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‘The story of my life has become intertwined with the story of this country. And somewhere along the way, as I met a million children across this land, I too learnt from a million minds. This book was not written to only tell my story. I want every young reader to think that this book is his or her story too.’ A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has been one of the most iconic figures of In ‘The story of my life has become intertwined with the story of this country. And somewhere along the way, as I met a million children across this land, I too learnt from a million minds. This book was not written to only tell my story. I want every young reader to think that this book is his or her story too.’ A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has been one of the most iconic figures of Independent India. A scientist, leader, thinker, teacher and writer, he achieved remarkable success in various fields. Yet, what endeared him to so many was his dedication to the idea of a developed India, his simple and direct way of interacting with people and his deep love for his fellowmen. In My Life Dr Kalam writes his life story starting from his days growing up at Rameswaram; about working on India’s space and missile programmes; his years as the eleventh President of India; and about his life thereafter. Full of anecdotes that demonstrate the importance of hard work, commitment,courage and innovative thinking, this autobiography is a wonderful introduction to a remarkable life. Beautifully illustrated and simply written, My Life will inspire readers of all ages.


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‘The story of my life has become intertwined with the story of this country. And somewhere along the way, as I met a million children across this land, I too learnt from a million minds. This book was not written to only tell my story. I want every young reader to think that this book is his or her story too.’ A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has been one of the most iconic figures of In ‘The story of my life has become intertwined with the story of this country. And somewhere along the way, as I met a million children across this land, I too learnt from a million minds. This book was not written to only tell my story. I want every young reader to think that this book is his or her story too.’ A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has been one of the most iconic figures of Independent India. A scientist, leader, thinker, teacher and writer, he achieved remarkable success in various fields. Yet, what endeared him to so many was his dedication to the idea of a developed India, his simple and direct way of interacting with people and his deep love for his fellowmen. In My Life Dr Kalam writes his life story starting from his days growing up at Rameswaram; about working on India’s space and missile programmes; his years as the eleventh President of India; and about his life thereafter. Full of anecdotes that demonstrate the importance of hard work, commitment,courage and innovative thinking, this autobiography is a wonderful introduction to a remarkable life. Beautifully illustrated and simply written, My Life will inspire readers of all ages.

30 review for My Life: An Illustrated Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shalini

    "My Life : An Illustrated Biography" is a treasure house of thoughts, contemplations and dreams of one of the greatest visionaries India has ever seen. Unlike his other biographies which are more detailed with his visions of a developed India, it’s mostly a personal account of Kalam’s life events starting from his childhood days of inquisitiveness and dreams, to him getting involved in some of the biggest space adventures of India and later on becoming the President of India. But more than an au "My Life : An Illustrated Biography" is a treasure house of thoughts, contemplations and dreams of one of the greatest visionaries India has ever seen. Unlike his other biographies which are more detailed with his visions of a developed India, it’s mostly a personal account of Kalam’s life events starting from his childhood days of inquisitiveness and dreams, to him getting involved in some of the biggest space adventures of India and later on becoming the President of India. But more than an autobiography, it’s an inspirational guide for young Indians - to ignite those childhood dreams of making a difference in the society. It's quite a short and quick read written in a simple language with few illustrations. Also it's available for free on amazon.in.

  2. 4 out of 5

    K.Hari Kumar Kumar

    Simple yet powered to propel our morale beyond our skies...just like his rockets. It's been written for children (and teachers). His vision brought him to the peak, and his simplicity has kept him alive in our hearts... It's a good book, nothing new honestly, but the very fact that it is from the Kalam of Kalam makes it an emotional read for all his sincere lovers... me included. :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bookish Devil

    You sir, are one in a million. Literally !!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shubham Kansal

    It's a long journey When I picked this book I know that this is gona be a interesting and motivational book but to be honest this is more than that. I get so connected with this book that I felt each and every word. I am having tears in my eyes not because of something sad written but due to euphoria that I feel through reading incredible story of our first indigenous rocked mission which get failed and get successful in their second attempt. The way Satish Dhawan lead their team was remarkable. It's a long journey When I picked this book I know that this is gona be a interesting and motivational book but to be honest this is more than that. I get so connected with this book that I felt each and every word. I am having tears in my eyes not because of something sad written but due to euphoria that I feel through reading incredible story of our first indigenous rocked mission which get failed and get successful in their second attempt. The way Satish Dhawan lead their team was remarkable. Most of the part of the book is built on the importance of teacher and their teachings. A great teacher will always find different and practical ways to teach their students and will console them and correct their mistakes and relish their success with great joy

