Book Summary of Turning Points: A Journey Through Challenges
It was like any other day on the Anna University campus in Chennai. I had delivered a lecture Vision to Mission and the session got extended from one hour to two. I had lunch with a group of research students and went back to class. As I was returning to my rooms in the evening the vice- chancellor, Prof. A. Kalanidhi, fell in step with me. Someone had been frantically trying to get in touch with me through the day, he said.
Indeed, the phone was ringing when I entered the room. When I answered, a voice at the other end said, The prime minister wants to talk with you ... Some months earlier, I had left my post as principal scientific adviser to the government of India, a Cabinet-level post, to return to teaching. Now, as I spoke to the PM, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, my life was set for an unexpected change.
Turning Points takes up the incredible Kalam story from where Wings of Fire left off. It brings together details from his career and presidency that are not generally known as he speaks out for the first time on certain points of controversy. It offers insight not only into an extraordinary personality but also a vision of how a country with a great heritage can become great in accomplishment, skills and abilities through effort, perseverance and confidence. It is a continuing saga, above all, of a journey, individual and collective, that will take India to 2020 and beyond as a developed nation.
About the Author A.P.J. Abdul Kalamwas the eleventh president of India, from 2002 to 2007. He is a recipient of the countrys highest civilian awards, including the Bharat Ratna, and has authored several best-selling books.
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Turning Points: A Journey Through Challenges
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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Didi makes Kalam’s book a best-seller
New Delhi, June 18 (TruthDive) : Whether Mamata Banerje’s Presidential candidate Dr AP J Kalam contests or not, her putting the long-haired ex- President back in the media spotlight has led to his forthcoming book print order being stepped up to 50,000 copies from 30,000 earlier.
Publishers Harper Collins had initially given a print order of 30,000 before Didi put up his name for Prez post. ‘Turning Points — A Journey Through Challenges’, said to tell about his days at Raisina Hill and his meetings with Sonia Gandhi and other leaders has generated a rush to book copies that even before the release, the book is termed a best-seller. This is a sequel to his earlier work, ‘Wings of Fire’, published by Universities Press.Released in 1999, it has crossed the one-million mark in English and vernacular languages.
Even before Didi evinced interest in him, Missile man’s book ‘Ignited Minds’, is referred by Penguin Books India as one of the “crown jewels” of their book list. It still continues to sell thousands, year after year.
In India, a book is termed as a best-seller by selling 10,000 copies in a short span. 40,000 in the UK and 70,000-80,000 in the US would only be termed best-sellers.
Penguin which has quite a few bestsellers in the non-fiction category lists out some of their hits. Published in 2000, the book written by Unique Identification Authority of India Chairman Nandan Nilekani’s ‘Imagining India’ sold around 60,000 copies since its release in 2009.
Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy’s ‘A Better India: A Better World’ has done a lifetime sales of 42,000. Penguin books recorded sale of 60,000 copies since its 2010 release of writer and former Procter & Gamble India CEO Gurcharan Das’ ‘The Difficulty of Being Good”.
Hachette India’s biggest success was sale of one lakh copies of ‘Steve Jobs’ by Walter Isaacson, launched on October 21, 2011. Priced at a price of Rs 899, the biography of Steve Jobs the Apple co-founder was released after his death.