"Accept your destiny and go ahead with your life. Forget this failure, as it was essential to lead you to your destined path." - were Swami Sivananda's words to Abdul Kalam when the latter failed to clear the interview for the post of Air Force officer. This and many such inspirational words fill up the pages of Oka Vijeta Aatmakatha, an autobiographical account by one of the most iconic personalities in India. APJ Abdul Kalam's rags-to-riches story from a boy of a simple boat-owner in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, to one of the most esteemed names in Indian space research and Indian missile programs is at once motivational and liberating. Having been felicitated with three of India's highest civilian awards - Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Bharat Ratna, APJ's rise to become the President of India is awe-inspiring.
What touches the readers about Oka Vijeta Aatmakatha, The Wings of Fire book in Telugu, is this tale of a boy who is determined to succeed against all odds. APJ reveals to us the important role of friends, family and relatives in helping one realise one's dreams. The autobiography also urges the youth of India to be patriotic. Kalam opines that the future growth of India is in the hands of today's youth, so how they charter their life will go a long way to determine where India stands in the world map. Co-authored by Arun Tiwari, this autobiography of APJ Abdul Kalam also talks about his untiring efforts as a scientist/researcher in aeronautical, space and rocket technology that paved the way for Agni, Prithvi, Akash, Trishul and Nag missiles to become household names in India. This is a highly recommended read for every aspiring Indian girl and boy.