THE LAST FLIGHT

The year is coming to an end. A few hours more and then a New Year brimming with opportunities will be knocking on our doors .

While standing on the threshold of this soon-to-be-old year and the new-lovely-and-promising year, there are a lot of ideas coming to my mind to end this year’s last post with. And what better way can there be than posting an article in the name of one of the world’s greatest men ever; a visionary, teacher, scientist, philanthropist, ex-President of India; a benevolent leader who left this earth for good on 27th July’ 2015.

So here is an article for my idol, my mentor, my guide…DR A. P. J. ABDUL KALAM…from whom I learnt some of life’s greatest lessons.

“He, the Missile Man Of India, has taken off for good, leaving his followers(or worshippers like me) with a disbelief in mind and anguish in heart

Certainly this earth, this inconsequential earth, was not worthy of being home to a person so great. He deserved much better. He deserved paradise which, indeed, he is in right now.

His calm disposition, simple living, speech with words as if dipped in honey, saintly smile and of course his unparagoned hairstyle had left everyone mesmerised. I do not know any person who knows him or has read his works and has not been touched by him. Such magnetic was his charm. From him I learnt how to be grounded even after rising infinitely higher.

I first read about him in second standard in a book titled ‘A Boy and His Dreams’. I was taken in by how a son of a common but virtuous fisherman, who led a life  in penury, lived to become a scientist, technologist, innovator, President of India and above all a wellspring of inspiration. I learnt that it is one’s mental constraints and not the lack of opportunities that holds one back from achieving her goal. I further read books by and on him and since then have been his ardent adherent.

They say ” To be remembered, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” He did both.

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Dr Avul Pakir Jainullabadin Abdul Kalam was a learner. From being curious about the flight of birds to building his own missiles, he had been a learner. This was evident by the his sparkling eyes, visionary ideas, interaction with students, eye-opening speeches, his lending thoughts to others and much more. Such great was his thirst for knowledge  that he even breathed his last among students(He had collapsed on stage while delivering a speech in the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Shillong )

This trivial earth cannot produce his equal even in the hundreds of coming centuries.

Sir Kalam, I learnt from YOU to unleash the innate ‘Indomitable Spirit’ to bring about ‘Turning Points’ in our lives and advance ahead by using our ‘Ignited Minds’ by flapping our ‘Wings of Fire’.

I also learnt that some people should never be allowed to rest in peace.

I’ll end by quoting what Sarojini Naidu had said on the demise of Mahatma Gandhi-
” MAY THE SOUL OF MY MASTER, MY LEADER, MY FATHER REST NOT IN PEACE- NOT IN PEACE. MY FATHER DO NOT REST IN PEACE! KEEP US TO OUR PLEDGE. GIVE US STRENGTH TO FULFILL OUR PROMISES.”

DO NOT REST IN PEACE, SIR.

Happy New Year To All And Especially To You, Sir.