New Delhi, July 28: Indeed it's great loss for the entire country which lost its beloved former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on Monday night. Popularly known as "Missile Man", Kalam had heart of the gold.
Despite achieving such a stupendous success on every front in life, he always believed in simplicity and humility.
People know him as a renowned scientist, played a pivotal role in giving spur to India's space technology. But very few would be aware about multifaceted life of Kalam.
Here is 5 unknown facts about his life which proves that he was man of the mass who believed in low profile lifestyle.
When Kalam refused to sit on President's chair
In one of the event when President Kalam was offered special seat to him, he had refused the offer. The reason being the chair was bigger in the size and was meant to give Kalam special honour.
The incident was of IIT (BHU) Varanasi where Kalam was called as the chief guest. Five chairs were arranged on the state, one for Kalam in the cenre and other four for top university officials.
When Missile Man was told to sit on the chair he took notice of it and humbly offered the seat to university official instead.
Magnanimous nature of Kalam
Once Kalam ordered not to put broken glass on the wall for its protection as it will harm birds. This had happened when he used to serve at Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
When Organization had planned to put glass on the wall as a protection cover, Kalam rejected the idea without thinking it twice. "If we do that, birds will not be able to perch on the wall", people's President Kalam had said.
Once Kalam addressed 400 students without electricity at the place
Reportedly, soon after becoming president in 2002, he was supposed to address students at a school function.
When he was about to start his speech, the electricity suddenly went off. Nothing was working but Kalam remained nonchalant. He told huge crowd of students to gather him around listen him.
Kalam gave the mesmerizing lecture without any interruption for hours. Such was the aura of the Kalam.
When Kalam asked what he should do with his saved money
One must not aware about the fact that after becoming president of India, Kalam had donated all his saved money for the social cause. Reportedly he had given money to 'Pura' an ngo working in the remote areas to provide villagers basic infrastructures.
When he was at the president post, Kalam had once called Amul's owner Verghese Kurian asking him what he should do with his money as government of India will take care of him lifelong.
Kalam used to read both Kuran, Bhagvad Gita
Muslim by religion, he believed in all religion. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam used to read both Kuran, Bhagvad Gita. Not only that he was expert in playing Saraswati,Veena.
Truly, Kalam was a man who believed in serving the humankind with love and magnanimous attitude.