Kalam was born in 1931, the son of a little-educated boat owner in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. His father was also the imam of the small mosque in Rameswaram. He had an unparalleled career as a defence scientist, culminating the highest civilian award of India, Bharat Ratna. As a chief of the country's defence research and development programmer, Kalam demonstrated a great potential for dynamics and innovations that existed in seemingly moribund research establishment. This is the story of Kalam's own rise from obscurity and his personal and professional struggles, as well as the story of AGNI, TRISHUL and NAG missiles that have become household names in India and that have raised the nation to the level of a missile power of international reckoning. Since independence, India has sought in various ways, to self-realization, and to adulation and success.
The book begins with the childhood of Kalam's life. In the beginning, he introduces us to his family and tries to familiarize us with his birthplace Rameswaram. In the childhood, he was a great admirer of his father, Jainulabdeen. He was a man of great wisdom and kindness, and Pakshi Lakshmana Sastry, a close friend of his father and the head priest of the Rameswaram Temple. He had an ideal helpmate in his mother, Ashiamma. He was also influenced by his close friend, Ahmed Jallaluddin; he was about 15 years older than Kalam. With his friend, he talked about spiritual matters. This shows that he believed in spirituality and also believed in God or Khudah. He always went to Lord Shiva's temple with his friends. The latter part of the opening chapters, he introduces his cousin Samsuddin, his school teachers and all the people who were felt any difference amongst them. Here he expresses one event, which happened in his school days,
"Rameswaram Sastry, a new teacher of his school he could not stomach a Hindu Priest's son sitting with a Muslim boy. In accordance with our social ranking as the new teacher saw it, I was asked to go and sit on the back bench. I felt very sad, and so did my parents about the incident. Lakshmana Sastry summoned the teacher, and in our presence, told the teacher that he should not spread the poison of social inequality and communal intolerance in the minds of innocent children".
He completed his school education in the Rameswaram Elementary School and Schwartz High School, Rameswaram. In 1950, he joined St. Joseph's College Trichi, to study for the B. Sc degree course when he realized that physics was not his subject. Then, at last, he applied in Madras Institute of Technology, [MIT]. He or his family could not afford to spend that much of money for the course at MIT. Zohara, his sister stood with him. When he had in a specific branch of aeronautical engineering, the goal was very clear in his mind at that time. And he tried to communicate with different kinds of people. At MIT, their teachers shaped his thoughts, Prof. Sponder, Prof. Kal Pandalai and Prof. Narasingalu Rao. Each of them had carried distinct personalities. Last year MIT was a year of transition and had a great impact on his later life. From MIT, he went out to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, [HAL], at Bangalore as a trainer. There he worked on engine overhauling as part of a team. He had trained in radial engine-cum- drum operations.
After the completion of engineering, he had applied for the Air Force and Directorate of Technical Development and Production –DTP and PC (Air) of the Ministry of Defence. But he was not selected in Air Force because he failed to pass the physical fitness standards. Later, he was appointed in DTP and PC (Air) as senior scientific Assistant on basic salary only of Rs. 250 per month, in 1950. He had to create opportunities on his own. At the stage, he covered 32 eventful years of his life when he was just on the threshold of his career after graduation.
Clay and his friends have grown up under a mountain, secretly raised by the Talons of Peace to fulfill a mysterious prophecy. The five young dragons are destined to end the war that's been raging between the tribes of Pyrrhia — but how they'll do this, none of them knows.
The white town of Oia.
Oia is the northernmost and perhaps the most romantic town on the island of Santorini. The white town literally hangs over the caldera. At every turn you can see old mills, narrow streets, terraced houses, stairs and cul-de-sacs, domes, arches and small hotels. In 1956, the town was partially destroyed by the earthquake, but it was quickly restored. Many hotels in Oia have no more than 5-6 rooms.
It is believed that Oia has the best and the most expensive restaurants, shops, as well as the most impressive view of the sunset. Thousands of people come to watch it every evening. The world`s most beautiful and romantic sunsets, which seem to exist only in Oia, are the most important thing here apart from the volcanoes glowing in the bay. You can watch the famous sunsets of Oia only from the western part of the resort, which overlooks Amoudi Bay. The eastern part is also very picturesque: it offers a wonderful view of Armeni Bay, but there are no such sunsets as in the west.
Traffic is forbidden in Oia, so nothing will prevent you from enjoying a walk through the streets, the embankment, shops, cafes and restaurants. But there is one place in Oia, which you can reach either by car or coming down the steps (235 steps). This is the old fishing port of Amoudi. Amoudi will immediately seem to be suspiciously familiar to you, and it`s not surprising – you can see it in many films.
Building norms in Oia are observed in the strictest manner; therefore, even new houses are built according to the Cycladic architecture style: rounded forms, white, blue and ochre tones, narrow stoned streets, stairs leading to patios in front of houses carved into rocks.
Patriarchal beauty of Oia is not violated by modern technologies, because thanks to its patrons, power lines and telephone lines of the town are laid underground. And this is the only place on the island where water is desalinated using a special unit, also received by the town as a gift.
Today Oia is a popular tourist center with a well-developed infrastructure. This town seems to be created for long walks and is perfect for lovers of quiet rest, and the magnificent panoramic views of the island and its giant caldera will leave a lot of unforgettable impressions.