Born 1931 in a Tamil family in Rameshwaram.Born 1931 in a Tamil family in Rameshwaram.
Father- Jainulabdeen, Mother-Ashiamma.Father- Jainulabdeen, Mother-Ashiamma.
Family lived in ancestral house.Family lived in ancestral house.
During World War II, He collected & sold TamarindDuring World War II, He collected & sold Tamarind
Collected news-paper bundles thrown from theCollected news-paper bundles thrown from the
moving train & earned an Anna per day.moving train & earned an Anna per day.
Learned honesty & self discipline from his father.Learned honesty & self discipline from his father.
Learned faith in goodness & deep kindness from hisLearned faith in goodness & deep kindness from his
Childhood friends- Ramnadha Shastri, Arvindan &Childhood friends- Ramnadha Shastri, Arvindan &
Shiva Prakashan-all three from orthodox BrahminShiva Prakashan-all three from orthodox Brahmin
Family participated in the celebration of annual Shri
Sita Ram Kalyanam ceremony.
Mother & Grandmother narrated stories from the
Ramayana & the Prophet’s life.
At fifth standard, a new school teacher made him sit
on the back bench because of being a Muslim.
The teacher was rebuked by Laxman Shastri-father
of Ramnadha Shastri.
Science teacher-Shivasubramania Iyer-motivated him
to grow above the social barrier.
After the World War II was over, he went to Head
Quarters in Ramnathpuram for further study.
Mother hesitant but father encouraged.
Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam has beenDr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam has been
selected as the 11selected as the 11thth
President ofPresident of
He is fond of music and literature.He is fond of music and literature.
He is a good poet and a prolificHe is a good poet and a prolific
He is good at playing Veena.He is good at playing Veena.
He is a BHARAT RATNA awardee.He is a BHARAT RATNA awardee.
He is known as the Missile Man ofHe is known as the Missile Man of
He is a first class orator.He is a first class orator.
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His father saidHis father said,, ““Abdul! I know you have to goAbdul! I know you have to go
away & grow. Does the seagull not fly across theaway & grow. Does the seagull not fly across the
Sun, alone & without a rest.”Sun, alone & without a rest.”
When Dr. Kalam was ready to RamnathapuramWhen Dr. Kalam was ready to Ramnathapuram
for further studies, his father encouraged himfor further studies, his father encouraged him
through this quotation. He tried to convince himthrough this quotation. He tried to convince him
not to be afraid of living alone as there are anot to be afraid of living alone as there are a
number of birds, like Seagull, & animals thatnumber of birds, like Seagull, & animals that
have to struggle and manage the things alone inhave to struggle and manage the things alone in
this world. Dr. Kalam followed his advice andthis world. Dr. Kalam followed his advice and
touched all the heights of the world.touched all the heights of the world.
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His Science teacher saidHis Science teacher said,, ““Kalam, IKalam, I
want you to develop so that you are on par withwant you to develop so that you are on par with
the highly educated people of the big citiesthe highly educated people of the big cities.”.”
The teacher identified Kalam’s potential .HeThe teacher identified Kalam’s potential .He
boosted him up by removing his doubts &boosted him up by removing his doubts &
hesitations regarding customs prevalent in thehesitations regarding customs prevalent in the
society. He advised him to struggle hard tosociety. He advised him to struggle hard to
rise above the common man.rise above the common man.
A. Complete the following sentences given
from the text:
1. He possessed great innate wisdom & --------.
2. I used to collect the seeds & ------------------.
3. I inherited honesty & ---------------------------.
4. The new teacher could not stomach----------.
5. One day, he invited me to ---------------------.
Innate (Adj)Innate (Adj)
Austere (Adj)Austere (Adj)
Inherited (Verb)Inherited (Verb)
Stomach (Verb)Stomach (Verb)
Conservative (Adj)Conservative (Adj)
Conviction (N-abs)Conviction (N-abs)
Confronted (v)Confronted (v)
Barrier (Noun-abs)Barrier (Noun-abs)
Communal (Adj)Communal (Adj)
Isolated (Adj)Isolated (Adj)
Quality one born withQuality one born with
Simple, strict &severeSimple, strict &severe
Received from parentsReceived from parents
To tolerateTo tolerate
Against a changeAgainst a change
Guilty of a particular crimeGuilty of a particular crime
To face, meet or dealTo face, meet or deal
Related to a communityRelated to a community
MATCHING THEMATCHING THE
Broke outBroke out
In accordanceIn accordance
A helping handA helping hand
Could notCould not
Generosity ofGenerosity of
Figures ofFigures of
An attitude of kindness, aAn attitude of kindness, a
readiness to give freelyreadiness to give freely
Began suddenly in a violentBegan suddenly in a violent
A person with power to makeA person with power to make
Was not able to tolerateWas not able to tolerate
According to a particular ruleAccording to a particular rule
On the whole…………………cities.
Who is the speaker in these lines?
Who was Shivasubramania Iyer?
What did Shiva Subramania do to
remove the social barriers?
What would he say to Kalam?
From the passage, find out opposite
of the word ‘earn’.
Very short type questionVery short type question
Answer the following questions in oneAnswer the following questions in one
word or sentence:word or sentence:
1. What kind of a lady was Kalam’s mother?1. What kind of a lady was Kalam’s mother?
2. Who was Samsuddin?2. Who was Samsuddin?
3. When did the World War II break out?3. When did the World War II break out?
4. What could the new not stomach?4. What could the new not stomach?
5. Who invited Kalam for dinner?5. Who invited Kalam for dinner?
LONG ANSWER TYPES QUESTIONSLONG ANSWER TYPES QUESTIONS
Answer in 30-40 words:Answer in 30-40 words:
1. How does the author describe:1. How does the author describe:
(A) his father (B) his mother (C) himself(A) his father (B) his mother (C) himself
2. What characteristics does the author say2. What characteristics does the author say
he inherited from his parents?he inherited from his parents?
Answer in 100-125 words:Answer in 100-125 words:
1.1. How did Kalam earn his first wages?How did Kalam earn his first wages?
2.2. Give character sketch of Kalam.Give character sketch of Kalam.
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