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The Life Tree: Poems

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (Author)
Synopsis In the Life Tree A.P.J. Abdul Kalam takes us on a walk, through anecdote and poetry, over the terrain of his life. Kalam’s world is one of simplicity and beauty, in which nature figures prominently, as do human relationships and love for the country. There is also the constant, benign presence of God, an encouraging force motivating us to share happiness and destroy the barriers, whether of caste, religion or language, that prevent us from reaching out to others. For, as he says in one of his poems: Some build rock walls all their lives when they die miles of wall divides them…I build no walls to confirm joy or sorrow to sacrifice or achieve, to gain or lose. In Kalam’s world, there is room for all creatures, great and small, and he always has moments to spare, even in the midst of a busy schedule, to wonder at the beauty of God’s creation. He empathizes as easily with a child, distraught at being separated from his best friend, as with an adult anguished by the violence of a communal riot. And he is candid when the subject is deeply personal, as in his reminiscences of his mother. As Atal Bihari Vajpayee says in his foreword, ‘Dr Kalam shows a deep understanding of the problems of Indian society, and attempts to find solutions to problems with compassion, detachment, forbearance and sympathy. In this, Dr. Kalam’s poems have enormous value for our society.’ In addition, these poems serve as an intimate introduction to Kalam the man and his life, and are both moving and inspiring.
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About the author

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, b. 15 October 1931, is one oc India’s most distinguished scientists. He was responsible for the development of India's first satellite launch vehicle, the SLV-3, development and operationalization of strategic missiles and their weaponization, and for building indigenous capability in critical technologies. As Chairman of the Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), he guided a number of technology projects and missions to take India into the twenty-first century. The document on Technology Vision 2020 is a blueprint to make India a developed country. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam held various positions in ISRO and DRDO and became Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India holding the rank of a Cabinet Minister. He has the unique honour of receiving honorary doctorates from thirty universities and the country's three highest civilian honours - Padma Bhushan (1981), Padma Vibhushan (1990) and Bharat Ratna (1997). He has done a short stint as Professor of Technology and Societal Transformation at Anna University, Chennai, when he was elected President of India in July 2002.  He has met more than 4,00,000 children all over the country to share his vision of India.

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Title The Life Tree: Poems
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0670049972
length x+92p., Figures; 23cm.