  5. 4 out of 5

    Aravind

    This little book, in ten short chapters, tells the inspiring story of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in his own, simple-yet-powerful, words. Spanning almost eight decades, this is the story of a little boy from a remote village who went on to lead the nation on its path to becoming a superpower that every child, and adult, should read, and get inspired by. This is the story that makes one believe in the power of dreams, and that of the hard work that will make them come true. Apparently meant for childre This little book, in ten short chapters, tells the inspiring story of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in his own, simple-yet-powerful, words. Spanning almost eight decades, this is the story of a little boy from a remote village who went on to lead the nation on its path to becoming a superpower that every child, and adult, should read, and get inspired by. This is the story that makes one believe in the power of dreams, and that of the hard work that will make them come true. Apparently meant for children, this book is as simple as the man - the greatest scientist, teacher, and human being ever to grace our nation with his presence - himself. But, it packs enough wisdom even for any adult who picks it up, like I did. Charmingly illustrated and unpretentiously narrated, this book is everything its author was - light, positive and eminently uplifting!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Prabhat sharma

    My Life: An Illustrated Autobiography” Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam - illustrated by Prabjot Majithia- This book is one amongst the many biographies of his is mainly written for children. The story of his life is meant to inspire children and to impress upon teachers the need to ignite in their pupils, the fire of curiosity and the lust for knowledge. The story covers his childhood, college life, professional life and ultimately his life as the President of India. The illustrations are pretty basic b My Life: An Illustrated Autobiography” Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam - illustrated by Prabjot Majithia- This book is one amongst the many biographies of his is mainly written for children. The story of his life is meant to inspire children and to impress upon teachers the need to ignite in their pupils, the fire of curiosity and the lust for knowledge. The story covers his childhood, college life, professional life and ultimately his life as the President of India. The illustrations are pretty basic but they do a good job of supplementing the text. Keeping in mind that the target audience is children, the language too is kept simple. The writing style focuses on inspiring the young minds to seek more knowledge and take charge of their own lives; no matter what their beginnings or background are and through the cleverly planned text, that purpose has definitely been achieved. I liked the way Mr Kalam has talked about his own shortcomings at all important junctures of his life. Despite all his achievements, he has nowhere boasted of his greatness or his success. He remains a humble man and has mostly attributed his success to all his teachers. From his teachers at the primary school to those at his high school, to those at his college and finally, those who have helped and taught him in his professional life, Mr Kalam has attributed all of his success to these people and all of his failures to himself. Another plus point of this book is that in a few pages only, it manages to cover his entire life story. The way he talks about his home and his mother is so adorable. Even when he has himself become an old man he still remembers his mom and her food; that is the power of love and to hear such a great man talk about such pure love is truly beautiful. This book, unlike a few others from his kitty, is quite interesting and once I sat down to read it, I did not feel like leaving it till I was done. There were two moments in the book when the story was truly motivating. Once when Dr Kalam was inspired by his school teacher about flight; this was when the teacher took the class outside to a beach and told them about birds and flight. That was a decisive moment in his life when he developed a curiosity for things that fly and decided that his career will have something to do with flight. It is also this moment which urges the teachers to adopt a more practical approach to their teaching. Another incident was when Dr. Kalam along with his team and after years and years of hard work and a few failures was able to launch India’s first indigenous SLV. That success story was truly motivating. All in all, this book is a good read and I must, therefore, recommend it to all young readers. I hope that Dr. Kalam books will continue to inspire millions of Indians through his words.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Manjri Gopalan

    This is by far the BEST book that I had read this year. It is a bliss to read the book! While reading I felt as if I am a 10-year-old kid sitting in front of Shri Abdul Kalam Ji and hearing his life story directly from him 😇. I could literally hear his voice in my mind as I was reading the lines in the book. I still remember the terrible day, when I got to know that Shri Abdul Kalam Ji passed away while addressing the IIM students. It was a great loss to the nation. I had to take pause many time This is by far the BEST book that I had read this year. It is a bliss to read the book! While reading I felt as if I am a 10-year-old kid sitting in front of Shri Abdul Kalam Ji and hearing his life story directly from him 😇. I could literally hear his voice in my mind as I was reading the lines in the book. I still remember the terrible day, when I got to know that Shri Abdul Kalam Ji passed away while addressing the IIM students. It was a great loss to the nation. I had to take pause many times while reading the book, as I literally had tears in my eyes reading his life story. He is the most loved, respected, and admired President that the country ever had. Though Shri Abdul Kalam Ji has written many inspiring books in his life, but this was my first experience and I truly loved it. I feel his books should be recommended to all the school students and should be made part of the curriculum. A lot to learn from his life. It is motivating to read how a little boy from a small island in Tamil Nadu travels far - first to acquire knowledge and then to render service to his motherland and eventually becomes the President of the nation. Post-reading his journey from Rameswaram to Rashtrapati Bhawan definitely made me believe that anything is possible, provided one set a high aim in his/her life, believe in it and work hard to make it happen :)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Satwik Gawand

