by a Thinker, Sailor, Blogger, Irreverent Guy from Madras

A Doodle for APJ Abdul Kalam

Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdin Abdul Kalam, the 11th President of India collapsed and died, while addressing the students at IIM Shillong, Meghalaya on 27 July 2015.  An innovating Scientist, one of his technology spinoffs Kalam-Raju Stent collapsed foreign coronary-stent market in India.  Before he became the “People’s President”, Abdul Kalam was known as India’s ‘Missile Man’. 

From a boy who sold newspapers to help out his family, to the Project Director of the first indigenous satellite launch – Rohini by Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-3), to develop a quiver of missiles including Prithvi and Agni – the China Killer, and a large hand in Pokhran II, when the Buddha Smiled for the 2nd time – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam did a yeoman service to the nation.

He was an extraordinary man - a Muslim steeped in Hindu culture, a scientist who could play the rudra-veena, a practising Muslim who performed namaz and yet listened to Carnatic devotional music.

There are at least 30 books written by APJ Abdul Kalam that I know.  The most famous of them are the Wings of Fire and India 2020.  Goodreads has a fine list and review of them here.

Google may or may not release a Doodle for his Birth Centenary.  Even if they do, it is another 17 years away.  So here is a Moodle instead of a Google Doodle in homage to APJ Abdul Kalam (1931-2015).



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