Book Review: Wings of Fire by Dr. Abdul Kalam and Arun Tiwari

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We are all with a divine hearth in us. Our efforts ought to be to give wings to this furnace and fill the world with the glow of its goodness.”


Book Name: Wings of Fire

Author Name: A P J Abdul kalam, Arun Tiwari

Genre: Autobiography

Language: English

Reading a book is a good habit, the habit of reading is one of the best qualities that a person can possess. “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”

“Wings of Fire” An Autobiography of Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India. It was written by Dr. Abdul Kalam and Mr. Arun Tiwari, a well-known missile scientist was a colleague of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Dr. Kalam examines his early life, effort, hardship, fortitude, luck, and the chance that eventually led him to lead Indian space research, nuclear and missile programs.

Friends, I don’t have that much knowledge to make a judgment on this book, I just want to express some of my thought with you and what I have learned from this book “Wings of Fire”.

About the Author

“Avul Pakir Jainulabeen Abdul Kalam” his full name, The author was born and raised on Mosque Street in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. He served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. 

Greatly admired all over India, he was a scientist by profession, who played a leading role in developing the country’s missile program. From humble roots in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. Dr. kalam in an inspirational autobiography ‘ The Wings of Fire’ traces the rise and the make he made his life.

Arun Tiwari rose to fame as an author with his book Wings of Fire, which he co-authored with Dr. A.P.J Abdul kalam. He has written several books and co-authored five books with Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. He contributed to the design of the missiles. Tiwari has been the director at the Cardiovascular Technology Institute in Hyderabad. He received the  Defence Technology Spinoff Award for developing the Kalam-Raju stent.

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About the Book:

This book contains the life of a simple yet determined person. There is so much knowledge and good things that everybody can extract from this book. Reading this book is a very heartwarming and beautiful experience.

This book contains a very detailed description of how great things can be achieved through simple thoughts. This book conveys the message of the authors that always keep your dream high, your goal clear, plan perfectly and do hard work.

The story is all about a warm and intensely personal, deeply passionate, common boat – owner’s son who has become India’s most distinguished living technocrat. The pure faith in God and deep kindness, dealing life with positivity, science, and technological advancements, Love toward one country and many more things are mentioned in this book.

The book is full of insights, personal moments, and life experiences of Dr. APJ Kalam. It gives us an understanding of his journey of success.

This is a story of a boy who was born in a normal and middle-class family. He had a curiosity about aeronautical engineering. He faced so many failures during launching the satellite called SLV [Satellite Launching Vehicle] but he proved that anything can be achieved by keep trying because when you become a failure then you go one step closer to success.

The author, by narrating his life journey evokes the reader to identify with one’s inner fire and potential, for he was of the firm belief that each one of us was born with the strength and potential to make a tangible change in the world. How he inspired himself to achieve his dream and how he went about accomplished so much is what the book captures nicely.

The book recollects many anecdotes and stories from childhood, his time at school and college, He wrote the time spent at the Langley Research Center, NASA and Wallops Flight Facility gets a lot of attention.

Personal tragedies have not left been left out. The time when he lost his father and how he felt when conferred with many awards like the Padma  Bhushan have been written in much detail.

The second half of the book deals with the author, the scientist who made a significant contribution in developing the country's guided missile program, a pioneering effort for the security of the nation. It’s not with reason that he was nicknamed the ‘ Missile Man of India’.

My view:

I hope this book is best suited for reading for teenagers and youths, to dream and to dare. It shows, how a person from a modest background ends up being the first citizen of a nation of one billion.

In this book, there is something that everybody can extract from and worthy of being read by every Indian. A  very detailed description of how great things can be achieved through simple thoughts. Always keep your dream high, set your goals clear, plan perfectly and work through people. I will suggest never miss reading this great book if you haven’t yet.

My rating for the book 5/5

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