APJ Abdul Kalam hailed from a small town, Rameswaram, of the south-eastern state of Tamil Nadu, but his legacy spread all across the world. Born on October 15, 1931, Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam served as the 11th President of India, and is fondly remembered as a "people's president".
Loved by everyone, Kalam made huge contributions in furthering India's space missions and missile technology.
A president, teacher, philosopher and a scientist, Kalam was a well-known author as well.
On his sixth death anniversary, here are some of the must-read books written by APJ Abdul Kalam:
Wings of Fire: An Autobiography
The autobiography of Kalam is co-authored by Arun Tiwari, and tells the story of his early life and career. It inspires readers to unlock their hidden potential. He was born on October 15, 1931 in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu.
Mission India: A Vision of Indian Youth
This book asks young readers to take up the challenge of making India better by 2020. He examines India's strengths and weaknesses in the book.
Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power Within India
The book is dedicated to a middle school student, Senhal Thakkar, whom Kalam met at a Gujarat school and found interesting. In general, it is addressed to the Indian youth and talks about their power to turn India into a developed nation.
My Journey: Transforming Dreams Into Actions
In this book, Kalam looks back at pivotal moments of his past and tells readers how each of them has shaped him as a person. He remembers people who left a mark in his life and inspires readers.
India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium
Written in 1998, the book offers vision and insights on how India can become a developed nation by 2020. It is dedicated to a 10-year-old girl Kalam met while giving one of his talks.