Book Review: Pupil's President APJ Abdul Kalam

Pupils' President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam edited by Satyam Roychowdhury is an autobiography of APJ Abdul Kalam covering his early life and his work in Indian space research and missile programs as we learn how Kalam move along his career and gives a vivid picture of his life through prose and poetry.

It is the story of a boy from a humble background born in Rameswaram, a southern town in Tamilnadu, who went on to become a key player in Indian space research and missile programs and later became the president of India and each chapter provides an interesting glimpse of his life. This alone is worth the price of the book!

Kalam held many high ranking positions in various organizations. The secret to his success seemed to be his ability to ignore negative things around him. The book also gives a clue to his popularity in India and abroad. The book covers a lot of behind the scene information and details about his life. Kalam was also a poet and was a huge fan of poems. The book contains many of his own poems and his favourite quotes.

This biography provides information about himself and his life who was a simple, secular, inspiring humanitarian. Little did Jainulabudeen and Ashiamma know that their son would grow up to be the first citizen of India. An Indian scientist and an administrator, Kalam served as the eleventh President of India from 2002 to 2007 and was chief project coordinator for nuclear tests at Pokhran II.

One of the most respected in the country, Kalam has contributed immensely both as a scientist and as President. His contribution to Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has been immense. He was responsible for numerous projects such as Project Devil and launch of Rohini-1, as well as develop missiles under Agni and Prithvi missions. For the same, he was popularly tagged as Missile Man of India.

Kalam was honoured with great laurels and awards for his work of the Government of India and other countries. He was very well known across India and was recipient of India’s three highest civilian awards, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Bharat Ratna. Till his death Kalam serves as a visiting professor in various institutes and universities of India.

The book is very engaging, with lot of details and information of his space research and missile projects and will interest readers who will get to know Kalam and his principles and ideas. The book also contains photos which are very interesting. One of the things that stand out throughout the book is Kalam’s positive thinking.

It is a book so complete that it is recommended for everyone to read it, and do not expect religions, the reasons of pacifism or wars, but only the sense of duty and a beautifully resonant spirituality beyond all space and time free of the barriers, manmade borders, thanks to theists.

Format: Hardcover ♥ Publisher: BEE BOOKS ♥ Published: 2015 ♥ Language: English ♥ ISBN-13: 978-9380925295