying anything that might offend the composition.But on a more practical note the detailed discourse on armament and weaponry might not be enjoyed by every other reader.Having said that there are enough elements which more than compensate for this draw back and cater to the test of readers of all age group.You may well take my word for it. Last but not the least feathers on the crown are those captivating lines penned by both Mr.Kalam and other renowned poets. Now if I am to put the gist in a nutshell the following excerpt would be in complete harmony with my gain form this literary marvel.... "Your willingness to use your own inner resources to invest in your life,especially your imagination,will bring you success.When you address a task from your own uniquely individual standpoint,you become a whole person."

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lakpa Tashi Bhutia

    "We are all born with a divine fire in us. Our efforts should be to give wings to this fire and fill the world with the glow of its goodness." -From the book This book is an autobiography of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. If I have to say there is no Indian in this world who don't know Dr. Kalam, I must not be mistaken. For those people who don't know this man, Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was a great scientist born in poor Indian family and goes to become president of India in his later part of l "We are all born with a divine fire in us. Our efforts should be to give wings to this fire and fill the world with the glow of its goodness." -From the book This book is an autobiography of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. If I have to say there is no Indian in this world who don't know Dr. Kalam, I must not be mistaken. For those people who don't know this man, Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was a great scientist born in poor Indian family and goes to become president of India in his later part of life. Work is his religion. He used to work 18 hours a day in his laboratory. Even in childhood, he worked as a paperboy to support his family. He dedicated his whole life to the upliftment of country. Had he wished he could have gone to foreign country and live a luxuries life. But he always see people of India as his own children. He emphasized on to build some of the indigenous machinery on rocket science field. He was a scientist, poet, author, teacher, social worker, president and lot more. His work is widely appreciated across the world. For his excellence he was awarded with Bharat Ratna (highest Indian civilian award). He didn't married to anyone. At his death time, there was no one to claim his property. Even before dying, he was giving lecture to college students. Seeing that I have utmost respect for him. The book beautifully described the life of Dr. Kalam in lucid language. The book contain some of the rare photos of Dr. Kalam. Word choice is excellent and pleasing to read. The book was published before the death of Dr. Kalam. So it would be nice of publisher, if they would add the death part of Dr. Kalam in the book on next edition. His life is true inspiration for everyone. How he sacrificed all his life for country is not a cup of tea for all. He inspire the generation to come. True ratna of India. Salute to People's president.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Saipriya

    A sheer LEGEND!!!! No wonder he is popularly known as "Missile Man of India" and "People's President" Irrespective of soo many "downs" in his life, he has made impeccable breakthroughs in the field of Indian space and defense, thereby never giving immense power to those "downs" to dictate his future. From his childhood, he always felt he has got a huge responsibility towards his society. In this book, he pays a great tribute to all of those who stood by him throughout his journey- his family, teac A sheer LEGEND!!!! No wonder he is popularly known as "Missile Man of India" and "People's President" Irrespective of soo many "downs" in his life, he has made impeccable breakthroughs in the field of Indian space and defense, thereby never giving immense power to those "downs" to dictate his future. From his childhood, he always felt he has got a huge responsibility towards his society. In this book, he pays a great tribute to all of those who stood by him throughout his journey- his family, teachers, colleagues, friends, his seniors, juniors, and many more..... Sometimes, we fail to notice the most trivial things in life and how much importance a person gives to those things says a lot about his personality. Eg: While his team on a visit to a place of missile flight trials; he narrates, "There was a beautiful bird sanctuary in Chandipur. I asked the engineers to design the test range without disturbing it " Once again, in every above context, Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam sir has proved to be an icon to his own and his future generations. I'm deeply touched by reading this book and strongly recommend everybody to read it!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Arunothia Marappan

