Wings of Fire

wings of fire

Wings of Fire: Autobiography of A.P Abdul Kalam (1999), previous Indian president. It was composed by dr. Kalam and Arun Tiwari. [1] Kalam examines his early life, endeavor, enduring, bravery, fortune and chance, which eventually drove him to direct Indian space research, nuclear and rocket programs. Kalam began his career after graduating in aerospace designing at MIT (Chennai) in India at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited  was charged to construct a hovercraft prototype. Later he moved to ISRO to help set up the Vesram Sarabhai Space Center and advance the main space program.

Wings of discharge says During the 1990s and early 2000, Kalam moved to DRDO to lead India’s nuclear weapons program, with particular achievements in the improvement of thermonuclear weapons that culminated in Operation Smiling Buddha and ICBM Agni (rocket). Kalam kicked the bucket on July 27, 2015 during his appearance at the Indian Institute of Governance in Shillong, Meghalaya.

Wings of fire The autobiography, which was first published in English, has so far been translated and published in 13 languages, including Hindi, English, Telugu, Tamil, Canadian, Malayalam, Odia, Marathi, Gujarati. Outside the major Indian languages, Wings of Fire was translated into Chinese (called Huo Yi, Ji Peng)  translated into French. [3]

Wings of Fire unfolds the story of Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam from his childhood in the following seven sections:
  • Preface
  • Introductions
  • Orientation
  • Creation
  • Propitiation
wings of fire


Kalam was conceived in 1931, the child of a small educated shipowner in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. His father was also the imam of a small mosque in Rameswarame. He had an incomparable career as a protection researcher who culminated in India’s most noteworthy civilian prize, Bharat Ratn. As the Chief Program Officer of the Kalam Defense and Research Area, he has indicated great potential for the dynamics and innovations that existed in apparently kicking the bucket research facilities.

This is the story of Kalam’s own ascent from confusion  his personal and professional battles, as well as the story of AGNI, TRISHUL and NAG rockets, which have become easily recognized names in India and have elevated the nation to the degree of rocket power by international checking. Since freedom, India has been endeavoring to achieve self-realization and admiration and accomplishment in various ways.


The book wings of fire starts with an amazing adolescence. At the start, he acquaints us with his family attempts to acquaint us with the birthplace of Rameswaram. In his youth he was a great admirer of his father Jainulabdeen. He was a man of great shrewdness and graciousness, and Pakshi Lakshmana Sastry, his father’s dear companion and boss cleric of Rameswaram Temple. He had an ideal assistant in Mother Ashiamme. He was also impacted by his dear companion Ahmed Jallaluddin; was about 15 years more established than Kalam. He talked to his companion about spiritual things. This shows that he had faith in spirituality and also in God or Khudah. He always went to Lord Shiva’s sanctuary with his companions.

In the later part of the introductory chapters (wings of fire), he presents his cousin Samsuddin, his teachers and all the individuals who felt any distinction between them. He communicates one episode that happened during his school days: “Rameswaram Sastry, the new teacher of his school, couldn’t stomach the child of a Hindu minister who is sitting with a Muslim kid. As per our social status, as the new teacher saw, I was asked to sit on my back seat. I felt extremely sad, as did my parents about the occurrence. Lakshmana Sastry called the teacher and in our essence told the teacher that he ought not spread the toxic substance of social inequality. and regular intolerance in the psyches of blameless kids “.

He graduated from elementary school in Rameswarame and from secondary school in Schwartz, Rameswarame. In 1950 he joined the College of St. Joseph in Trichi to consider the B.Sc field of study, realizing that material science isn’t his subject. He eventually selected at the Madras Institute of Technology, [MIT].

He or his family couldn’t afford to spend so much money on the MIT course. Zohara, his sister, stood with him. When he had a particular field of aerospace engineering, the goal at that time was very clear in his mind. And he tried to communicate with different kinds of people. At MIT, their teachers shaped his ideas; Sponder, Prof. Kal Pandalai and Prof. Narasingalu Rao. Each had distinct personalities. Last year, MIT was a year of transition and had a big impact on his later life. He left MIT as a trainer for Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Bangalore. 

There he worked on overhauling the engine as part of the team. He trained in radial motor-kum-drum operations. After completing engineering, he applied to the Aviation and Technical Development and Production Directorate – DTP and PC (Air) of the Ministry of Defense. However, he was not selected for aviation because he did not meet the standards of physical fitness. Later he was appointed to DTP, PC (Air) as a scientific assistant on the base plate only R. 250 per month, in 1950. He had to create opportunities himself. At the stage he attended, he completed 32 potential years of his life when he was at the threshold of his career after graduation.


The “Creation” section goes through seven chapters, from chapters four to ten; and covers Kalam’s life and work for 17 years, from 1963 to 1980. It begins with recalling works at Langley Research Center, NASA, Houston, Virginia, USA, and other US facilities including Wallops. Flight equipment on Wallops Island on the east coast of the United States, Virginia. On a NASA device, he remembers seeing an image visible in the lobby. The image depicted a battle scene with a rocket flying in the background. Upon closer inspection, he found that the picture depicts Tipu Sultan’s army fighting the British. Kalam felt happy to see an Indian celebrated at NASA as a hero of military weapons.

Its connection with Thumba and the satellite carrier and related projects are vividly presented in the “Creation” section. During the period covered by the “Creation,” Kalam lost his father, who lived under 102, in 1976. With courage, Kalam remembered these words written about the death of William Butler Yeats to his friend Auden and his father:

Earth receive an honoured guest;
William Yeats is laid to rest:
In the prison of his days
Teach the free man how to praise.


ection Propitiation covers the period from 1981 to 1991. This section in wings of fire discusses the path of scientists to become an Indian rocket man. In this section, his outstanding leadership qualities are clearly visible when he has taken responsibility for developing a missile development program. At this stage of his life, Kalam was responsible for the development of five missiles – Prithvi, Trishul, Akash, Nag and Agni.

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