    My Life: An Illustrated Biography by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and illustrated by Prabhjyot Majithia is a very inspiring book. The book not only depicts the life of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, but has so many life lessons packed in. The mentions of failures in his life and how to overcome those is something I like and respect a lot. The books is very interesting, engaging and inspiring. The illustrations in the book are beautiful as well. It's a must read for teens and adults.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rashmi Binu

    Truly Inpirational. I downloaded this to introduce it to my kids, and was riveted once i started reading. This is one apolitical, immensely educated leader our country has seen. He showed us in his thoughts and actions that learning can lead us as far as we dare go... That wings of dreams and working toward it can make us soar.. High.. As a person, as a nation. Truly inspirational persona.. And I'm proud to belong to the country envisioned by such a great thinker.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nandani

    I tried to brighten up this picture , ' cause this man deserves immense respect . 🔸I will fly . I am born with potential . I am born with goodness and trust . I am born with Ideas and dreams . I am born with greatness . I am born with confidence . I am born with wings . I am not meant for crawling . So I won't , I have wings . I will fly fly and fly . 🔹 This book is an illustrated Autobiography of ' The Missile man of India ' . Dr A . P . J . Abdul Kalam - the man needs no introduction . This bo I tried to brighten up this picture , ' cause this man deserves immense respect . 🔸I will fly . I am born with potential . I am born with goodness and trust . I am born with Ideas and dreams . I am born with greatness . I am born with confidence . I am born with wings . I am not meant for crawling . So I won't , I have wings . I will fly fly and fly . 🔹 This book is an illustrated Autobiography of ' The Missile man of India ' . Dr A . P . J . Abdul Kalam - the man needs no introduction . This book is full of hope , motivation , useful lesson and inspiration written by a legend . I have a massive respect for this Missile man and proud that he's an Indian . 🔸In " My Life " Dr . Kalam writes his life story..... ▪️💬Who knew that the boy once running around the town of Rameswaram in faraway Tamilnadu delivering newspapers would one day be bidding goodbye to the majestic Rashtrapati bhavan . 💬 This book was not written to tell my story . I want every young readers to think that this book with a few words that I feel will be useful lesson for every young person the youth are the voice of the future , they are the one who will fly with wings of fire and turn dreams into reality . 🔹Aim in life 🔹 Acquire knowledge 🔹 Work hard 🔹 Managing Failure 🔹Task that leads to bliss 🔹Read Good Books 🔹Ask yourself , what I will be remembered for ? . ⭐ I won't rate this book as this is written by a person who almost everyone look up to !! .

  11. 4 out of 5

    Methela Rai

    A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is one of my greatest inspiration of all time. Reading his autobiography was the best thing ever. In this book, he writes about his life from childhood to the day he retires. As a Science student, it was really inspiring for me. It talks about being curious about the things we wonder about and also to have a vision regarding one's life and nation. He is no longer with us today but he will always remain in our hearts.Apj Abdul Kalam A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is one of my greatest inspiration of all time. Reading his autobiography was the best thing ever. In this book, he writes about his life from childhood to the day he retires. As a Science student, it was really inspiring for me. It talks about being curious about the things we wonder about and also to have a vision regarding one's life and nation. He is no longer with us today but he will always remain in our hearts.Apj Abdul Kalam

  12. 5 out of 5

    DR s Elamparithi

    A must book to read by every indian Books are are our companiyan some are born even before we us...a great words by our Dr APJ ..I AM SURE PLS GIVE IT TO OUR CHILDREN TO READ IT COMPULSORY....