    My first book in Tamil ❤️ I never got to meet Mr. Kalam, but his life will always be a huge source of inspiration to me. In this book, he shares his journey starting from the streets of Rameshwaram to building the first Agni missile. Kalam's deep sense of gratitude towards all his loved ones is reflected in almost each and every page of this book. The way he describes his awe towards the likes of Mr. Vikram Sarabhai and Mr. Wernher von Braun is admirable and the way his team stuck through the fa My first book in Tamil ❤️ I never got to meet Mr. Kalam, but his life will always be a huge source of inspiration to me. In this book, he shares his journey starting from the streets of Rameshwaram to building the first Agni missile. Kalam's deep sense of gratitude towards all his loved ones is reflected in almost each and every page of this book. The way he describes his awe towards the likes of Mr. Vikram Sarabhai and Mr. Wernher von Braun is admirable and the way his team stuck through the failure of SLV-3 etc. is truly moving. I got to learn a lot about Indian Space Program and how much of hard work has gone into making India stand where it is today ❤️ Given it is 2020, I hope and pray even amidst all the chaos of Covid19 that his vision India 2020 will come true soon. I highly recommend this book to every Indian! PS: May this be a wonderful beginning for me to read more and more books in Indian languages 🙏🏽

  21. 5 out of 5

    Niranjan Kamath

    An amazing book full of inspiration and life lessons. The author has fulfilled the objective of this book with the detailed and engaging content. The book leaves the readers with questions to ponder and ideas to implement.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Arihant Verma

    Such humbleness yet firmness in hand and mind of a man who practically guided the development of Indian Missiles and Space Exploration Power. I didn't know any of what he had done, except that he had been the President of India. Apart from the poems he had written or the quotes he quoted, this book, as he says while coming to the end of the book, was just a bird's eye view of his life dedicated to study rocketry, BUT! It didn't feel so. He was like the most efficient feedback loop of the human m Such humbleness yet firmness in hand and mind of a man who practically guided the development of Indian Missiles and Space Exploration Power. I didn't know any of what he had done, except that he had been the President of India. Apart from the poems he had written or the quotes he quoted, this book, as he says while coming to the end of the book, was just a bird's eye view of his life dedicated to study rocketry, BUT! It didn't feel so. He was like the most efficient feedback loop of the human mind ever. Even throwing a sufficient amount of jargon in it, the book wasn't repulsive at any point of time, which advances this book to my most quickly read book of all time. The memoir goes through the difficulties (technological, organizational, personal) Kalam faced whence he was a boy. He establishes a very obvious fact, that no matter what, we are being taken care of and that every problem, is not anything but an opportunity to grow and evolve. A must read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rags

    An absolutely brilliant book.The book is a testament to the enormous talent available in our country. The book is narrated by Kalam on his journey from a small village to becoming the mission director of missile program. Throughout the book Kalam gives example of leadership, work ethic and interpersonal skill. I am only sad that I read this book so late in my life. Its a must read for anyone who is disillusioned by the corporate dream or a progressing India. The book is a must read for every Indi An absolutely brilliant book.The book is a testament to the enormous talent available in our country. The book is narrated by Kalam on his journey from a small village to becoming the mission director of missile program. Throughout the book Kalam gives example of leadership, work ethic and interpersonal skill. I am only sad that I read this book so late in my life. Its a must read for anyone who is disillusioned by the corporate dream or a progressing India. The book is a must read for every Indian. I am hope and pray this book becomes part of the curriculum in school and Engineering in India. We would benefit from it immensely. Drop everything and start reading this book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anand Ganapathy

    In his book, Kalam has spoken less about himself and more about India's space research programs. He has also shared his thoughts on the relationship between science and god, project management, rocket science, etc. Very informative and thought provoking book. In his book, Kalam has spoken less about himself and more about India's space research programs. He has also shared his thoughts on the relationship between science and god, project management, rocket science, etc. Very informative and thought provoking book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tamishly

    Reread this like...how many times I can't remember 🙋 Reread this like...how many times I can't remember 🙋

