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Abdul Kalam – The Epitome of Vision

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Author, Professor, Scientist, Ex-President of India

Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, Bharat Ratna awardee

King Charles II Medal, International von Kármán Wings Award, Hoover Medal, Von Braun Award recipient

Honorary doctorates from 40 universities across the globe.

Add to the list Veer Sawarkar Award, Ramanujam Award, Distinguished Fellow of Institute of Directors, IEEE Honorary Membership.

If one were to replace the above text with a single word, one would say Dr A P J Abdul Kalam.

Image courtesy of youthconnect.in

Image: courtesy of youthconnect.in

No words suffice to explain the devastation his sudden demise has brought upon us. While we all mourn his loss, here are a few quotes of him that would be our guiding beacon for years to come:

  • If you want to shine like a sun. First burn like a sun.
  • All of us do not have equal talent. But , all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.
  • Those who cannot work with their hearts achieve but a hollow, half-hearted success that breeds bitterness all around.
  • Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.
  • For great men, religion is a way of making friends; small people make religion a fighting tool. 
  • Life is a difficult game. You can win it only by retaining your birthright to be a person. 
  • I’m not a handsome guy, but I can give my hand to someone who needs help. Beauty is in the heart, not in the face.
  • Dream, Dream, Dream. Dream transforms into thoughts. And thoughts result in action. 
  • To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.

We can only continue the journey from where he left us and move towards the India that he dreamt of. That, and only that, would be a real tribute to the relentless Missile Man who did what he loved till his last moment.

Meghana