Dr APJ Abdul Kalam has always been known for his knowledge and kindness. Here are some real-life incidents that show how inspiring the man has always been:
APJ Abdul Kalam rejected the idea to put broken glass on the compound of a building that needed protection
This incident occurred when Dr Kalam was working with the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO). In one of the meetings, the core team of DRDO was discussing alternatives to secure the perimeter of a building that needed protection. As one of them suggested to put broken glass on the compound to protect the building, Dr Kalam rejected the idea straight away saying, “If we do that, birds will not be able to perch on the wall.”
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He not only obliged to meet kids at Rashtrapathi Bhavan but he also gave a patient listening to their ideas
Kalam loved spending time with and sharing thoughts with the youth of the nation. We have seen many instances where Dr Kalam has shared his valuable thoughts and changed the lives of thousands of students. But this amazing orator was a good listener too. The kids and youngsters who would request to meet Dr Kalam would be invited to Rashtrapati Bhavan where he would meet them and listen to their ideas. Dr Kalam would also often contact the youngsters and ask them about the progress of their ideas. Too much for a President to do? That’s the exact reason why he was much loved by everyone.
When Dr Kalam surprised his fans happy with a personalized “Thank You” cards.
A young kid of Class 6 made a sketch of Dr Kalam’s book ‘Wings of Fire’ and roamed around the house with the sketch. The family members were stunned looking at the sketch and asked the kid to mail it to the President. The kid, who was hesitant initially, gave in to the demands of his family and mailed the sketch to the President. A surprise awaited the kid two days later when he received a letter from the President himself.
The kid opened the prized letter with a lot of excitement and utmost care. The kid took out a small note from the envelope which read, “Dear Naman Narain, Thank you for your nice drawing. With best regards from, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.”
Until today, Naman Narain has kept the card safe as he feels this is one of the most prized possessions of his.
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Kalam was supposed to attend an event as Chief Guest, he surprised the students by visiting them the night before.
Before Dr Kalam was appointed the 11th President of India, he held a significant post at DRDO and was one of the key advisors to the government. Curious to know how kids were preparing for the big event, Kalam decided to visit the venue and spend some quality time with the students. Dr Kalam who visited the venue in a jeep talked to the students who were present at the venue. Before leaving he made sure their work was noticed by saying, “I wanted to meet the real hard workers.”
Kalam refused to sit on a chair that was designated for him – as the chair was larger in size than other chairs.
At a convocation event of IIT Varanasi, Dr Kalam was invited as the Chief Guest of the program. The stage was decorated with 5 chairs, the centre one being for Dr Kalam, and the rest for the officials of the university. When Dr Kalam noticed that his chair was bigger in size than that of others, he plainly refused to occupy the chair and offered the Vice Chancellor the chair instead. The VC obviously could not sit on the chair.
The chair was changed immediately and a chair just like the one to be occupied by the officials was made available for the Honorable former President of India.
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When he invited people from the lower class as esteemed ‘Presidential Guests’ to Kerala’s Raj Bhavan during his first visit to the state.
Yes, he invited people from the lower class of the society as the ‘Presidential Guests’ during his first visit to the state after he became the President of India. He invited a roadside cobbler and owner of a small hotel as the esteemed guests to Raj Bhavan during his maiden visit to Trivandrum. Dr Kalam during his stint as a scientist had spent considerable time in Trivandrum and he used to visit a certain cobbler to get his unique hairstyle set and visit a certain restaurant to have meals.
Which other politician or celebrity have you seen remembering the people like a cobbler or owner of a small restaurant as their prestigious guests? That’s the reason why every Indian loved this human being more than anyone else.
Kalam once asked an Indian student to have food from his plate.
During the International Space Development Conference (ISDC) in California in 2013, the students who attended the conference went up to the dining table where Dr Kalam was having food to talk to him.
As soon as one of the students reached out to him, Dr Kalam extended his plate and asked the student to have food from his plate and the surprised but happy student took out a leaf of spinach from Dr Kalam’s plate.
“Till this day I take it to be a leaf of inspiration from him and the best dinner I could ever imagine,” says the student.
"If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun"
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