By Somali K Chakrabarti
On 27th July, 2015, India’s former president Dr Kalam passed away after he collapsed on the stage during a lecture at IIM , Shillong, Meghalaya.
Born in a humble background on 15th of October, in the year 1931, in Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, APJ Abdul Kalam joined Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) as a scientist after studying Aerospace engineering at Madras Institute of Technology. He came to be known as the ‘Missile Man of India‘, for his involvement in the development of ballistic missiles and served as the project director of India’s first Satellite Launch Vehicle at Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), and was appointed as the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of the DRDO.
Dr Kalam was elected 11th President of India in 2002 and served as the President till 2007. He received the Bharat Ratna for his contribution to the scientific research and modernization of defence technology in India
The man who ignited our minds, gave India the wings of fire and dared us to dream is no more with us. A role model for millions of Indians, he inspired us with his disarming simplicity, knowledge, and scientific and philosophical outlook.
Here are some quotes by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
On the need to dream
“Dream is not that which you see while sleeping it is something that does not let you sleep.”
‘Dream, Dream, Dream. Dreams transform into thoughts And thoughts result in action.’
On determination in the face of adversity
“All Birds find shelter during a rain, but Eagle avoids rain by flying above the Clouds.
Problems are common, but attitude makes the difference!!!”
“Adversity always presents opportunities for introspection.”
“Failure will never overtake me if my definition to succeed is strong enough.”
On knowledge, thoughts and creativity
“Learning gives creativity; Creativity leads to thinking
Thinking provides knowledge; Knowledge makes you great.”
“Once your mind stretches to a new level it never goes back to its original dimension”
“He who knows others is learned, but the wise one is the one who knows himself. Learning without wisdom is of no use.”
On life and death
If you want to leave your footprints On the sands of time Do not drag your feet.”
See the flower, how generously it distributes perfume and honey. When it’s work is done, it falls away quietly. Try to be like the flower, unassuming despite all it’s qualities.”
Like the unassuming flower, he inspired people till his last breath. RIP Dr Kalam.
Including here a Hindi poem in memory of the People’s President, shared in the post comments.
Shared by Mr Pranab Chakraborti