Book Review: ‘Rocketing Through the Skies’ by G. Madhavan Nair

Success story till the Moon!


Book Title: Rocketing Through the Skies: An Eventful Life at ISRO
Author: G. Madhavan Nair
Publisher: Rupa Publications India
Number of Pages: 360
ISBN: 978-9357024723
Date Published: Aug. 10, 2023
Price: INR 600

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Book Review

Chandrayaan-3 has made history by becoming the first mission to soft-land on the lunar south pole. This region has never been explored—the mission aimed to demonstrate safe and soft lunar landing, rover mobility, and in-situ scientific experiments. India now joins the United States, Russia, and China as one of the few countries to land on the Moon successfully. In this connection, reading ‘Rocketing through the Skies‘ by G. Madhavan Nair, published by Rupa Publications, is one of my surreal experiences this year.

Rocketing Through the Skies: An Eventful Life at ISRO” is a memoir by G. Madhavan Nair, the former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The book chronicles Nair’s life and career, from his childhood in a small village in Kerala to his leadership of ISRO’s many achievements, including launching the Chandrayaan-1 mission to the Moon.

Nair writes with honesty and candor, sharing his journey’s triumphs and challenges. He describes the early days of ISRO when the organization struggled to get off the ground. He also writes about the setbacks and failures that ISRO faced, but he never loses sight of the organization’s ultimate goal: to make India a spacefaring nation.

Studded with anecdotes from his crowded life at the Indian Space Research Organisation, this autobiography by G. Madhavan Nair presents rich insights, blending the personal with the historical, into the milestone moments in the history of space research in India, from the visionary days of Pandit Nehru, Homi J. Bhabha and Vikram Sarabhai to the present, with some memorable stories about the human side of Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

In the book “Rocketing Through the Skies,” author Nair provides a candid and honest account of his personal experiences and the challenges faced by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). However, amidst these challenges, Nair also highlights the numerous achievements of ISRO, showcasing the organization’s resilience and determination. One of the most striking aspects of Nair’s narrative is his unwavering passion for space exploration. He firmly believes that space is a frontier India should continue exploring, pushing the boundaries of scientific knowledge and technological advancements. This passion is evident throughout the book, inspiring readers to dream big and embrace the possibilities beyond our planet.

The book sheds light on the Chandrayaan-3 mission, which recently made headlines as India successfully landed a rover on the Moon’s surface. This achievement adds to the list of ISRO’s accomplishments and makes India the first to reach the lunar south polar region intact. The mission, which came at a relatively low cost compared to other space endeavors, demonstrates India’s commitment to space exploration despite financial constraints.

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The success of the Chandrayaan-3 mission has brought immense pride and joy to the nation, uniting millions of Indians in celebration. It symbolizes a moment of hope and unity, showcasing the power of scientific achievement to inspire and uplift a nation. Nair’s book captures this spirit, providing readers with a deeper understanding of the significance of India’s lunar landing and its impact on the country’s image.

Rocketing Through the Skies” is a must-read for anyone interested in the Indian space program or the history of rocketry. It offers a fascinating and inspiring journey into space exploration, showcasing the triumphs and challenges ISRO faces. Nair’s storytelling captivates readers, taking them on a thrilling adventure through the skies and beyond.

So, grab a copy of “Rocketing Through the Skies” and embark on a journey that will ignite your imagination and leave you in awe of the wonders of space exploration.

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