Kalam’s kalma for life

A new art-based web comic jux­ta­poses late APJ Ab­dul Kalam’s words with pres­sures faced by young­sters to­day

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The more de­ci­sions you can make avoid­ing ex­ter­nal pres­sures, the bet­ter your life will be, the bet­ter your so­ci­ety will be­come

For­mer Pres­i­dent late APJ Ab­dul Kalam was keen to pass on his learn­ings, par­tic­u­larly to the youth. Kalam’s in­spir­ing and mo­ti­va­tional mes­sage and min­i­mal­is­tic lifestyle forms the ba­sis for a new art-based web comic. It has been an­i­mated by an online comic por­tal run by Aus­tralia-based free­lance artist Gavin Aung Than.

Than writes that the late pres­i­dent was a deeply spir­i­tual man and prac­ticed what he preached, shun­ning ma­te­rial pos­ses­sions and re­wards.

The comic jux­ta­poses Kalam’s words with a de­pic­tion of var­i­ous pres­sures faced by to­day’s young peo­ple.

“The cul­ture of work­ing only for ma­te­rial pos­ses­sions and re­wards must be dis­carded,” Kalam said.

“Are you aware of your in­ner sig­nals? Do you trust them? Have you taken con­trol over your life into your own hands? Take this from me, the more de­ci­sions you can make avoid­ing ex­ter­nal pres­sures, which will con­stantly try to ma­nip­u­late you, the bet­ter your life will be, the bet­ter your so­ci­ety will be­come,” the for­mer Pres­i­dent said.

In a note ac­com­pa­ny­ing the comic Than writes about how Kalam dreamt of be­com­ing a pi­lot and stud­ied aero­nau­ti­cal en­gi­neer­ing at the Madras In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy. While Kalam was dev­as­tated at not ful­fill­ing his pi­lot dream he picked him­self up and ac­cepted a new path and went to work for the Min­istry of De­fence. “Life is a dif­fi­cult game. You can win only by re­tain­ing your birthright to be a per­son,” Kalam said. The fi­nal mes­sage of the comic reads, “...and to re­tain this right, you will have to be will­ing to take the so­cial or ex­ter­nal risks in­volved in ig­nor­ing pres­sures to do things the way oth­ers say they should be done.”

Be­sides Kalam other In­dian per­son­al­i­ties fea­tured on the site in­clude Rabindranath Tagore, Jiddu Kr­ish­na­murti and Ma­hatma Gandhi.

Late APJ Ab­dul Kalam

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