Wings of Fire- The Biography of Abdul Kalam by Arun Tiwari

Genre: Non-Fiction/Biography

Wings of Fire is a biography capable of inspiring even a common man into becoming a scientist. It is the life story of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, honorable President of India. It is a well-composed novel which revolves around the life of Mr. Kalam, a renowned scientist as he shares his experiences and the minutest of details of his life. I like the way the book has been put together along with the delicate facts of his personal life. His family background, the pain, and suffering he went through and recollected himself is commendable. The day I finished reading this book, such an influential personality impacted me very deeply and it gave me a glimpse of how the power of positive thinking can help achieve all odds.

This book comprises of a balance of details of the technological and political challenges faced to prosper in its aeronautical and space program. It is also a success story of Dr. Kalam’s participative management practices.

This book gives an insight into the lives of Hindus and Muslims of India and their relationships with each other and among multi-religious communities in India.

Wings of Fire is an account of a young boy who tries to achieve his dreams by beating all odds. The story emphasizes the importance of family, relatives, and friends in helping achieve each other’s goals and turning dreams into reality. It teaches us to become a patriotic citizen of our country shown in the book as a determinant India and countless effort of its scientists in achieving superiority in aeronautical, space, and rocket technology.

As I read through this book I felt the same humility that Mr. Kalam felt when he was engaged in the program. I am glad that my mother recommended me this book. The book itself is written in simple English and it seems as if the author is speaking out to the reader directly. Abdul Kalam tells us how the finest of people too can be brought out. He is referred to as ‘spiritual scientist’, because of his visions and contributions to his country.

A country which is divided by religion and caste. A country which has a corrupt political system and where money rules, Abdul Kalam still made millions of citizens of India a proud nation.

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