The sudden demise of our beloved Ex-President Dr. Abdul Kalam shocked our entire Nation. People from all walks of life, from the common man to the person holding the highest office of our Nation, our current President, were all extremely saddened and shocked by the News on Monday evening (the 27th of July, 2015). Every home in India seemed to miss a family member because that was the way the great soul endeared each one of us by living an exemplary life...
The meteoric rise of Dr. Abdul Kalam, from a newspaper boy to the President of India, is an inspiration to each and every Indian, if not to the whole world...

Throughout these three days, we have been listening to and reading so many facts and interesting anecdotes of the great personality which I thought of sharing here in our Forum with you all...

Once when Dr. Kalam was about eight years or so, he was at home studying. His father had gone to the Mosque. His father’s friend came with a covered plate and asked the boy about his father. Then he gave him the plate and went away. The boy called his mother but she too was praying inside the house. So the little boy kept the plate on a table and carried on with his studies. His father came and asked who gave the plate. Then he beat the little boy and told him never to take anything from anyone, as gifts are always given with an ulterior motive of getting some favor done in return. So from that day, till his last breath, the boy never ever took anything from anyone as gifts. The latest anecdote about Dr. Kalam will prove this fact…

Recently, in August 2014, our dear Kalam went to attend a conference held by M/s. Sowbhagya Wet Grinders. They gave Dr. Kalam a wet grinder which he refused. But as he did require a grinder for his family, he took one for which he paid through a cheque. The manufacturers wanted to keep this cheque as a memento and hence did not deposit it. But after two months, word came from Dr. Kalam’s residence if they were going to deposit the cheque or should the grinder be returned…Such was the honesty of the great soul…

In 1964, when there was a great cyclone in Rameswaram and Dhanuskodi ,where Kalam’s parents and siblings were residing, he was studying in Madras. He wanted to go to his house but he did not have money. He was a lover of collecting and reading books. He had a book with him which was about Rs.400 and he had won it as a prize for being an outstanding student. But as he had no other option, he took it to Moore Market where they used to buy and sell second hand books, and asked a shopkeeper to buy it. The shopkeeper was surprised as this was a costly book which he had won as a prize. So he asked him the reason for selling it. When the young man said that he was in urgent need of money to go home to meet his homeless family, the shopkeeper asked how much he needed. He said that he wanted Rs.60. The shopkeeper gave him the money and told him that he would keep the book safe and he could take it back after returning the money when he came back. And Dr.Kalam did get back the book by paying the money he had got from the shopkeeper.

Like these there are many more inspiring anecdotes about the People’s President. He was beyond religion, caste, creed, race, language. He treated all as human beings and these man-made religion, caste etc did not bother him. He was born in a small town in a poor family in the southern tip of our great Nation. He was destined to rule us from the North as President of India. But no one can deny that he ruled our hearts before and after leaving us forever…He was an inspiring force to young and old, youth and kids, men and women. It is in our hands to make his dream vision of making our Nation powerful by 2020 and that indeed will be the greatest tribute we can pay to our beloved Dr. Abdul Kalam…

There are so many things to be learnt from our dear President. He practiced what he taught. He was simple, honest, friendly, and hard working, ambitious, perseverant, and above all humane. He was very humble and modest. Success or popularity, name or fame, never made him arrogant or proud. No one can be a down to earth person like him. As our Prime Minister Mr. Modi said, Bharath (India) has indeed lost her Ratna (gem). No other person befits the highest civilian award, Bharath Ratna (Gem of India) than our beloved Dr. Kalam. May the great soul rest in peace and may his inspiring words of wisdom keep leading us and our Nation in the years ahead…

Our Salutations to our beloved Guru and Teacher...Yes, Teacher, that is how he wanted to be remembered...On this Guru Poornima Day, a day when we pay our respects to all our gurus and teachers, let us salute the greatest teacher of India, Dr. Abdul Kalam, who taught us how to live through his own life, words,and deeds...

Long live Dr. APJ
Long live his memories...