Dear Kalam Sir,
As I write this, I know you would be looking down upon me-no wait all of us and smiling proudly ,watching all the amazing students on this occasion of students day. Firstly, Happy Birthday Sir! All of us really really miss you a lot and we know you must be missing us too!
Thank You! Sir for inspiring us, motivating us and coaxing us to follow our dreams. I still remember when I was in second grade and we were being taught about the then President of our nation- Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam. We were taught about how you were one of the greatest scientists the world ever saw. We were taught about your struggles and your enormous contribution towards our nation. We were taught about India’s great “Missile Man”. All of us were in awe of your merits, achievements and contributions and since then you became not just mine but everyone of my fellow mate’s role model. We all read that story of “Dhanushkodi Express” given in our English textbooks which described you struggles and toils where you used to wake up early in the morning to sell newspapers before going to school so that you could contribute to the family’s incomes. I remember learning about communal harmony from your story of you and your three friends where at such a tender age you taught your teacher such a great lesson. However, as I grew up I started marveling you not just for your enormous contributions to the nation and your immense developmental strides taken for the progress of DRDO and ISRO but also for being a gem of a personality. An individual with such great accolades and success stories to his name, yet so humble and deeply connected to his roots. You, Sir, were a pure and holy soul. When I failed to procure a seat in the Engineering Institute of my choice, I was dejected and completely demotivated. While , I was clearing a pile of books- I came across “The Wings of Fire”-a book I had read in the 8th Standard and which had then helped me overcome my inner demons then. I re-read that book and I read about how you learned from your failures-persevered and struggled and succeeded. I learned about how you had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and that whatever hardships you faced, you fought them, overcame them and achieved unimaginable milestones. Your patriotism, your perseverance, your humility and most importantly your eagerness to learn still inspires millions Sir! Your contribution for the students and the youth of the nation cannot be put into words! Your vision for the youth of this nation continues to encourage us to strive towards its achievements. Your words still instill confidence and hope in lost hearts, providing them with the zeal to keep moving forward. Your sparkling eyes, eager to learn and your smiling visage is a boost of confidence for millions! You were an embodiment of perseverance and excellence and Sir, we as students promise to not let you down and have the same insatiable thirst for knowledge and the will to fulfil our dreams which you had and we promise to take India to the heights which you had envisioned because after all “ Dreams are not those which come while we are sleeping, but dreams are those which do not let us sleep”.