Abdul Kalam has brought my native place Ramnad
so much Respect in the World map,I feel so sad to hear about his demise..
Despite his positions,he spared a few minutes for me too,to discuss about his Math’s Teacher,Mr.Ramakrishna Aiyer,and my father,Mr.M.Rajah Iyer.
I wrote about their connection some years back in my blog column,which I reproduce here…
I recall the day when I saw this mention of Ramakrishna Iyer in ‘அக்னிசிரகுகள்’ I wrote to the President Kalam that I wd like to come n get his autograph!
Exactly after 2 days I got a call from President’s Secretary :
‘Sir President feels you need not come all the way to Delhi. President will be in Chennai on such n such dt n wd see you @Raj Bhavan! ”
On that day when I was ready, Secretary reminded me ‘President will meet you at 9″
I was pleasantly surprised when President in all humility shook hands with me and said : ” I know your father. As I have mentioned I owe my growth to Ramakrishna Iyer and Manikkam! You must be really proud of a great Teacher! Where is the book? ”
He autographed it n gave it!
That’s real definition of Humility!
Very proud I belong to that Punya Bhoomi!
May his Soul Rest in Peace!