The Tamil translation of 'Wings Of Fire', Agni Siragugal (Tamil) is an autobiographical exploration of the rise from obscurity, of India's former President, into Indian space research through hardship, luck and fortitude.
Summary Of The Book
Agni Siragugal (Tamil) is an autobiographical account of A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the former President of India. The book reveals the story of the great man from his childhood to his rise in the Indian space research sector, and finally becoming the President of the country.
Kalam chose that the book be divided into four sections: Orientation (first 32 years of his life), Creation (next 17 years), Propitiation (next 10 years) and Contemplation (and beyond). The first chapter narrates his childhood and his upbringing in a middle class Muslim family in Rameshwaram and schooling in Ramanathapuram. He also covers his early education in aerospace engineering from Madras Institute of Technology in Chennai. The chapter 'Creation' traces seventeen years of his life from 1963 to 1980, where he describes his experiences in the United States, including at the Langley Research Centre and the Wallops Flight Facility.
He describes coming across an Indian painting of the battle of Tipu Sultan at the NASA facility and how this made him happy. It is in this section that he recounts his association with several important projects such as the pioneering success of the Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-3) and Thumba. It is this stage of his life that also led him to national recognition, culminating in being awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1981.
In 'Propitiation', which covers the period between 1981 and 1991, Kalam takes the reader into the defence stage of his career, where he resuscitates crumbling research institutes and Defence R&D organisations, finally taking charge of DRDO and bringing state of the art weaponry and delivery systems to India.
As he moves to the Contemplation stage, he describes the attainment of the highest award from the nation, the Bharat Ratna. The deep spiritualism embedded in Kalam and its expression that uplifted many citizens of this country is brought out in this book.
The book was first published in English, titled Wings Of Fire, and later translated into thirteen languages, including Chinese and French.
About A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Also known as the Missile Man of India and the People's President, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam is an Indian scientist and administrator, who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007.
He has authored several books such as India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium, Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power Within India, Mission India, The Luminous Sparks, Inspiring Thoughts and Indomitable Spirit.
Born in a middle-class family in South India, he served as a scientist in DRDO and ISRO. He has worked extensively on ballistic missiles and the technology for launch vehicles, bringing many laurels to India. He was elected President in 2002 and enjoyed the support of all the major political parties. He holds honorary doctorates from more than 40 universities. He has received the Padma Bhushan, the Padma Vibhushan and the Bharat Ratna.
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