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The Kalam Effect: My Years with the President

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P.J. Kalam became President of India in July 2002. He was a surprised choice - a scientist and not a politician, with an unusual hairstyle, and an unassuming way of doing things, and no other agenda as far as we could see other than seeing India develop into a strong nation.
Published (first published October 30th 2008)
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Sanjay Gautam
Aug 03, 2014 rated it liked it
This is an account by an IAS Officer on APJ Abdul Kalam when he was the President of India. Attention has been paid how the then President of India took tough decisions and tackled difficult situations; and shows his deeply compassionate human side as well. For one-time-read it's really a good book, after all you'll know something more about the People's President.

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Bhaskar Sitholey
Its not difficult to be inspired by a man like Dr. Kalam; what’s difficult is to actually embody what he personified, in both spirit and practice.
A P J Abdul Kalam is a name which draws attention and curiosity. While his own books Wings of Fire, Ignited Minds, India 2020 became popular and were raved about, this book about him, written by his secretary failed to make any news. Nevertheless, the book drew my attention and I read it in one sitting.

The book states its goals very clearly. It is not meant to be Kalam’s biography or his journey in life. It is about P M Nair’s experience of working closely with Kalam for those five years when Ka
Nov 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: critiqued
This book depicts the importance, Mr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam gives to perseverance and discipline in his life. A Bible for Mr. Kalam's fans written by his stern disciple Mr. P.M. Nair. The excerpts mentioned in the book regarding Mr. Kalam's routine are awe-inspiring. An opportunity for the readers to explore Kalam - The then President Of India. Well compiled artifacts by Mr. Nair. A good pastime read. ...more
Vivek Kaul
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book focuses on showcasing President Kalam's time as President of India (2002-2007). The book reveals his personality via several anecdotes on duty and sometimes otherwise. Not one of them is less than the other in significance to building the persona portrayed. ...more
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy read but could have been better.
Udit Nair
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This memoir is from a personal view of point. Mr Nair puts it beautifully.
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good read about a great person!

The book gave insights about how a great man lived. I always have a great respect for Dr.APJ. So, I chose to buy this book. I am satisfied I did.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Simply Honest..
Vinod Swain
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful and honest Insights on India's Most Beloved President Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam
The author was secretary to the President and hence had provided the first hand unblemished characteristic and qualities of Dr.Kalam.
Roshan John
Feb 10, 2016 rated it liked it
The Kalam Effect, written by P. M. Nair is a look at the life of Former President Abdul Kalam from the eyes of his Secretary, P. M. Nair.

Late Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was the President of India from 2002 to 2007 during which he was able to cement his place as arguably the best President that India has ever had. Dr. Kalam was a surprising choice for the President as he had basically no background in Politics. Dr. Kalam was a scientist through and through but it was his kind heart and unassuming nat
Harshit Gupta
I have read quite a few books written by Kalam himself, but it's another thing to read a book by someone else who has seen him working those five years when he was the President of India. An inspirational and somewhat funny account of our President's deeds and how it affected the staff at the Rashtrapati Bhavan at times. Thanks Mr Nair for writing this book. ...more
Devendra rawat
Dec 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a very touching book .To know more about our beloved President and to see what actually he has faced during his tenure as a President in the words of his secretary is just amazing.

Book is written in a very lucid style ,very simple english which very easy to follow.While reading the book you feel like there are good people and they make good things happen amid all the corruption and hatred.May be ,as an Indian, I can feel this more passionately.

Kalam is surely a role model for many of us.Whe
Yoginder Agarwal
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In May 2006, 52 of Dr Kalam's relatives had come to Delhi to visit him in the Rashtrapati Bhawan. They stayed there. No official vehicle was used. The bill for 8 days of their stay including room rent, food and conveyance came to Rs 3.52 lakh - paid entirely by Dr Kalam through Nair. P M Nair was secretary to the president from 2002 to 2007. He gives us an insider's look into the 'Kalam years.' The book is an overview at best with Nair not going into details into crucial decisions that dr Kalam ...more
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
A highly readable book having a very simple yet powerful narrative. A MUST for all Kalam admirers!
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Ck Vinod
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dr. Kalam is an inspiration. Someone who captured the imagination of the nation and became its darling. To read an account of his working first-hand was heartening as also the hitherto unknown anecdotes which the book presented. Thanks a ton to the author.
Dryitin Mendiratta
good to read ...
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read.....
Varun Nair
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You will love APJ Sir even more after you read this.
Anirudh Mangipudi
A book to be know the People's President sans the galore

The book is crisp in its design and striking in its content. Ideal for a one sitting read for a few hours.
Aug 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy read but could have been better.
Sachie Panawala
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful! Amazing!! Excellent peice of writing.
Dec 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great experiences with an un assuming great!
Chirag Jain
Mr. Abdul Kalam was a very good president. There are many lessons to be learnt from him. Mr Nair, at times, writes very well.
Guru Prasad
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