Turning Points: A Journey Through Challenges
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Turning Points: A Journey Through Challenges

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It was like any other day on the Anna University campus in Chennai. I had delivered a lecture 'Vision to Mission' and the session got extended from one hour to two. I had lunch with a group of research students and went back to class. As I was returning to my rooms in the evening the vice-chancellor, Prof. A. Kalanidhi, fell in step with me. Someone had been frantically tr...more
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Published 2012 by Harper Collins Publishers
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Book'd
Aug 08, 2012 Book'd rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: dr. kalam-followers, inspiration-seekers, motivation-chasers
Recommended to Book'd by: My Self-Interest
Will I be able to put in words how long I've had to wait before I could grab my copy of this book? Moreover, when its a book revealing the life of the only idol in your life and the person you so respect and value.

Few months ago, I'd read in the article on ndtv.com that Dr. Kalam was writing his next book named 'The Turning Points' and I knew I had to get the book. Simply because his books are such an abundance of experience and knowledge.

'The Turning Points' is a sequel to 'Wings of Fire' an in...more
Shipra Trivedi
What do you do when India’s most popular former president pens a book? You quickly grab your personal copy!
Turning Points is a confession and unfurling of the unsung and uneventful past of A.P.J Kalam. The trials and tribulations he had to face and overcome to bask under the presidential glory are openly penned in pages of this novel.
Turning Points, is not just a book but an insight into the life of an eminent individual named A.P.J Kalam.
Ajay
I have been an avid reader in all kind of story books. But this book by Dr.Kalam has wooed my eyes when I encountered the excerpts of this book in "The Hindu". I was totally surprised with Dr.Kalam's abundance of knowledge in multitudes of field. Hailing from the scientist background, he discusses more about political and economical developments in our country. During his tenure as "president" , he has filled the vaccuum for the post , created by earlier beaureocrats. After taking the oath of pr...more
Vivekanand Pandey
It is full of unnecessary technical details and he talks a lot about Information Technology, Bio-Informatics, Photonics, Microelectronics and Nano-Technology and stuffs like that.... I expected a little bit more material from Social-Sciences perspective - especially Politics and inside story of Functions of Rashtrapati Bhawan. I admit, Wings of Fire, Vision 2020 and even Ignited Minds were much more influential and inspirational! Its very plain and full of lectures without attractive writing sty...more
Karthik Manohar
As the title says this book is the sequel to "Wings of fire" where he continues to narrate his experiences from how he went on to become The President and how his life went from then on.This book is pretty much of an open talk where Kalam sir shares all his success,pain and controversies he faced as president.Even though this book is all about his own experiences it still doesn't fail to inspire,teach and motivate you.After all,what can you expect from someone who dedicated his entire life for o...more
Manish
This book is all about Kalam's mission India 2020 and his effort to achieve that mission when he was president... I liked this book very much as it show how he is dedicated to make India supreme guiding and capable nation...i am sure many people will gets tired just reading his work during his lifetime but Kalam never...this book helped me know what a president could do...i must say every politician (Indian) should read this book and learn what is devotion and passion to work for nation or even...more
Kartik Singhal
A good book that shows the life of a President that India loved, sheds light on the decisions he made that were considered controversial and inspires the leader in one. Not a book for a casual reader, for sure, they might complain it's boring.

I feel Kalam uplifted the position of President of India with his initiatives during his tenure. Something that is a challenge to meet for any of the later presidents.

One reason I could easily read this book was because Kalam has been an inspiration to me t...more
Abhishek
With Dr. kalam, high expectations is kind of like a packaged deal. Which might be the primary cause of this book not living up to the expectations. An autobiographical account usually is embedded with anecdotes from one's life, which he wants to share, and which he believes that someone can be benefited from. This book completely lacks that flair of wings of fire.

While one can understand in a very detailed manner the way he handled his office while he was president, the book seems to be an exten...more
Shivam Tripathi
'Turning points', the sequel to 'Wings of Fire'. The book content is absolutely fine. The reader will enjoy reading it. A. P. J. inscribe the seven important points in the book which changed his life, furthermore it also navigates through the timeline of his stay in Rastrapati Bhavan and the significant decision taken by Kalam to make Rastrapati Bhavan closer to masses.
It also encompasses the controversies which arouse during his tenure as President of India. The writing style of book is prefer...more
Gautam Mohan
Author talks about his experience during his tenure as President.This book scores just an average rating as it fails to instill the energy what we normally expect from kalam's book.
Harshini Nawarathna
No matter how much science he knows, in page 134 Dr. Kalam says "We are all the creations of God".
Vadassery Thaiparambil Rakesh
Rameshwaram is a sleepy temple town in the southern tip of our peninsula. It comes alive during the Ram Navmis and other auspicious days, especially to remember the departed souls. The otherwise passive place has done another wonderful contribution to our heritage, than being the place which Lord Ram chose to pray to Shiv Bhagwan before he began his onslaught on Lanka. It has gifted us one of the most outstanding Ratnas of Bharat, a person who has added more credibility to the coveted prize than...more
Ved Prakash
This is not exactly a review. It's what i learned about Dr. Kalam after reading Turning Points.I just finished reading Turning Points by Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, India’s Ex-President and the one of the most inspiring person on the planet. This book is a sequel to Wings of Fire by the same. This book takes the readers to the journey of Dr. Kalam as the President of India. A brief description of his last day as president is sufficient in explaining how busy and focused his tenure would have been...more
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"Turning Points: A Journey Through Challenges":

It was like any other day on the Anna University campus in Chennai. I had delivered a lecture Vision to Mission and the session got extended from one hour to two. I had lunch with a group of research students and went back to class. As I was returning to my rooms in the evening the vice- chancellor, Prof. A. Kalanidhi, fell in step with me. Someone had been frantically trying to get in touch with me through the day, he said.

