List of Books

Dr. APJ. Abdul Kalam Books

Manifesto for Change

In 1998, a book was published that was surprisingly ahead of its times. It was called India 2020 and proposed that India could soon be one of the top five economies of the world. The nation had set off a series of nuclear tests and was facing worldwide sanctions. A new government had taken charge, and the economy was facing a tough time. It was not the best of times to predict that India had it in her to get on the fast track to development. The vision presented in the book would go on to inspire, directly or indirectly, many sectors of the economy to work for and achieve high growth. The book has since sold hundreds of thousands of copies. In A Manifesto for Change, its author A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, writing with co-author V. Ponraj, offers a sequel.

As focused then as now on his dream of a developed India by 2020, the eleventh President of India examines what we need to get right to accomplish that essential goal: harnessing the stupendous energy of our youth to contribute to growth, a united Parliament that makes full use of its time for constructive debate and rises above petty party politics to achieve the larger national vision, and a plan of action that looks at development from the grassroots to giant strides in infrastructure and bridging the urban-rural disparity. It is time to leave behind the politics of antagonism and disruption behind, he suggests. As reward: a developed India as befits this beautiful land.

Author : A.P.J Abdul Kalam & V.Ponraj

Evolution of Technology Vision 2020

India's core Competencies

Your country , brother , shall be your love!
Good unto better you shall improve!
Great deeds indeed are needed now!
Work hard , work long in form and factory!
Let the land be abundant in milk and honey!
Flood the land with goods , all made at home!
Spread your handiwork all over the world!
Are you a patriot? Do not shout it aloud!
Bragging never did anybody any good!
Quietly , do a fine deed instead!
Let the people see it , it is that they decide!

-Desha bhakthi by Gurajada Translated from Telugu by Sri Sri Mahakavi

In the preindependence days India had many dreamers many capable women and men thinking of a strong and modern India. Many of them took initiative in various fields , political , social , economic industrial , educational , literacy , scientific ,engineering and religious. The enriched India by their actions and reflected different facts of our Independence struggle. Independent India was enriched by this inheritance. Added to this was the fact that India had richer natural resources as compared to many other countries These perceptions led to the passionate call for building a great nation.

After independence India made simultaneous progress in many fields: agriculture , health , education , infrastructure , science and technology , among others. Her vibrant democracy was a wonder to the world , which thought India would be plunged into chaos after the British left. About two decades after independence despite our numerous achievements. Doubts emerged about our ability to handle our system on our own. Many of our vital socioeconomic and even military sectors began to have a greater dependence on foreign sources for innovation or technology Self reliance and commitment to science and technology were the declared policies , but often crucial economic and industrial decision were based on technology imports are licensed production both in the private and public sectors.

Space research and a few other areas developed more as islands of confidence rather than as movements for developing core industrial and technological competencies. Therefore around late 70's and 80's a diffidence to take major initiatives had begun to set in , though there are some remarkable examples facing of facing challenges too be it by launching a missile programme or building a super computer or launching a few technology missions are in establishing institutions like C-DoT (Centre for Development of Telematics )

Faced with this unusual combination of growing dependency with a few bold successes a unique institution called the Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council(TIFAC) was born in 1988. Its major task was to look a head at the technologies emerging worldwide and pick those technology trajectories which were relevant for India and should be promoted. In its Task TIFAC networked various stakeholders: the government industries , users scientific and technological institutions , financial institutions and intellectuals.

TIFAC also studied the ideas of several Indian visionaries in the fields of technology and the plans of various organizations. Over a period of year it produced several reports suggesting what India should do to assume leadership in areas like sugar , leather , steel , biotechnology or manufacturing. It did not stop merely at studies but also attempted to make the stakeholders take action. A few major government supported technology missions with strong industrial participation were an outcome of these activities.

All these were good initiatives successfully undertaken in exceptionally difficult situations. Though laudable however they did not go for enough in the context of a big country like India seeking to fulfill her true potential This was uppermost in the minds of concerned Indians.

Technology Vision 2020

It is against this background that the TIFAC Governing council met on 24 November 1993 with its forty members drawn from industry R&D establishment, academic institutions government departments and financial institutions and debated how TIFAC could contribute to national development An intense discussion took place about India's past and present technological performance and what could be feasible in the future In the midst of discussion one of the TIFAC council members posed a very interesting question. "Mr Chairman, we all have to address one issue: India today almost fifty years since 1947, is branded a developing country. What will make a country a developed nation?"

