Major Takeaways from Wings of Fire, autobiography of India's former President APJ Abdul Kalam
In the year 1955, Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam was a young boy of 9 years. He and his siblings were living in Rameswaram when their father decided to relocate them to their ancestral village of Paaduthurai. It was the same year when he lost his mother Asima Zohra and was deeply affected by the loss of his mother at such an early age. Even though it was hard for him to leave behind his school friends and continue with his studies at Madras University, he continued with it with all determination. He completed his PhD degree in aeronautical engineering from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) along with seven other scientists as well as engineers who did research on supersonic ramjets which helped India gain its position as a world leader in technology development
It was a cold evening of December in 1956 in Rameswaram.
“It was a cold evening of December in 1956 in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. My mother was busy cooking dinner for my father who had returned from fishing. I was sitting on the floor playing with some toys when a knock came at our door. It was an unexpected guest and he came straight to me saying: ‘Abdul Kalam, you are now six years old and you have never been to school so far. Your father has been talking about your education but there are no schools here where you can go and study. You need to travel all the way to Ramanathapuram for schooling every day by train or bus which is too expensive for us to afford it! Then what should we do?'”
The man turned out to be the headmaster of a local school in Rameswaram called St Pauls Cathedral School (SPCS). The headmaster told Dr APJ Abdul Kalam's parents that he wanted Dr APJ Abdul Kalam educated within his community under his guidance so that they could save money on transport costs as well as providing Dr APJ Abdul Kalam with moral support during his learning journey. He also said that SPCS would waive off all tuition fees so that his parents wouldn't need any additional expense after paying their boat owner dues every month which would amount approx INR500/- per month at those times!
Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam was born and bought up in Rameswaram.
You may not know this, but Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam was born and bought up in Rameswaram. He was born on 15 October 1931, at a house near the Pamban bridge (which connects mainland India with Paman Island).
In ancient times, Rameswaram was known as Kaviripattinam and it has been home to many Hindu kings. It is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for Hindus because Lord Rama is believed to have visited this town during his exile period. According to Hindu mythology, after killing Ravana – who abducted Sita – Lord Rama asked Vibheeshana (brother of Ravana) to take her back from Lanka (Sri Lanka). To return safely he had to cross the sea without being seen by anyone except by his brother Lakshmana as per King Dasharatha's orders. Vibheeshana did not do so and instead sent Hanuman across the ocean in search for Sita who had been taken away by Ravana after he kidnapped her from Ayodhya where she lived with her husband Ramachandra
The author’s father was responsible for ferrying pilgrims to the Pamban Bridge.
How did you feel when I told you that my father had the responsibility of ferrying pilgrims to the Pamban Bridge?
Did it make you feel proud that your parents were able to provide you with an environment where they could guide and nurture your growth in a way that made them proud of their son?
If so, then the words of my father still echo in my mind - ‘I am nothing but just another human being like any other person around us. I have done nothing extraordinary except for some small things here and there. I have lived life according to what my instincts told me was right, never questioning what people said about me or judging them based on their actions.'
His mother was a housewife. She used to run her household on a low budget.
His mother was a housewife. She used to run her household on a low budget. She was also an inspiration for him, as she made her son work hard and achieve his goals in life.
She used to do that for the sake of APJ Abdul Kalam’s education, which was not possible otherwise due to lack of money in their family’s hands.
APJ Abdul Kalam was born on October 15, 1931, in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. His father Jainulabdeen was a boat owner who ferried Hindu pilgrims from the mainland to Pamban Island. His mother Ashiamma was a housewife and homemaker. He had four brothers and one sister; Mohammed Muthu Meera Lebbai Maraikayar (elder), Mustafa Kalam (2nd), Kasim Mohammed (3rd)
APJ Abdul Kalam: APJ Abdul Kalam was an Indian scientist and politician who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. He was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, and studied physics and aerospace engineering. He spent the next four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and was intimately involved in India's civilian space programme
Kalam was the youngest of five siblings, the eldest being a sister,Asim Zohra.
Kalam’s family was a very close knit family. His father Muthukulam Chinnasami Kannan was a boat owner who had the responsibility of ferrying pilgrims to the Pamban Bridge, which connects the town of Rameswaram to mainland India.
Kalam’s mother Ashiamma was a housewife who used to run her household on a low budget and also helped her husband with his work as much as she could.
Kalam had four siblings: two brothers, one sister and one younger brother. His eldest sibling Asim Zohra later served as an ambassador for India in several countries such as Australia and New Zealand; he is currently retired from diplomatic service but continues to be associated with some think-tanks in New Delhi .
Kalam's father also owned a large ferry that took Hindu pilgrims back and forth between Rameshwaram and the now uninhabited Dhanushkodi.
His father was also a boat owner and he owned his own boat also known as “Muthu Meenakshi”.