Indeed, the phone was rin...more
Aby John Mathew
The new book from the former president of our nation , whose name itself is an inspirational brand, deals with his days of presidency. A memoir a
bout those 5 years when he became the supreme power of our nation. Serving as the sequel to his best selling autobiography 'Wing of Fire', the book gives equal focus on both- his activities as president to fulfill his vision on turning our nation to a developed one by 2020 as well as preaching its importance to the upcoming generation and urging them to...more
Kapil Yadav
This is the real inspiration about how we can make sense of our life, it's all in our hands. set a goal and put all efforts to achieve the goal.that make sense of our existence. Because Natural facts can not be changed , we born , we die. just do something that make us remember by value of our life.
Dhevathi Rajan
This is one of the inspirational book I have ever read, it shows how kalam dealt with the situations in developing the people , country. Must read for those who like Indian development , or one who is interested in life events of one of Indian intellectual.
Manish
I really loved this book as i come to know details of power of President and the enthusiastic way to serve to nation as a president. I really want people like Kalam sir to govern this nation as he always thinks about nation.... throughout this book he tried to explain what he did as a president to fulfil his (or better to say a true Indian)dream of Developed nation. I really like his devotion towards our nation. In his book i love inspiring lines like in Wings of Fire his father's teachings, or...more
Nitin Venkatesh
Simply awesome! Total eye-opener to some of the facts that are oblivious to the general public. Reading this book gives us hope and comfort that India is definitely growing into a developed nation at a rapid pace and we, the youth are at the forefront acting as catalysts for this transformation. Dr.Kalam shares with us some of the guidelines that he's provided to the various states, the parliament and the government itself in general, to provide a clear picture of how it is, that the transformat...more
Apoorva
There is something about the man. He radiates a refreshing sense of optimism and yet it seems wrong to suspect naivety. At times, it might come across as though the book is all about the proud and glorious moments of his life. But without much further contemplation it becomes apparent that it is his unique spirit that projects even the most disastrous of situations into a learning and memorable occasion.I'm glad that there were much less technical details compared to Wings of Fire. Though it did...more
Sneha Goley
this is one of the most inspiring and enjoyable book. Kalam sir writes with such humility even though with the great fears he has done for our country. I just keep thinking that only Kalam sir can get such an ingenious personality combined with a great magnanimous heart.
Dr Shyam
lets see how much it inspiring the young minds
Nikhil Sharathchandran
Worth reading., Good experience.. :)
Krishna Srinivasan
It is good book to read.
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Manan Majithia
nicely done.although very idealist.Too much self driven and decorative.It simply inspires you to think out of our mundane world about the many vices that plague our society and for us to do our bit.
Pranay
I am a big fan of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam & as always he did an excelent job with his writing. The experience he has completely reflect from hi s writings.

Regarding the book, it is an autobiography cum "what he wants to advise the youngssters of India as well as the politicians and policy makers" book. Mostly consist of the later part. I like this book because of its simplicity and optimism.

I hope everyone will enjoy reading and will get inspire at the same time.
Aruna Kumar Gadepalli
This is an interesting sequel to the "Wings of Fire" by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India, Scientist and a good human being. This book make one feel good about the potential of resources of India, how best one can make use of it with the plan of action Vision 2020. Kalam takes us to his journey through his candidature to Presidential position and also his efforts to make use of the Presidency for the development of the country.
Sathya Devan
I love H.E. Shri APJ Abdul Kalam for his indomitable spirit which he infuses into what ever he sets to do. The Presidency was none different. This book is characterized by the events that have unfurled during his presidential days. However, the book lacks usual inspirational touch that one is used to expect from H.E Shri APJ Abdul Kalam. I love him nevertheless. The book is a narrative of events hence accepted as such.
Abhishek Sen
Yet another wonderfully written book by APJ. One of my favorite personalities in the world, a never ending source of inspiration. His greatness and humility is reflected in his style of writing which is extremely simple, yet thought provoking. This book shows APJ is not only a brilliant technologist but also a very practical and ambitious planner (with respect to governance). India is honored to have had him as President.
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Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (Tamil: அவுல் பகீர் ஜைனுலாப்தீன் அப்துல் கலாம்) usually referred to as A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, is one of India's most distinguished scientists. He is an Aerospace engineer, professor, and chancellor of the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. During his term as President, he was popul...more
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