Every one presented realized that therein lay the crux of the problem and to arrive at the answer to the question became the agenda. Two council meetings were held to discuss the mean to arrive at the answer. It was realized that technology is the highest wealth generator in the shortest possible period if it is deployed in the right direction. Technology strengthens the political , economic and security structure of the nation For India technology had to be the vision for the future.

Technology can help transform multiple areas such as education and training , agriculture and food processing strategic industries and infrastructure in various fields It is on this basis that the task forces and panels of the Technology Vision 2020 were constituted

India's needs and core competencies

India's needs are very clear : to remove the poverty of our millions as speedily as possible say before 2010 : to provide health to all to provide good education and skills for all; to provide employment opportunities for all to be Self-reliant in national security and build up capabilities to sustain and improve on all these in future. How can India meet these needs? To able to chart out the possible path towards this end an assessment of India's core competencies is a prerequisite.

What is a core competency? Put simply it means that in a certain ares we have some inherent strengths whereby we can show a much better output and results in a shorter time In the final analysis any given group of people in any locale and under any conditions can accomplish what they really want to. But there are certain things which they can do much better given the same will and effort either due to more enabling environment or due to better experience These then are a country core competencies

There have been a number of debates on the existence of core competencies in India: some backed by informed opinion and others charged with strong emotion This is because India is vast country with different regions having different weakness and different strengths. There are also different types of people some with the best of education , training and exposure and experience There are many less fortunate ones with less average educational opportunities and work experience. There are many unfortunate ones for whom survival on a day to day basis take up all their attention they have few skills any very little opportunities Such problems need not overwhelm us. An objective appraisal shows that less fortunate Indians to have shown the ability to absorb new techniques and skills also methods of functioning In the early years after independence the rapid growth of the economy was due to our innate ability Our people learn new agriculture practices many learnt to work in factories and various public service activities An improved educational base helped them better absorb the new approaches and knowledge's Despite the appalling state of female illiteracy it is also a fact that a large number of women from all walks of life rapidly adjusted to new forms of economic activity.

It is clear that the major technological and industrial achievements of our country have come about through the endeavors of thousands of young women and men who studied in ordinary schools and colleges in different parts of India. Not all the few million person of Indian origin who live and work in different parts of the world and from the Indian Institutes of Technology or such other prestigious institutes They are from the ordinary institutes of India. They are doctors , engineers , technicians , nurses , artists , writer , journalist , accountants , clerks , teachers and various kind professional and other work force Even the recent Indian software miracle is the making of large number of 'Ordinary women and men who may not be able to talk fluently in English but can understand instruction manuals and master computer operations well enough to enable them to stand up to global competition

One thing then is crystal clear :India's human resource base is one of its greatest core competencies. It is India's Strengths If we can train a unskilled Indian if we can impart better skills to be skilled Indian and if we create a more challenging environment for the educated as well as build avenues for economic activities in agriculture industry and service sectors these Indians will not meet only the targets have excel them The Technology vision documents advocates the formation of the human resource cadre that will not be the foundation of the action packages for the country in the near future In a cadre will lead us to economic achievement

Indians not only have a great learning capability but most of them also have an entrepreneurial and competitive spirit. Today there are not enough avenues to channelize this spirit constructively and productively That is what we should aim for Naturally the vision projects several elements that Capitalize on this vital resource of India The details of emphasis vary from sector to sector whether it is agro food or materials or biotechnology or strategic Industries and take into account both socioeconomic needs and the complexities of the technology Involved.

Another core strength of India is its natural resources base Though India may not have rich deposits of all the ores and minerals or of a uniformly high quality it is abundant supplies of most of them. We have good ores of steel and aluminium We have abundant supplies of ores of the wonder metal titanium and several rare earth materials though we have not use them effectively We have a vast coastline which stores many resources and energy supplies They are the strength of our future as we use more of our land resources Undersea resources are yet to be explored.

In addition to these we have an excellent base for living resources very rich biodiversity; abundant sunshine; varied agro-climatic conditions almost a microcosm of the globe from arctic cloud to tropical green to bare deserts ; and plenty of rainfall though we do not tap it effectively To illustrate if the annual rainfall all over India were evenly spreed over the country the water would exceed one meter in depth If only we could tap such largesse! India's Technology Vision 2020 is build around its natural resource base its vast human resources base and the core competencies of the nation.

Author : A.P.J Abdul Kalam & Y S Rajan

Inspiring Thoughts

From India's 11th President, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, comes this book aptly called Inspiring Thoughts. Unlike an ordinary motivational book, Inspiring Thoughts starts with a question for its readers - How do you want to be known? And with this question, the author asks readers to write down their answer on a page. Kalam said that this page will fetch the reader a significant place in human history. With an intriguing beginning, the book grabs the unceasing attention of any reader.

