“Good people bring out the good in people”, and he was one of them


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Time doesn’t wait for anyone and it is impossible to decipher what the next moment will bring you. Did anyone prophecy about losing such a gem of a person, a true marvel? No one. Even he would not have known what the time has in store for him.

Today, my heart weeps to hear of the sad demise of the eminent scientist and the former President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. We not just lose an intellectual, but an extraordinary human being who was and will always remain a jewel to the nation. It is true that there cannot be another one like Dr. Kalam. He has been an immense source of knowledge and inspiration to all the generations so far and the generations to come.

I remember reading my first book written by him, Wings of Fire, back in college and it had instilled a sense of confidence in me. It had motivated me like none other books.  It was then when I started admiring and following this legend. I am sure, he has touched millions of souls in his own way and today the pride of nation is no more between us, but his inspiration remains forever.

I have not read all the books written by the Nobel laureate, but I wish to read them now. I am sure there are many like me, who would love to read him and if not follow his footsteps, at least draw some inspiration and be the change–to bring the change.

May his soul rest in peace!

In his memory, I dedicate and commemorate few of my favourite quotes and a few books written by Dr. A.P.J. Kalam

Quotes by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam  

  • If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.
  • We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.
  • English is necessary as at present original works of science are in English. I believe that in two decades times original works of science will start coming out in our languages. Then we can move over like the Japanese.
  • Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.
  • You have to dream before your dreams can come true.
  • To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.
  • Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended.

Some of the Books by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in Chronological Order of Publishing:

  1. India 2020 (1998)
  2. Wings of Fire (1999)
  3. Ignited Minds (2002)
  4. The Luminous Sparks: A Biography in Verse and Colours (2004)
  5. Guiding Souls: Dialogues on the Purpose of Life (2005)
  6. Mission India: A Vision for Indian Youth (2005)
  7. The Life Tree, Poems (2005)
  8. Children Ask Kalam (2006)
  9. Evolution of Enlightened Societies (2006)
  10. Inspiring thoughts (2007)
  11. The Family and The Nation (2008)
  12. THE SCIENTIFIC INDIAN: A Twenty-First Century Guide to the World Around Us (2010)
  13. Sprit of India (2010)
  14. Target 3 Billion (2011)
  15. Turning Points (2012)
  16. My Journey: Transforming Dreams Into Actions (2013)
  17. Thoughts for Change: We Can Do it (2013)
  18. Beyond 2020: A Vision for Tomorrow’s India (2014)


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