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Tuesday, July 28, 2015


It's a sad day for my country for we've lost one of the greatest icons of our times, a scientist, teacher and former President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam. This is my poetic tribute to the man who inspired millions of Indians. 


An old fisherman's boat
A boy of eight
He holds in his hand
The newspaper of the day!
He reads every line
By the candlelight
The boy of eight
Only wants to learn.
He grows into a man
Who wants to fly
But it's Destiny's choice,
That he become engineer.
Satellites, rockets
missiles, nuclear tests
stents, tablets
But even he hadn't imagined
That he'd become President!
A great scientist
A dispirited nation
A peddler of dreams
A country of believers.
Teaching, learning
Writing, travelling
Inventing, igniting
The President's coming!
Lectures, speeches
Awards, honours
Biographies, documentaries
Such a youth icon,
A P J Abdul Kalam!

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