Why no life partner, Mr President?
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Why no life partner, Mr President?

A 14-year-old student asked Dr. Kalam about why he is not married yet for which Dr. Kalam said, " I wish you the best for a life partner.?

india Updated: Feb 03, 2006 12:23 IST

President APJ Abdul Kalam administered a five-point pledge to 200 students of Singapore's Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan International School, urging them to think differently, invent and make scientific discoveries.

Replying to a student’s query Kalam said, “Confidence has to be inspired in youth by their parents and teachers who should never be pessimistic.” Another student pointedly asked him 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, a school for Indian children in Singapore that opened a couple of years ago, said to the bachelor president when he visited Thursday morning.

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 03, 2006 12:23 IST