Abdul Kalam had no television, but knew everything about the world

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New Delhi, July 28: Harry Sheridon (53) has been with Dr APJ Abdul Kalam for the past 24 years. AS his secretary, he remembers minute details of the daily life of the scientist.

Speaking to a leading newspaper, he said,"Sir (Kalam) left around 12.20 pm on Monday and was supposed to return on Tuesday evening. His health was fine, when he left Delhi. Around 7 pm, I received a phone call from one of our staffers. He said that sir had fainted while addressing the gathering at IIM Shillong and had been taken to the hospital. A few minutes later, I received yet another phone call, stating that the military doctors had arrived and they had declared Mr Kalam dead."

Abdul Kalam

Describing a typical day, Sheridon said that Kalam started his day at 6:30-7 am and listen to the radio all day long. He would remain awake till 2 am and check his mails on a daily basis. He would be invited for various seminars every week.

His personal physician would visit him regularly and that he did not have any health complaints before travelling to Shillong. Sheridon was working with him since the time the latter joined the DRDO as the scientific advisor to the Defence Ministry and was later Secretary, Department of Research and Development.

He further added that the funeral will take place at Mosque Street in Rameswaram. It will take place in the presence of Kalam's elder brother Mustafa Marakayar (99).

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