19 October, 2015

Pupil's President Kalam - [Book Review]

A P J Abdul Kalam - How do I introduce about him? 

Our ex-President? Missile man? An inspiration to Indian youth? A great teacher? A philosopher? A scientist?
It's not easy. First of all, does he need an introduction in India? I don't think so.

He has gained many feathers in his cap and yet he was humble till the time he left our world. He was passionate about teaching, imparting knowledge to youth and guiding them in right direction. He has become an inspiration in our lives. I feel fortunate to read and review this book and I completely agree with the author that this book is not there to preserve in our book shelves as a collection. It is there to read, remember and get inspired.


The students’ diligent teacher, the nation’s gifted scientist, the humble ‘People’s President’ - an indefinable name he is. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. A man who dedicated his life and work to the betterment of a nation, and his time and energy to the billions of young minds he wished to ignite. He has left back dreams in everyone, and the undying inspiration to make those dreams come true.

A surfeit of contents has been interwoven to give this book a shape. To read through the pages will mean a journey through his life in entirety. Besides Kalam’s own speeches and quotes, it also contains literary tributes by scientists, academicians and students, the interviews of his family members, and a real-time anecdote of his interment ceremony at Rameswaram.

This isn’t just a tribute but the world beyond it to be read, explored and discovered.

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My review:

This book is a collection of articles, speech, interviews and excerpts about APJ Abdul Kalam, our beloved Ex-President. His story makes you believe that you can dream to soar great heights irrespective of whether you have enough money and support to reach your goal.

Once, Kalam mentions that he learnt religious tolerance from his father Jainulabiddin Marakayar. He used to accompany his father in morning walks where his father used to meet his friends (Hindu and Catholic) and they used to listen to people's problems and solve them together.

Many articles and interviews from different people worked with Kalam show how he used to take care of his staff. Articles also talk about his passion of motivating students. He also broke some security protocols to just give more time to students and understand their ideas.

One article mentions that he donated his 3 months salary for Ramakrishna Vivekananda mission. Usually, Presidents donate lakhs of rupees for charity, but he proved that he is self less by donating his 3 months salary.

Kalam's ambition was to become an air force pilot, he was depressed when he was the top 9th person in the interview and only top 8 people were selected. He got guidance from a Guru and thus took many important roles in DRDO and ISRO and became a leader of 3 armed forces of India. The title of the book is apt, as Kalam is Pupil's President.

Instead of reading a biography, it is interesting to read articles, interviews, speech by Kalam and about Kalam to understand him better. This gives an unbiased view on his personality. I surely keep this book in my bookshelf forever and want to read it whenever I get depressed. Since this is a collection, I cannot rate it by writing style or plot, but I would recommend this to each and every person on the Earth to read it at least once.

 About the Author:

Satyam Roychowdhury is a man of assorted interests. He is the co-founder and currently the Managing Director of Techno India Group the largest educational conglomerate in Eastern India. He is a prominent member and an active participant of the Art and Cultural milieu of Bengal. He has contributed to the society in multifaceted ways with his unstinted support and persistent patronage. He is one of the top educationalists of the country, but he is voracious reader by passion and a writer by ardour. He has an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, and he draws inspiration from great minds by imbibing their philosophies.

Roychowdhury is a tireless traveler on the path of creativity, and his journey has come a long way. His “For You” tribute series commenced with Tagore, got enriched with Swami Vivekananda and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose after that, and the latest on has been a literary offering to Thakur Sri Ramakrishna. He owns many other titles to his credit, and his books have time and again inspired hundreds of young minds. He is a firm believer in hard work and sacrifice, and he thinks there is a spark in everyone to create a miracle. 

Saluting the great soul of our Beloved Ex-President.

Until next time,

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