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Kalam, do you miss a life partner?

How did the President respond when a 14-year-old in Singapore asked this personal question. Read on...

india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 15:30 IST

Others might balk at asking a President personal question, but not this Indian student who pointedly asked APJ Abdul Kalam about his life partner.

A student asked Indian President whether he missed having a life partner to share his grandiose ideas and dreams for the future.

"I know it's a personal question but I would appreciate an answer," the 14-year-old student from the Bhavan's Indian International School said to the bachelor President.

For a moment Kalam seemed to be taken aback but then replied: "All I can say is that I wish you the best for a life partner."

His response drew peals of laughter from the audience that had just finished listening to the scientist President expound on the far more esoteric subject of youth power in a globalised world.

First Published: Feb 02, 2006 15:30 IST