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Turning Points: A Journey Through Challenges picks up where Wings of Fire finished.
Summary Of The Book
This book, Turning Points: A Journey Through Challenges, takes up the story from when A.P.J Abdul Kalam became the President of India. It covers his acceptance of the post of the President of India, his term in office, his efforts to make his term meaningful, and the challenges he faced.
His term from 2002 to 2007 was an eventful one. The President of India is just a titular head with minimal powers. But, the office is one of great influence and Kalam used it to best effect. He got the government and the public to focus on issues that were relevant to the country's all round growth.
He initiated programs like PURA to try and integrate rural areas into the general economic and technological growth of the country. He dreamt of taking the whole of India on his vision for the country in the new millennium, and he saw no reason why the villages should be left out in this vision.
Turning Points: A Journey Through Challenges is more about Kalam’s vision for his country rather than about himself. He tries to provide a blueprint for development, and for reforms in the government and judiciary.
Dr.Kalam is a strong advocate for the use of technology and a proponent of e-governance. Even the little bits of personal experience during his term that he gives, he links with these ideas. For instance, he mentions the controversial dissolution of the Bihar assembly for which he later offered to resign. But, he does not focus on the political or personal implications of this decision, instead, he chose to highlight his use of electronic communication in lending his approval to this move, for he was in Moscow at that time.
He made the office of the President accessible to the public. He used his popularity and high visibility to inspire the youth of the country and convince them to believe in his 2020 vision for India. He urged the young people to dream big, and to believe in their country's destiny. Turning Points: A Journey Through Challenges describes the term in office of one of the most charismatic Presidents of the country.
About A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is a renowned scientist, writer, administrator and former President of India.
Other books by Dr. Kalam - Developments in Fluid Mechanics and Space Technology, Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power Within India, The Luminous Sparks, India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium, and Wings of Fire: An Autobiography.
He has written autobiographies and books that detail his vision for the future of the country.
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was born to a poor Muslim fisherman family in Rameshwaram, Tamilnadu in 1931. He studied physics for his undergraduate studies, in Trichy. He then moved to Madras and studied Aerospace Engineering at the Madras Institute of Technology. After finishing his studies, he joined the DRDO’s Aeronautical Development Establishment. Kalam played a pivotal administrative role in the Pokhran II project. He became the eleventh President of the country in 2002.
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Mar 29, 2015
A great Read
Dec 26, 2014
Mahathma Abdul Kalam
Dec 21, 2014
Oct 28, 2014
Target - India,the next Global Power.
Oct 10, 2014
A very Good Book
PRADIPTA KUMAR PAL
Jul 6, 2012
THE BOOK WITH A VISIONTHIS IS ONE OF THE BEST OF KALAM BOOKS I HAVE READ.IT CONTAINS MANY THINGS INCLUDING HIS TRAVEL PLANS IN MAY-2012.HE HAS JUSTIFIED MANY OF HIS CONTROVERSIAL POLITICAL DECISIONS IN THIS BOOK. HE IS ALSO CONCERNED ABOUT THE DECLINING STANDARDS OF OUR PARLIAMENT.HE FEELS THAT PARLIAMENT IS NOT AT ALL SERIOUS ABOUT THE PROBLEMS OF COMMON PEOPLE.WITHOUT MENTIONING THE NAME OF ANNA HAZARE AND RAMDEV HE TALKS ABOUT CORRUPTION AND BLACK MONEY.BY MANY OF HIS POLITICAL DECISIONS, (WHICH IS REALLY GOOD FOR INDIA) HE HAS PROVED THAT WHY THE CONGRESS PARTY IS AGAINST HIM! THERE ARE MANY COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHS … (Expand)
Jul 17, 2012
Result Oriented ApproachesI always thought the post of President was to do nothing but keep approving what the PM proposes. But the way APJ has articulated and the initiatives he has taken in during his presidency has created a terrific bench mark. it is a pity that the successor(s) donot have the outlook or the caliber or the attitude to carryout such initiatives... Kalam the greatest President of Modern India..Take a bow
Jul 13, 2012
Salaaam Kalam Sir... !!! :)This was the most awaited book for me and its truly Inspirational.... He says, "Even if One member or a person of a family is inspired or motivated then its worth writing" and I am a classic example for that... It is simple written and conveys a message.... :) Try stepping in to Kalam Sir's shoes when you read and FEEL THE CHANGE... :) Amazing work Sir... :) Keep writing and keep inspiring.... Hats off.... :)
Jul 6, 2012
InspirationalJust as his other books, this one live right up to the expectations. A must buy for every Indian, especially the young generation. A people's president, indeed. I would consider it a sin, if, in spite of being an Indian, you haven't read this book.
Nagaraja Chitradurga Govindarao
Nov 16, 2012
Turning Points-Changes Mind set.To All Teachers and Students
Jul 18, 2012
Turning PointOne more PEARL from the missile man. The book describes his vision for India. I can say PROUDLY that he is a real visionary for the country. The book had stressed the vision 2020 and youth role in making it true. When i was going through it i felt that we really need STATESMAN and not the politicians (who think they are the masterminds). Kalam is the man whom we require now
Dec 18, 2012
Another Inspiring One!!Its a must read for those who seek to understand the, forcefully constrained, desires of APJ Kalam to bring in those much needed changes, while he was the President. He has tried really hard to elaborate the facts about the realistic manner of Parliament functioning. How he tried so much, again and again to implement changes but was shut down by the political stalwarts. This book is totally worth its price! Waiting for the next.
Aug 25, 2012
A must read !!!There can't be a better day than today, if you really want to be a part of that much needed change for our motherland in field of social or economic or political or educational field. Today's youth want to do something for their country but don't know where to start, so just grab this book and give your dreams those wings which can help India become a developed country by 2020, a dream seen by our very own Kalam sir.
Aug 22, 2012
A Great Book Indeed...from the Man himself.This is a great book indeed...from a man who really understands the matrix of INDIA...a man who can unite INDIA and a man who can bring the best from inside...The book is surely a must buy..the cost too meagre..the packaging perfect..and it took 3 days for delivery..kudos flipkart
Aug 18, 2012
Very positive and refreshingIn this age of negativity and cynicism, this book is pleasantly optimistic and inspires confidence in us and our people that we'll be a better nation in future.