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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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Sep 14, 2014 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 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
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.
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
Harshini Nawarathna
No matter how much science he knows, in page 134 Dr. Kalam says "We are all the creations of God".
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
Ankur Verma
It was the evening of 28th July 2015 , when i came across a news flash relating to something about Kalam Sir, While in the process of accessing the full news ,in split seconds, a thought ran through my mind that might be Sir has reconsidered his decision of not Standing for President's Chair again.
And i was very very happy .
But soon , i was hit with fact , my gleaming face was bombarded with the harsh reality that 'He', my biggest ever motivating asset , was no more in person.

It was then , t
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
I have read this books & share a good sine of this books . Dr.A.P.J.Kalam share his ideas throug his day to day
life experienced on his job or real life problems .
Thats given a positive frmae for our life.

Very Impressive piece of Work.
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
Jayesh Deore
(Book finished- 28 July 2015, 7:04 PM)
A coincidence to remember:-
I was at the chapter ' Into the Garden' today when I came to know about APJ Abdul Kalam's passing away.
Apj Abdul Kalam was a pefect blend of Scientific and spiritual mind.
This book can be a Blueprint of India's economic- social development. After reading last 50 pages, emotionally, felt why we're not implementing large part of his suggestions -implementing those will be a great tribute to his memories.
" A great mind and a great Hea
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.
A must read for every Indian citizen.
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 Gupta
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
Mozhi Arasu
The sequel of Wings of fire, not as intense as WOF, but inspiring and thought provoking.
One of the favorite poem about courage
Courage to think different,
Courage to invent,
Courage to travel on an unexplored path,
Courage to discover the impossible,
Courage to combat the problems and succeed,
are the unique qualities of Youth.
As a youth of my nation,
I will work and work with courage to achieve success in all the missions. "

Awesome lines,
Sachin prabhu
'The Turning Points' is a sequel to 'Wings of Fire'. It revolves around Dr. Kalam's mission of India 2020 and the efforts imperative to achieve it. It also involves insight into the life of Dr.Kalam,way he handled problems .how he got opportunity to inspire youth,vision of India 2020,some childhood memories, Journey across India and world. Each chapter begins with a quote which is inspiring.
A sure recommendation to everyone.
Rakshita Sareen
While reading this book, I was inspired by the simplicity he lived with and also his love for his country.This book gave some interesting knowledge or facts about our developing nation. But overall this book is very plain without any attractive writing style. It has been written without any plot, without any start, conflict, climax and end.
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
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.
Krishnan Rgp
Glimpses of the foresight with which the President worked on earnestly.
Easy read, keeps you thinking, smiling n resolving .
Epilogue n Appendices are must read. Here What is required for better INDIA is covered aptly.

One liner - must read.
Subramanian Ramanathan
Definitely worth reading. If u would like to know some of the reforms & practice initiated by Abdul kalam during his presidency, then this is recommended.It will also inspire you.

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
Yuvraj Jagtap
Another good book from Kalam Sir. Clearing the air from some the most eventful times of his tenure as President of India
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Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (Tamil: அவுல பகீர ஜைனுலாபதீன அபதுல கலாம) 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 popularly kn ...more
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