My Mother

Embodiment of Love

During the II world war in 1941, it was a difficult time for our family at Rameswaram. I was a ten year old boy then. War had almost reached our doors of Rameswaram since the cloud of war had already reached Colombo. Almost everything was a rarity from food articles to anything. Ours was a large joint family. The size of our family was five sons and five daughters and three of whom had families. I used to see in my house anytime three cradles. My grandmother and mother were almost managing this large contingent. The environment in the home alternated by happiness and sadness. I used to get up at four in the morning, take bath and went to my teacher Swamiyar for learning mathematics. He will not accept students if they had not taken bath. He was a unique mathematics teacher and he used to take only five students for free tuition in a year. My mother used to get up before me, and gave bath to me and prepared me to go for the tuition. I use to comeback at 5:30 when my father would be waiting for taking me to the Namaz and Koran Sharif learning in Arabic school. After that I used to go to Rameswaram Road Railway station, three kilometers away to collect newspaper. Madras Dhanushkodi Mail will pass through the station but will not stop, since it was war time. The newspaper bundle will be thrown from the running train to the platform.

I used to collect the paper and run around the Rameswaram town and be the first one to distribute the newspapers in the town. My elder cousin brother was the agent who went away to Sri Lanka in search of better livelihood. After distribution, I used to come home at 8 AM. My mother will give me a simple breakfast with a special quota compared to other children because I was studying and working simultaneously. After the school gets over in the evening, again I will go around Rameswaran for collection of dues from customers. I still remember an incident which I would like to share with you. As a young boy I was walking, running and studying all together. One day, when all my brothers and sisters were sitting and eating, my mother went on giving me chapattis (even though we are rice eaters only, wheat was rationed). When I finished eating, my elder brother called me privately and scolded “Kalam do you know what was happening? You went on eating Chappati, and mother went on giving you. She has given all her chappatis to you. It is difficult time. Be a responsible son and do not make your mother starve”. First time I had a shivering sensation and I could not control myself. I rushed to my mother and hugged her. Even though I was studying in 5th class, I had a special place in my home because I was the last guy in the family. There used to be no electricity. Our house was lit by the kerosene lamp that too between 7 to 9 PM. My mother specially gave me a small kerosene lamp so that I can study up to 11 PM. I still remember my mother in a full moon night which has been portrayed with the title “mother” in my book “Wings of Fire”.

Mother
“I still remember the day when I was ten,
Sleeping on your lap to the envy of my elder brothers and sisters.
It was full moon night, my world only you knew Mother!, My Mother!
When at midnight, I woke with tears falling on my knee
You knew the pain of your child, My Mother.
Your caring hands, tenderly removing the pain
Your love, your care, your faith gave me strength,
To face the world without fear and with His strength.
We will meet again on the great Judgment Day. My Mother!

This is the story of my mother who lived ninety three years, a woman of love, a woman of kindness and above all a woman of divine nature. My mother performed Namaz five times everyday. During Namaz, my mother always looked angelic. Every time I saw her during Namaz I was inspired and moved.

By, Dr. APJ Abdulkalam
www.abdulkalam.com

My Teacher

I was always fortunate and blessed to have one or two great teachers during every phase of my educational period between 1936 – 1957. Evolution of the oath has resulted from what I have experienced and what I have felt and grown through my teachers. The first oath talks about the teacher loving teaching and teaching being the soul of the teacher. What is the significance of this? Here I would like to give the example of the teacher who really loved teaching.

Teacher loves teaching

It was the year 1936; I recall my initiation of education at the age of 5 years in Rameswaram Panchayat elementary school. I had a Teacher Muthu Iyer who took special interest on me mainly because I performed very well in a class exercise. He was impressed and next day he came to my house to tell my father that I was a very good student. My parents were happy and got my favourite sweet from my mother. Another important event while I was in first class, which I cannot forget. One day I did not turn up to my school. Teacher Muthu Iyer noticed my absence and same evening he came to my father to ask what the problem was and why did I not go to school and whether he can do anything to help me. On that day, I was having fever. Another important thing, which he noticed was my hand writing, was very poor. He gave a three page writing exercise and told my father that he should ensure that I do the exercise everyday regularly. By these actions of my teacher Muthu Iyer, my father told me in later years that teacher Muthu Iyer is not only a good teacher to me in teaching but he influenced and shaped me with good habits and he was a noble friend to my family. Even today I realize how my teacher loved teaching and took personal interest to bring up his pupils. Now let me talk about another teacher who taught me in my fifth class.