Another interesting fact about APJ Abdul Kalam is that his father was also a boat owner and he owned his own boat also known as “Muthu Meenakshi”. His father is not only a boat owner, but he was also part of ferrying pilgrims who were going for pilgrimage to Rameswaram. He owned and operated boats which could carry up to 40 people at a time across the Pamban Bridge towards Rameswaram island in Tamil Nadu (India). There were different boats for different amounts of people.
He owned smaller boats which could carry up to 20 passengers and he owned larger boats which could carry up to 40 passengers. The Pamban Bridge is also known as the Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge – named after former prime minister of India, Indira Gandhi. It connects Rameswaram from the mainland city of Mandapam in Tamil Nadu.
his father used to ferry pilgrims from Rameswaram Island to the mainland city of Mandapam. His father had several boats which could carry up to 40 people at a time across the 2 km wide Pamban Bridge towards Rameswaram island. The Pamban bridge is also known as the Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge – named after former prime minister of India, Indira Gandhi. It connects Rameswaram from the mainland city of Mandapam in Tamil Nadu.
APJ Abdul Kalam had received his early education from Rameswaram Elementary School.
You might have noticed that your author has received his early education from Rameswaram Elementary School. His father had always encouraged him to study and attain greater learning, which motivated him to learn more and achieve higher degrees.
It is interesting to note that he was born on 15th October 1931 in the Southern part of India known as Rameswaram, which is the same place where you can find the famous Ramanathaswamy Temple today. We know that there are many temples all over India but what makes this one so special? The answer will be given later in this article.
The author of this book, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, was born in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu on 15th October 1931. He was the son of A P J Muhammad Muthu Meera Lebbai Maraikayar and Ashiamma.
He was very inquisitive about learning and knowledge.
APJ Abdul Kalam was a very inquisitive child. His curiosity about learning and knowledge never ended. This can be seen from his childhood days, where he always wanted to know more than what he already knew and was very competitive with his friends. He would always want to win in any competition with his friends and this helped him become the man that he is today.
His father always motivated him to attain greater learning with higher degrees and because of this motivation, APJ Abdul Kalam did not stop at anything until he reached the top of everything that he did in life.
It is this curiosity that has led him to achieve success in whatever he did. His life is an inspiration for us all, as it shows us how we can achieve anything if we have the right attitude towards success and failure. This book will help you understand the attitude of successful people like Mr. Kalam so that you can apply those principles in your own life.
His father always motivated him to attain greater learning with higher degrees.
Kalam’s father, Jainulabdeen, was also a boat owner. He owned his own boat also known as “Muthu Meenakshi”. His mother Kamalamma was a housewife and she used to run her household on a low budget. From an early age, Kalam demonstrated an interest in science and mathematics, which he would discuss with his friends and family members regularly. When he turned 15 years old in 1947, Kalam entered Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) to complete his secondary school certificate with Physics as one of the subjects. He graduated from AMU with first class degree in aeronautical engineering after five years of study at that institution where he took part in various activities such as debates on social issues related to Muslims at local level or national level etc., started writing short stories under pen name Agni which means fire symbolising power of youth energy , participated actively during student union elections winning posts such as general secretary etc., organised meetings for students where they could share their ideas about nation building process or any other social issues related to India during British rule .
The author had always expressed his wish to stay with his family and never leave them for his studies or work.
You may have noticed that the author always expressed his wish to stay with his family and never leave them for his studies or work. He had a great love for his family. He was very close to all members of his family. He was inclined towards simplicity, honesty and sincerity from childhood days which helped him in becoming an honest citizen of India.
Abdul Kalam had an excellent relationship with all family members including parents and siblings. Even after becoming President of India he maintained regular contacts with them over phone calls or letters.
He was very close to his mother, who worked as a housemaid to support her family. He was very close to his father, whose name was Jainulabdeen. His father used to run a boat and he helped him in doing so. He had taught Abdul Kalam the only lesson of life i.e., "to be honest and sincere in whatever you do". Although all his siblings were married to different places, but he always remained connected with them through letters or phone calls
Wings of Fire by APJ Abdul Kalam is an autobiography of former President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam.
The book "Wings of Fire" is an autobiography of former President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam. The book was published in 2002, and it has been translated into 16 languages. It is a memoir of Kalam's life, from childhood to his time as a scientist to becoming president and beyond.
The book consists mostly of speeches and lectures delivered by Kalam throughout his life, but it also contains many stories about his childhood experiences. Some examples are: how he started reading newspapers at age four; why he became interested in aeronautics; how he got his first job at DRDO (Defence Research & Development Organization); why he decided not to get married until after completing college; among others! Some great quotes are found throughout the book as well.
In addition to all this great content there's also an added bonus: you'll learn some interesting facts about what makes him tick! For example did you know that Kalam loves reading poetry? He says it helps him relax before going to sleep at night! And another fun factoid - apparently if someone asks him what time it is he'll always tell them exactly what time it actually *is* instead of just saying "it's somewhere around here."
This book is indeed an excellent read for all those who want to understand the personality of Kalam, his family, and how he was brought up. This book is not just another autobiography, but it also has many life lessons which we should follow in our daily lives.