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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 ‘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 ‘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. 5 out of 5

    Shalini Sinha

    "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 "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. 5 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. 5 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 4 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pranav

    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.

  11. 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.

  12. 5 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.

  13. 5 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

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bhairvi Bhardwaj

    Life history of Kalam sir. He is an inspiration to everyone I found this book really helpful as it comprises the journey of an innocent child who loved to learn how birds fly and one day he studied aeronautical engineering so that he could make his dream come true. From that childhood to becoming the President of India, Kalam sir proved that hard work and passion can make a person victorious.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Neerja

    An inspiring and splendid book to read. What a wonderful autobiography! This book consist of events of former Indian President's life alongwith some illustrations in between. The writing is easy to understand which makes it all the more interesting. The struggles, the life of Mr. Kalam is spectacular and truly inspiring. It teaches you great lessons. I loved it and would recommend it to everyone.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rohit Tyagi

    Heartily salute to this one in a million personality !!! A boy who once distributed newspapers in Rameshwaram later on distribute success, development, knowledge, thoughts to whole country. The childhood dream of fly with birds nailed the great success. Heartily salute to this one in a million personality !!! A boy who once distributed newspapers in Rameshwaram later on distribute success, development, knowledge, thoughts to whole country. The childhood dream of fly with birds nailed the great success.🖖

  17. 5 out of 5

    PRAKASH R

    Strong message for youth Thanks to the author, very much inspirational, changed my approach towards my life. Worth, reading. Hope youth will be able to carry forward the meesage of Dr. Abdul Kalam.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sinduja

    Good Read Loved the way.. How entire life of Kalam sir has been written with his ideology. Its great that this book gives great message to youth and inspire us also to do something more in our life.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jayanti Sharma

    My Life : an illustrated autobiography is indeed the most inspiring, simple and beautifully written journey of my favorite person Shri APJ Abdul Kalam Ji. Reading this motivated me and inspired me to think big and have big dreams as they can be fulfilled with hardwork, determination and motivation.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Vasanth K R

    Must read Inspiring book.Nothing is unreachable if you are Dedicated, determined and hard working with a clear vision of what you want. Thank you for Inspiring millions and millions with your life story.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kshitij Gupta

    Just the perfect one for motivation.I got my match, and you? I got motivation and the ability to succeed. I was in twelfth grade and a medical student. After reading it ,I got motivation and here I am in AIMMS Delhi.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jogy Abraham

    Great book about the acheivement of a boy from a small village who dreamed about flying like a bird. He not only flew an airplane but also made many rockets and missiles for the country. He made India progress ahead in the space and aeronautical field. It's an inspiring book

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ajay Kanwar

    Must read Heart touching life story, inspire me to never loses hope and never underestimate ourself. learn everything from every phase of life. Love all and Firstly love Bharat Mata.

  24. 4 out of 5

    vaibhav madaan

    To know how simplicity, hard work, dedication and truth can make you great, read this book. The language used is ultra simple and more simpler is the writer. Reading this book gives you a feeling of being in a meditative state. May god bless his soul!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Prasant Rout

    Aiming and Achiving Life lessons of a great personality , giving success formula to fellow countrymen. Storey of achievement of a Child rising from lowest strata of society to the highest position of country, winning of heart of crores of people is very much inspiring .

  26. 4 out of 5

    Prasad Yadav

    Very inspirational sir. Thank you for sharing with us. If I had not read it, I would have missed so much information about how to live and lead the life by providing an aim. (treat small aim as a crime)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Manoj sawant

    Uplifting and motivation Dr APJ kalam was an incredible man . He had incredible journey. Reading through his life was interesting and inspiring. Great read !

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sudip Bhandari

    Succinct (To the point) Succinct and covers a wide range of events and contemplations revolving around the legend. It's a light read but a good one at that

  29. 4 out of 5

    Girish Warrier

    A must read Every Indian must read this book. Its as if Dr Kalam was actually narrating the story to you.. Simply awesome

  30. 4 out of 5

    Antariksh singh

    Must read Truly Inspiring book which gives u insight why kalam sir was necessity and boon for the nation... He was a kalyug vivekanand....

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