To commemorate the first death anniversary of former President APJ Abdul Kalam, tributes
handwritten on postcards by people in over 200 cities have been compiled and put together in a book.
The anthology of messages weaves together the inspiring life story of the ‘Missile Man of India’ and is a culmination of a year-long project titled ‘dear kalam sir’, initiated by LetterFarms, a Kochi-based community art project.
The project began in October last year on the 85th birth anniversary of the late president, where people from across the country were invited to write, draw, paint or illustrate on a postcard, their best tribute to Kalam.
Each of the handwritten postcard sent in is a telling account of how one leader inspired an entire generation and changed the way they dreamt about their nation, says Jubie John, co-founder LetterFarms.
After a few pages of postcards that depict a country in mourning and a sense of irreparable loss to a flood of thank you postcards to Kalam, the book titled ‘Dear Kalam Sir’ treats the reader to messages on how people pledge to fulfil the dreams of the visionary president.
The compendium includes a total of 358 select postcards.”These include cards that spell out specific action points of what they would do to take his dream ahead, says John.
The book, he says, takes the reader to a territory unimagined with postcards talking how every child in the country can be a Kalam or even further – there is a Kalam in each of us.”
Just when you settle into that high feeling, comes a full bunch of cards that equate Kalam sir with the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi,” he says.
One postcard message by a student from Patna declares ‘I have seen God, I have seen Kalam’.