The Indian Missile Man- An Excerpt from Never Give Up

Many of us have had the feeling of giving up in situations, where we first set out to achieve the target, no matter what came our way, but then experienced fear which made us take a step back. 

So here is an insightful excerpt from the book,” Never give up” which has a collection of stories and beautifully written poems, that explores the lives of a few other people who faced countless hardships and yet somehow found the courage to stand up against those struggles, pushing themselves to achieve their dreams and goals.

The following is an excerpt from the book,

The Indian Missile Man

“Dream, dream, dream!” These were the words of Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam, the undisputed father of India’s missile programme who wove a first world dream for a third world nation!

As a small boy, the fifth amongst seven siblings of a poor father, Kalam used to sell newspapers in a small village to earn his living. He was neither educated abroad nor was his family financially strong to support his academic pursuits. His neighbours remember him as an introvert interested in reading.

Dr Kalam as not exceptionally smart at school but was fascinated by religion and rockets. He was called for an interview by the Indian Air Force but was not selected. The first rocket he built crashed. A missile that he built crashed multiple times and he was made a butt of ridicule. But he never let himself be carried away by the waves of disappointment.

Dr Kalam was by no means a miracle man. His life and mission was a vindication of what a determined person can achieve against extraordinary odds.

As you read page after page of this inspiring book, you will find an echo of ‘Never give up’ stirring within your own heart.

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