Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan have mourned the demise of former president APJ Abdul Kalam. While the former paid his final respects to the legend with a series of tweets, the latter paid his tribute by penning a short poem in his trademark style.
“I did not have the privilege of seeing our mahatma Gandhiji, Kamaraj or Barathiyaar but was blessed enough to live admist mahatma Kalamji. From humble beginnings Abdul Kalam ji rose to great heights but continued to live humble and simple. He lived to inspire millions of people. He endeared himself to student community motivating them at all levels. God has embraced him silently with love. May his soul rest in peace,” wrote Rajinikanth on his Twitter page.
A short translation of Kamal Haasan’s poem is as follows. “There comes a day when Kalaams, Kamaals and Kamals get vanished. All our deeds are weighed at and takes to heaven, says few. But this day is to salute the person whose self-effacement made the world and the immodest souls fathom that it is the life – led by the person which will be treasured. Good Byes Kalam Sahib.”
The late legend was laid to rest in his hometown Rameshwaram with military honors.