APJ ABDUL KALAM

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Remembering Kalam, A Most Beloved Public Figure

I do not recall when I first met late Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. One early encounter was when I saw him stand outside Prime Minister I.K. Gujral's room, waiting to get some files signed. Gujral later told me these were delayed promotion cases of some of his scientists, so he had brought them personally to cut through red tape. But I knew him well for at least 20 years and was among the so many touched by his kindness and warmth. I am listing my six most interesting memories of him.
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What Eulogies Say About The Human Condition

I've often wondered about a particular phenomenon that almost always happens when someone passes away - the RIPs, the outpouring of positive sentiments and praise for the departed individual. What makes us all participate in this exercise? As I read through all the eulogies and reminiscences of Dr Abdul Kalam after his passing, this thought comes to the fore again.