Reviewed: Turning Points by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

You can find the review on Goodreads too.

As I was returning to my room in the evening, the vice-chancellor, Prof. A. Kalanidhi, fell in step with me. Someone had been frantically trying to get in touch with me through the day, he said. Indeed, the phone was ringing when I entered the room. When I answered, a voice at the other end said, ‘The Prime Minister wants to talk with you …’
Some months earlier, I had left my post as Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, a Cabinet-level post, to return to teaching. Now, as I spoke to PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, my life was set for an unexpected change. Turning Points takes up the incredible Kalam story from where ‘Wings of Fire‘ left off.

Turning Points‘ is a sequel to ‘Wings of Fire‘ an internationally acclaimed book showcasing the achievements and dearths in the life of Former Indian President and Nuclear Scientist – Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam.

The book revolves around Dr. Kalam’s mission of India 2020 and the efforts imperative to achieve it. It gives an insight into the life of the most admired Dr. Kalam after 1992 laying focus on the many controversies that took a stand during his period as President of India.

In his autobiography, Wings of Fire, Dr. Kalam has covered significant portion of his life from childhood to schooling to his career as a scientist, encompassing every bit of detail for the readers. The sequel book – Turning Points, throws light on his life as the ‘President of India’ from 2002 to 2007 which he illustrates narrating his motives and vision for a developed India through his Mission India 2020.

The book is descriptive of his activities and travels made to realize his dream and has also set aside parameters for people from different backgrounds and positions toward achieving the goal of  ‘India – A Developed Nation’.

What I liked about the book is that it not only portrays Dr. Kalam’s personal life but also his love for the nation urging citizens of the country to step up and contribute their best toward the nation’s progress. That every single one of us can make the difference seen and felt with constant determined efforts and with a high level of confidence and perseverance.

Though the book is not as awe-inspiring as ‘Wings of Fire‘ is, it nevertheless gives an idea about the practical approach to Mission India 2020 in a detailed manner. There’s a lot to learn and imbibe from his personal experiences as illustrated in the book and most certainly can help to change the way we look at life and challenges.

I am not sure how much as a reader you may like this book. But really, this book is not meant to gain overwhelming response or appease literary taste. It has something for everyone only if you have the eye for finding it.

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