The book is filled with influential statements, some which explain Kalam's belief about the need to nurture children with utmost focus. He added that while following in the footsteps of others might be important, exploring new roads would get new variants of success. Although the book was addressed to a large audience, the language of the book was in the form of personal sayings. The importance of making the right decisions in life was emphasized by Kalam with a broader perspective, since it impacts the nation on a wider scale.

Published By: Rajpal & Sons, Madarsa Road, Kashmere Gate, New Delhi - 110006.Website:

Author : A.P.J Abdul Kalam

Wings of Fire

Wings of Fire: An Autobiography of APJ Abdul Kalam (1999) is an autobiography of A P J Abdul Kalam, former President of India. It was written by Dr. Kalam and Arun Tiwari. Kalam examines his early life, effort, hardship, fortitude, luck and chance that eventually led him to lead Indian space research, nuclear, and missile programs. Kalam started his career, after graduating from Aerospace engineering at MIT (Chennai), India, at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and was assigned to build a hovercraft prototype. Later he moved to ISRO and helped establish the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre and pioneered the first space launch-vehicle program. During the 1990s and early 2000, Kalam moved to the DRDO to lead the Indian nuclear weapons program, with particular successes in thermonuclear weapons development culminating in the operation Smiling Buddha and an ICBM Agni (missile).

Wings of Fire is a self-portrayal of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam covering his initial life and his work in Indian space research and missile programs. It is the story of a kid from a modest background who went ahead to turn into a key player in Indian space research/Indian missile programs and later turned into the president of India. The book has been extremely prevalent in India and has been translated into various languages. In the book we figure out how Kalam began his career in Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) and was included in the design of hovercraft. Later he moved to Indian Space Research which was the brain child of Vikram Sarabhai. In 1963, Kalam went to NASA office in Maryland (USA) as a part of a training program on sounding rocket launching techniques. There he came across a painting which portrayed Tipu Sultan’s warfare against the British.

Wings of Fire covers a great deal of “behind the scene” data and technical details about India’s satellite and missile program (SLV-3, Prithvi, Agni, Thrisul, Akash and Nag). This might interest technically inclined readers but is sure to put off readers who purchased the book to get to know Kalam or to know his standards/thoughts. Space and rocket projects are complex tasks and overseeing them is to a great challenge. The book gives a glimpse administration system embraced by Kalam, yet in the meantime it doesn’t go into details.

Wings of Fire covers Kalam’s own life just quickly which is strange for an autobiography. For instance, we don’t know why he chose to stay single or his exercises outside space examination (despite the fact that we can conclude at last that he was married to science and technology).

Author : A.P.J Abdul Kalam

Envisioning an Empowered System

During the last four years, he visited almost all parts of India and interacted with people from all walks of life- students, youths, farmers, scientists, engineers, technicians, doctors, medical staff, educationists, industrialists, armed forces personnel, spiritual leaders, political leaders, administrators, economists, artists, sports persons, physically and mentally challenged and the rural populace. What had he learnt from these interactions across the different cross-sections of Indian population?

School children and youth also interacted with him through his website. They gave many suggestions on making India a developed nation and their role in achieving this mission. He would like to highlight a few of the suggestions, among the many, which he received from children and youth.

He had seen the beauty of our country in the deserts, mountains, seashores, forests and in the fields. India has a rich, civilizations, heritage, resource, talented workforce and above all there is potential due to the emergence of a knowledge society.

Still 26% of our population is below the poverty line, illiteracy and large scale unemployment persist. While it is imperative to address these problems, it is also necessary to increase the economic growth. This can be achieved by an effective management of resources and manpower - our core competencies.

We must get rid of the inferiority Complex and defeat the defeatist spirit that plagues us. We must celebrate our success and encourage the talented to work for missions which will bring glory to India.

In recent years, technology has come to play a dominant role in improving the quality of life. Technology is the engine capable of driving a nation towards growth and prosperity, and giving it the necessary competitive edge in the comity of nations. Technology, thus, has an important role to play transforming India into a developed country.

Even the Indian families living abroad have expressed their desire participate in missions to transform India into a developed nation. In view of the above, a need has been felt to write this book. This book goes into the specific details pertaining to the impact of technology on society, and the missions leading to a Developed India by 2020.

His aim is to convey that just like science, we have to make technology a universal system, decoupling geo-political policies. These case studies pertain to his experience of working at ISRO and DRDO, and with great technology visionaries- Dr. Vikram Sarabhai and Prof. Satish Dhawan.

