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Daddy’s name is Subhash – which means soft spoken. Dad is the anti-thesis of that name though. A spade is a spade is a spade, and he refuses to call it anything but a spade. Thankfully he has Mom for a life partner, who act as a foil and balances out his frankness.

Over the years I have realised that when I am deeply hurt or confused and want to vent I go to Mom, but when I need advice for the same situation it is Daddy whom I seek out.

Dad lost his parents young, and being the eldest son who had to shoulder a lot of responsibilities and bring up his siblings, his life has been one rich with experience. Little wonder then that his advice is always perfect.


You take life very seriously and think too much, is what he tells me often. And though I argue against it openly I secretly agree with his analysis.

It is funny, but as kids we never even spoke to Dad. He has never ever raised his voice at us, or anyone else, despite which we were terrified of him.

Dad loves to travel and I started bonding with him when we began traveling together. Long flights, airport lounges, waiting for and cursing delayed flights were opportunities to befriend each other.

I even helped Daddy at his office for a while, drafting important letters and mails and doing odd jobs. How I hated and whined, but Dad made me do what had to be done. The result, my formal letter writing is impeccable.

Dad loves good food. I remember my sister and me experimenting in the kitchen during the summer holidays, and all that we cooked or ruined would be kept aside for Daddy to taste first, when he got back home. However dreadful it may have been he wiped the plate clean, and told us it was the most delicious dish he had eaten.

People can only give you what they have, if you expect anything other than what they have then you are working your way to disappointment, is what I have grown up hear him say.

Dad is incorrigibly optimistic. I have never heard him say No to anything. No challenge is insurmountable, where he is concerned and he has shown it to us by walking the talk. He is always ready to lend a helping hand or an ear, whatever is needed.

I never bother about what people talk about me behind my back. How they are with me when we meet is what matters. Life has certainly become easier ever since I started following this advice of his, as I have realised that most people are cowards who can only talk behind your back.

Daddy has shown me the world, both geographically and otherwise. He has been a great travel companion. A friend when I need one and a Father all the time. He gave me and my siblings roots and was selfless enough to give us wings as well.

I wish him health and happiness always, just as I wish them for your Dad too.

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  1. No matter how old we get, to our dads we will always be our daddy’s little girl.
    That’s the kind of relationship we women share with our father…our hero first and forever.
    (Btw, my dad’s name is also Subhash. )

    A lovely straight-from-the-heart post indeed! 🙂

    #OpenNTalk #crossbordersisters

    1. Thank you for reading, Priyanka. Does your Dad live upto his name, unlike mine? :))

  2. Your post was so soul stirring. Took me back in my thoughts. Really touched my heart. #NISSATalks

  3. A very warm and touchy post Mayuri. Love the relation and warmth your post has spread while reading.

  4. Such precious take on life by your dad,Mayuri.
    Even my dad is so poised and just not worried about what happens behind his back.He asks me to ignore but then, it is so difficult to just relax and shoo away such taunts! Wish , I follow his advice to make life easier.

    1. True that, Meenu. I am trying to follow Dads advice too, it’s difficult but important. Thanks for reading.

  5. Lucky you and lucky is your dad to have you as his daughter. So good know about your dad and such a sweet bonding between you two.

    – Anami from #InvincibleGang for #OpenNTalk #Week2

  6. This is such a heartfelt post. Dads are the best and daughters are always much more closer to their dads. Loved it.

  7. So lucky you are to have a fabulous father, Mayuri. God bless him, you and your strong bond.
    So much to learn from his wise musings.
    #CrossBorderSisters #OpenNTalk

  8. Your Dad is really a gem. Cant imagine a better travel companion than a parent, I have a fab time with my Mom. Loved the little pearls of wisdom he imparts #BloggerBabes #OpenNTalk

  9. This is so heartwarming. Loved your honesty. Thanks for sharing about your father. You are indeed very lucky. #roarwillrock

  10. Wonderful & touchy blog dear #NISSATalks

  11. Very warm & touchy blog dear. Loved reading it #NISSATalks

  12. Such a beautiful post dear and you had expressed each emotion so wonderfully. indeed, daughter-father relationship is one of the most beautiful relationships in the world. and fathers are back bone of our life. #OpenNtalk #Roarwillrock

  13. I must say,I loved his smile. A person with beautiful smile is beautiful by heart as well.He is a genuine person and a #fantasticpapa as well. #BloggerBabes #OpeNTalk

  14. This post is so beautiful….loved it. Dad is every daughter’s hero…my dad’s name is Kiran…and he spreads light everywhere…whenever he is in the room, everyone is energized. I could go on and on about my dad…thank you so much for this post Mayuri…

  15. So happy to know about Uncle, M. I’m sure he’s proud of having raised a fine daughter like you. My regards to him.
    #OpenNTalk #BloggerBabes

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