Today, I finished reading the book “Wings of Fire” by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
This book is good for everybody but I would suggest the younger generation, the school-going kids read this book.
This book is the autobiography of Dr. Abdul Kalam but is not really the complete one.
But this book tells about his struggles, achievements, and contributions to India in making it a world leader.
He shared how despite having restrictions by the developing countries in getting the required technology, India developed its own missiles and missile launch system.
He has narrated his whole journey from his education to his disappointments and how he overcame all the disappointments to lead India as a world leader along with the team members.
He never failed to give recognition to the team leaders involved in the various projects he led as a project director.
He has been conferred with the three highest civilian awards.
He has worked with Indira Gandhi, Rajeev Gandhi and shown how they appreciated the efforts made in the field of national security.
He also worked with other prime ministers of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Dr. Manmohan Singh as a president. But that is not part of this book.
Why am I suggesting this book to young readers?
Dr. Kalam has written about a lot of phenomena related to space technology, missile technology, and aerodynamics as well as information about a lot of components and equipment related to them.
Reading those words in the book will be the curiosity of readers towards science and technology, space, and defense systems.
Along with that, we can learn the art of appreciation, hard work, and coming out from depression from his own life.
Who could be benefitted?
Those who are into project management can also learn a lot from this book of Kalam.
Those who are disappointed can also learn from the disappointments of Kalam and lead a life, which will be inspirational for the coming generations.
Kalam was not from a very well-educated family and the financial condition of home was also not good.
Despite all these, how he managed to continue pursuing his dreams, is a path that we can follow.
He has worked with some of the great scientists of India such as Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, Dr. Brahm Prakash, Dr. Satish Dhawan, and G. Madhavan Nair.
He has worked on the projects such as Satellite Launch Vehicle projects, and projects to make Prithvi, Akash, Trishul, Nag, and Agni missiles with Re-entry Experiment Launch Vehicle (REX) capability.
He also dedicatedly to some of the projects which were later called off (Diamont launch vehicle, ROTA motor, hovercraft, etc.), and some of the projects failed.
Though failures are part of the process for some of the failures he considered himself responsible.
He also shared the kindness of his teachers and how he respects them.
He remained away from home due to his work and missed the sweets made by his mother and sister.
He missed his brother-in-law and father.
He always missed his hometown of Rameswaram and its streets.
I will always regret not seeing him personally.
He is not with us but through his books and messages, he will still remain in our hearts forever.
If you are from India, you can buy this book from the link below: