Former President Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, who will always be an inspiration to the entire nation, is no more with us.
The 'Missile Man' who would have turned 84 in October this year, took his last breath on Monday in Shillong, where he was giving a lecture at the IIM.
When the whole country is mourning the loss of a great scientist, Bollywood celebs too, paid heartfelt tributes to the former President, who suddenly passed away on Monday evening.
The Megastar, Amitabh Bachchan took to twitter and tweeted, " A Brilliant mind, a child like demeanour, simple caring and loved by all..ex POI passes away ..PRAYERS.
Like Mr Bachchan said, for some, it was Kalam's child-like demeanour which made him affable and for some, it was his inspirational vision and work in the field of science which made Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam a 'universally-loved' Bharat Ratna, who mananged to be in politics without being a 'politician'.
The other biggies of Bollywood, the superstar Shahrukh Khan also expressed his grief and tweeted, "So sad to hear about the Gurdaspur terror attack and now the news of Dr Kalam's demise. May Allah bring peace upon all."
Several names from the Bollywood industry took to Twitter to remember their moments with Kalam, and to bid their last 'Salaam'.
Here is what they tweeted :
" A Brilliant mind, a child like demeanour, simple caring and loved by all..ex POI passes away ..PRAYERS."
"So sad to hear about the Gurdaspur terror attack and now the news of Dr Kalam's demise. May Allah bring peace upon all."
"Never had the opportunity to meet kalam saab but always loved and respected him . As scientist and as President , Kalam saab was a true inspiration for many generations of Indians. Kalam saab was an amazing teacher and in his last tweet he said he is on his way to IIM . Ek scientist tha, hai aur rahega . His teachings will always be with us . When ur heart says you should meet someone, don't delay. i always wanted to meet Kalam saab and i should have made the effort . my loss . I will miss Kalam saab . India will miss him .
"They say Good & Great r seldom in the same man. Dr Kalam was the epitome of both.A big loss for India. May his beautiful soul Rest in Peace."
"Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of one of the most inspirational Indians of our time, former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. RIP."
"I was one of the lucky ones to receive my PadamaShri from Dr. Kalam. He made it extra special for me. He will always remain my inspiration. Thank you Dr. Kalam for your wisdom, for your inspirational life, for your generosity, for your patriotism & for your teachings. #MyHero "
"Very sad to hear about the passing of APJ Abdul Kalam. Loss of an inspiring visionary and a wonderful soul. May his soul RIP."
"RIP Dr. Kalam. Huge loss to us all."
"The silver lining of this era. An epitome of righteousness, intelligence & wisdom. A rare gem. A big loss. Thanks for everything sir. #Kalam"
"Dr. Kalam, when you became the President, you gave the word 'hope' a new meaning for Indians... Today, we have lost a great leader who inspired our young minds to feel that we live in the greatest nation on earth and that each one of them can achieve great things... May the creator lead you to heaven."
"Abhi abhi mujhe khabar mili ke hamare purva Rashtrapati, Bharat Ranta Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam ji ka dukhad Nidhan hua hai,ye sunke mujhe bahut dukh ho raha hai,Main unhe bahut qareeb se jaanti thi,wo bahut bade scientist the, nek insaan the aur bahut acche kavi bhi the. Main unko Shraddhanjali arpit karti hun,Ishwar unki aatma ko shaanti de."
"Sad to hear about the loss of our only peoples president - Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Big loss to not just our nation but the whole world."
"A visionary passes away" Abdul Kalam a brilliant mind and soul. His book Wings Of Fire is a must for every youth of our country."
"His contribution in putting India on top has been immense incomparable. We bow down to true son of this nation. RIP Kalam sahib! "
"What a glorious life!!Greatness lead by example!!#Respect#Salute d life n divine grace of Mr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam #Godspeed"
"Gurdaspur attacks . Shameful. Rip Dr Kalam . Let's hope tom is a better day . Shabbakhair all . Life is short . Make it count ."
"An author, a teacher, a scientist and one of the best presidents India has ever seen... RIP Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam."
"He was in politics,but was never a politician..R.I.P. APJ ABDUL KALAM SAAB...a great human being."
"Not one person Awho's not tweeting abt dr kalam! A truly loved n admired person!! By all! Unanimously!!! Rare n special! RIP sir! "
"Saluting the memory of APJ Abdul Kalam, India's most loved President, a truly inspirational Bharat Ratna. RIP @APJAbdulKalam."