WINGS OF FIRE
(Dr. Abdul kalam and Arun Tiwari)
With an idea of A noble Mission , a strong vision to build a strong nation “Wings of fire” is a book full of inspiration and Indianess ,it is an autobiography of the former president of India Dr. A. P.J. Abdul Kalam (1999) written by combined effort of Dr. Kalam and Arun Tiwari. Born on October 15, 1931, at Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu, India , Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam specialized in aeronautical engineering from Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai in 1958. He joined in India’s Premier research center DRDO in 1962. Thereafter he become director of DRDO in1982. Dr. Kalam is one of the most distinguished scientists of India with the unique honour of Receiving highest civilian honors: The Padma Bhushan in 1981, The Padma Vibhushan 1in 1990, and the Bharath Ratna in 1997. He served as 11th president of Independent India during 2002-2007. Dr. Kalam took up academic pursuit as Professor, Technology & Societal Transformation at Anna University, Chennai from November 2001 and was involved in teaching and research tasks. Above all he took up a mission to ignite the young minds for national development by meeting high school students across the country. In his literary pursuit four of Dr. Kalam's books - "Wings of Fire", "India 2020 - A Vision for the New Millennium", "My journey" and "Ignited Minds - Unleashing the power within India" have become household names in India.
As per the preface, Arun Tiwari had worked with Dr. Kalam for over a decade and was involved in the project on Akash missile airframe. Arun was so fascinated by Dr. Kalam’s range of ideas and thought process that he decided to pen down Dr. Kalam’s recollections before they get buried irretrievably under the sands of time. Arun Tiwari has done a commendable job and I am glad that the life of this great scientist did not go undocumented. Kalam has described the various projects he undertook and shows how a person can manage a large team of experts without any formal knowledge in project management and team dynamics. He never fails to acknowledge his co-workers, team members and others of importance, throughout the book. The book is dotted with snippets of poetry and hymns that Dr. Kalam is fond of and has collected over his life time. quote from the book: “Technology, unlike science, is a group activity. It is not based on an individual’s intelligence, but on the interacting intelligence of many.” This is the story of Kalam's rise from obscurity and his personal and professional struggles, as well as the story of Agni, Prithvi, Akash, Trishul and Nag missiles that have become household names in India and that have raised the nation to the level of a missile power of international reckoning. This is also the saga of independent India's struggle for technological self-sufficiency and defensive autonomy-a story as much about politics, domestic and international, as it is about science. 'The wings of fire' is an inspiring read which takes you to journey of this great man's life. It feels one with pride , with joy , with hope , with dream . His struggles , his success , his failures , his triumph and most importantly his keep going attitude making journey towards feets not achieved before. Giving you a short journey of the book..
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