Teacher encourages questions from Students

I was studying in 5th class at the age of 10 who gave a vision for my life. I had a teacher, Shri Siva Subramania Iyer. He was one of the very good teachers in our school. All of us loved to attend his class and hear him. One day he was teaching about bird's flight. He drew a diagram of a bird on the blackboard depicting the wings, tail and the body structure with the head. He explained how the birds create the lift and fly. He also explained to us how they change direction while flying. Nearly 25 minutes he gave the lecture with various information such as lift, drag and how the birds fly in a formation of 10, 20 or 30 etc. At the end of the class, he wanted to know whether we understood how the birds fly. I said I did not understand how the birds fly. When I said this, he asked the other students whether they understood or not. Many students said that they did not understand. Our teacher was a real teacher and very good teacher. He did not get upset by our response.

In view of this, my teacher said that he would take all of us to the sea shore. That evening the whole class was in the sea shore. We enjoyed the roaring sea waves knocking at the rocks in the pleasant evening. Birds were flying with sweet chirping voice. He showed the sea birds in formation in 10 to 20 numbers, we have seen the marvelous formation of birds with a purpose and we were all amazed. And we were simply looking at the formation. The teacher showed the birds and asked us to see when the birds fly, what it looked like. We saw the wings being flapped. He explained how the birds flapped the wings to generate the lift. He asked us to look at the tail portion with the combination of flapping wing and twisting tail. We noticed closely and found that the birds in that condition flew in the direction they wanted. Then he asked us a question, where the engine is and how it is powered. Bird is powered by its own life and the motivation what it wants. All these aspects were explained to us within 15 minutes. We all understood the whole bird dynamics with practical example. How nice it was? Our teacher was a great teacher; he could give as a theoretical lesson coupled with live practical example. This is real teaching. I am sure, many of the teachers in schools and colleges will follow this example.

For me, it was not merely an understanding of how a bird flies. The bird's flight entered into me and created a feeling on the seashore of Rameswaram. From that day evening, I thought that my future study has to be with reference to something to do with flight. At that time, I did not realize that I have to go towards flight science. I am telling this because my teacher’s teaching and the event that I witnessed inspired me to lead to the goal in life. Then one evening after the classes, I asked the teacher, "Sir, please tell me, how to progress further something to do with flight". He patiently explained to me that I should complete 8th class, and then go to high school, and then I should go to college that may lead to education of flight. If I do all these things I might do something connected with flight sciences. This advice and the bird flying exercise given by my teacher really gave me a goal and a mission for my life. When I went to college, I took Physics. When I went to engineering in Madras Institute of Technology, I took Aeronautical Engineering.

Thus my life was transformed as a rocket engineer, aerospace engineer and technologist. That one incident of my teacher encouraging me to ask questions, showing the visual examples proved to be a turning point in my life which eventually shaped my profession. Shri Sivasubramania Iyer was an example for shaping not just students but igniting the youth both average and extraordinary by allowing them to ask questions and answering them till they fully understood.

Teacher puts the students ahead

Now I would like to discuss about my mathematics teacher Prof Thothatri Iyengar. As a young science student, I had an opportunity at St. Joseph’s College to witness a unique scene of divine looking personality walking through the college campus every morning, and teaching Mathematics to various degree courses. Students looked at the personality who was a symbol of our own culture, with awe and respect. When he walked, knowledge radiated all around. The great personality was, Prof Thothatri Iyengar, our teacher. At that time, ‘Calculus Srinivasan who was my mathematics teacher, used to talk about Prof Thothatri Iyengar with deep respect. They had an understanding to have an integrated class by Thothatri Iyengar for first year B.Sc. (Hons) and first year B.Sc. (Physics). Thus, I had the opportunity to attend his classes, particularly on modern algebra, statistics and complex variables. When we were in the B.Sc first year, Calculus Srinivasan used to select top ten students to the Mathematics Club of St. Joseph’s, whom were addressed by Prof Thothatri Iyengar. I still remember, in 1952, he gave a masterly lecture on ancient mathematicians and astronomers of India. In that lecture, he introduced four great mathematicians and astronomers of India, which is still ringing in my ears. They are Aryabhata, Srinivasa Ramanujan, Brahmagupta, Bhaskaracharya. Let me discuss one.

