Friday, October 23, 2015

#BookReview: Pupil's President: A.P.J. Abdul Kalam edited by Satyam Roychowdhury

On the jacket:

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 a world beyond it to be read, explored and discovered.


Not very long ago, we lost Dr Kalam. It hasn't really been long, though to me it does seem so. A scientist, a President, a thinker - he was known to have donned multiple hats. What remains with me and many other Indians is that he was an educator too. Not just to the students whom he personally taught, but for the nation's millions of students, he was an inspiration. With Dr Kalam, there was no generation gap. He identified with the students, and they with him.  Of all the names he is referred to with, fondly, Pupils' President goes the best, in my opinion. 

Which is the reason, why I picked this book. Pupil’s President Kalam is a compilation of the great man's thoughts and speeches, along with quotes by students, scientists, academicians and his family members. His life in itself was no less that a world class inspiration and this book proves to be a bible of inspirations - quotes by him, real life incidents, his poems and his speeches. Every word drips of inspiration to yearn for an achieve the best you can. 
An excellent compilation, put together very well and presented in the form a book. The only thing that didn't work was the binding of the book which gave the book a good second hand book store feel.
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Rating: ****.5/5

[This review is for B00K R3VI3WS. However, the opinions expressed are my own.]

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