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Tuesday, July 28, 2015


An unexpected call from a friend at my dinner  table last night  (27.7.15)  put me in quandary.  I was shocked  and could not be able to digest the sad news.  When I turned  the TV on,  the news channels confirmed the death of  Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the  darling child of Mother India.

He is  a grandfatherly figure to me.  Though not a  public figure but  came to limelight when he was awarded Bharat Ratna.   People know him as Missile Man and a scientist of par-excellence.    

His thrust on students to dream big helped to strike a chord  and his views  were always respected by all  cutting across party affiliations.

I am having his five books but  that one book written by his Secretary Mr. P.M. Nair titled  The Kalam effect in 2008 is a gem.  The book offers an inside look of  Dr Kalam's towering personality.  

Reading of  Dr Kalam from the prism of Mr. Nair's eyes is very  gripping and enticing.   After  reading the book, I became his instant fan and never missed an opportunity of reading his other books/ articles.  In fact, in 2011, I had already written on him.

If you see the life of Dr. Kalam, one fact is apparent.  He was a great dreamer.  His meteoric rise   from a son of a boat man to scientist and then to President of India is toiled with his hard labour and perseverance.    Common folks in India say to one another : Dream like a Kalam.

I was puzzled how to respond when a Facebook friend  posted Dr. Kalam’s photo today morning  showing his  collapsed  condition at IIM  Shillong venue.  The Facebook  has  like ,comments  and share buttons.  But I felt  that all buttons were inappropriate to respond to the occasion.  Even I got a flash of insight to suggest the Facebook Founder  to add buttons like  sad   feel bad.

Kalam’s life depicts  a heroic personality. The teacher in him always finds an opportunity to educate students and masses.   If you ask me what ignited  a lot, it is a chapter on books from  his book My Journey where he mentioned his three favourite books:

            1. Light from Many Lamps – edited by Lillian Eichler Watson (Read my book review here)
            2. Tirukural by Thiruvalluvar (2000 year old 1330 rhyming tamil couplets)
            3. Man, the Unknown by Alexis Carrel 
(Read my book review  here)

Dedicating that book to 16 million youth whom he had met and interacted during the last two decades reflects his patriotic fervour  and selfless service.  

He was a fountain of energy and age never dipped his enthusiasm.   His punishing schedules even at ripe age put the youngsters awestruck.  The single agenda that always  drove  him was  to see his India as a developed nation by 2020.

Though I have not interacted with him directly, but I was terribly inspired by his words both verbal and written. I read his five books and another three are on my desk to read.

If there is one man in the contemporary world who invested so much of his energies on students, no doubt it is Kalam.  Knowing that he is no more,  is hard to digest.  He would have lived for some more years to see India as a developed nation as he dreamed in his book Vision 2020.   But he felt that he has completed his earthly Mission !  

May his soul rest in peace !

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