Monday, May 30, 2016

Book Review: Wings of Fire by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Book Review: Wings of Fire by Abdul Kalam
Book Review: Wings of Fire by Abdul Kalam

Book Details. . .

·         Title: Wings of Fire
·         Author: A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
·         Genre: Non Fiction
·         Publisher: Universities Press; 1st edition (1999)
·         ISBN-10: 8173711461 (ISBN-13: 978-8173711466)
·         Pages: 180 Pages
·         Rating: 3.5/5

Behind The Book. . .

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, the son of a little-educated boat-owner in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, had an unparalleled career as a defence scientist, culminating in the highest civilian award of India, the Bharat Ratna. As chief of the country's defence research and development programme, Kalam demonstrated the great potential for dynamism and innovation that existed in seemingly moribund research establishments. This is the story of Kalam's 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 and that have raised the nation to the level of a missile power of international reckoning. This is also the saga of independent India's struggle for technological self-sufficiency and defensive autonomy-a story as much about politics, domestic and international, as it is about science.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Chronicles of a Solitary Soul – Ubuntu . . . I am because You are !!!

Monday mornings are unique in the truest of the sense always offering the contrary admixture of emotions. While they do open door to a brand new start to life leaving aside all the grudges of the past week with a new perspective and new hopes, they also imply the end of the weekend, the most cherished part of the week . . . and no sooner do the realization of ‘Thank God Its Friday’ creeps in, the revelation of ‘Oh God Its Monday’ comes knocking – Ding Dong!!!

Caught in the similar web of motions and emotions, I started my routine commutation to my office with my brother. The joy of having a younger brother entitles you to the luxury of putting him in the driver’s seat with you surrendering to the adjacent seat catching those short naps with your choicest songs being played in the background – a subtle way to respond to the struggles of Monday Mornings.
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