Dr APJ Abdul Kalam (Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam) was born on 15 October 1931, at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, India. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen “A. P. J.” Abdul Kalam was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007.

A career scientist turned politician, Kalam was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, and studied physics and aerospace engineering. He specialized in Aeronautical Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology and became an eminent scientist.

Dr Kalam was awarded the Padma Bhushan (1981), the Padma Vibhushan (1990), and India’s highest civilian the Bharat Ratna in 1997. In 2002, Dr Kalam became the 11th President of India.

He was fondly called the people’s President for being the first President in the country to connect with the youth via the internet. Named as the ‘Missile Man’ of India for his contributions in the field, he redefined the Presidency during his tenure from 2002 to 2007.

 

APJ Abdul Kalam on His Childhood

 

During the II world war in 1941, it was a difficult time for our family at Rameswaram. I was a ten year old boy then. War had almost reached our doors of Rameswaram since the cloud of war had already reached Colombo. Almost everything was a rarity from food articles to anything. Ours was a large joint family. The size of our family was five sons and five daughters and three of whom had families.

I used to see in my house anytime three cradles. My grandmother and mother were almost managing this large contingent. The environment in the home alternated by happiness and sadness. I used to get up at four in the morning, take bath and went to my teacher Swamiyar for learning mathematics.

He will not accept students if they had not taken bath. He was a unique mathematics teacher and he used to take only five students for free tuition in a year. My mother used to get up before me, and gave bath to me and prepared me to go for the tuition. I use to comeback at 5:30 when my father would be waiting for taking me to the Namaz and Koran Sharif learning in Arabic school.

After that I used to go to Rameswaram Road Railway station, three kilometers away to collect newspaper. Madras Dhanushkodi Mail will pass through the station but will not stop, since it was war time. The newspaper bundle will be thrown from the running train to the platform.

 

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Oath for Students and Youth

 

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APJ Abdul Kalam’s Famous quotes from his speeches

 

Three step guide to achieve goals in life are: Finding an aim in life before you are twenty years old; Acquire knowledge continuously to reach this goal; Work hard and persevere so you can defeat all the problems and succeed.

 

I would like to ask you, what would you like to be remembered for? You have to evolve yourself and shape your life. Write your dreams down on a piece of paper. That page may be a very important page in the book of human history.

 

Books become permanent companions. Sometimes, they are born before us; they guide us during our life journey and continue for many generations.

 

I would like to ask you, what would you like to be remembered for? You have to evolve yourself and shape your life. Write your dreams down on a piece of paper. That page may be a very important page in the book of human history.

 

 

 

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