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Love and concern for Kalam in hometown

By Our Staff Reporter

RAMESWARAM, FEB. 7. The island town of Rameswaram, birthplace of the President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, wore a worried look on hearing that the President had fractured his shoulder in a fall on Sunday.

People from all walks of life — relatives, friends of Mr. Kalam, fishermen and others — were upset on hearing the news. They expressed great concern over the health of Mr. Kalam, an illustrious son of the soil.

Mr. Kalam's house, which is adjacent to the Sri Ramanathaswamy temple here, attracted hundreds of people and well wishers. A large number of tourists, who visited the holy town of Rameswaram, also visited Mr. Kalam's house to express their good wishes in the visitor's book.

The elder brother of the President, Mohammed Muthu Meera Maraikkair, 90, who spoke to Mr. Kalam over the phone, conducted special prayers in his house, along with relatives and friends. Special pujas were also performed at the Ramanathaswamy temple. The president of the temple trustee's committee, Kumaran Sethupathy, the Joint Commissioner of the temple, Subramaniam, and hundreds of pilgrims participated in the special pujas. The temple authorities said the `prasadam' would be sent to the President.

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