A Tribute to Abdul Kalam

This morning I was shaken by a very sad news, former President of India, Dr. Abdul Kalam (84) is no more. It is indeed a very sad day for me and for millions across the world who were inspired by Dr. Kalam and his works. Not to mention Billions of Indians who would mourn on such loss. The Government of India has announced a seven day state mourning as a mark of respect to former president.

President Abdul KalamDr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

Dr. Kalam was a life long teacher, scientist and author. Born in 1931, Dr. Kalam served as the 11th President of India from 2002-2007. Dr. Kalam collapsed at the Indian Institute of Management-Shillong while delivering a lecture to the students of the B-school. Later on he was admitted to the nearest Hospital in a critical condition. Soon after he was pronounced dead.

I got to know about Dr. Kalam back in 1999 through a newspaper when his autobiography "Wings of Fire" was launched. Unfortunately, I never got to finish reading his book despite the fact that I have it in my collection. However, every now and then I did my fair share of online research on Dr. Kalam. Quite frankly, the more I read about him and his works the more I got fascinated. Surely, he was one of the finest sons that India has ever produced and his absence will definitely be felt.

Mr. Kalam was larger than life, his vision, dedication and works for his beloved country is one of the finest example of patriotism and unconditional love for his motherland.

My thoughts, respect and prayer would be with Dr. Kalam's family, friends and for India at large. May almighty God gives them the strength to recover from such loss. I want to finish my word with one of his quote that I still remember.

Dream is not what you see in sleep, it is the thing that doesn't let you sleep.

Rest in Peace, Mr. Kalam.


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