Abdul kalam

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Q) Say whether the following statements are true or false

a) Abdul kalam was born at Rameswaram in Madras.

= True

b) Abdul Kalam came of a very poor family.

= False

c) Kalam's father possessed innate wisdom and a true of generosity.

= True

d) Pakshi Lakshmana Sastry was the son of Ramanadha Sastry.

=False

e) Abdul Kalam studied at Rameswaram Elementary School.

=True

f) The new teacher could not tolerate a Hindu priest's son sitting with a Muslim boy.

=True

g) The society of Rameswaram was not rigid in terms of the segregation of various groups.

= False

h) Children can't be given 'thoughts' by parents.

= True

1) Answer the following questions.

a) Name the autobiography of Abdul Kalam.

= The name of the autobiography of Abdul Kalam is ' Wings of Fire ' .

b) Who was Abdul kalam's mother?

= Abdul kalam's mother was Ashiamma.

c) Who was Abdul Kalam's father?

= Abdul Kalam's father was Jainulabdeen.

d) When did The Second World War break out?

= The Second World War broke out in the year 1939.

e) How old was Kalam at the time of the World War II ?

= Abdul Kalam was eight years old at the time of  The World War II.

f) What is Dinamani ?

= Dinamani is a Tamil newspaper.

g) Who was Jallaluddin ?

= Jallaluddin was brother- in-law of Abdul Kalam.

h)What did Kalam inherit from his father ?

= Kalam inherited honesty and self discipline from his father.

i) What did Kalam inherit from his mother ?

= Kalam inherited faith in goodness and deep kindness.

j) Who was Ramanadha Sastry ?

= Ramanadha Sastry was one of the childhood friends of Abdul Kalam.

k) What was Pakshi Lakshmana Sastry?

= Pakshi Lakshmana Sastry was the high priest of the Rameswaram temple.

m) Who helped Kalam in earning his first wages ?

= Abdul Kalam's cousin Samsuddin helped Kalam in earning his first wages.

n) What could the new teacher not stomach?

= The new teacher could not stomach a Hindu priest's son sitting with a Muslim boy.

o) Where did Kalam go for his primary education?

=  Kalam went to Rameswaram Elementary School for his primary education.

p) What is Kalam's father?

= Abdul Kalam's father was a boat owner.

q) What is Kalam's mother?

= Abdul Kalam's mother was a house wife.

r) How many close friends did Kalam have in his childhood?

= Abdul Kalam had three close friends in his childhood.

s) Who was Sivaprakasan?
= Sivaprakashan was one of the close friends of Abdul Kalam.

t) In what ceremony, did the author's family use to arrange boats?
= The author's family used to arrange boats in Shri Sita Rama Kalyanam ceremony.

u) What was Rama Tirtha?
= Rama Tirtha was the name of a pond.

v) Name the school where the author 
studied?
= The author studied in Rameswaram Elementary School.

w) Who was Sivasubramania Iyer ? 

= Sivasubramania Iyer was the science teacher of Abdul Kalam's school. He was an orthodox Brahmin.

x) Why did Sivasubramania Iyer invite the author to his home?

= Sivasubramania Iyer invited the author to his home for a meal.

y) Who declared, "Indians will build their own India"?

= Mahatma Gandhi  declared, " Indians will build their own India." 

QUESTION ANSWER FOR TWO MARKS

a) Who were Abdul Kalam's school friends ? What did they later become ?

= Abdul Kalam's school friends were Ramanadha Sastry, Aravindan and Sivaprakashan.

              Later on Ramanandha Sastry became the priest of the Rameswaram temple. He took over the priesthood from his father. Aravindan went into the business of arranging transport for visiting pilgrims; and Sivaprakasan became a catering contractor for the Southern Railways.

b) What did Kalam's father use to avoid?

= Kalam's father used to avoid all inessential comforts and luxuries. But he never neglected in providing his children all necessities, in terms of food, medicine or clothes.

c) What qualities did Kalam inherit from his parents ?

= Kalam inherited honesty and self- discipline from his father; and from his mother he inherited faith in goodness and deep kindness. 

d) Where did Kalam's family live?

= Abdul Kalam belonged to a middle-class family. His family lived in the island town of Rameswaram in the erstwhile Madras State.

e) Give a brief account of Abdul Kalam.

= Abdul Kalam was born into a middle-class Tamil family in the island town of Rameswaram. Though he belonged to a middle class family, he had a very secure childhood, both materially and emotionally. In his childhood he had three very close friends. They were Ramanadha Sastry, Aravindan and Sivaprakasan.

f) How did the new teacher treat the author in the class?

= The new teacher could not stomach a Hindu priest's son sitting with a Muslim boy. So, he asked Kalam to go and sit on the back bench. It left a lasting impression on him.

g) What did Sivasubramania Iyer say to Abdul Kalam?

= Sivasubramania Iyer was the science teacher of Abdul Kalam. Though he was an orthodox Brahmin,  he  did not like the  social barriers. He told Kalam to develop so that he can easily mix up with the highly educated people of the big cities and can change the racial system of the societies.

h) How did Sivasubramania Iyer's wife behave with Abdul Kalam the second time?

= Sivasubramania Iyer's wife behaved very gently with Abdul Kalam the second time. She did not hesitate to welcome Kalam to her ritually pure kitchen. She herself took Kalam inside her kitchen and served him food with her own hands.

i) How did Abdul Kalam's father console his wife when Abdul Kalam left home for higher studies?

= When Abdul Kalam left home for higher studies, his father consoled his wife not to be upset. He told her that her children are not her children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through her but not from her. She may give them her love but not her thoughts. For they have their own thoughts.

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