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Book Review – “Reignite Scientific Pathways to a Brighter Future” by Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam


Dr. Abdul Kalam ReigniteToday’s kids are sure of what they want and what they don’t…don’t they? The current generation of kids seems to be a lot more uninhibited and daring than we were…and why shouldn’t they when there’s an explosion of information and a plethora of choices open to them? Growing up in India during the eighties and nineties, we didn’t have too many choices and were probably straight-jacketed into the limited avenues available to us when it came to choosing a career. Whereas today, it’s not just about the Science/Commerce/Humanities stream but numerous other fields that have emerged and are still emerging for youngsters to pursue and realize their full potential! So for today’s kids….sky is no longer the limit!

At the same time, in our effort to provide our kids with the best of everything, we may run the risk of our kids failing to realize that nothing comes easy! While today’s children seem to have everything at their feet and are literally spoilt for choices, it is our responsibility as parents to make them understand that there is really no short cut to success and that they have to take pains to make the proverbial gains. What better way to do this than to read or have them read a book by someone who braved all adversities to rise to heights – one of the greatest icons of India – former President Late Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam, whose life was a true inspiration.

It is no secret that the People’s President, as he was popularly known, was extremely fond of interacting with children and the youth and this book – “Reignite Scientific Pathways to a Brighter Future” – can be called as his parting gift to children! Co-written with Srijan Pal Singh, Dr. Kalam renders a unique “insider” perspective to various cutting edge fields in science and technology like robotics, aeronautics, neurosciences, pathology and material sciences to children, should they desire to pursue the same as careers. The book not only offers exhaustive information on diverse niche careers opening up in the field of science and technology, but also presents the information in an interesting format packed with anecdotes, conversations, experiments, exercises and even helpful tips and inputs from leading scientists in the field. Each section also ends with a note to parents so as to ensure we don’t end up being roadblocks should our kids choose a path that’s off the beaten track.

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Divya Purandar is a practising advocate, wife to an IT professional and mom to an eight year old brat. She began blogging at http://divya-onestoryaday.blogspot.in/ .while living in the US as she was fascinated by the world of children’s books. The blog gave her a platform to share her reading adventures while offering a brief review of the book in question. She has also reviewed children’s books for other parenting blogs and forums. What started out as a penning down of reading experiences with her little one has turned into a journey of self discovery and a sounding board for Divya’s parental musings.


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