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ck Vinod

    The book can be summarised in a single word - 'uplifting.' A memoir of the most inspiring person the modern day India has seen.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Francis

    Thank you Mr A.P.J Abdul Kalam sir Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you,Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Mr A.P.J Abdul Kalam sir.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Prabhu R.

    It is not surprising that Dr. APJ is still one of the most respected and loved persons in India. He led such a simple life, full of humility and simplicity and, of course, a lot of patience and hard work, without which reaching the heights he has reached in unimaginable. He is still a source of great inspiration the people and students across the country and they follow his footsteps. He stands as a beacon for the generations to come. This book is a very concise biography touching the important It is not surprising that Dr. APJ is still one of the most respected and loved persons in India. He led such a simple life, full of humility and simplicity and, of course, a lot of patience and hard work, without which reaching the heights he has reached in unimaginable. He is still a source of great inspiration the people and students across the country and they follow his footsteps. He stands as a beacon for the generations to come. This book is a very concise biography touching the important things his life; from being born in Rameswaram to becoming the highest position in the country - The President of India - and even more than that is being awarded the "Bharat Ratna" one of the highest honour to a citizen of India. In fact, "Bharat Ratna" gets more decoration for being awarded to Dr. APJ. A must read for the young generation, very inspirational!

  16. 5 out of 5

    The Avaricious Reader

    There are some books that tells you to think; think about your aim, life and yourself. For me that book is 'My Life' by A.P.J Abdul Kalam. The book tells you Kalam's story from being a brilliant student, working at ISRO & DRDO, being a teacher to becoming the President Of India. The thing about this book is that it not only tells his story but tells us to create our own. In Abdul Kalam's words : "The story of my life is intertwined with the story of this country." Here are some lines from the book t There are some books that tells you to think; think about your aim, life and yourself. For me that book is 'My Life' by A.P.J Abdul Kalam. The book tells you Kalam's story from being a brilliant student, working at ISRO & DRDO, being a teacher to becoming the President Of India. The thing about this book is that it not only tells his story but tells us to create our own. In Abdul Kalam's words : "The story of my life is intertwined with the story of this country." Here are some lines from the book that will never fail in inspiring me : ■"Our personalities are formed - something that no one can take away from us however old we get". ■"A person is clothed in his/her success." ■"Prizes & awards are good to receive, but they cannot measure one's success as a human being." ■"If something's at stake, the human mind gets ignited & working capacity gets enhanced manifold."

  17. 4 out of 5

    Priyanka

    "the person who is rich in spirit can never be poor." I picked up this book randomly and because the book is short it didn't take long to finish, But after finishing the book, I regret why didn't I read this book before. Everyone knows about A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Sir but after reading the book, I got a chance to know his childhood. The book portrays that his entire journey right from his childhood is an inspiration.The book displays various emotions, hardships he covered, his dedication towards his w "the person who is rich in spirit can never be poor." I picked up this book randomly and because the book is short it didn't take long to finish, But after finishing the book, I regret why didn't I read this book before. Everyone knows about A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Sir but after reading the book, I got a chance to know his childhood. The book portrays that his entire journey right from his childhood is an inspiration.The book displays various emotions, hardships he covered, his dedication towards his work and towards his country. And the best thing about the book is that he has written the book in such a good way that it seems as if he is talking to us. His words About the book;-- This book was not written to only tell my story. I want every young reader to think that this book is his or her story too. P.S.- If you haven't read it already then please give it a try

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mohan

    Excellent book by A P J Abdul kalaam This book is autobiography of A P J Abdul kalam . The book is very interesting precise and inspirational and motivating for everyone. As a small young boy from rameswaram who became space scientist and later became nuclear scientist and made India proud in every spheres of life. He is excellent visionary and intellectual person who later on became the president of India. After retirement motivated many youths and children. No words can explain the greatness of Excellent book by A P J Abdul kalaam This book is autobiography of A P J Abdul kalam . The book is very interesting precise and inspirational and motivating for everyone. As a small young boy from rameswaram who became space scientist and later became nuclear scientist and made India proud in every spheres of life. He is excellent visionary and intellectual person who later on became the president of India. After retirement motivated many youths and children. No words can explain the greatness of Abdul kalam. Must read book for everyone.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Somana

    This book is a journey of a small town boy who watched birds in flight at the shores of Rameshwaram to flying a fighter plane as the President of the nation at 74. Dr. Abdul Kalam inspires us with a short biography of people who inspired him, events that shaped him and the lessons he learnt along the way. Through this book, he inspires us to aim for the impossible and make be the captain to our challenges in life. Dr. Kalam has shown us that nothing is impossible when you pursue what you love. T This book is a journey of a small town boy who watched birds in flight at the shores of Rameshwaram to flying a fighter plane as the President of the nation at 74. Dr. Abdul Kalam inspires us with a short biography of people who inspired him, events that shaped him and the lessons he learnt along the way. Through this book, he inspires us to aim for the impossible and make be the captain to our challenges in life. Dr. Kalam has shown us that nothing is impossible when you pursue what you love. The book's written with simple vocabulary and is a must read for people of all ages.

