2 August 2015: Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam needs no introduction. He may have left this world, but he is still present in our hearts. He has been an inspiration to every individual who wants to achieve success in their lives. His journey, being a fisherman’s son to becoming the Missile Man of India is heart-warming and motivational. He is more commonly known as the “People’s President.” His words of wisdom are well known, “Don’t declare a holiday on my death, instead work an extra day if you love me” he said. As a result, one week of National Mourning is declared all over India instead of declaring a holiday. A picture of him is flooding all over social media quoting “He died doing what he loved the most, while giving a lecture” is undoubtedly true. Dr. Kalam loved teaching, education and science ofcourse. He taught the children and youth of our country that science is equally important than sports and acting. He was the first person after Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru to inspire large number of people. He has been an inspiration for me since I was a little kid. His presence is felt even looking at his pictures or reading his books.
Everything in this world is possible, but when the unexpected thing happens, our belief shatters. This is what happened when Dr. Kalam left us. On his last farwell in New Delhi and Rameswaram, people from all over India and the world, in number of lakhs gathered around to bid a great man and their mentor a goodbye. Rameswaram, being the hometown of Dr. Kalam declared “Bandh” as a tribute to him.
I had a lifelong dream to meet APJ Abdul Kalam but I guess it will remain a dream only.
By : Vasudha Parashar