From Hardship to Missile Man of India: A.P.J Abdul Kalam

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A.P.J Abdul Kalam was the man of vision, who was always full of ideas to aim for the betterment and development of the country.  He has truly defined the quote: “Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success”.

A.P.J Abdul Kalam, the 11th President of India who was rather known as the People’s President. Kalam was a renowned scientist and engineer who have played a leading role in the development of India’s missile and nuclear weapons and also served as the President of India from 2002 to 2007.

Childhood and Early life

APJ (Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen) Abdul Kalam was born on 15 October 1931 into a Tamil Muslim family in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu.  He comes from a financially poor background where he used to distribute newspapers after the school hours to support his family’s income.

Abdul Kalam was brought up in an average family where he had to take up a job while he was in the school itself to distribute newspapers after the school hours so that he could contribute in his father’s income in order to provide the bread and butter of his family.

Personal Life

The President of India was a lifelong bachelor; he didn’t marry in his whole life and have a determination to serve the country. He was a very simple person who lived in a simple and sober lifestyle.

He was loved and respected by the people so much that he was therefore called as the People’s President.

When star raise his charisma (as a scientist)

A.P.J Abdul Kalam later went to the Madras Institute of Technology to earn a degree in aerospace engineering. Although he has a dream to become a fighter pilot, but unfortunately he couldn’t qualify for the Indian Air Force. Therefore, he started working as a scientist at the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), observing his performance; he was later transferred to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

His dedication God’s perk (India‘s president)

Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam stood for the post of India’s President in the year 2002 and faced no difficulty winning the election. The main reason for winning the election was both the opposition party was in favor of the Kalam and thus, sworn in as the 11th president of the Republic of India on 25 July 2002. Dr. Kalam was the first scientist and bachelor to sit in Rashtrapati Bhawan. He was one of those respected and loved president by the people of the country.

His last Road Dream

While delivering a lecture at IIM Shillong on 27th July 2015, Dr. Kalam was unaware of the fact that would be his last lecture of his life and he would leave the people of India in great loss as he suffered a massive heart attack and was shifted to Bethany Hospital where he took his last breath and died of cardiac arrest.

Books are written by Missile Man of India

A.P.J Abdul Kalam was also one of well thought of an author who has penned a book which includes:

  • India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium (co-authored with Yagnaswami Sundara Rajan,)
  • Inspiring Thoughts
  • Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power Within India
  • The Luminous Sparks
  • Wings of Fire: An Autobiography
  • You Are Born To Blossom: Take My Journey Beyond
  • A Manifesto for Change: A Sequel to India 2020 (co-authored with V. Ponraj)
  • Transcendence: My Spiritual Experiences with Pramukh Swamiji (co-authored with Arun Tiwari,)
  • Turning Points: A journey Through Challenges


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