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ABOUT THE AUTHORDr. Dr. A. P. J. ABDUL KALAM is the former president of India One of the most distinguished scientists: scientists: contributed a lot in enhancing our defence system Played a crucial role in the countrys missile development programme. programme. Associated with ISRO, DRDO etc. etc. Awarded with Padma- Bhushan, PadmaPadmaPadmaVibhushan and Bharat- Ratna Bharat-

ABOUT THE BOOKWritten with the aim of inspiring the youth of the country To initiate a process of radical change in the basic thinking process and outlook Highlights the importance of action along with ideas Provides a holistic approach to individual development

WHY I CHOSE THIS BOOKRecommended by my dad the authors reputation as a rolerolemodel for many many Kalam is a dreamer of great dreams dreams Ignited minds will fire the minds of the young to whom it is primarily addressed. addressed. Khushwant Singh

Chaper 1: the dream and the messageit inspires the reader to dream big and strive for excellence. excellence. The importance of ingraining spirituality and self- realization in selfeducation has been highlighted. highlighted. Individual development vis-a-vis viscollective goal- setting as a process goalfor the nations development

The importance of peace and equality, humanitarian behavior and constant self- improvement has been selfdealt with, and the way outlooks have changed in the course of time. time. 4 stages of development: development:Athlete stage Warrior stage Big brother stage SelfSelf- realization stage

Chapter 2: give us a role modelhighlights the importance of role- models to look roleup to. to. The real power of a nation lies in its youngsters, who need a role- model to guide them and take rolethem to a position of confidence to succeed. The change in role- models as a function of age. roleResponsibility of the present generation to inspire the next. Curiosity and enthusiasm directed well are a source of huge potential for a nation. Role models can help us focus on what is good for us as individuals, as groups, and of course, as nations.

Chapter 3: visionary teachers and scientiststhis is about the importance of having a vision. vision. If we have a vision, only then can we materialize it. it. A number of visionaries have taken small challenges to great heights and changed the face of India. India. The vision set by such great minds continues till date. date. A vision creates the driving force, that can get us anywhere. It instills a spirit of anywhere. victoryvictory- to know that we can and we will. will.

The author, in particular, talks about three great indian scientists, who were successful because they realized the importance of making the political leadership understand the importance of their work. The leaders put their organization above themselves, and everyone works together for a goal.

Chapter 4: Learning from saints and seersChapter 4 is a spiritual journey into the minds of saints and seers. Spiritual progress alongwith technological advancements will lead to real prosperity. Integrating morals in the youth is necessary to build the foundation of a nation with character. The need for virtue in people, in leaders and in the officers who work for the country, is needed to transform India.

Chapter 5: Patriotism beyond politics and religionPatriotism extends beyond politics and religion. Religion as a uniting force as against a fighting tool. For great men religion is a way of making friends. friends. Small people make religion a fighting tool. tool. Our approach should be driven by a national vision, not by the race for power as seen in the mucky politics today. today.

Chapter 6: the knowledge societyKnowledge as a prime mover of prosperity and power. KnowledgeKnowledge- various forms, myriad sources. Role of the youth in the creation of the knowledge society. The importance of uplifting the rural areas; the role of communication, transport and power, for achieving a better standard of life. The supplanting of a spirit of defeat with a spirit of victory.

Chapter 7: Getting the forces togetherThe drivers of progress:agriculure Power Education and healthcare IT Strategic sector

Making the benefits reach the hard- to access hardareas. Integrated mission approach to tackle the problems afflicting society. Forward and backward linkages Transparency in the public system Implementation of policies in mission mode is required to succeed.

Chapter 8: building a new stateNurturing an areas core competencies Industry and nature working in harmony. Importance of value addition Leaders arise when vision forms Cutting across departmental barriers Fear of risk and responsibility Challenges bring opportunities

The way to development is through purposeful activity. Guidance in the proper direction Need for educational reforms. Political co-ordination coIntegration amongst sectors Mission mode of activities Willingness to take risks.

Chapter 9: To my countrymenIn the last chapter, the author puts forward an open question- as to why, questioninspite of having plenty of natural resources, the country is poor. He then proceeds to answer it, bringing out various ways by which poverty can be eliminated, by changing the way things are done.

1. value addition: india is a net exporter of raw material, when the same material can be processed and enhanced in value. 2. value addition opens up more avenues for development and employment generastion. Technological prowess is key to becoming a world power.

Mission mode: a mission overrides organizations, and organizations override individuals. Working together, instead of working alone, is crucial for success. People are afraid of Risks and responsibility, but work gets done when theres something to lose. Leaders arise when the country develops a vision. We need a time- frame to work on, to timedeliver measurable results.

With this, the book comes to a close, inspiring the readers to instill a drive to work, not merely for themselves, but for a greater aim.