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unconventional Book review:Wings of Fire: An Autobiography

Book Name:-Wings of Fire: An Autobiography

Author :APJ Abdul Kalam with Arun Tiwari

I had fade memories of that day .It was around the year 2004 I guess ,it was a typical scenario of after lecture effect when all the students are grasping fresh air and were chit chatting. From some - where my ears were tuned to a sound wave that “Wings of Fire” is a brilliant read. At that time reading books was an anathema to me. I came back home found my cousin in home and giving an intellectual sounding lecture about the book. I was callous to his comments at that time.

Clock ticked on ,I was bitten by reading bug and soon I was hooked to buying books from flipkart.One day I was ordering a book and my eyes were glued to one book that was called “Wings of Fire”. At that moment I understood the power of sub-conscious mind and ordered the book without any second thought.

I was in Ludhiana,Punjab when book reached my home .At that moment I was thinking that it must be a fat autobiographies (from my previous reading experiences) but in my hands was lying a sleek book .Since, I was an engineering student all the things written in crisp format always inspired me and I turned the page.

This journey of a towering personality APJ Abdul Kalam is an inspiration for all people hailing from all places and of all age group. It doesn’t matter if you are 6 or 60 years old this book has the feelings, emotions of what each one of us feels .It is a story about the guts, tenacity sheer perseverance of Mr.Kalam and his journey from a school in Rameshwaram to N.A.S.A is without a shadow of doubt KICK ASS.

Anecdotes of Tipu Sultan at the NASA headquarters, progress of Indian rocketry, ordeal of launching Agni and roller coaster ride involved in it, details about leadership qualities of Satish Dhawan,Vikram Sarabhai are the examples that can be very easily taught in leadership course under Organization Behaviour. It teaches us the importance of focus in life and how can a never say die attitude converts ordinary into extra –ordinary.Language used is very lucid and while reading the book I thought that I was seeing all the narrations while standing in invisible mode with author.

On amazon.com one person has written that Wings of Fire written by DR APJ Abdul Kalam is India’s answer to Made in Japan by Akio Morita.Though I haven’t read the latter but id definitely feel that it’s not an exaggeration.

My rating :11/10---Highly recommended

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