5 Inspiring Books Written By A.P.J. Abdul Kalam That Should Be On Your Must Read List

Books by India’s Favorite & Most Influential President, APJ Abdul Kalam

A.P.J Abdul Kalam, the 11th President of India was a scientist, engineer, and writer who served from 2002 to 2007 and left behind an indelible mark on India’s development in his short tenure as president.

How many books have APJ Abdul Kalam written in his lifetime?

APJ Abdul Kalam has written tons of books, but if we consider only the mainstream ones, then there are only 12:

  1. Wings of Fire: An Autobiography of Abdul Kalam
  2. India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium
  3. Envisioning an Empowered Nation
  4. Turning Points: A Journey Through Challenges
  5. The Life Tree: Poems
  6. Transcendence: My Spiritual Experiences with Pramukh Swamiji 
  7. My Journey: Transforming Dreams into Actions
  8. Forge Your Future
  9. Guiding Souls: Dialogues On The Purpose Of Life
  10. Mission India: A Vision of Indian Youth
  11. Inspiring Thoughts
  12. Ignited Minds: Unleashing the power within India

He authored many books that are not only inspirational but also encourage us to follow our dreams with perseverance and conviction no matter what hurdles we face in life because every day is a new opportunity for change. Here is a list of some of the most inspiring books out of these 12, by India’s most influential President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam:

Let’s dive into each book in detail. Here we go!


1. Wings of Fire: An Autobiography of Abdul Kalam

Wings of Fire: An Autobiography of Abdul Kalam by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
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Co-authored with Arun Tiwari, this A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s autobiography is one of the most inspirational books, one can ever read.

It shows how a normal young Muslim boy who lived in Rameshwaram turned into a famous scientist and then the president of a country like India.

From Abdul Kalam doing odd jobs to pay his school fees to his mindset of him becoming a vegetarian later on. From him wanting to become an Indian Force pilot to his journey of becoming a rocket engineer instead. This book has it all.

It’s 180 pages long and is a must-read for anyone who wants to achieve greater heights in life.

First Published In: 1999

Get it on Amazon for just ₹261.

2. Turning Points: A Journey Through Challenges

Turning Points: A Journey Through Challenges by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
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Consider this book as a sequel to ‘Wings of Fire’ because this book takes up from where ‘Wings of Fire’ left off.

It tells you the story of the times when he was India’s President and also, gives you some insights into the work, done by the government of India under his presidency.

This 192-page long book also answers the controversial question of why didn’t A.P.J. Abdul Kalam stood for his next presidency tenure.

What I love about this book is that it doesn’t just only portray Dr. Kalam’s personal life, but also, shared his vision of the nation as a whole. It also put a torch on how can the citizens of India contribute to their best for this nation.

A sure recommendation to everyone who has read ‘Wings of Fire’ already and to the ones who want to know what Dr. Abdul Kalam’s political thoughts were.

Get it on Amazon for just ₹191.

3. Transcendence: My Spiritual Experiences with Pramukh Swamiji 

Transcendence: My Spiritual Experiences with Pramukh Swamiji by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
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If you really want to know Dr. Abdul Kalam, then this is the first book that you should pick.

This book covers A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s life before his presidency and after ‘Wings of Fire’. It’s all about his spiritual experiences & intelligence, advice(s), the meaning of life, and many of his thoughts.

Divided into 4 sections; 1 & 2 section is about his experience with Pramukh Swamiji Maharaj, one of the most inspiring spiritual figures of modern times and the fifth spiritual successor of Bhagwan Swaminarayan, whom Dr. Kalam has always addressed as his ultimate teacher.

In the 3 & 4 sections, he has shared tons of life lessons and his experience/meetings with all the great personalities around the globe.

This 256-page long book is one absolute motivational piece that teaches you how to deal with daily working life and how can one be a polite person as well as a genuine leader.

Get it on Amazon for just ₹425.

4. Forge Your Future

Forge Your Future by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
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I can’t say much about this book as even I haven’t read it yet but one of my really close friends has helped me with this description. He told me that this book is all about the setbacks that A.P.J. Abdul Kalam faced in his life, from the very start to the end.

It tells you how Dr. Kalam, in spite of being born in Rameswaram (an isolated island in south India) managed to get an education, a job, and eventually, becoming the president of India.

This book will give you a new outlook on failures and setbacks.

Also, it will make you realize that every individual is special.

224 pages long, it’s a must-read for all the students out there as it teaches you to cope up with failures.


Get it on Amazon for just ₹279.

5. Ignited Minds: Unleashing the power within India

Ignited Minds: Unleashing the power within India by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


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As the name says, this book and the ideas in it will ignite your mind, especially of students.

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam had the vision to make India a developed nation by 2020 and this book is supporting stand for that vision only. It makes you realize that even with our disabilities and cons, India has the potential of becoming a developed country and also, how as citizens, we can achieve it.

Most of his other books revolve around his life. Advice, life lessons, and thoughts come from Dr. Kalam’s experiences, but this book is different. It has all the elements but from other known people’s perspectives.

After you’re done reading this 208-page long book, you’ll be more eager to play a role (no matter how small it is) in India’s progress.

Get it on Amazon for just ₹132.

So, that was the list of the 7 most inspiring books written by the late ex-President of India, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam that should be on your must-read list.

Do you think we have missed any books here? Then, do let us know in the comments below.

Also, read: 15 Inspiring A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Quotes That’ll Make You Believe You Can

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