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Book Review: The Wonderful World of Books, by APJ Abdul Kalam

There’s a book for everyone, or so it is said. Nowadays, there are books even for those who only have ten minutes of free time in a day. I was surprised to see that. But I was happy to see this book as one of those books.

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Book Review: Pupil’s President APJ Abdul Kalam, edited by Satyam Roychowdhury

“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”

These words from Mitch Albom’s book Tuesdays with Morrie are so true. The strength of a relationship – be it love, friendship, or any other – doesn’t dwindle with death. The memories that were created previously in life linger for long, and it makes the presence of that person still felt, still so prominent in life. It holds true for the relationship between a teacher and his student as well. The lessons that have been taught stay for long, and with them, I do not feel that that person has truly gone. Continue reading “Book Review: Pupil’s President APJ Abdul Kalam, edited by Satyam Roychowdhury”

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Book Review: Turning Points: A Journey Through Challenges, by APJ Abdul Kalam

About the author:
APJ Abdul Kalam is one of India’s most distinguished scientists. He served as the 11th President of India, between 2002 and 2007. He was fondly referred to as “The People’s President” during his term. He has honorary doctorates from over thirty universities and is the recipient of the country’s three highest civilian awards – the Padma Bhushan, the Padma Vibhushan and the Bharat Ratna.

My thoughts on the book:
Inspiration comes in various ways. To read a book and be inspired by it is really a wonderful feeling. Over the last few days, I have had the pleasure of being inspired by few such books. Two of them were written by the man I have had the pleasure of seeing two times as well, the eleventh President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam.

The two books are two parts of his autobiography, and this book, Turning Points is the sequel to the first book, Wings of Fire.

Not that I’m comparing autobiography parts, but this was equally as good as Wings of Fire I feel. Yes, the life story of APJ might not be as endearing or understandable to us, but there are takeaways in each chapter, most certainly in the quotes that are there under the title names, and the concluding paragraph of chapters, and in the messages that are part of this book.

Take title quotes for e.g.

“Vision elevates the nation” was something that I liked. Only when you have the notion to change can you change, and some changes can elevate the nation itself. Another was “The ignited mind of the youth is the most powerful resource on the earth, above the earth, and under the earth”. It felt like he is telling us that a bright mind can move the earth.

There’s a poem in the chapter titled “Learning from others”. It is titled “What can I give?” For me, that poem was one of the highlights of the book. It asks us to share knowledge that we have, if we have resources, to share them with the needy, to use our mind and heart to bring a smile to those who need it. If we can give something, then we will be blessed.

Other things that are interesting in this book are the photos, and also the interview at the last. Again, this book isn’t something that would be appealing to all people, but I found it to be nice and worth the time.


A rating of 8/10
A rating of 8/10

Book details:
Title: Turning Points
Author: APJ Abdul Kalam
Genre: Autobiography
ISBN: 978-93-5029-347-8
Publishers: Harper Collins
Price: INR. 199

 


This book is a personal copy. No payment was taken for this review.
The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced.


Shared with Indian Quills Reading Challenge at Tales Pensieve.


(Aug 3rd, 2013)

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Book Review: Wings of Fire, by APJ Abdul Kalam

About the author:
APJ Abdul Kalam is one of India’s most distinguished scientists. He served as the 11th President of India, between 2002 and 2007. He was fondly referred to as “The People’s President” during his term. He has honorary doctorates from over thirty universities and is the recipient of the country’s three highest civilian awards – the Padma Bhushan, the Padma Vibhushan and the Bharat Ratna.

My thoughts on the book:
Inspiration comes in various ways. To read a book and be inspired by it is really a wonderful feeling. Over the last few days, I have had the pleasure of being inspired by few such books. Two of them were written by the man I have had the pleasure of seeing two times as well, the eleventh President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam.

The two books are two parts of his autobiography, and this book, Wings of Fire is the first part.

I’m at my wits end as to how to review an autobiography, but it doesn’t feel right not to say this book is inspirational and something that needs to be read. It is a journey through leadership, through hardships, through the life of a man who inspired the nation. It shows a different perspective to things, one that we don’t usually see. The book has a lot of things that can be quoted, but I choose to share this one…

“He who knows others is learned, but the wise one is the one who knows himself. Learning without wisdom is of no use.”

I chose this particular quote because it tells me to look into understanding the person I am too, and not just look to understand others.

Another excerpt that looks into life was…

“The trouble is that we often merely analyse life instead of dealing with it. People dissect their failures for causes and effects, but seldom deal with them and gain experience to master them and thereby avoid their recurrence. This is my belief: that through difficulties and problems God gives us the opportunity to grow. So when your hopes and dreams and goals are dashed, search among the wreckage, you may find a golden opportunity hidden in the ruins.”

I have also got bogged down by failures rather than dealing with it. I guess that has stopped me from growing atleast a little bit. Maybe I failed for a reason, and that opportunity is still there. I think it’s about time I started to search for that opportunity now.

The book is inspiring, but it probably might not sound as much if you aren’t Indian. Still, there are things to take out of it.


A rating of 8/10
A rating of 8/10

Book details:
Title: Wings of Fire
Author: APJ Abdul Kalam
Genre: Autobiography
ISBN: 978-81-7371-146-6
Publishers: Universities Press
Price: INR. 275

 


This book is a personal copy. No payment was taken for this review.
The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced.


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1) First Reads Challenge at b00k r3vi3ws
2) Indian Quills Reading Challenge at Tales Pensieve.


(Aug 3rd, 2013)