Once they came back to India in 1964, they were stationed in Trivandrum for the setting up of the Thumba Rocket Station. Both Aravamudan and Dr. Kalam would take a ten minute walk every day to go to the railway station in search of a non-Keralite South Indian meal. Thumba station had no canteen of its own and the nearby areas had very limited eating options, hence the duo was mostly depended on the railway station for most of their meals.
Of Simple Pleasures
If one really wants to get a sense of what the former President of India loved to relish the most, head to Annalakshmi Restaurant in Anna Salai, Chennai. He was a regular at this small eatery before he began his term as the 11th President of India. According to the management, his favourite dish here was Vatha Kuzhambu and Papad. Dr. Kalam also spent close to three decades of his life in Kerala's capital, Trivandrum. He was here between the 1960's and 80's. A small, local, vegetarian restaurant called 'Guruvayoorappa' has pictures of Dr. Kalam all over. The owner claims that he used to visit the restaurant almost every day back then.
NDTV correspondent, Sneha Mary Koshi, conversed with the owner of the hotel, Mr. Parmeshwaran Nair, who recalled Dr. Kalam's staple diet at the restaurant, "He would begin his day with appam and milk and at nights he would have rasamwith some rice. I would offer to send the meal to his room but he would always mention that he has no problem in coming to the hotel and eating. He was always in a hurry."Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was extremely soft-spoken and loving with a great vision for the country. This man of science rose from his humble background and chose to remain the same even inside the power-packed walls of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. He threw open the gates of Rashtrapati Bhavan to the junta and became 'The People's President'.He loved children and teaching gave him immense joy and pleasure, and that was exactly what occupied him even on his last day. Dr. Kalam left behind an example that many will set out to emulate and achieve. Last year on this very day, he left behind an era of science and technology and a lot more about humanity that generations will look back at and pay gratitude to. His was a loss that remains irreplaceable for the country and for humanity at large.