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author • scientist


author • scientist


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author • scientist


Starting my life from an old city mohalla in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, where I was born in 1955, I would have remained inconsequential and unknown to others, as well as blind to my potential, had I not met Dr APJ Abdul Kalam in 1982. I joined the Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) as a scientist, a euphemism for an engineer in the Indian missile laboratory.

My first break came when Dr Kalam asked me if we could replace missile air bottles, made of 15 CDV6 steel, with Titanium alloy and assigned me this work. This took me to France in 1985, boarding an aircraft for the first time in my life, and making me realize that extraordinary people, as they are known to the world, are indeed those ordinary people who do extra work. Moreover, this extra work must come to you, not be chased by you. Life is all about give and take, in that order. There are no entitlements; only privileges, blessings and grace. We are changing every moment – quantum self – now a particle, now a wave living in a conscious universe; picking and discarding people with a purpose – to make this planet a better place to live in!

This website is all about the first person experiences of this ‘nobody’, who briefly became a ‘somebody’, but is back to being a ‘nobody’ again, as is the cycle of life. It is meant for all those who are willing to let their identities, masks and makeovers drop for a while and touch the ‘nobody’ inside them – waiting for attention, frustrated, and almost passive. I invite all ‘nobodies’ to connect to and whistle at this grand show of Divine Comedy which we call the world, with ‘minds without fear and heads held high’, as envisioned by Gurudev Tagore about India, but which nobody heard.

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The purpose of this effort is to heighten the perception of the way our lives move forward, to become conscious of those chance events occurring at just the right moment, bringing forth the right individuals, sending our lives into new trajectories and important directions. This would help us become more conscious of that Presence in our lives, the force that steers us towards the purpose of our lives.

Because we are not mere bodies, but souls; eternal, immortal and embodied with a purpose – very specific, very precise, part of an orchestra most melodious and extremely fine-tuned. This purpose can be linked to our own evolution as a human being, as well as being an instrument to help others on their path; but may be beyond our comprehension. To quote a stanza from The Great Invocation;

From the centre where the Will of God is known
Let purpose guide the little wills of men–
The purpose which the Masters know and serve
Let us then enjoy together a spiritual unfolding that is both, personally as well as universally enriching…

– Arun Tiwari





Simple Spirituality, Recalling Kabir

Written by Arun Tiwari
Published by Sakal Publications

Decoding the Pandemic

Written by Seyed Ehtesham Hasnain
Arun Tiwari

Published by Sakal Publications

Wings of Fire

Written by APJ Abdul Kalam & Arun Tiwari

Published by Universities Press

Transcendence: My Spiritual Experiences with Pramukh Swamiji

Written by APJ Abdul Kalam & Arun Tiwari

Published by HarperCollins

My Blog

Aspects of Wealth

Much before Adam Smith wrote The Wealth of Nations in 1976 and Karl Marx wrote Das Capital, Kautilya – also identified as Vishnugupta and Chanakya – wrote अर्थशास्त्र, Science of Wealth, in around 300 BCE. Ancient India was a land of plenty…

Children of the Earth and the Sky

A The Indian diaspora has excelled in the modern world. Indian-origin engineers are heading three top technology companies of the world – Microsoft, Google, and IBM – and many more. There is hardly any company or university where Indians are not present…

Welcome to the world!

I have been a frequent traveler and for many years, especially from 2000 onwards, there was hardly any week without travel. My association with Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was a powerful facilitator and during his Presidency (2002 – 2007), I had been to every…

The Writing on the Wall

I have been a frequent traveler and for many years, especially from 2000 onwards, there was hardly any week without travel. My association with Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was a powerful facilitator and during his Presidency (2002 – 2007), I had been to every…

Is Life a Fixed Match?

Time and again I found books reaching me when I needed them the most. Be it The Fountain Head by Ayn Rand in 1974, which lifted me from an average engineering student to a meritorious one, or Gestalt Therapy by Fritz Perls in 1985 that helped me get rid of my migraine, or Memories, Dreams, Reflections by Carl Jung in 1996 that provided me the model for writing Wings of Fire with Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam…

Nurturer of the Nature

Asafoetida, called Heeng in Hindi, is the dried gum secreted by tap root of several species of a carrot family plant called Ferula. These plants grow naturally in Karakum Desert spread over Eastern Iran, Turkmenistan, and mountains of Afghanistan…

Living for a Legacy

I consider meeting Dr. Sunkavalli Chinnababu as a gift that the new year 2023 brought me.
Not even 50 yet, Dr. Chinnababu is a rising star in cancer surgery and is considered among
the best in performing robotic-assisted surgeries in the country…

Sculptors of the soul

Life has its own way of cheering you up. As you grow older, age shows up on your energy levels, the futility of striving for good things stares at you, a feeling of resignation looms large, and then something surprising happens to cheer you up, as if a ‘gift’ has been delivered without any occasion…

Is the World Order Changing? Of course, it is!

Impermanence is the mark of existence, declared Buddha. Nothing remains forever. People born in different times live in a world that is different from what their ancestors were living in. The signs of this change can be felt during one human lifetime itself. The world where I am living in my sixties is not what it was in my childhood…

Feeding 10 billion people by 2050

There is an interesting piece of history, not about kings and empires, but about land and life itself. Much before human life started on planet Earth, all the land on the globe was a single, giant landmass called Pangaea. In the age of dinosaurs, about 180 million years ago..

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My Journal

April 18, 2005

Sampooran Singh Kalra, popularly known as Gulzar (b. 1934), met President Kalam to present the audio version of our book, ‘Wings of Fire’, that he had translated and narrated in Hindustani, with the title, ‘Parwaz’. When asked…

March 7, 2007

President George Bush came to India. Dr. Soma Raju and I were invited by President Kalam to the ceremonial reception, held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The horse-mounted Presidential bodyguards, in their royal regalia…

January 26, 2004

Meeting President Lula De Silva of Brazil was a great personal experience. He was invited as
the Chief Guest of India on the occasion of the Republic Day 2004 and President APJ Abdul
Kalam had hosted a dinner for him at the Rashtrapati Bhavan…

November 30, 2018

I visited the ‘father of the Zambian nation’ and ‘Gandhi of Africa,’ Dr. Kenneth Kaunda (b. 1924), at his home outside Lusaka. Born to a missionary teacher, Reverend David Kaunda…

February 01, 2006

I met Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (b. 1952; I share my birthday with him), the third and current Prime Minister of Singapore since 2004, in Singapore. Lee is the eldest son of Singapore’s founding father and the first Prime Minister…

November 23, 2017

Life unfolds itself through you. There is no rationale behind how I met diamond baron Govindbhai Dholakia, Chairman, Shree Ramkrishna Export (SRK), of Surat. It was 2012, and my friend Mani Iyer, who was trying to start a technology incubation fund…

July 23, 2016

I met the veteran African leader and former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo (b. 1937), at the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) Annual General Meeting of of shareholders in Seychelles. Mahesh Patel ji…

November 21, 2006

Chinese President Hu Jintao (b. 1942) visited India and President Kalam invited me to meet him. His calm and poise was compelling. He looked at me like a sage and heard with interest the interpreter conveying my praise…

February 04, 2006

The President of the Philippines hosted a banquet in honour of President Kalam, in the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace. The word ‘Malacanang’ in Tagalog, a Filipino language, means , ‘there is a noble man there’…

July 24, 2016

I met the American economist, Joseph Stiglitz (b. 1943), in Seychelles. Winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, Joseph Stiglitz declared that that capitalism and globalization had failed to sustain standards of…