  20. 5 out of 5

    GURDARSHAN

    Simply Amazing The story of APJ Abdul Kalam is so inspiring and emotional that with every turning page, I felt as if I was on a joyride. I really enjoyed the writing style of the author. I was able to feel a deep connection and was always actively engaged with the book because of the use of simple language and an excellent writing style. I loved this Book and would recommend it to every Indian for it would bring back the feelings of love and patriotism for the country. Thank you APJ Abdul Kalam s Simply Amazing The story of APJ Abdul Kalam is so inspiring and emotional that with every turning page, I felt as if I was on a joyride. I really enjoyed the writing style of the author. I was able to feel a deep connection and was always actively engaged with the book because of the use of simple language and an excellent writing style. I loved this Book and would recommend it to every Indian for it would bring back the feelings of love and patriotism for the country. Thank you APJ Abdul Kalam sir for being such an inspiration. I am truly grateful.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kannan

    Casual read into life of people president My rating might be baised as I have a special place for Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in my heart. The book is a casual read into the life of this great human being. It starts with Abdul as a small boy in Rameswaram with big dreams to fly, and his journey through school, college and various challenging/exciting careers and becoming the president.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pranav Joshi

    Can bee read in one sitting. Inspiring words of a man who earned the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in India. Helps you understand the journey and thought process of a personality whose photo adorns almost every government school in India. Speaks directly to the youth, and calls them to work on Vision 2020 document, despite the fact that we are already in 2019, as of writing this review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    S MAHARANA

    Great person, inspiring Well written book with simple language. A must feed for all age group. The events and life of Mr. Kalam is inspirational. Also illustrates the technological journey of India, difficulties and how our engineers, scientists taken our country to the heights. It motivates to work towards goals even there is a failure. Failure is a part of journey not the destination.

  24. 4 out of 5

    tondup gabo

    Inspiring as always... Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam has become a cult of education among youth not only in this country but outside also. His life story is really an inspiration for youth of every walk of life. He has left a mark that nothing is impossible. From being a newspaper boy and to becoming the president of India, his life's journey has been full of miracles supported by the hard work, dedication, integration and love for the subject.

  25. 4 out of 5

    KRITIKA JOSHI

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. People's President, the Missile Man are some of the epithets used for Bharat Ratna Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. His life story is awe inspiring and motivates one to pursue their dreams, no matter how big they are. I have deep regards for the man and have always been amazed by his humility and larger than life attitude. His story will always remain close to my heart and will inspire me as it has a million others to accomplish their life goals.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Review Baz

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  27. 5 out of 5

    Ankita Shah

    Inspirational! The life story of respected A. P. J. Abdul Kalam is an inspiration, to have a dream and to work sincerely towards it. The sence of patriotism it brings out is of a different level. It awakens the fire to become better everyday. It also illustrates, how to be unaffected by the great achievements and be engrossed in something even better. A book which should be read by every citizen of India. 🙏

  28. 4 out of 5

    Akhil Subash

    This man speaks with the language of love coming from heart. A truly inspirational guide to all Indian citizens. Those who read Wings of Fire may find some repeated events. I wish everyone had a teacher, a mentor, like Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam. He will live on in the hearts of thousands for generations

  29. 4 out of 5

    Suvarna Joshi

    Indeed an Illustrated Biography A must read book for everyone irrespective of age or stature. APJ Abdul Kalam remains my inspiration forever and his words indeed IGNITE the FIRE to dream and achieve the dream. In my sense he is a KARMA YOGI...bow down to the humble but yet so strong and powerful soul.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ajay Kumar Matta

    Rameshwaram to Rashtrapati bhavan The good thing about Kalam Sir's book is that you will not be able to keep the book down until you finish. For me mainly it's his simple English makes it easy to read. As we read the book those images gets painted in front of us. Love the Book. Short and Sweet.

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