Character Sketch of My Childhood


Give a Character Sketch Abdul Kalam, Father, Mother, Sivasubramania Iyer and Ramanadha Sastry from Class 9 English Beehive Book Chapter 6 My Childhood

Character Sketch of Abdul Kalam

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam had many sterling qualities right from his childhood. He was born in a middle – class Muslim family in 1931 in the island town of Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. He had immense affection and respect for his parents. He inherited the values of honesty and self-discipline from his father and faith in goodness and deep kindness from his mother. Kalam was an enterprising and hard-working child. From an early age he started supporting his family financially. He did every piece of work assigned to him with full dedication. He was also a sensitive child and learnt valuable lessons from his experiences. He learnt early in life that caste-based segregation is a poison that must not be allowed to flourish. There are countless contributions of Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam to the country. He is counted among the greatest scientists of the 21st century. For his involvement in the Nuclear power in India, he was known as “Missile Man of India”. Even more, he became the 11th president of India and served his country. He was awarded with the highest civilian award by the Government.

My Childhood Overview – Abdul Kalam’s biography is titled “Wings of Fire” and the chapter ‘My Childhood’ talks about the childhood of A.P.J Abdul Kalam. He was the President of India and a great scientist too. APJ talks about his upbringing, his parents and siblings. He tells us about his friends and all those things that influenced his childhood.


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Some Questions on Character Sketch of Abdul Kalam

Q1. What are the four character traits of APJ Abdul Kalam that he inherited from his parents?
Q2. What qualities do you think took APJ to great success?
Q4. Why is Abdul Kalam so famous?


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Character Sketch of Abdul Kalam’s Father

Abdul Kalam’s father Jainulabdeen was an honest and generous man. He had no formal education, he was progressive and valued education. He didn’t have much wealth but he was a generous man and provided both material and emotional security to his family.  He was a self-disciplined and very practical man with a vast store of wisdom. He never obstructed the progressive ways of his children.


Some Questions on Character Sketch of Abdul Kalam’s Father

Q1. What kind of a person was Kalam’s father?
Q2: What was the unique power of Kalam’s father?


Character Sketch of Abdul Kalam’s Mother

Abdul  Kalam’s mother Ashiamma was an ideal support for her husband. She was a gentle and kind lady with faith in goodness and deep kindness. Like her husband she was also very generous and fed a number of outsiders daily, along with her family members. She was an ideal helpmate to her husband. 


Some Questions on Character Sketch of Abdul Kalam’s Mother

Q1. What kind of a person was Kalam’s mother?
Q2. Discuss the role of Kalam’s mother as a source of inspiration and motivation for him. How does she instill important values in him?
Q3. Analyze the relationship between Kalam and his mother. How does their bond influence Kalam’s personality development?
Q4. Examine the sacrifices made by Kalam’s mother for the betterment of her children. How does her selflessness shape Kalam’s perspective on life?


Character Sketch of  Sivasubramaniam Iyer

Sivasubramaniam Iyer was Kalam’s Science teacher, he was an orthodox brahmin. He was a tolerant and flexible individual who wished to remove societal barriers between Muslims and Hindus. He was a renegade who wished to bring change in the society and was mentally prepared to confront hindrances during this process. He faced challenges even from his own family when his wife refused to serve food to Kalam,  when he invited him over for dinner. But, without losing faith in his belief that caste and religion do not segregate people, he served the young Kalam himself. Thus, he reformed his wife not by force but by setting an example. He was a devoted teacher who connected well with the children. He spent many hours teaching while encouraging and inspiring the kids.


Some Questions on Character Sketch of  Sivasubramaniam Iyer

Q1. How would you describe the personality traits of Sivasubramaniam Iyer based on his portrayal in the chapter “My Childhood”?
Q2. What role does Sivasubramaniam Iyer play in Kalam’s life in the chapter? How does he influence Kalam’s perspective?
Q3. What are some instances from the chapter that highlight Sivasubramaniam Iyer’s intelligence?
Q4. In what ways does Sivasubramaniam Iyer challenge societal norms and expectations, as depicted in the chapter “My Childhood”?


Character Sketch of   Ramanadha Sastry

Ramanadha Sastry was Abdul Kalam’s childhood friend. He was from an orthodox Hindu Brahmin families. At school when Abdul Kalam was asked to sit in the last bench by one of the teachers because he was a Muslim, Ramanadha did not like it and complained about the teacher to his father Pakshi Lakshmana Sastry, the priest of the Rameswaram Temple.  Ramanadha assumed the priesthood of the Rameswaram temple after his father’s death. 


Some Questions on Character Sketch of   Ramanadha Sastry

  1. What qualities can we see in Ramanadha based on the fact that he befriended a Muslim, APJ Abdul Kalam?



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