Saturday, October 15, 2005

Today is my Dream Hero Kalam's Birthday


Kalam, originally uploaded by Jeevan_.

I drew did Drawing of kalam.

Today is Dream Hero’s 74th Birthday.

There’s certain energy around Kalam, be it the speed of his thoughts, his scientific charisma or his convincing powers. Every morning, as one of India’s humblest, most intelligent and learned men walks in his garden, he dreams. He dreams of everyday things. He dreams of an incredible India. He knows the power of dreams.

I admire the President of India, Mr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam. President Kalam was born in a middle-class family in Rameswarm, India on October 15, 1931. During his childhood, he always wanted to study but there was no public library in his town. So he went to his brother’s friend’s house to borrow books from his library.
He inherited honesty and self-discipline from his father and faith in goodness and kindness from his mother. One day in his elementary school, a new teacher saw Kalam, a Muslim and his friend, a Hindu sitting together in the class. She asked Kalam to sit on the backbench because she didn’t want a Hindu boy sitting next to a Muslim boy. Later that day, the two boys told their parents what happened at school. The next day Kalam’s friend’s father asked the teacher not to judge students by their religion. The teacher apologized. That event taught Kalam that people from all religions should be treated fairly.

Even as a child, Kalam worked very hard. He worked with his cousin to bundle up the newspapers and then deliver those to people. After elementary school, he went to Schwartz High School in Ramanathapuram and St. Josephs College, Trichirappali. Then he joined Madras Institute of Technology to study aeronautical engineering. After completing his studies, he wanted to fly planes. So he interviewed for an Indian Air Force job. But he stood ninth in a batch of twenty-five when there were only eight openings. He was very disappointed. He went to Swami Sivananda and asked for his advice. Swami Sivananda said, accept your destiny and go ahead with your life. Forget this failure, as it was essential to lead you to your destined path. Search, instead, for the true purpose of your existence.

Immediately after that he got a job with Directorate of Technical Development and Production (DTD&P). Kalam thought about what Swamiji had advised. He really wanted to fly planes but instead settled to make planes at DTD&P. Later on Kalam went to America for higher studies. There he learned that Americans don’t waste time and instead solve their problems immediately. When he came back to India, he wanted Indians to solve their problems as well and not just bear them. He later on helped make the first Indian satellite - the Rohini. During the 80s’, Kalam helped make the first five missiles in India. These were named as Nag, Prithvi, Akash, Trishul and Agni. For all his hard work in science, he was awarded Padma Bhushan in 1981 and Bharat Ratna in 1997. President Kalam believes in dreaming, thinking and then acting to achieve his dreams. His advice to the youngsters is to “dream, convert dreams into thoughts and later into actions.” He now focuses on the children of India to awaken love for science in their minds.

I admire President Kalam for all the great things he has done and is still doing for my India. I dream of following his footsteps.

18 comments:

ada-paavi!!!! said...

i never knew it was KALAMS birthday,
i still remember the day he came to the Ramkrishnas students home for the 100 anniversary celebrations, i actually wanted to meet him, he is one person whom i have trememdous respect for,his humility its amazing. he is a marvelous human being, more than anything else.

jeevan all the best for ur dream of following his footsteps

Adaengappa !! said...

Thanks for the info,Jeevan.Its great to have Dr.Kalam as Prez of our country,yet prez has very few powers..

You can send this pic and a small wish note about Dr.Kalam to Rashtrapathi Bhavan,NewDelhi and you will get a gift/memorabilia in return from there..Cheers !!

Jeevan said...

Vatsan - How can I forget this day, I am Kalam’s fan. He is a gift for India; I like to talk with Kalam before I die. Thanks friend, everyone should dream in his footsteps.

Jeevan said...

Prabu – We should proud to have Kalam as President. I sent this post to Abdul Kalam through e-mail. Thanks friend.

Narayanan Venkitu said...

I am glad you wrote about Dr.Kalam and his Birthday. I didn't know about this.

I admire Dr.Kalam, like you. Such a simple personality. Rare gem.!

I hope all our politicians were like him. Or atleast try and live like him...which would be the GOLDEN AGE for India.

And a very nice piece of Art Jeevan. Please have your collections.! You can frame them and have an Exhibition in Chennai One day.!

Balaji S Rajan said...

Jeevan wonderful information. In this modern world where youth are so different I find you always giving useful information. No wonder you are a fan of Kalam. He should be the most qualified president in the World. I admire him too. Your drawing was good. Looks like water colour. I liked it. Continue drawing. Keep it up! Great..Young man. I am sure that you will meet our President in your life. He is a very simple man. As I know once he went to MIT,Chromepet and seeing the traffic jam he preferred to get down from his car and walk off. Very few VIP's prefer that.

Jeevan said...

Venkitu sir – You are right, all politicians should follow Kalam and try to live like him, I hope his dream will come true in 2020.

Thanks friend, I like to put my art in Exhibition, I hope it will come one day.

Jeevan said...

Balaji – Thanks dear friend.

I hope I will meet Kalam one day. He is very simple person, all should follow his footstep.

Arjuna_Speaks said...

Very good picture of Kalam :)

WA said...

Nice picture

Jeevan said...

Arjuna - Thanks friend.

Jeevan said...

Angel - thanks a lot.

Sumonk said...

Very wonderful piece of art and infromation Jeevan. You should keep doing the art work and then do an exhibition.
BTW, these words are simply superb
"Forget this failure, as it was essential to lead you to your destined path. Search, instead, for the true purpose of your existence."

Ramana Siddharth said...

hey jeevan thanks 4 informing us abt the president's b'day.he is a great man..one of those few ppl whom almost all indians universally love.

very nice drawing.

Jeevan said...

Suman - Thanks friend. There many great artist in the world, mine is very small. sure i will continue my art.

Jeevan said...

Siddharth - Kalam is a peace perons. Thanks dear friend.

awakeningcoma said...

you have a good talent in drawing try to groo it , btw kalaam drawing is good, try to concentrate more on ur drawing

Jeevan said...

awakening - Thanks friend. Sure i will concentrate in Drawing, i will put all my drawing on my blog coming days.