The story ‘My Childhood’, is an extract from the novel ‘Wings of Fire’ written by A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. The book covers his early life and his work in Indian space research and missile development programs. His life is an illustration of the fact that one can achieve anything one desires, as long as one works hard for it.
This story revolves around the early life of Dr. Abdul Kalam. Dr. Kalam talks about his childhood days in this autobiographical account. In particular, he talks about some incidents that left an indelible impression on his young mind. He describes his family, his house, his childhood experiences and his childhood friends.
The story is an account of a young boy who tries to achieve his dreams by beating all odds. He belonged to an orthodox society where most people were not open to secularism. In spite of that, he remained true to his friends, of course with the help of a supportive family. The story emphasizes the importance of family, relatives and friends in helping achieve each other’s goals and turning dreams to reality. In the story, we also come across a few open minded people, like Dr. Kalam’s father, his teacher Sivasubramania Iyer, and the head priest Lakshmana Sastry. These people have played a crucial role in Kalam’s life by keeping away the barriers of religion, caste and creed. All of these factors contributed profoundly in the making of Dr. Kalam, who may not be with us physically anymore, but he continues to inspire us all the same with the legacy that he has left behind.
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