My Time with Late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

It’s a sad day for India. She lost a great soul to her history who dedicated his entire life to making India great. Former President of India Late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was one of the greatest Indians of our generation. Many students like me were inspired by Dr. Kalam’s vision of a great nation and values of hard work. I grew up reading pretty much every book written by this great teacher and followed very closely every speech and every article about him.

Just a few years back, I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Kalam here in Redmond, USA when he visited Microsoft and talked about his favorite topic India Vision 2020. I look back on the time spent with Dr Kalam as one of the most memorable days of my life. Here is a video clip of my short interaction with the revered teacher.

Even in his death, this great teacher has left the most valuable lesson for all his students – Keep doing what you love the most until your last breath. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam  collapsed with cardiac arrest while interacting with students at the Indian Institute of Management.

RIP Dr. Kalam.


2 thoughts on “My Time with Late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

    • Piotr – there were two aspects to Dr. Kalam’s answer. Indirectly through knowledge, soft power, economy of employment, etc. we definitely contribute to our birth country. However, when it comes to ‘focus’, his advise was not to waver in focus. Doing two things might not result in high quality impact for anyone. Dr. Kalam was known for his unwavering focus, hard work and commitment to goals and he advised from that perspective.


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