Book Review of Wings of Fire

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Book Review of Wings of Fire

Wings of Fire is the autobiography of the former president of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. It’s a book that was eyeing for a long time. As its the autobiography of the recipient of India’s three highest civilian awards – Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Bharat Ratna. Furthermore, an autobiography of the most loved president of India. I thought that I could gain a lot of inspiration from Wings of Fire. And I Have decided to do a book review of Wings of Fire by APJ Abdul Kalam. So, I can convince you to read it as well. Although make a note, it is a book review of Wings of Fire by APJ Abdul Kalam and not of the one by Tui T. Sutherland.

Table of contents:

  • Synopsis
  • Wings of Fire summary
  • Conclusion
  • Quotes from wings of fire

Synopsis

Avul Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, the son of a little-educated boat-owner in Rameswaram, had an unparalleled career as a defense scientist. Culminating in the highest civilian award of India, the Bharat Ratna. As chief of the country’s defense research and development program, Kalam demonstrated the great potential for dynamism and innovation that existed in seemingly moribund research establishments. 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 has 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.

Wings of Fire Summary

Kalam introduces us to his early life in Rameswaram. He was born and raised in a secure middle-class Tamil family. He proceeds to describe the communal harmony in Rameswaram. The book is filled with various monochrome pictures like learning from educators, upbringing, and many more. Kalam throws light on the time he got selected at Madras Institute of Technology (MIT) for engineering. His elder sister helped him economically when the finances of Kalams’ family were not very nice. This encouraged Kalam to study hard for a scholarship. At MIT, he dreamed to fly an aircraft and hence took up aeronautical engineering. Although, Kalam could not join the Indian Air force and hence, his dream to fly remained unfulfilled. Later, he got a job as a Senior Scientific Assistant at DTD&P (Air). 

Kalam throws light on his work schedule when he started leading projects. While working with DRDO, he participated in several satellite launches. In 1980, he was the manager of the SLV-III project which is India’s first indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle. Moreover, as we know, Kalam is a poet and is a huge fan of poems. He has put in a lot of his poems in the book.

Sea waves, golden sand, pilgrims’ faith, Rameswaram Mosque Street, all merge into one, My Mother! You come to me like heaven’s caring arms. I remember the war days when life was challenge and toil— Miles to walk, hours before sunrise, Walking to take lessons from the saintly teacher near the temple…..

On the successful launch of India’s missile program, Kalam received the Padma Vibhushan. Kalam always said, “Failures are seeds of further learning” and strongly believed that India can be a technological leader.

Conclusion

Wings of Fire is not just a book about Dr. APJ Abdul Kalams’ journey before becoming the president of India. We find a reminiscent narrative of early India side by side. We get to read a lot of genius people in space research & rocketry have in good detail. Wings of Fire ends on a happy note with Kalam becoming the scientific advisor in India’s Defense Ministry. We get a lot of inspiration from wings of fire to go on. What stands out the most is the positive thinking of Kalam. It is a simple, secular, inspiring humanitarian book that gives us hope. We get to know Kalam as the most efficient feedback loop of the human mind ever. The book is pretty much insightful which some biographies fail to be. We also a lot of quotes from Wings of Fire which might stay with us forever. But I think this will the best one to end the book review of Wings of Fire.

I am a well in this great land
Looking at its millions of boys and girls
To draw from me
The inexhaustible divinity
And spread His grace everywhere
As does the water drawn from a well.

Some of the life changing quotes by APJ Abdul Kalam from Wings of Fire :

To succeed in life and achieve results, you must understand and master three mighty forces— desire, belief, and expectation.

What makes life in Indian organizations difficult is the widespread prevalence of this very contemptuous pride. It stops us from listening to our juniors, subordinates and people down the line. You cannot expect a person to deliver results if you humiliate him, nor can you expect him to be creative if you abuse him or despise him. The line between firmness and harshness, between strong leadership and bullying, between discipline and vindictiveness is very fine, but it has to be drawn.

My story—the story of the son of Jainulabdeen, who lived for over a hundred years on Mosque Street in Rameswaram island and died there; the story of a lad who sold newspapers to help his brother; the story of a pupil reared by Sivasubramania Iyer and Iyadurai Solomon; the story of a student taught by teachers like Pandalai; the story of an engineer spotted by MGK Menon and groomed by the legendary Prof. Sarabhai; the story of a scientist tested by failures and setbacks; the story of a leader supported by a large team of brilliant and dedicated professionals. This story will end with me, for I have no belongings in the worldly sense. I have acquired nothing, built nothing, possess nothing—no family, sons, daughters.

God, our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities, great potential strength and ability. Prayer helps us to tap and develop these powers.

A big shot is a little shot who keeps on shooting, so keep trying.

What you are destined to become is not revealed now but it is predetermined.

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Some Frequently asked question :

What is the main theme of the book Wings of Fire?

Autography of APJ Abdul Kalam is known as Wings of Fire. It’s cover his youth and his work towards Indian space research and missile programs.

What is the moral of Wings of Fire?

Wings of Fire is an autobiographical novel that tells a story about unlocking the inner potential to the readers.

What is the cost of Wings of Fire?

We believed that – There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island. So, We give this Treasure to you free of cost ..
Here is a wings of fire pdf – Download Now

What is the main idea of Wings of Fire?

This is the story of Kalam’s rise from obscurity and his personal and professional struggles.

Why should I read Wings of Fire?

We get a lot of inspiration from wings of fire to go on. It is a simple, secular, inspiring humanitarian book that gives us hope.

What is the summary of Wings of Fire?

Wings of Fire is not just a book about Dr. APJ Abdul Kalams’ journey before becoming the president of India. Read our full review to know more about the summary.

What is the main theme of the book Wings of Fire?

It is a story of a middle-class boatman’s son to being the President of India and missile man.

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