Prof. Thothatri Iyengar explained, based on his analysis, that Aryabhata was both an astronomer and mathematician, born in 476 AD in Kusuma-pura (now called Patna). He was known to represent a summary of all Maths at that point of time. Just when he was only 23 years old, he wrote his book ARYABHATIYAM in two parts. He covered important areas like arithmetic, algebra (first ever contributor), trigonometry and of course, astronomy. He gave formulae for the areas of a triangle and a circle and attempted to give the volumes of a sphere and a pyramid. He was the first to give value of pie. He discovered that the earth takes about 365 days to orbit around the sun. Prof. Thothatri Iyengar always puts the student to take a pride in India’s contribution in astronomy and mathematics and puts the students ahead. This great teacher combined his knowledge of science with his deep insight into many aspects of our civilizational heritage. Prof. Thothatri Iyengar was an example for continuously building capacities among students and putting the students well ahead in mathematical sciences. He also injected great thoughts in the minds of students and promoted nobility in thinking and action. Now I would like to discuss about the teacher who built the capacity of working together and evolution of integrated system design even during engineering student life.

Learning integrated system design

While I was studying aeronautical engineering in MIT, Chennai, (1954-57) during the third year of my course, I was assigned a project to design a low-level attack aircraft together with six other colleagues. I was given the responsibility of system design and system integration by integrating the team members. Also, I was responsible for aerodynamic and structural design of the project. The other five of my team took up the design of propulsion, control, guidance, avionics and instrumentation of the aircraft. My design teacher Prof. Srinivasan, the then Director of MIT, was our guide. He reviewed the project and declared my work to be gloomy and disappointing. He didn’t lend an ear to my difficulties in bringing together data base from multiple designers. I asked for a month’s time to complete the task, since I had to get the inputs from five of my colleagues without which I cannot complete the system design. Prof. Srinivasan told me "Look, young man, today is Friday afternoon. I give you three days time. If by Monday morning I don’t get the configuration design, your scholarship will be stopped." I had a jolt in my life, as scholarship was my lifeline, without which I cannot continue with my studies. There was no other way out but to finish the task. My team felt the need for working together round the clock. We didn’t sleep that night, working on the drawing board skipping our dinner. On Saturday, I took just an hour’s break. On Sunday morning, I was near completion, when I felt someone’s presence in my laboratory. It was Prof. Srinivasan studying my progress. After looking at my work, he patted and hugged me affectionately. He had words of appreciation: "I knew I was putting you under stress and asking you to meet a difficult deadline. You have done great job in system design”.

Through this review mechanism Prof Srinivasan, really injected the necessity of understanding the value of time by each team member and brought out the best from the system design team. I realized that if something is at stake, the human minds get ignited and the working capacity gets enhanced manifold. That’s what exactly happened. This is one of the techniques of building talent. The message is that young in the organization, whatever be their specialization, be trained to systems approach and projects, which will prepare them for new products, innovation and undertaking higher organizational responsibilities. Teacher has to be a coach like Prof. Srinivasan.

By, Dr. APJ Abdulkalam
www.abdulkalam.com

Profile of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Born on 15th October 1931 at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, graduated in Science from St. Joseph's College, Trichy in 1954 and specialized in Aeronautical Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1957. Dr. Kalam is a pioneer in fibre glass technology and led a young team to initiate this effort in ISRO from design, development leading to production of composites rocket motor cases. Dr. Kalam made significant contribution as Project Director to develop India's first indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-3) which successfully injected the Rohini satellite in the near earth orbit in July 1980 and made India an exclusive member of Space Club.

He was responsible for the evolution of ISRO's launch vehicle programme, particularly the PSLV configuration. After working for two decades in ISRO and mastering launch vehicle technologies, Dr. Kalam took up the responsibility of developing Indigenous Guided Missiles at Defence Research and Development Organisation as the Chief Executive of Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP). He was responsible for the development and operationalisationof AGNI and PRITHVI Missiles and for building indigenous capability in critical technologies through networking of multiple institutions. One of his significant contribution was creating Research Centre Imarat for advanced technologies. He was the Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister and Secretary, Department of Defence Research & Development from July 1992 to December 1999. During this period he led to the weaponisation of strategic missile systems and the Pokhran-II nuclear tests in collaboration with Department of Atomic Energy, which made India a nuclear weapon State. He also gave thrust to self-reliance in defence systems by progressing multiple development tasks and mission projects such as Light Combat Aircraft.