During the lectures and talks that have been given to school and college students participation of the youth has been tremendous and thought-provoking. It is these interactions with the youth of India that inspired us to share our experiences and vision in making India a developed nation.

India has many successful experience of managing mission mode programmes. We recognize the importance of technology and the role that it can play while formulating policies and implementing programmes in mission mode. The requirement today is the creation of a suitable environment in tune with the times, and India’s transformation into a knowledge society. For harnessing the potential of the youth and the resources, creative leadership is essential.

Technology for Societal Transformation: Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam with A. Sivathanu Pillai

Published By: Tata McGraw-Hill Publishing Company Limited, New Delhi.

Author : A.P.J Abdul Kalam & A.Sivathanu Pillai

Ignited minds

Dr. Kalam has dedicated Ignited Minds to an intermediate school child, named Snehal Thakkar, whom he met at a school, and while talking to the students, a question had come up: "Who is our enemy?” Kalam recalled that many answers came up, but the answer on which all agreed came from her (Snehal Thakkar): "Our enemy is poverty". The small book of 205 pages contains dynamic and original ideas, examines attitudes afflicting the Indians, and present prescriptions for rapid growth of India to enable the country to emerge as a developed country. The scientist and the seer inside Kalam has addressed the book to young citizen(s) of India.

The book is organized into nine chapters, dealing with various issues. These chapters are:

The Dreams and the Message

Give Us a Role Model

Visionary Teachers and Scientists

Learning from Saints and Seers

Patriotism beyond Politics and Religion

The Knowledge Society

Getting the Forces Together

Building a New State

To my Countrymen

He wrote this book to make the young readers hear a voice that says, 'Start moving.' Leadership must lead us to prosperity. Young Indians with constructive ideas should not have to see them wither in the long wait for approval. They have to rise above norms which are meant to keep them timid in the name of safety and to discourage entrepreneurship in the name of trade regimes, organizational order and group behavior. As it is said, Thinking is the capital, Enterprise is the way, and Hard Work is the solution.

Every nation has struggled to achieve its goals. Generations have given their best to make life better for their offspring. There is nothing mysterious or hidden about this, no alternative to effort. And yet we fail to follow the winning track. More than the problems outside-globalization, recession, inflation, insurgency, and instability and so on-I am concerned about the inertia that has gripped the national psyche, the mindset of defeat. I believe that when we believe in our goals, that what we dream of can become reality, results will begin to follow. Ignited Minds is about developing that conviction in ourselves, and discarding the things that hold us back.

This was, in fact, a central thought that I kept in mind as I wrote. Share my dream of a developed India and see it made real in your own and others' lives. In my own way, I have tried to follow my beliefs, to do what I loved doing. I have tried, however, to guide but not to impose my views on others.

You will find in this book plain speaking: Surge ahead as a developed nation or perish in perpetual poverty, subservient to a few countries that control the world politically and economically. There are no other alternatives.

Unleashing The Power Within India: APJ Abdul Kalam

Published By: Penguin Books India (Private) Limited, New Delhi.

Author : A.P.J Abdul Kalam

My Journey

"I am not a handsome guy, but I can give my hands to some. Beauty is in heart and not in face." This very famous quote has inspired many youth and adults that it is your actions that make you beautiful and not you outer look. Not only this, but many quotes by him have ignited the mind of young leaders. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the eleventh president of India, aeronautical engineer resides in many people's heart. He has written various books to help youth to dream and live their dreams. His speech has got a magic that can influence any one.

My Journey is a book, where Kalam has penned down his experiences and lessons that life has taught him. My journey focuses more on the smaller, lesser known happenings in his life with great teachings for the readers. In this book Kalam wrote about his father, from whom he learnt the quality of humbleness, loyalty and faith in God. He wrote about his father's friendship with a Hindu priest, with a father of a church and how they maintained peace and harmony. He wrote about his teacher, who tried to separate

Kalam from his best friend just because he was a Muslim and how these three divine people took action to maintain equality in their town. He further wrote about his mother and grandmother who gave their share of food so that children of the house don't remain hungry, he wrote about poor income of the family, his guider Ahmed Jallaludin, about his sister Firoza who sold her jewels so that Kalam could went for further studies, he wrote about his school, about professors in college, teachers in school, Leadership quality of Vikram Sarabhai, about his work as a newspaper seller boy at the age of eight, Sudhakar's story of courage, importance of Holy scriptures and about his life.

