Genre: Autobiography, Inspiration, Motivation
Date Completed: 20th February, 2012
Overall Rating: 5/5
Wings of Fire is an autobiography of Bharat Ratna Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, former President of India It was written by President Kalam and Arun Tiwari. The autobiography first published in English, has so far been translated and published in 13 languages.
Life of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and his achievements is a living example for millions of youth. At this age also he is the perfect youth icon. Missile man of India, man of true visionary, after completing his tenure decided to pen down his experience, not only to give the credit to his seniors but to inspire the youth of country by giving example from his life. Whatever the circumstances are, everyone can touch the epitome of success. Kalam is a true visionary who gave the country the vision of becoming a developed nation by year 2020. He lays emphasis on the youth being the ambassador of this vision.
This book is considered as a Bible for every student and youth of the country and has been adopted in compulsory reading list in many schools and universities.
The book describes the life of APJ Abdul Kalam from his childhood and his tough journey from a small village in Rameshvaram to the peak of success. The book is full of real life incidences and more importantly his perception of things. The positive thinking of a small child is marvelous and inspires the reader to see the things with a completely different view point. In one incidence Kalam says that he saw his father keeping his sleepers outside the mosque before going for praying. It gave him a teaching that one should keep every other thought out of office before starting the work.
Things like importance of love and compassion, God and devotion, dedication towards work, vision of doing something great and working with full dedication towards the goals, are put in every page of the book. The book also describes how simple life Kalam has spent.
The book is also a dedication to all the great personalities like Dr. Sarabhai, Prof. Dhawan and many many more ppl with whom he worked. The far sightedness of these people who led our country towards the self dependency in field of space research, missiles, rockets and nuclear weapons is wonderfully described in the book. Not only the hard-work, Dr Kalam also underlines the importance team building, motivating the team, assigning proper roles to the team members and maintaining a balance in leading and compassion with co-workers.
The journey of India in the field of missiles and rocket science is beautifully described in a summary form. The ups and downs, various setbacks met on the way, bureaucratic barriers, diplomatic boundaries which came before him are explained and how he kept on moving through the hurdles gives the reader a thrilling experience.
The name APJ Abdul Kalam in itself commands respect. And this book is just a glimpse of the reasons behind that. The autobiography is a must read as many number of times as you can. Or better to read it slowly and in peace.
And do keep an highlighter with you. On every other page you will find such beautiful observations and teachings that you will want to highlight it to read again.
In short, its not only a must read but a must keep and must cherish book.