Wings of Fire
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APJ Abdul Kalam's autobiography depicts an extraordinary life: a child born into a little-educated family of boat-owners in Rameswaram-, a small pilgrim town in Tamilnadu, who grew up to lead India's space research and missile development programmes and emerged as one of the most important scientist-leaders of our time. Wings of Fire is a powerful story of courage and belief, as much an individual journey as the saga of independent India's search for scientific and technological self-sufficiency. This simplified and abridged version now makes Dr Kalam's inspirational story accessible to all readers. A comprehensive glossary provides help in the understanding of technical terms.
busy schedule of eighteen hours a day. The profundity and range of his ideas mesmerized me. He had tremendous vitality and obviously received immense pleasure from the world of ideas. His conversation was not always easy to follow, but was always fresh and stimulating. There were complexities, subtleties, and intriguing metaphors and subplots in his narrative, but gradually the unfolding of his brilliant mind took the form of a continuous discourse. When I sat down to write this book, I felt
most intrinsic one. Be it a sophisticated system like a liquid engine or a piece of hardware as simple as a fastener, its ultimate fabrication calls for expert mechanical engineers and precision machine tools. We decided to develop important technologies like welding techniques for low-alloy stainless steel, electroforming techniques, and ultra-precision process tooling. We also decided to make some important machines in house, like the 254-litre vertical mixer and the groove machining facility
technology. Dr Kalam was until recently Professor of Technology and Societal Transformation, Anna University, Chennai. On 25 July, 2002 he was sworn in as the eleventh President of India. WINGS OF FIRE An Autobiography A P J Abdul Kalam with Arun Tiwari For more books from India on the iTunes store click here Universities Press (india) Private Limited Registered Office 3-6-747/1/A & 3-6-754/1, Himayatnagar, Hyderabad 500 029 (A.P.), INDIA e-mail:
could outwit any other expert in the country in this field. I will always remember his candid exposition of various aspects of the Command Line of Sight (CLOS) guidance system during the Trishul meetings. Once, he showed me a verse that he had composed to highlight the woes of an IGMDP Project Director. It was a good way of letting off steam: Impossible timeframes, PERT charts to boot Are driving me almost crazy as a coot; Presentations to MC add to one's woes, If they solve anything, Heaven
scored full marks in mathematics, he narrated the incident to the entire school at morning assembly. "Whomsoever I cane becomes a great man! Take my word, this boy is going to bring glory to his school and to his teachers." His praise quite made up for the earlier humiliation! By the time I completed my education at Schwartz, I was a self-confident boy determined to succeed. The decision to go in for further education was taken without a second thought. To us, in those days, the awareness of the