Abdul Kalam's material possessions

Abdul Kalam’s material possessions

It is well known that Abdul Kalam, who came to be known as 'People's President' among India’s countrymen, lived a modest life till his last breath. A lesser known fact is that the scientist who revolutionized India's nuclear prowess did not possess any valuable assets of his own even after his five decade long public service.
According to a media report, recently, Kalam's prized possessions were listed out by his close acquaintances. The findings did shock everyone who could not believe that Kalam lived such an unbelievably simpleton life. The inventory included:
2,500 books, a wristwatch, six shirts, four trousers, three suits, and a pair of shoes.
The 'Missile Man of India' did not even own a TV set as he was always averse to watching TV, citing that the Idiot Box is nothing but a waste of time. Kalam also did not own a fridge, car or even an AC machine.
Kalam, throughout his life, never accepted any materialistic gifts from anyone. If only the gift was a book, Kalam would accept it and the rest were returned back politely. And during his tenure as the President of India, all the gifts from the foreign governments were duly transferred to the Indian government's toshakhana. Even the government's two-storey bungalow that was allotted to Kalam now lies abandoned.

One wishes the humble life Kalam lived and the achievements for which he will be remembered act as an inspiration to his peers, politicians and even the one billion plus countrymen.


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