‘Kalam was possessive about his hairstyle’
Dr Kalam loved his hairstyle and was quite possessive about it,” remembers Srijan Pal Singh, a close aide and advisor of former-President APJ Abdul Kalam, whose first death anniversary was observed yesterday, through out India.
“He read about people discussing his hairstyle and their suggestions about a new one... He’d just say, ‘Funny, people want to change my hairstyle’. His vanity kit would have coconut oil and a round comb, to keep hair as is,” says Pal, who has recently launched his book, ‘What Can I Give? Lessons from My Teacher, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’. The IIM-graduate, says, “There is a lot I learned from him. He’d always say, ‘Fellow, you should ask yourself what have you done for people and the nation’. After his death, we are working on a project called Kalam library to make books accessible to all, which was his vision.”
Recounting another incident, he says, “We were at the Edinburgh University, UK, where this scholar explained their voice bank project, where they would record speech of people to be used in case the person lost his or her voice. He wanted to know if the same could be with someone’s recorded speech, because he wanted to gift voice to his friend Atal Bihari Vajpayee.” ■ firstname.lastname@example.org