A.P.J Abdul Kalam
15 October 1931
Aerospace Scintist,Former President,Professor
1 January 1999
Every ordinary person who achieves success through his grit and hard work should share his tale with others, as they may find inspiration and unity in his storey. ‘Wings of Fire,’ a self-portrait by visionary researcher Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, who ascended from incredibly poor beginnings to become India’s President, is one such example. Dr. Kalam’s expertise, individual minutes, and instructive experiences abound in this book. It gives us an understanding of his successful journey.
Dr. Kalam invokes the reader’s inner fire and potential by telling his life journey, because he was a firm believer that everyone of us was born with the strength and potential to make a tangible difference in the world. The book nicely illustrates how he inspired himself to pursue dreams and how he went about doing so much.
Many tales and experiences from his youth, school, and college appear in the book. The period spent at the Langley Research Center, NASA, and the Wallops Flight Facility is widely publicised.
Tragedies in one’s own life have not been overlooked. He has written extensively on the moment he lost his father and how he felt when he was honoured with numerous prizes, including the Padma Bhushan.
The second half of the book is on Dr. Kalam, a physicist who had a key role in the development of the country’s guided missile programme, a ground-breaking attempt to ensure the country’s security. It’s no coincidence that he was dubbed the ‘Missile Man of India.’
There are also 24 images of him at various periods of his life in the book.
The 180-page book ‘The Wings of Fire,’ written by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and Mr. Arun Tiwari, was originally released in 2000. Mr. Tiwari is a well-known missile scientist who has collaborated with Dr. Kalam on several projects. The book has been translated into thirteen languages, including Chinese and French, after becoming a hit.