Author : A.P.J Abdul Kalam

Fluid Mechanics and Space Technology

Abstract the conference presents papers on transitional flows, turbulent flows, flow management, aerodynamics, general analyses, space technology, and non-aerospace fluid

mechanics. Particular attention is given to the vorticity field structure associated with the three-dimensional Toll mien-Schlichting waves, the visualization and analysis of longitudinal vertices at curved walls of two-dimensional laminar and turbulent channel flows, and flat plate drag reduction by turbulence manipulation.

Published on : 1988

Author :A.P.J Abdul Kalam & R. Narasimha

Guiding Souls

What is to become of men? How can I set out on my own into a world that seems filled with conflict and strife? How do I cope with day-to-day pressures? How can my life be useful and happy? These and others such questions are frequently put by the students and young professionals, to the visionary President of India wherever he goes.

Guiding Souls: Dialogues on the Purpose of Life offers answers to many such questions. Structured as dialogues between Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Prof. Arun K. Tiwari, his friend and co-author of Wings of Fire, this book outlines a spiritual approach to life. Appealing to the innocent creativity of youth, the book rejects both extremes-hype and hoopla of globalization and the pessimism of seeing the world as a theatre of conflict and describes the ultimate goal and mission of humanity as constituting the task of helping evolution on planet Earth. The book covers a wide spectrum of history and human activity. It evokes the presence of some great human who walked on this planet as exemplars for the ideals presented in the book.

About the Author: Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, born on 15th October 1931, was one of India's most distinguished scientists. He was responsible for the development of ISPRO's launch vehicle programme, the development and operationalization of strategic missiles at DRDO, and building indigenous capability in critical technologies. As scientific adviser to the defense minister, he was one of the brains behind the Pokhran-11 nuclear tests in 1998. As chairman of TIFAC, he guided a number of technology projects and missions; his document on Technology Vision 2020 was a blueprint to make India a developed country.

Publisher: Ocean Books Private, Limited; 1st edition (1 January 2005)

Author : A.P.J Abdul Kalam & Arun K.Tiwari

Luminous Spark

Some thoughts...

Poems are the result of peak happiness or sorrow. Common traits of both happiness and sorrow are tears. In one case, tears will be sweet. In another case, it will be salty. Human life is a combination of both.

This reminds me of the great Poet Saint Thiruvalluvar. He said, "Successful leaders can never be defeated by problems. They become master of the situation and defeat the problems."

A biography in verse and colours: APJ Abdul Kalam

Published By: Punya Publishing Private Limited, Bangalore

Author : A.P.J Abdul Kalam

The Life Tree

Our Former President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, had contributed invaluably to our country's progress in space research and defense technologies. However, he was not only an eminent scientist. He was also a sensitive and thoughtful poet. This confluence of scientific brilliance and poetic talent was truly unique.

The poem contained in this book bring out Dr. Kalam's deep love for India and her rich culture. Together with his devotion to God and to this Motherland, his devotion to humanity is also uniquely manifested in these poems. Believing his ability and achievements to be God's gifts, he has dedicated them to the welfare of the Indian people. Through the medium of his poetry he has send a message of selfless service, dedication and pure faith.

Dr. Kalam had always been an opponent of communalism, casteism, linguistic chauvinism, regionalism and violence. Showing a

profound understanding of Indian society, he attempted to find solution to problems with compassion, detachment, forbearance and sympathy. In this poem he had attempted, very credibly, to express in simple terms even a concept as a complex as the search for God.

Reading Dr. Kalam's poems, our heart will fill with patriotism, love and faith. With this same faith we are honoured to be place these poems before us.

Poems: A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Painting illustrations by Manav Gupta

Published By: Penguin Books India (Private) Limited, New

Author : A.P.J Abdul Kalam

Mission India

In the recent Indian history, very rarely have we come across a situation like that which exists now. We have an ascending economic trajectory, continuously rising foreign exchange reserves and global recognition of our technological competence. We also have the energy of 540 million youth, the connectivity of 20 million people of Indian origin in various parts of the planet, and the interest shown by many developed countries to invest in our engineers, scientists and other professionals including setting up of new research and development centres in India. The government is committed to economic development by ensuring a growth rate of 7 to 8 per cent annually, enhancing the welfare of the farmers and workers, and unleashing the creativity of the entrepreneurs, businesspersons, scientists, engineers and other productive forces of the society.

Dr Kalam received hundreds of letters and emails from people saying ‘India 2020’ book gave them a mission and the boldness to act. People from all walks of life use it as reference material. Institutions have taken inspiration to start small and

large scale industries. This book has become part of syllabus in some universities and schools. Other authors and editors have quoted from it extensively.

