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Wings of Fire: An Autobiography

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Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, the son of a little-educated boat-owner in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, had an unparalleled career as a defence scientist, culminating in the highest civilian award of India, the Bharat Ratna. As chief of the country's defence research and development programme, Kalam demonstrated the great potential for dynamism and innovation that existed ...more
Paperback, 27th impression, 196 pages
Published January 11th 2011 by Universities Press (first published January 1999)
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Dec 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Jul 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
With heavy heart, I rated this book as a '1 star read'. Trust me, I wanted to love this book, but I couldn't. Here are some radom reasons for the 1 star rating:

1. An Autobiography? -This book is an autobiography of a great man, that’s why I should reward it with more stars, the respect stars? I respect Mr. Kalam (everyone does), but, trust me, it is everything but an autobiography, that too of Kalam Sir. I was promised some glimpses of Mr. Kalam’s life but what I really got was just an observa
Venkataraman Kumbakonam S.
Jun 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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:
Satya Ananthu
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lakpa Tashi Bhutia
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it

"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
Muthuvel Deivendran
"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 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 mome
Alex Poovathingal
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Simple, concise and inspiring. Highly recommended!
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 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!

May 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
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
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"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
Arihant Verma
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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
Anand Ganapathy
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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.
Murtuza Rangwala
Aug 16, 2013 rated it liked it
This is the first Autobiography I have read. I had high expectations as I admire Sir Kalam's image. But I will be biased on the side of a layman reader in this quick review.

In my opinion, one cannot write a negative review about an autobiography. Any achievement- big or small is an achievement and only The All Knowing knows how much effort an individual puts in achieving a particular goal. And Sir Kalam's achievements by no scale are small. "The Missile Man of India" has a lot of medals o
Apurva Mehta
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Since the day, I first time heard about god I was searching for him. I was questioning lots of people about my doubts about god. I started to get the answers when I started to read M.K.Gandhi and it is ended when I completed Wings of fire. For me both this person 'Bapu' and 'A.P.J. Abdul Kalam' is god. Their character exactly portraits the characteristic of god described by various scholar people.
Wings of Fire: An autobiography of APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India. I think its an awesom
Akash A J
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A very insightful account on the great man's life and India's success in space exploration and missile technology. It is inspiring to see how technological boundaries were pushed by bringing synergic efforts out of the complexity that an Indian government organization is. And a satisfying glimpse into the vision and personalities of some of the giants - Vikram Sarabhai, Sathish Dhawan, Brahm Prakash and Kalam himself - on whose shoulders we stand.

I have only one concern - considering that it wa
Abhilash Patro
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A truly inspiring book by our former president,the best president we had in my lifetime,if i might add. This book is not just about rocket science and physics, rather is about india's one of the greatest achievements in recent history, to be in the class of an elite few counties to be able to have a very long range icbm and the ability to launch their own space vehicles into the orbit.This book helped us realise how this great man's and many others incessant hard work helped our country achieve ...more
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Downright Inspirational. The existance of a man like him is the real flame of India. The book is an excellent read for it gives insight on the struggle and journey of a down to earth man who became the president of a large country. Most remarkable aspect of all, is his religous view, on how God is not many but a single entity and it is this very beleif that led him to lead a country filled with a majority of Hindus while being a muslim. I recommend this book to all men and women of Indian origin
Balakrishna Kini malpe
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Awsome Book! verry inspirational!
Tharun Vudari
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Many takeaways from a single book. Books like these are always a constant source of inspiration.
T.Leela Manush
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Vibina Venugopal
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
To start with this book wasn't a recent read...Currently I am reading Turning points by APJ and I was reminded of this book ., and so here I go...Like every Indian APJ as he is known is a role model to me..For anyone who is not an Indian or an Indian who is not brought up in India may not be able to identify with him...Becoming a scientist expanding his horizon in Indian space research organization (ISRO) with failures then onto successful launches placing India into world's most sauted country ...more
Lorrane Gloriya
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm inspired after reading this book. It contain lots of technological terms and for some it will be difficult to understand but I 'll still recommend everyone to give it a try. There's lot to learn from this autobiography of our great Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
One of my Favourite lines:
I am a well in this great land
Looking at its millions of boys and girls
To draw from me
The inexhaustible divinity
And spread His grace everywhere
As does the water drawn from a well.

Alfie Shuvro
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
খুব ধীরে ধীরে বইটি পড়েছি । অনুপরেরণার উকতি, ঘটনা আর জঞান এর পরাচুরয পূরণ সমষটি এই বই। নিরলস চেষটা, আগরহ, একাগরতা মানুষকে কোথায় নিয়ে যায় , মানুষ তা কলপনা ও কি করতে পারে???
অবশযই পাঠযনীয়।
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Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (Tamil: அவுல பகீர ஜைனுலாபதீன அபதுல கலாம) usually referred to as A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, was one of India's most distinguished scientists. He was 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 ...more
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