Top 5 Autobiographies Of All Time

| Updated: June 13, 2022 12:23 pm

By Vashistha Pandya

  1. Wings of Fire By APJ Abdul Kalam and Arun Tiwari

Wings of Fire is an autobiography of the Missile Man of India. In the autobiography, Abdul Kalam talks about his hardships, fortitude, luck, and the chance that eventually led him to the Indian Space Research, as well as nuclear and missile programs.

The book starts at Kalam’s childhood home, where he introduces his family while giving the readers a glimpse of his birthplace, Rameswaram. Kalam’s real journey began after graduating from Aerospace Engineering at Madras Institute of Technology, at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited assigned to build a hovercraft prototype. This book was published in English and 13 other languages. 

  • Ace Against Odds By Sania Mirza And Shivani Gupta  

Ace Against Odds is a 2016 autobiography of Indian tennis player Sania Mirza. The book chronicles her journey from an early age to becoming an Indian tennis player who has achieved international success.

The book also contains memorable encounters on and off the court, as well as talks about people and relationships in Sania’s life. Shah Rukh Khan unveiled this book in Hyderabad.

  • Courage and Conviction By Shiv Kunal Verma and Vijay Kumar Singh

The autobiography of Indian General Vijay Kumar Singh, Courage and Conviction, is written with Shiv Kumar Verma. The book talks about Singh’s struggle with the government over his age-row and the corruption prevalent in high places.

He speaks about his experiences as he participated in 71 wars. The book also speaks about his childhood and his retirement as chief of army staff.

  • Playing It My Way By Sachin Tendulkar and Boria Majumdar

Playing It My Way, an autobiography of Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, summaries his 24 years of cricket career. This book was registered in the Limca Book of Records for being the best-selling book in both, fiction and nonfiction segments. The book was launched on November 5, 2014, in Mumbai.

  • The Accidental Prime Minister By Sanjay Baru

 The Accidental Prime Minister is an autobiography of Man Mohan Singh that was published in the year 2014. The book alleges that Singh was not entirely in control of his cabinet or even the PMO office. The story suggests that significant power was welded over him by Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi.

While Sonia Gandhi and Man Mohan Singh were discussing that “There cannot be two centers of power”, Baru remembers Singh explaining to him, “That creates confusion. I have to accept that the party president is the center of power.” After Congress lost the election and BJP came to power, the party promised that they won’t give an ‘accidental prime minister’ to this country. 

Vashistha Pandya, Class 9th, Nirman High School

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