Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, the son of a little-educated boat-owner in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, had an unparalleled career as a defence scientist, culminating in the highest civilian award of India, the Bharat Ratna. As chief of the country’s defence research and development programme, Kalam demonstrated the great potential for dynamism and innovation that existed in seemingly moribund research establishments.
This is the story of Kalam’s rise from obscurity and his personal and professional struggles, as well as the story of Agni, Prithvi, Akash, Trishul and Nag—missiles that have become household names in India and that have raised the nation to the level of a missile power of international reckoning. This is also the saga of independent India’s struggle for technological self-sufficiency and defensive autonomy—a story as much about politics, domestic and international, as it is about science.
Abdul Kalam with Arun Tiwari.
>> Book Review | Published in The Pioneer, New Delhi, 24 January 2023.
>> Brief narration of Abdul Kalam’s life before he became the President of India.
>> Covid patients find friends in books! | Free Press Journal, Mumbai, 9 October 2021
>> Defence Prowess Towards New Horizon | Uday India (weekly), New Delhi, 31 January-6 February 2021.
>> Review on Wings of Fire | Navbharat Times, Mumbai, 12 October 2020.
>> Progress in pockets by Arun Tiwari | The Week, Kochi, 16 February 2020
>> Review on Wings of Fire | Dainik Jagran, New Delhi, 29 June 2019
>> HT-NIELSEN BOOKSCAN | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, 10 June 2017
>> Mention in The Economic Times | May 2017
>> Mention in The Telegraph, May 2017
>> The Sentinal Guwahati | April 2017
>> The Financial Express | April 2017
>> Turning Life Into A Bestseller | The Economic Times, April 2017
>> Wings of Fire - to go online The Hindu, May 2003
>> Review by Dr Chakrapani, July 2002
>> Mention in The Telegraph | November 2016
>> Mention in The Telegraph, September 2016
>> Review in Current Science by Dr Gangan Prathap, January, 1999
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