A number of new books by late A P J Abdul Kalam, including a sequel to his ever-popular “Ignited Minds”, are lined up for publication in the next few months.
Puffin Books will publish “My India: Ideas for the Future”, billed as a sequel to “Ignited Minds”. It will be a collection of insightful and thought-provoking speeches from Kalam’s post presidency years.
Organised into seven sections, the speeches in this collection are a roadmap for children, and adults alike, to follow their dreams and contribute to a better India, the publishers said.
Drawn from Kalam’s addresses to parliaments, schools and universities across the world, these speeches include his thoughts on nation building, poverty, failure, science and self-confidence in the 21st century.
Scheduled to be published later this year, “My India: Ideas for the Future” is a book that will inspire, invigorate and empower many generations to come, the publishers said. Brought out in 2003 by Penguin, “Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power within India” went on to become a bestseller. The book examines why, given all our skills, resources and talents, we, so obviously capable of being the best, settle so
often for the worst.
Kalam offers no formulaic prescription in “Ignited Minds”. Instead, he takes up different issues and themes that struck him on his pilgrimage around the country as he met thousands of school children, teachers, scientists and saints and seers in the course of two years: the necessity for a patriotism that transcends religion and politics; for role models who point out the path to take; and for confidence in ourselves
and in our strengths.
Puffin had recently published “Reignited: Scientific Pathways for a Brighter Future”, co-authored by Kalam and his aide Srijan Pal Singh, in which the writers worked to inspire a new generation of Indians in careers in science.
HarperCollins will also be taking through to publication one of Kalam’s last projects, “Advantage India”, co-authored with Singh, which draws upon some remarkable examples from his life to illustrate how India could have a winning edge.
The book will deal with subjects like Make in India, Skill Development, Digital India, Smart Cities project, rural development models and new energy policies.
Known for his visionary ideas grounded in practical experience, Kalam published numerous books including “Wings of Fire”, “Target 3 Billion”, “Life Tree: Poems”, “Mission 2020”, “Beyond 2020” and “Turning Points”, his highly readable account of his presidency.