This students' edition, Mission India, is intended primarily as a road map for young people. It will also be useful for young entrepreneurs. The facts, figures and tables have largely been taken from India 2020, but have been updated and modified to suit the new readership.

The book begins with the poignant question: can India become a developed country? The chapter analyses our strengths and weaknesses, and concludes that we should have faith in ourselves and give our undivided attention to the goal of making India a developed nation.

The last chapter, 'Realizing the Vision', takes a final look at the trends seen in India's development today. It outlines how every individual and organization can play a role in reaching our goal. This chapter, we believe, is crucial for everybody to decide on what she/he can do for this great mission of transforming India into a developed nation.

Dr Kalam liked to dedicate this book to all Indians who believe that they can achieve the goal of Developed India Vision 2020.

A Vision for Indian Youth: A.P.J. Abdul Kalam with Y.S. Rajan

Published By: Penguin Books India (Private) Limited, New Delhi.

Author : A.P.J Abdul Kalam

Children Ask Kalam

Dear Children

Our Former President Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, widely loved and admired by people of all age groups, is very popular with children. His humility, easy accessibility, simplicity, warmth and affection for children make them connect with him.

Every day, hundreds of children from every nook and corner of the country wrote to Dr. Kalam asking him questions on a variety of topics. Sharing their concerns Dr. Kalam takes time out to respond to these queries. Children Ask Kalam is unique collection of the communication between Dr Kalam and the children.

This book brings Dr.Kalam's view on a variety of topics to a wider audience. The president's answers bring to the fore his multifaceted personality. Though he wrote in simple language, we will find that his answers do not shy away from addressing the

most complex of issues. The letters had been selected carefully after much thought. For the purpose of clarity, the book is divided into six themes - education, science, children's issues, nation, spirituality and general. This book brings to fore the concerns of the children of this country and Dr. Kalam's initiatives to alleviate them.

We are confident that the book will help us develop an intimate understanding of Dr. Kalam's world view. We expect that the book with its unique and valuable information will assist us in developing a better understanding of Dr. Kalam and keep you well informed about various aspects you know little of but are curious about.

-The Publishers

Children and A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Published By: Pearson Education, Registered Office: 14, Local Shopping Centre, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi-17

Author : A.P.J Abdul Kalam

Indomitable Spirit

'What would you like to be remembered for? You have to evolve yourself and shape your life. You should write it on a page. That page may be a very important page in the book of human history. And you will be remembered for creating that one page in the history of the nation - whether that page is the page of invention, the page of innovation or the page of discovery or the page of fighting injustice' Simple words, spoken directly from the heart, revealing, the former Indian President, Dr.kalam's deep concern for the vital issues. Reflecting upon a wide range of themes of abiding human, national and global concerns,

Dr.Kalam's inspiring, almost magical words engage and captivate the reader's mind and heart.

Published By: Rajpal & Sons, Madarsa Road, Kashmere Gate, New Delhi - 110006.


Author : A.P.J Abdul Kalam

Turning Points

Turning Points, available in paperback, is the sequel to Wings of Fire, which is an autobiography of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. But this book talks more about the dreams and visions that Kalam had for the development of India as a country and very less about the person himself. This book takes off from the point in Kalam's life when he became the President of India. From being sworn in as the President and serving his term in the office at the capital, to the endeavors he took up to make his term fruitful, this book describes it all in detail. The book, Turning Points, describes how Kalam faced all the challenges he encountered during his term which began in 2002 and lasted till 2007. This span of time has been portrayed as an eventful golden time for India. Kalam's perseverance efforts to use the office to its optimum has been beautifully described. He made the people and the government concentrate on major issues that were important for the progress and welfare of India. Turning Points: A Journey Through Challenges was published on 1st June, 2012. It talks about the various programs initiated by Kalam like PURA. It made attempts in making the rural areas a part of the growth seen in the general economic sector. Kalam tried to see technological growth in the villages, as he dreamed about the vision he had in mind for India for the new millennium.

Key Features:

-This book is a sequel to Wings of Fire: An Autobiography.

Author : A.P.J Abdul Kalam

Target 3 Billion

Half the world's population - 3 billion people - are below the poverty line, and 70 percent of the world's poor live in rural areas. Target 3 Billion encapsulates Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's mission to eradicate poverty from the world. With 750 million people living in villages, India has the largest rural population in the world. Based on his Indian experience, Dr Kalam recommends a sustainable and inclusive development system called PURA - Providign Urban Amenities in Rural Areas - uplift the rural poor not by subsidies but through entrepreneurship with community participation. To make his case, Dr Kalam cites the examples of individuals and institutions, in India and from across the world, who, with an entrepreneurial spirit and a burning desire to make a difference, have successfully generated and tapped into the potential of the rural masses.

