APJ ABDUL KALAM THE VISIONARY OF INDIA
1.The authors, K Bhushan, who has a brilliant academic career and G Katyal, an eminent educationist, have compiled a succinct account of the journey of the eleventh president of India through a compilation of articles in their book titled 'APJ Abdul Kalam The Visionary of India'. As a socio-political analyst, K Bhushan is an expert in the field of political studies. A post-graduate from Delhi university, he has contributed to several articles and papers in leading weeklies and newspapers in India and abroad. He is an internationally recognised authority on the far-east and for the past five years, has been serving as an advisor and consultant to various organisations in numerous capacities. He has attended many national and international conferences. G Katyal, the co-author, is also an alumnus of Delhi university, and has contributed articles and papers on current issues to leading weeklies and newspapers. Both the authors are eminently qualified to research and present their views on the life and time of one of our most endeared presidents. In the process, the book covers a very wide canvas of history tracing the initial years of Dr Kalam, his scientific exploits and as the project leader of various programmes. Their books - Nuclear Biological and Chemical Warfare, SAARC : Challenge Before the New Millennium and Attack on Parliament, have been appreciated both in India and abroad.
2.The book appeals to a wide audience of students of history, politics, world affairs and Indian scientific development. Spread over twenty chapters, the authors have presented different aspects of Dr Kalam by published works and endeavoured to provide a bouquet of information into the ascent from humble beginnings of Dr Kalam to the most honoured position of the president of the nation.
3.Describing the life of Dr Kalam, the book narrates an incident when at the Amrita Institute of Technology on 02 Nov 01, a student said to Dr Kalam - "Dr Kalamji, I want to be a scientist. Dr APJ Abdul Kalam advised him to "Dream, Dream, Dream. Think, Think, Think and then put the thought into action. Branded by his colleagues as a '200 percent Indian', Kalam was a dreamer who dreamt about staying in a developed India. Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the honourable President of India from 2002 07, started his journey of academic pursuit from Dhanushkodi in the Rameswaram district of Tamilnadu. His neighbours remember him as an introvert interested in reading. In his own words, the library of Mr STR Manickam, his neighbour, laid the foundation to his life.
4.Another interesting anecdote from the book, aimed at the detractors of Dr Kalam's advance scientific work is described by his concern as a humanitarian. Once an orthopaedic surgeon from the Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences on a visit to Kalam's lab found that the material used was so light that he took Kalam to his hospital. There were little boys and girls with heavy metal callipers weighing over three kilogram dragging their feet around. Moved by their plight, Kalam and his team made the 'floor reaction orthosis callipers' and were back within three weeks. The children from dragging around a three kilogram load on their legs moved around freely with the 300 gm callipers.
5.This book takes one down the memory lane and lists out various events in the life of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, who at one stage in life distributed newspapers to support his education. It is a collection of relevant articles by people associated with him that gives an insight into the life of this great self made son of the soil, who made it to the highest office of India through hard work and perseverance. The last three chapters bring out in a nutshell the vision of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and the controversy that surrounded his candidature to the election for the President of India. The authors have done well to bring out the salient aspects of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam's life. However, in selecting the relevant pieces of work and knitting them together, this book suffers from a lot of repetition.
6.This book is recommended as a must read for all young aspiring people, future leaders, historians and researchers. The life story of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam would definitely inspire the young minds of our nation to strive for what he dreamt of 'A Developed India'.