‘Kalam was pos­ses­sive about his hair­style’

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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.” ■ medha.dahiya@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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