Is This All A Dream

Updated: Jul 29 2002, 05:30am hrs
President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, seems to have already found a successor from the 100-odd children specially invited to witness his oath taking ceremony. Perhaps tutored by protocol officers, these students were quietly watching the ceremony and were maintaining strict discipline.

The President, however, thought that they should be interactive rather than be mere observers. So true to his style, he walked up to them and told them to ask him some questions. They looked at each other and one of them finally said: “I want to be the President of India.”

Responding to that, Dr Kalam told the student that he should dream, as dreams turn into ideas and ideas translate into reality.

Prez’s First Lunch
It was his first day at Rashtrapati Bhawan and his first lunch specially hosted for the school children who attended the swearing in ceremony. Accompanied by them, Dr Kalam marched towards the Upper Loggia near the banquet hall for the meal.

While the arrangement was for a sit down lunch, students had to serve themselves. A separate table was laid for the President where waiters were waiting to serve him.

But again, true to his old habit, he got up and joined the student queue to serve himself till he was requested to be seated and served.

Tailpiece
With a change of guard at North Block, the finance ministry has started sporting a new look. For starters, a red carpet has been laid out to welcome visitors to the office of the new finance minister.

That is not all. The minister’s office too is being renovated. Officials in the ministry told eavesdropper that hopefully, the fresh look would bring in some freshness to policy paradigms.