As Chairman of Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) and as an eminent scientist, he led the country with the help of 500 experts to arrive at Technology Vision 2020 giving a road map for transforming India from the present developing status to a developed nation. Dr. Kalam has served as the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, in the rank of Cabinet Minister, from November 1999 to November 2001 and was responsible for evolving policies, strategies and missions for many development applications. Dr. Kalam was also the Chairman, Ex-officio, of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet (SAC-C) and piloted India Millennium Mission 2020.

In the bio-medical area, Dr. Kalam along with his team collaborated with medical specialists in the development of Kalam-Raju stent during 1994 - 1996. Kalam-Raju cardiac stent after qualification trials has been fitted to many needy patients. This development has further led to the creation of a production unit of state-of-the-art stents. Also, he had initiated the use of carbon-carbon and carbon-polymer materials for production of floor reaction orthosis calipers which has reduced the weight of the caliper to 1/10th of the original weight during 1995 & 1996. Over 50,000 children have been fitted with these calipers.

Dr. Kalam took up academic pursuit as Professor, Technology & Societal Transformation at Anna University, Chennai from November 2001 and was involved in teaching and research tasks. Above all he took up a mission to ignite the young minds for national development by meeting school students across the country. During the last decade, Dr. Kalam has addressed over five million youth below the age of 17 and inspired them to become an active participant of India Vision 2020. He has addressed several children science congresses across the country.

Dr. Kalam is passionate about bringing rural prosperity through PURA (Providing Urban Amenities to Rural Areas), in which science and technology has to play a key role. Based on his diverse experience he has been propagating the concept of World Knowledge Platform through which the core competencies of organizations and nations can be synergized to innovate and create solutions and products for the challenges of 21st century.

In his literary pursuit Dr. Kalam authored a number of books, such as "Wings of Fire", "India 2020 - A Vision for the New Millennium", "My journey" and "Ignited Minds - Unleashing the power within India", "Indomitable Spirit", "Guiding Souls", "Envisioning an Empowered Nation", "Inspiring Thoughts", "Children Ask Kalam", "You are born to blossom", "Family and the Nation", "Life Tree" and "The Luminous Sparks" a collection of his poems. Many of them have become household names in India and among the Indian nationals abroad. These books have been translated into many Indian and foreign languages.

Dr. Kalam is one of the most distinguished scientists of India with the unique honour of receiving honorary doctorates from 48 Universities and institutions from India and abroad. The Honorary Doctorates include, Nyenrode Business University, Netherlands; Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg USA; University of Wolverhampton, UK; University of Kentucky,USA; Oakland University, Michigan USA; University of Waterloo, Canada; University Sans Malaysia, Malaysia University of Sydney, Australia and the Simon Fraser University, Vancouver.

He has been awarded with the coveted civilian awards - Padma Bhushan (1981) and Padma Vibhushan (1990) and the highest civilian award Bharat Ratna (1997). He is a recipient of several other awards and Fellow of many professional institutions.

International Recognitions

The Royal Society, UK has awarded Dr Kalam with the King Charles-II Medal for Science and Technology in October 2007. He received the Woodrow Wilson Award in 2008. The Royal Academy of Engineering, London conferred on him the International Medal 2008 in June 2009 at London. The Hoover Board of Awards presented him the Hoover Medal 2008 at New York in April 2009. The Aerospace Historical Society in Collaboration with the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories (GALCIT) at the California Institute of Technology awarded him the 2009 International Von Karman Wings Award in September 2009.

Dr. Kalam became the 11th President of India on 25th July 2002. After five eventful years he demitted office on 25th July 2007. His focus is on transforming India into a developed nation by 2020. His accent is on constructive networking and excellent human resources for an economically developed, prosperous and peaceful society.