Fabio Luiz de Oliveira Rosa changed the face of the rural district of Palmares, Brazil, by acquiring for the farmers access to electricity and water, which effect, combined with better agricultural methods, let to an increase in prosperity and stemmed the migration to cities.

The 123-strong Magar clan owned Magarpatta, a 430-acre plot on the outskirts of Pune, Maharashtra. In the 1990s, they organized and setup the Magarpatta city which is now home to over 35,000 residents and a working population of 65,000 and boasts of an IT park.

Target 3 Billion tells the story of the brilliantly envisaged global sustainable development system that is PURA, outlining Dr.Kalam's vision for every individual and organization - a vision that can create 3 billion empowered, productive and healthy citizens, and generate 3 billion smiles.

A Note by Dr Kalam

An interesting questions that may come to the reader's mind is: why is the number '3 billion' in the title of the book? More than 3 billion people live in rural regions, and the empowerment of these 3 billion is an issue that needs urgent attention today as the world talks about inclusive development. The empowerment of rural regions of the world is critically important from the perspective of inclusive development, sustained peace and shared prosperity in the world. The untapped potential of the rural populations and the talent that is sure to emerge when they are empowered will prove to be great treasures. Even the most developed nations in the world witness the rural-urban divide. For instance,when I was Kentucky in 2010, I witnessed the state of rural Eastern Kentucky and how it still needs socialite and economic development,In 2011, When I visited Australia,I came across many cases where the government and other institutions were working towards the welfare of the native population that is still backward. Of course, when it comes to the developing and the underdeveloped world, the majority of the population lives in these rural areas, which necessitates a special focus on them.

Bridging the rural-urban divide is closely linked with the mission of overcoming poverty and inequity. About 70 per cent of the world's extremely poor live in villages and towns. But that is not the complete picture.

Driven by the need for education, health care and better income, the rural population is migrating to urban areas with a hope to get better livelihood opportunities, which often results in despair. This further contributes to urban poverty and leads to stress and societal turbulence.

The rural areas of the world have unharnessed resources and potential, hardworking youth and traditional skills. They have to be nurtured into creating value-adding enterprises that will create an environment of empowerment. How can such a mission pf empowering 3 billion be realized? It would require out-of-the-box thinking and original ideas. We need to evolve sustainable development systems, which will bring in both sustainability and empowerment and deliver in an entrepreneurial manner. This is the focal point of this book and the most prominent of such a sustainable development systems is that of PURA (Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas).

Published by: Penguin India,

Author : A.P.J Abdul Kalam & Srijan Pal Singh

You Are Unique

A life Changing Book

The thoughts of APJ Abdul Kalam, in You Are Unique, with their heartfelt sincerity, chiselled logic and experienced intuition are amazing lamps on the path of life, giving strength to seek one's Unique Self.

This book draws an unforgettable blue print of success for all. One lesson that shimmers from every page of this book is hope. Whether in failure or in success, there is always a clear vision of future. In human

life as well as in the corporate world, the value of vision, leading to planning, followed by action should not be underestimated. The success smiles on those who dream and act.

A message of spirituality, being unselfish and the value of giving emerges from these page as from his life. The world has changed and there is a need for awakening together the head and the heart. While poems touch the heart and leave a deep impression, his prose leads you to think how to go beyond the rock walls of conditioning, perceptions and prejudices to achieve success and fulfillment. Clearly presented thoughts, in You Are Unique, become our inspiration and constant companion, flashing 'upon the inward eye' at our decision making, vision creating as well as ordinary moments of life. Visually appealing, illuminating, dotted with his simple and charming experiences of life, you will love to read this book again and again.

Published by: Punya Publishing Private Limited,

Author : A.P.J Abdul Kalam

Beyond 2020

India 2020 is about to become a reality. Are we ready?

'The time for change is now. The alternative is clear, and dire. If we continue in the present mode, others in the world will overtake us....poverty and unemployment will increase further, leading to an implosion of our society.

And if we make the change, we can make real progress....from poverty to prosperity; from stagnation to speedy growth.'

India can still make it to the list of developed nations within a decade. Beyond 2020 provides an action plan for that transformation.

