There are very few personalities who leaves behind such an impression of themselves that you can only think about positivity and motivation whenever you hear/think/feel about them. A.P.J Abdul Kalam is one such personality for whom not only I but the whole nation and world have immense respect. His contribution to this country and society has been priceless and we shall be indebted towards him always. I have always liked reading books written by Mr. Kalam which made me pick the latest release named “Learning How To Fly”. The book is said to be “Life lessons for the youth”. Rupa Publication has done a great job in compiling few of his last speeches and lectures and publishing it in the form of this book.
All the speeches and lectures sound so perfect that many a times I couldn’t believe if Mr. Kalam actually spoke them spontaneously or perfected it by preparing drafts after drafts as a writer does while writing a book. Each and every speech has a message behind it and therefore it leaves you with lot more knowledge than you had before reading it. Also every chapter shows the vision this Legend had for India and its youth. None of his speech was just a talk show. He has provided insight through each and every speech of his. He literally had bullet points actually for each and every field or area in which India needs improvement with a proper scientific planning how the same can be achieved.
All the paragraphs where Kalam had discussed how he worked in the field of aeronautics are an excellent read and you want to know more about how this man worked on several proud achievements of this country. The way he speaks in respect about his seniors and keeps on telling us again and again to be leaders and creative gives a lot of inspiration. Abdul Kalam’s vision for India to make it an accomplished nation by 2020 is repeated in many speeches which tell about his commitment towards his country.
Overall, I would say that it is one of the best books which need to be read in the genre of compilations. Anything that can bring me closer to A.P.J Abdul Kalam is a dream and the most cherished gem for me. And so is this book. I recommend this book to everyone. My rating is 4.5* out of 5. I just wished this book was double in size than it is as I wanted to read more speeches/lectures given by one of the most respected and valuable person this country has produced.
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