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Kalam and Wings of Fire

Who does not know APJ Abdul Kalam? Abdul Kalam is the name of inspiration, knowledge and glory. Though physically he is now no more in this world, he still lives in the hearts of countless Indians. His life was really simple. It is he who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. He is admired in the entire world for his selfless service. He was a great scientist by profession. He played an important role in the progress of India’s missile programme. That is why he is popular as Missile Man of India. Kalam was born on 15 October 1931 in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu. He developed his career as a defense scientist who played an important role in the second Pokhran nuclear test in 1998. In short, Kalam played a significant role in shaping India’s future. For his contribution he earned great acclaim. He was honoured with several prestigious awards like Bharat Ratna in 1997, Padma Vibhushan in 1990 and Padma Bhushan in 1981. He died on 27 July 2015 in Shillong, Meghalaya. Re

King Lear: An Introduction

King Lear is a very popular tragedy by William Shakespeare. It was written in 1605-06. It is cited as his best tragedy. It consists of five acts. This play tells the story of an aged king of Britain. His name is King Lear. Here King Lear, the protagonist, attempts to divide his kingdom among his three daughters named Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. He is blind and unfair as a father. He divides his entire Kingdom between his two daughters who flatter him. He banishes Cordelia, his perfect daughter. King Lear commits a serious error in judgment. This error in judgment becomes his tragic flaw. It becomes the real reason of his downfall and tragic death. After unfair division of his Kingdom he decides to live with Goneril and Regan turn by turn. After some time Goneril asks him to reduce the number of his followers because of their odd behavior. At this the king becomes very angry. He goes to live with Regan. But she also rejects him. The king becomes mad and he begins to wander here and

Plays of Shakespeare

  A List of Shakesperean Plays: 1. Antony and Cleopatra 2.Coriolanus 3.Hamlet 4. Julius Caesar 5. King Lear 6. Macbeth 7. Othello 8. Romeo and Juliet 9. Timon of Athens 10. Titus Andronicus 11. All's Well That Ends Well 12. As You Like It 13. The Comedy of Errors 14. Cymbeline 15. Love's Labour's Lost 16. Measure for Measure 17. The Merry Wives of Windsor 18. The Merchant of Venice 19. A Midsummer Night's Dream 20. Much Ado About Nothing 21. Pericles,Prince of Tyre 22. The Taming of the Shrew 23.The Tempest 24. Troilus and Cressida 25. Twelfth Night 26. Two Gentlemen of Verona 27. The Two Noble Kinsmen 28. The Winter's Tale 29. Henry IV, Part I 30. Henry IV, Part II 31. Henry V 32. Henry VI, Part I 33. Henry VI, Part II 34. Henry VI, Part III 35. Henry VIII 36. King John 37. Richard II 38. Richard III

Those hours, that with gentle work did frame (Sonnet- 5) by Shakespeare

Those hours, that with gentle work did frame The lovely gaze where every eye doth dwell, Will play the tyrants to the very same And that unfair which fairly doth excel; For never-resting time leads summer on To hideous winter, and confounds him there; Sap checked with frost, and lusty leaves quite gone, Beauty o'er-snowed and bareness every where: Then were not summer's distillation left, A liquid prisoner pent in walls of glass, Beauty's effect with beauty were bereft, Nor it, nor no remembrance what it was: But flowers distilled, though they with winter meet, Leese but their show; their substance still lives sweet.

Unthrifty loveliness (Sonnet- 04) by Shakespeare

Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend Upon thy self thy beauty's legacy? Nature's bequest gives nothing, but doth lend, And being frank she lends to those are free: Then, beauteous niggard, why dost thou abuse The bounteous largess given thee to give? Profitless usurer, why dost thou use So great a sum of sums, yet canst not live? For having traffic with thy self alone, Thou of thy self thy sweet self dost deceive: Then how when nature calls thee to be gone, What acceptable audit canst thou leave? Thy unused beauty must be tombed with thee, Which, used, lives th' executor to be.