Kalpana, you were an inspiration to us all,
Soaring high in the skies in Columbia.
You aren't just Miss World or Miss Universe,
You are Miss Solar System who made us proud.
You weren't someone who just dreamt dreams,
But chased them and made them true.
You weren't someone who rested on your laurels,
But aspired to achieve more.
"I would like to die in space", you'd once said,
But alas, that wish came true so very soon.
Your everlasting smile, your simplicity,
Show how nice a person you were.
You were India's pride,
And will always remain so.