By, Dr. APJ Abdulkalam
www.abdulkalam.com

LIST OF DOCTORATES – DR. APJ ABDUL KALAM

S.No University Year Title Place
1 Anna University,Chennai 1981 Doctor of Science Chennai
2 Jadvapur University 1980 Doctor of Science Kolkata
3 Kalyani University 1990 Doctor of Science Kolkata
4 IIT Kanpur 1990 Doctor of Science Kanpur, UP
5 Maharaja Sayajirao University 1990 Doctor of Science Baroda, Gujarat
6 Shantiniketan, University 1990 Doctor of Science Kolkata
7 Madurai Kamaraj University 1990 Doctor of Science Madurai
8 Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University 1997 Doctor of Philosophy Hyderabad
9 Patna University 1990 Doctor of Science Patna
10 IIT, Mumbai 1991 Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) Mumbai
11 IIT, Banaras Hindu University 1991 Doctor of Science(Honoris Causa) Banaras
12 University of Hyderabad 1993 Doctor of Science(Honoris Causa) Hyderabad
13 University of Roorkee 1994 Doctor of Science(Honoris Causa) Roorkee
14 IIT, Delhi 1995 Doctor of Science(Honoris Causa) Delhi
15 University of Mysore 1995 Doctor of Science(Honoris Causa) Mysore
16 Birla Institute of Technology 1995 Doctor of Science(Honoris Causa) Ranchi
17 University of Allahabad 1996 Doctor of Science(Honoris Causa) Allahabad
18 University of Delhi 1998 Doctor of Science(Honoris Causa) Delhi
19 Indian School of Mines 1998 Doctor of Science(Honoris Causa) Dhanbad
20 Bharathidasan University 1998 Doctor of Science(Honoris Causa) Trichy
21 University of Madras 1999 Doctor of Science(Honoris Causa) Madras
22 Andhra University 2000 Doctor of Science(Honoris Causa) Vizag
23 Manipal Academy of Higher Education (Deemed Univ) 2000 Doctor of Science(Honoris Causa) Manipal
24 Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj University 2000 Doctor of Science(Honoris Causa) Kanpur
25 Kanpur 2001 Doctor of Science(Honoris Causa) Tezpur
26 Visveswaraiah Technological University 2002 Doctor of Science Belgaum
27 Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwa Vidyalaya 2002 Doctor of Science(Honoris Causa) Bhopal
28 Nyenrode Business University 2007 Doctor(Honoris Causa) Breukelen
29 Carnegie Mellon University 2007 Doctor of Science Pittsburgh
30 Nanyang Technological University 2008 Doctor of Engineering(Honoris Causa) Singapore
31 University of Kentucky 2008 Honorary Doctor of Science Kentucky
32 Aligarh Muslim University 2008 Doctor of Science(Honoris Causa) Aligarh
33 IIT-Kharagpur 2008 Doctor of Science (Hon Causa) Kharagpur, WB
34 University of Wolverhampton 2008 Doctor of Science Birmingham London
35 University Sans Malaysia 2008 Doctorate in Science Malaysia
36 Queen's University 2008 Doctor of of Laws Belfast, UK
37 Oakland University 2009 Doctor of Science Oakland Rochester Michigan, USA
38 University of Louisville, KY 2010 Doctor of Letters Kentucky USA
39 University of Waterloo 2010 Doctor of Science Toronto
40 Defence Instt of Advanced Technologies (DU) 2011 PhD (Hon Causa) Pune, India
41 University of Sydney 2011 Doctor of Engg(Hon causa) Sydney, Aus
42 Sastra University, Thanjavu 2011 Degree of Science (Hon Causa) Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu
43 B.S. Abdur Rahman University Chennai 2012 Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) Chennai, Tamil Nadu
44 Simon Fraser University Vancouver, Canada 2012 Honorary Degree Doctor of Laws, honoris causa Vancouver
45 NIT, Silchar 2013 Doctor of Science Silchar, Assam
46 Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Agriculture & Technology,Meerut-UP 2014 Doctor of Science (HC) Meerut, UP
47 University of Edinburgh 2014 Doctor of Science (HC) Edinburgh, UK
48 Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya, Jabalpur 2014 Doctor of Science (HC) In-absentia At XII Convocation on 27 June 14