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rounak Nayak

    A true legend! A man who started his journey with nothing, no one knowing him, or his town. And when his journey did end, the whole nation knew his name, his work, and mourned together. However, this book doesn't do justice to this great man. As the book ends long much before his work is finished. The book ends in the year 1991 and there's nothing about the next 24 years of his life. No first hand experiences of being the president or about the school that he wanted to open for underprivileged kid A true legend! A man who started his journey with nothing, no one knowing him, or his town. And when his journey did end, the whole nation knew his name, his work, and mourned together. However, this book doesn't do justice to this great man. As the book ends long much before his work is finished. The book ends in the year 1991 and there's nothing about the next 24 years of his life. No first hand experiences of being the president or about the school that he wanted to open for underprivileged kids. If I was to rate the words in this book, then it is a 3/3.5 star book. But this book is not just about words, its much more. Its about the spirit of this man, a man for whom his work was everything and he worshipped it religiously. He was so dedicated to advancing the technology and safety of our country that he made it his life's mission. And accordingly, this book is a memoir of- mostly his work with some occasional peeks into his psychology and personal ties to his family. I was a bit disappointed that the book majorly revolved around the development of rockets, satellites, and missiles (things I understand little of). I wish it was more personal and emotional. However, it's still a great book. A book which I will read many times, and keep picking up new things to learn and grow with every read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rohan Sangodkar

    WHAT A BOOK!!!!! This book should be included in every curriculum of every school in this country. It supersedes all the self-help books out there. Reading this book is such an experience! P.S. : This is published by Universities press and there are few printing glitches. Some titles are misprinted. I hope they correct these cosmetic errors.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Theredheaded_Bibliomaniac

    Definitely one of the beat Inspirational book.. Great quotes and thoughts makes it a perfect read ..

  29. 4 out of 5

    Srishti Bansal

    Today when we're remembering Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam on his 5th death anniversary, I'd like to share my review on the most popular yet simple book Wings of Fire which is nothing but the lifetime journey of Mr. Kalam - The Missile Man of India. . Book review! 📖 Title: Wings of Fire Author: APJ Abdul Kalam & Arun Tiwari Genre: Autobiography Pages: [180] Rating: 4/5 Wings of Fire - An autobiography on our beloved Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam is definitely worth of giving a shot. I am so happy that i Today when we're remembering Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam on his 5th death anniversary, I'd like to share my review on the most popular yet simple book Wings of Fire which is nothing but the lifetime journey of Mr. Kalam - The Missile Man of India. . Book review! 📖 Title: Wings of Fire Author: APJ Abdul Kalam & Arun Tiwari Genre: Autobiography Pages: [180] Rating: 4/5 Wings of Fire - An autobiography on our beloved Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam is definitely worth of giving a shot. I am so happy that it was my first book in this genre. It is an extra-ordinary story of a seemingly ordinary man with extraordinary talent and mind. He was born on 15 October, 1931 and raised in South Indian coastal town Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. The book talks about his early life, efforts, hardships, luck and chance that led him to Indian Space Research Nuclear and Missile Programs. The book contains his journey only till the year 1999. There's a lot of scientific details provided in the book and few people can find it a little difficult to grasp. This book isn't something that inspires you with its every sentence rather it inspires you as a wholesome to live a life like the one Abdul kalam ji lived. It will inspire you not to give up in life come what may! . He received the following Citizen Awards :- • Padma Bhushan (1981) • Padma Vibhushan (1991) • Bharat Ratna (1997) He become 11th President of India in 2002 and is also known as 'People's President'. Dr. Kalam passed away in 2015 but left behind a generation of inspired youth charged with scientific temperament and a zeal to give back to the motherland.

