My India: Ideas for the Future
age group: 
12+ yrs
value education President of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam


My India: Notes for the Future contains excerpts from Dr A.P. J Adbul Kalam’s speeches in his post presidency years. Drawn from Dr Kalam’s addresses to parliaments, universities, schools and other institutions in India and abroad, they include his ideas on science, nation building, poverty, compassion and self-confidence.

Quotes like: “They alone live, who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive" and
"Books always give us knowledge but in time of need they also become our wealth” bring out the essence of his thinking and way of life.

Dr Kalam draws on the lives of stalwarts such as Marie Curie, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai to encourage and inspire his young readers. Through these speeches, he shares many valuable lessons in humility, resilience, and determination and leads children to think, grow and evolve.

A project very close to his heart, Dr Kalam’s last book for children is a road map for every child to pursue their dreams, to be the best they can, leading to the realisation of a better India like Dr.Kalam says, “All Birds find shelter during a rain, but the Eagle avoids rain by flying above the Clouds.” 

Reviewed by Donna Reen


I had a new perspective after reading this gem of a book by Dr. Kalam. His views and thoughts on india and its future are practical and doable.I wish all youth and adults read this book to start doing their bits towards realising Dr. Kalam vision.