Fondly known as the people’s president, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam led such an inspirational life, that if you take out a leaf from his chapters, success is bound to come. A man with immense optimism and firm determination, he gave millions a hope to strive towards perfection, beating all the odds and dreaming big. Dr. Kalam was an exceptional orator and addressed the youth of the country on various occasions to help them excel in their chosen field.

He always had an impressive demeanor, it is known that whenever he used to attend social gatherings to address people, he would receive loudest cheers from his fan following which comprised of the young and old alike; be it at the Commonwealth Games in India in the year 2010 or Jaipur Literary Festival in the year 2015.

Hailing from a non-political background, Dr. Kalam became the 11th head of the state and occupied the post of the President of India from 2002-2007. A man who came into power through an all party consensus, Dr. Kalam never allowed politics get the best of him and therefore during his tenure, he achieved widespread popularity.

An aeronautics engineer from Madras Institute of Technology, Dr. Kalam earned the name of the Missile Man of India for being the brain behind India’s Missile Programme and as the Chief Scientific Adviser to the then Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He was also instrumental in the Pokhran nuclear test in the year 1988

Dr. Kalam was a man of firm determination and indomitable spirit. In his inspirational speech that he delivered at the Jaipur Literary Festival, he said, “ It’s you who has to believe that ‘I will become captain of problems, defeat them and succeed, and you will become unique.’”

The former president also shared his experience on how he always wanted to fly and tried to be a pilot, but there were only nine seats and he was at the tenth place, and therefore could not clear the physical exam. He said, “Sometime you don’t get what you want.” In 2005, he expressed about his unfulfilled dream of becoming a pilot to the chief of air staff and finally went through the training and with that he was able to fly for 30 minutes in April 2007. The message he wanted to give out to people was, “If you dream and aim in life, gain and acquire knowledge and do hard work, defeating the problem, then you will succeed”

The man who was an exceptionally talented personality himself always stayed true to his roots and when one of his students asked him, “What will you like to be remembered for? President, Scientist, Writer, Missile man, India 2020, Target 3 billion…. What?” I thought I had made the question easier by giving options, but he sprang on me a surprise. “Teacher”, he said.

We at EduKart, bid adieu to the noble soul and the real Bharat Ratna. May his words, keep on inspiring us and help us become successful human beings in life. Let us revitalize ourselves with his power packed words and excel in our fields to make him proud.