CHENNAI: The book that A P J Abdul Kalam left unfinished by virtue of his untimely demise, will be completed and released in three months, said his scientific advisor V Ponraj. Speaking on the sidelines of a tribute lecture to the former President hosted by the Madras Management Association, Ponraj said, "He had completed seven chapters and I will be writing the remaining ten. These will be based on the various conversations and ideas that he had discussed with me over the years. I will complete it quickly so that it will reach the people within three months."
This 250 page tome, titled Puyalai Thaandinal Thendral, is an intricate roadmap for the development of Tamil Nadu in every field possible. Perhaps not quite as extensive as Kalam's Vision 2020, this book in Tamil had a slavery strange point of origin, "He had addressed about 17 state assemblies and the Parliament during his tenure as president but there must have been some small regret in his heart that he never got the chance to address the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly. It was his dream to make them see the kind of ideas for growth he had developed for the state that he had been born in," explained Ponraj.
While this book will serve as a blueprint for the state and the youth to climate that change, Ponraj said that they were in the process of forming a group of like minded people to continue Dr Kalam's legacy, "It is our duty to continue to educate and make better the lives of people around us. Dr Kalam managed that by meeting over 2 crore students in his lifetime and also cementing his place in the hearts of 125 crore Indians. We have to ensure that his vision and dreams come true. I will be working with this project personally," said Ponraj.
Earlier, Ponraj traced Dr Kalam's story from his humble origins to his accomplishments in India's scientific journey. Regaling the audience with stories of Kalam's trips to countries like Israel from where he broughy essential knowledge and research, Ponraj touched on another unfulfilled dream of the former President, "He really wanted to install a 5kW solar plant at Rashtrapati Bhavan as an example to every Indian about the advantages of solar power, but he never could do it. Today the country is looking at solar power very differently," he added.