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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

You do not die...

Dear Dr. Kalam,

I write this today, and I believe that wherever You are now, my words can reach you. I write this because I am not able to hold it. And I know those millions of children like me whose life you touched unknowingly, even without any physical or in some cases digital glimpse, would want to write to you something similar.

I just finished reading what your close aide  Mr. Srijan Pal Singh, who accompanied you in your travel wrote about you, remembering you, your worries about the nation and humanity at large. Well I never got a chance to know you by your revered presence. For me your presence lay in those books you wrote, the books I loved to read, and gifted many of them to my father on his birthdays. Because he is the one who had introduced you to me and my world. He would tell me about your struggles as a child, and how you went on to overcome them to become what you did.

And I still read them Sir, every time I fail, every time I am dejected. All those words of yours, about life , God and incessant effort are very much alive Sir. And you know why they can't ever die? Because you infused immortal life in them, by being what you said, by being that living example of incessant effort.

 "Failure can never overtake me, if my definition to succeed is strong enough", you once said. And when eventually they came- failures, you accepted them with all your humility, smiling through them and telling them, "you came because life wanted to stretch me to my fullest potential, of which I myself was not aware." You embraced them, took responsibility for them, and told them that they might have been big failures, but the human in you was bigger. And despite all this, the simplicity and humility you reflected made you even bigger.

Its said that love transcends all dimensions of space and time. Your love for students and our love for you, as a mentor and above it as that big yet humble human being you were, will transcend these ephemeral boundaries of life and death one day. 

I remember you once came to my college, and the hall was so full I couldn't get a glimpse of you. I came back thinking that someday I will. Yes.
The universe curves, time bends.
We'll meet there someday sir.
That day, I'll look in your eye, and tell you how much you have meant to me, and to millions of those like me, who never met you in this three dimensional world.

But before that there is work to be finished. There are dreams to be fulfilled. And as I do that, your inspiration lives on Sir.
It does not die. And it does not let me die either, no matter what. You do not die Sir.


  1. Great tribute for a great man indeed.

  2. Awesome GAjal .....

    I too have a agony , I could not meet him.
    I thought that I would meet him after clearing CSE.
    I was preparing for prelims in delhi. The news of his journey to infinity shocked me. I feel hitherto , something is missing from my life.

    My father and Kalam ......

    Nothing can compensate the feelings of their absence in my life.But The Alchemist transformed
    this absence to presence.

    1. Sometimes the people we miss in our lives are the ones who always stay closest to us. Make them the greatest inspiration, and agony will become peace.

  3. The universe curves, time bends. Exceptional Thoughts Gazhal.

  4. Thanks for representing us. Even I could not meet him in his life time and hope that I make myself capabvle enough to walk on the path he showed to us.
    Your words must have reached him. Carry on his good deeds and I am sure people like you will be an inspiration for this country and the world. God bless you

  5. I am feeling that even an extremely long journey of life certainly ends at some point. The point to be noted is the path travelled before the journey actually ends. On these points, Dr. Abdul Kalam is ‘light years’ ahead than several great Indians and therefore he will always be alive even after his death. Salute to Dr. Kalam for teaching thousands of learners across the globe to see dreams and get courage to achieve that. India lost a person for which a single title [e.g. scientist, teacher, educationist, philosopher, social activist.....etc.] cannot be given. May India get many traveller on the path shown by kalam sir to serve our country.