  30. 4 out of 5

    S.Ach

    APJ Abdul Kalam had been a very inspirational figures for many in India. Unfortunately, I had not known much about him, till he won the Bharat Ratna and later, became the president of India. So, when the newly formed Book Club, that I am a member of, chose his autobiography to read next, I was excited to know about the much revered scientist of India, who defied regional, religious and political boundaries, to win the highest civilian award, and most importantly, hearts of billion plus people. Wh APJ Abdul Kalam had been a very inspirational figures for many in India. Unfortunately, I had not known much about him, till he won the Bharat Ratna and later, became the president of India. So, when the newly formed Book Club, that I am a member of, chose his autobiography to read next, I was excited to know about the much revered scientist of India, who defied regional, religious and political boundaries, to win the highest civilian award, and most importantly, hearts of billion plus people. When you read Kalam's autobiography, apart from realizing that how passionate he was about his work, what would strike you the most is his humility. Hailing from a poor orthodox family in the south, fighting against all odds, and then, becoming the much celebrated scientist is no mere achievement, but from his words, you would realize that all these glories have never touched him. Like a relentless worker, throughout his life, he has gone ahead with the pursuit of making India recognized in International forum in the realm of science and technology. Since, I don't have much interest in the subjects of rocketry and missiles, I had to skim those portions where he goes into passionate details of his work But, between those jargon ridden work details, one would easily find, pearls of wisdom - on life, on work and on leadership, that could inspire one and all. I am putting down, some of the quotes in the book that I really liked --- Despite being a man of science, I found a rational inclination towards a supernatural entity in Kalam, where he drew inspirations in the times of challenges and hardships. . I have endeavored to understand the fundamental truths revealed to me by my father, and feel convinced that there exists a divine power that can lift one up from confusion, misery, melancholy and failure, and guide one to one's true place. And once an individual severs his emotional and physical bondage, he is on the road to freedom, happiness and peace of mind." Sometimes, when we are ready, the gentlest of contacts with Him fills us with insight and wisdom. This could come from an encounter with another person, from a word, a question, a gesture or even a look. Many a time, it could come even through a book, a conversation, some phrase, even a line from a poem or the mere sight of a picture. Without the slightest warning, something new breaks into your life and a secret decision is taken, a decision that you may be completely unconscious of, to start with. In the book, he had only good things to say about his leaders, peers and sub-ordinates. Especially, his high regards for Prof. Vikram Sarabhai, Prof. Dhawan and Prof. Brahm Prakash, were evident from his remembrance. He had many admirable suggestions on leaderships - What makes life in Indian organizations difficult is the widespread prevalence of this very contemptuous pride. It stops us from listening to our juniors, subordinates and people down the line. You cannot expect a person to deliver results if you humiliate him, nor can you expect him to be creative if you abuse him or despise him. The line between firmness and harshness, between strong leadership and bullying, between discipline and vindictiveness is very fine, but it has to be drawn. Most of the time, communication gets confused with conversation. A conversation full of pleasantries is most often devoid of any useful information, whereas communication is meant only for the exchange of information. It is very important to realize that communication is a two-party affair which aims at passing on or receiving a specific piece of information. Anyone who has taken up the responsibility to lead a team can be successful only if he is sufficiently independent, powerful and influential in his own right to become a person to reckon with. This is perhaps also the path to individual satisfaction in life, for freedom with responsibilities the only sound basis for personal happiness. What can one do to strengthen personal freedom? I would like to share with you two techniques I adopt in this regard. First, by building your own education and skills. Knowledge is a tangible asset, quite often the most important tool in your work. The more up-to-date the knowledge you possess, the freer you are. Knowledge cannot be taken away from anyone except by obsolescence. The second way is to develop a passion for personal responsibility. The sovereign way to personal freedom is to help determine the forces that determine you. Be active! Take on responsibility! Work for the things you believe in. If you do not, you are surrendering your fate to others. To the young, he has many advice that come from his life experience. He has emphasized the importance of relentless pursuits towards one's own goals - Total commitment is a crucial quality for those who want to reach the very top of their profession. The desire to work at optimum capacity leaves hardly any room for anything else….. Total commitment is the common denominator among all successful men and women. ……The difference between an energetic and a confused person is the difference in the way their minds handle their experiences. Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success. All of us carry some sort of a super-intelligence within us. Let it be stimulated to enable us to examine our deepest thoughts, desires, and beliefs. His takes on life, happiness, success, failure are also uplifting - Happiness, satisfaction, and success in life depend on making the right choices, the winning choices. There are forces in life working for you and against you. One must distinguish the beneficial forces from the malevolent ones and choose correctly between them. The trouble is that we often merely analyse life instead of dealing with it. People dissect their failures for causes and effects, but seldom deal with them and gain experience to master them and thereby avoid their recurrence. This is my belief: that through difficulties and problems God gives us the opportunity to grow. So when your hopes and dreams and goals are dashed, search among the wreckage, you may find a golden opportunity hidden in the ruins. What a Man! What a Life!! Great to know you Mr. Kalam. P.S. What is missing in the book is his later life as the president and after that as an educator.

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