LIST OF BOOKS PUBLISHED

S.No Title of Book Author(s) Publisher Languages in which published/translated
1 My Journey(Book of Poems) APJ Abdul Kalam English
2 Wings of Fire APJ Abdul Kalam & Prof Arun Tiwari Universities Press India Pvt Ltd,Hyderabad English, Hindi, Assamese, Audio book, Braille, Bodo, Bangla, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Oriya, Marathi, Telegu,Urdu, Korean, Sinhalease, Russian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese
3 India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium. A P J Abdul Kalam and Dr Y S Rajan Penguin Books India Ltd English, Hindi, Marathi, Oriya Gujarati, Sinhalese, Malayalam, Assamese, Punjabi,Kannada,Telugu, Tamil, Thai (2014)
4 Ignited Minds A P J Abdul Kalam Penguin Books India Ltd English, Hindi, Malayalam, Gujarati, Marathi, Oriya, Tamil,Punjabi, Telugu,Assamese,Sinhalease, Romanian
5 Envisioning an Empowered Nation A P J Abdul Kalam and Dr A S Pillai Tata McGrawhill English, Hindi, Tamil
6 Luminous Sparks (Poem) A P J Abdul Kalam Punya Publications, Bangalore English
7 The Life Tree A P J Abdul Kalam Penguin Books India Ltd English
8 Guiding Souls A P J Abdul Kalam, Arun Tiwari Ocean Books India Ltd,New Delhi English, Hindi, Malayalam and Tamil
9 Mission India(Abridged Version of India 2020) A P J Abdul Kalam and Y S Rajan Penguin Books India Ltd English
10 Children Ask Kalam A P J Abdul Kalam Pearson Education, Delhi English, Tamil
11 Songs of Life A P J Abdul Kalam Prabhat Prakashan English
12 இளைஞர்கள் காலம் APJ Abdul Kalam & V Ponraj Nakkheeran Publications Tamil
13 Indomitable Spirit A P J Abdul Kalam Rajpal & Sons,New Delhi English, Korean
14 You are Born to blossom A P J Abdul Kalam and Arun Tiwari Ocean Books Pvt Ltd,New Delhi-2 English, Hindi, Malayalam
15 Inspiring Thoughts APJ Abdul Kalam Rajpal & Sons,New Delhi English
16 Family and the Nation APJ Abdul Kalam and Acharya Mahapragya Harper Collins India Ltd,New Delhi English, Tamil, Hindi
17 Scientific Indian APJ Abdul Kalam and Y S Rajan Penguin Books India English
18 Spirit of India APJ Abdul Kalam Rajpal & Sons English, Hindi
19 Target 3 Billion APJ Abdul Kalam and Srijan Pal Singh Penguin Books 2012 English
20 "You are Unique" APJ Abdul Kalam Punya Publishing Pvt Ltd English
21 Building a New India APJ Abdul Kalam and Y S Rajan Penguin Books, New Delhi English
22 Turning Points APJ Abdul Kalam Harper Collins 2012 English, Tamil, Malayalam
23 'Squaring the circle: Seven steps to Indian Renaissance' A P J Abdul Kalam & Prof Arun Tiwari Universities Press India Ltd, Hyderabad 2013 English
24 "Thoughts for Change: We can do it" APJ Abdul Kalam & A S Pillai Tranquebar Press 2013 English
25 My Journey : Transforming dreams into actions APJ Abdul Kalam Rupa Publications 2013 English,Tamil, Telugu
26 Governance For Growth in India APJ Abdul Kalam Rupa Publications 2014 English
27 Manifesto for Change APJ Abdul Kalam & V Ponraj Harper Collins 2014 English
28 Beyond 2020 A Vision for Tomorrow's India APJ Abdul Kalam and Y S Rajan Penguin Books India Ltd 2014 English
29 The Righteous Life APJ Abdul Kalam Rupa Publications 2014 English
30 Forge Your Future APJ Abdul Kalam Rajpal & Sons English
31 The Guiding Light : A Selections of Quotations from My Favourite Books APJ Abdul Kalam Rupa Publications 2015 English
32 Re-Ignited APJ Abdul Kalam & Srijan Pal Singh Penguin Books May 2015 English
33 Transcendence My Spiritual Experiecnes with Pramukh Swamiji APJ Abdul Kalam With Arun Tiwari 20 June 2015 English
34 புயலை தாண்டினால் தென்றல் (எண்ணத்தில் நலமிருந்தால் என் கனவு தமிழகம் மலரும்) APJ Abdul Kalam & V. Ponraj In progress Tamil