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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
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Published January 11th 2011 by Universities Press (first published 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
Dr. Appu Sasidharan
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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(Throwback Review) There are many people who I have to thank for developing my reading habit. Sarala teacher, my high school English teacher, will be on the top of that list. She is one of the first people who understood my love for literature even before she started teaching me when she saw the essay I wrote for an essay writing competition. This is the book she recommended to me when I was going through a challenging phase of my life. That was also the first book recommendation I got in my
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.
Venkataraman Sambasiva
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:
Amit Mishra
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The infinite power lies within us. We are the captain of our soul and the master of our fate. Dr Klam has written his biography in a very fierce that can ignite the fire inside the belly of our youths. His inspiration to do something is really fantastic. He never dreamed of being the president of India. His simplicity and high thinking are unmatched.
His writings give us a message, this does not matter from where you start your journey the matter most is where you end your journey.
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
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
Ananya Thakur
May 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
All of us must have, once atleast, heard about our eleventh President and the respect associated with his name. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, a rocket scientist has added many stars of achievements to our country's pride. Being an agriculture-rich country, we were quite lagging in technical advancements until APJ Kalam has dedicatedly inovated some high-tech rockets and missiles, which secured us a position in technological advances. Like any other layman, i have also heard a lot about hi ...more
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!

Alex Poovathingal
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Simple, concise and inspiring. Highly recommended!
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
Apr 18, 2017 rated it liked it
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"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 Indian 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 sever
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
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
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A sheer LEGEND!!!!

No wonder he is popularly known as "Missile Man of India" and "People's President"

Irrespective of soo many "downs" in his life, he has made impeccable breakthroughs in the field of Indian space and defense, thereby never giving immense power to those "downs" to dictate his future.

From his childhood, he always felt he has got a huge responsibility towards his society.

In this book, he pays a great tribute to all of those who stood by him throughout his journey- his family, teac
Arunothia Marappan
My first book in Tamil ❤️ I never got to meet Mr. Kalam, but his life will always be a huge source of inspiration to me. In this book, he shares his journey starting from the streets of Rameshwaram to building the first Agni missile. Kalam's deep sense of gratitude towards all his loved ones is reflected in almost each and every page of this book. The way he describes his awe towards the likes of Mr. Vikram Sarabhai and Mr. Wernher von Braun is admirable and the way his team stuck through the fa ...more
Piyush Bhatia
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Awe - inspiring !!
Niranjan Kamath
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book full of inspiration and life lessons. The author has fulfilled the objective of this book with the detailed and engaging content. The book leaves the readers with questions to ponder and ideas to implement.
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. ...more
Rohan Sangodkar
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book should be included in every curriculum of every school in this country. It supersedes all the self-help books out there. Reading this book is such an experience!
P.S. : This is published by Universities press and there are few printing glitches. Some titles are misprinted. I hope they correct these cosmetic errors.
Srishti Bansal
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Today when we're remembering Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam on his 5th death anniversary, I'd like to share my review on the most popular yet simple book Wings of Fire which is nothing but the lifetime journey of Mr. Kalam - The Missile Man of India.
Book review! 📖
Title: Wings of Fire
Author: APJ Abdul Kalam & Arun Tiwari
Genre: Autobiography
Pages: [180]
Rating: 4/5
Wings of Fire - An autobiography on our beloved Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam is definitely worth of giving a shot. I am so happy that i
Shalini Sharma
Apr 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I wish it was little less technical...lost concentration at many points...but the messages given in the book really touched my heart...every growing up kid must read this.... truly inspirational
Bookishbong  Moumita
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't need to describe about this man. But the most beautiful part about this book is the first poetry . And other thing I love is the illustrations ...more
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reread this many times I can't remember 🙋 ...more
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
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Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (Tamil: அவுல் பகீர் ஜைனுலாப்தீன் அப்துல் கலாம்) 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 pop ...more

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