APJ Kalam’s “Wings of Fire” is an autobiography, detailing the major events of Kalam’s life. According to Kalam, the novel reveals the picture of his life, in a manner similar to bird’s eye view, as seen from afar. In sharing this story, with the people Kalam has tries to give some insight into his journey of life, the story of the making of a scientist. Kalam expects that his story will equip atleast a few young people to stand up to the authoritarianism in our society.
Abdul 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 boat-owner in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, he had an unparalleled career as a defense scientist, culminating in the highest civilian award of India, the Bharat Ratna. As chief of the countries defense 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 own rise from obscurity and his personal and professional struggles, as well as the story og Agni, Prithvi, Trishul and Nag- that have become household names in India and that haveraised the nation to the level of a missile power of international reckoning.
Kalam as a person is an extremely humble individual with a very humble background. He is an extremely spiritual person without any fundamentalism in his religious belief. He has faith in God as an all powerful source of energy,