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A. P. J. Abdul Kalam’s autobiography tells the extraordinary story of a child who was born into a barely educated family of boat owners in a small pilgrim town in Tamil Nadu called Rameswaram. This child grew up to become the leader of India’s space research, nuclear, and missile development programmes, and later emerged as one of the most enigmatic scientist-leaders of current times.
Wings Of Fire: An Autobiography Abridged (Special Student Edition With Exercises) is a powerful story of belief and courage which throws light on an individual’s journey in India’s search for technological and scientific self-sufficiency. In the book, Kalam examines his early life, hardship, efforts, luck, fortitude and chance that eventually led him to lead Indian space research and missile programs.
The autobiography is divided into four main sections, each of which deals with a particular phase in Kalam’s life. The first section, called Orientation, covers the first 32 years of Kalam’s life. The next section, called Creation, covers the next 17 years of Kalam’s life and work. The third part, called Propitiation, tells of how Kalam became the Missile Man of India. The fourth part, called Contemplation, deals with Kalam’s later years when he is conferred with many awards. It also talks about his contemplations and his visions for the country.
Wings Of Fire: An Autobiography Abridged (Special Student Edition With Exercises) is a simplified and abridged version specially prepared for students. Written in an easy-to-understand language, this version of Kalam’s popular autobiography makes his inspirational story accessible to all readers. The book also includes a comprehensive glossary in the end that helps the young readers understand many of the technical terms mentioned in the book. This student edition also includes special exercises for students to solve.
About The Authors
Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam is a nuclear scientist, author, and former Indian president.
His other published books include My Journey: Transforming Dreams Into Actions, Turning Points: A Journey Through Challenges, India 2020: A Vision For The New Millennium, and Ignited Minds: Unleashing The Power Within India.
Abdul Kalam was born in 1931. He completed his schooling from Rameshwaram Elementary School, after which he attended St. Joseph’s College in Tiruchirappalli. He then enrolled in Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai, for aerospace engineering. Kalam started his career at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. He later joined ISRO and was instrumental in establishing the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre. Kalam was elected as the 11th President of India in 2002. He has been honored with the Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and also the Bharat Ratna by the government of India for his contribution to India’s scientific research and modernisation of the country’s defence technology.
Arun Tiwari is a former missile scientist and a non-medical professional in modern health care.
Tiwari has previously worked under Abdul Kalam. He is currently the director of the Cardiovascular Technology Institute at Hyderabad. He was awarded the Defence Technology Spin-Off Award for his role in the development of an indigenous coronary stent called as the Kalam-Raju stent.