Published by: Penguin India,

Author : A.P.J Abdul Kalam & Y S Rajan

இளைய தலைமுறைக்கான தன்னபிக்கை தொடர்

நான் ஏறிக்கொண்டே இருக்கின்றேன், எங்கு இருக்கிறது இலட்சிய சிகரம், என் இறைவா? நான் தேடிக்கொண்டே இருக்கின்றேன், எங்கு இருக்கிறது அறிவு புதையல், என் இறைவா? நான் பெருங்கடலில் நீந்தி கொண்டே இருக்கின்றேன், எங்கு இருக்கிறது அமைதி தீவு, என் இறைவா?

இறைவா, நூறு கோடி மக்கள் இலட்சிய சிகரத்தையும், அறிவு புதையலையும், இன்ப அமைதியையும் உழைத்தடைய அருள்வாயாக என்ற கவிதையை நான் பாராளுமன்றத்தில் பேசும் பொழுது ஒரு கேள்வியின் வடிவமாக கேட்டு அந்த இலட்சியத்தை இந்தியாவின் 100 கோடி மக்களும் உழைத்து அடைய அருள்வாயாக என்று இறைவனிடம் வேண்டினேன். நாம் நம்முடைய வாழ்வில் ஒவ்வொருவரும் ஒரு கேள்வி கேட்போமேயானால், அந்த கேள்வி நம் வாழ்க்கையையும் ஒரு இலட்சியம் உடையதாக மாற்றும். எனது வாழ்விலும் கேள்விகள் தோன்றின. அந்த கேள்வி என்னவென்றால் இன்றைய இளைய சமுதாயத்திற்கு என்னால் எதை கொடுக்க முடியும் என்று. என்னால் எப்படி அவர்களின் அறிவு பசியை போக்கமுடியும் என்று. எப்படி இந்த இளைய சமுதாயத்தை வளர்ந்த இந்தியாவை உருவாக்குவதற்கு தூண்டுகோலாய் இருக்கமுடியும் என்று. என்னுள் பல கேள்விகள் எழுந்தன.

இந்த பலவிதமான கேள்விகளில் இருந்து உதயமான எண்ணங்களையும், கருத்துகளையும், என்னால் முடிந்தவரை இந்த இளைய சமுதாயம் எழுச்சி அடைவதற்கும் மனோபலத்தை வலிமைபடுத்த படுவதர்க்கும் பயன் படும் வகையில் கொடுக்கவேண்டும் என்ற உள்ள உறுதி எனக்குள் வந்தது. எனவே தான் ஆற்றல் கொண்ட இளைய சமுதாயமே வா, சமத்துவம் கொண்ட பாரதத்தை வளமான பாரதத்தை அமைதியான பாரதத்தை வலிமையான பாரதத்தை நிர்மாணிப்போம். உழைத்தடைவோம் என்று இதுவரை ஒரு கோடிக்கும் அதிகமான இளைஞர்களை, மாணவர்களை சந்தித்து அவர்களை வளர்ந்த இந்தியாவை நிர்மாணிக்கும் பணிக்கு தயார் படுத்திகொண்டு வருகின்றேன்.

இந்த முயற்சியின் ஒரு பகுதிதான் நக்கீரனின் 50 இதழ்கல் மூலமாக எனது எண்ணங்களையும் கருத்துகளையும் தமிழக மக்களிடம் பகிர்ந்து கொண்டு இளைஞர்களுக்கு ஆக்கமும், ஊக்கமும் அளித்து, அவர்களிடம் என்னால் முடியும் என்ற எண்ணத்தை வளர்க்க பயன்பட்டது. அதன் விளைவாகத்தான் நக்கீரனின் முயற்சியால் இந்த புத்தகம் உருவாக்கியுள்ளது

எனது எண்ணங்களையும் கருத்துகளையும் உள்வாங்கி, நிகழ்ச்சிகளையும், கூட இருந்து பார்த்தவற்றையும் மிக அழகாக திரு. வெ.பொன்ராஜ் எழுதி, அதற்க்கு மெருகூட்டி வடிவமைத்து உயிர் கொடுத்த நக்கீரன் ஆசிரியர் திரு.கோபால், இணையாசிரியர் திரு.காமராஜ் தலைமை நிருபர் திரு.கார்த்திகை செல்வன் இவர்களது சீரிய முயற்சியால் இன்று ஒரு புத்தகமாக வெளிவருவதில் எனக்கு மகிழ்ச்சி எனவே நக்கீரனில் இளைஞர்கல் காலம் என்ற தலைப்பில் வெளியான தொடரை புத்தகமாக நக்கீரன் பதிப்பகம் வெளியிடுகின்றது.


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