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Author: A P J Abdul Kalam
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Arun Tewari
Publisher: National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8175870788
This is the story of Kalam's own 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. Kalam has come to personally represent to many of his countrymen the best aspects of Indian life. Born in 1931, the son of a little educated boatowner in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, he had an unparalleled career as a defense scientist, culminating in the highest civilian award of India, the Bharat Ratna.At the same time as he has helped create India's awesome weaponry, Kalam has maintained the ascetic rigor of his personal life, working 18 hours a day and practicing the veena. He describes the struggles of his boyhood and youth, bringing alive everyday life in a small town in South India and the inspirational role of educators.
APJ ABDUL KALAM, b 15 October 1931, is one of India¦s most distinguished scientists. He was responsible for the development of India¦s first satellite launch vehicle, the SLV-3 development and operationalization of strategic missiles and their weaponization, and for building indigenous capability in critical technologies. As Chairman of the Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council, he guided a number of technology projects and missions to take India into the twenty-first century. The Document on Technology Vision 2020 is a blueprint to make India a developed country. APJ Abdul Kalam held various positions in ISRO and DRDO and became Principal? Scientific Adviser to Government of India holding the rank of a Cabinet Minister. He Has the unique honour of receiving honorary doctorates from thirty universities and the country¦s three highest civilian honours-Padma Bhushan (1981), Padma Vibhushan (1990) and Bharat Ratna (1997). He has done a short stint as Professor of Technology and Societal Transformation at Anna University, Chennai and is at the halfway mark in meeting 1000, 000 high school students throughout the country.
He is the author of the autobiographical Wings of Fire and India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium. All his books have been translated into several Indian languages.