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It is Their Love, Not Their Obligation – An Ode to Fatherhood

This Father’s Day, let us recognize and celebrate the unnoticed efforts of dads.

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Often their love and gestures of care are termed to be their obligations. Their entire lives and hard work are dedicated to you with the hope that you live a comfortable life. Fatherhood is much more than this. The sleepless nights that they had gone through when you were sick, cutting out on their favourite apparel so that you can get yours, or even sometimes giving you a small scoffing just to make you realize the coldness of this world, fathers are our biggest support systems.

This Father’s Day, go hug your dads and tell them how much you love and respect them.

Also, you cannot miss out on these heart-warming excerpts by team Brown where they have acknowledged their father’s love.

Anushree Acharya
Image: Anushree with her father

My relationship with my father has always been special, but I believe this one incident from my pre-teen years truly made me realize my inner strength and bond with him. I had celebrated my 11th birthday, and just three days later, he met with a major road accident – I still remember how terrified I was. Yet, this insurmountable strength encapsulated me and kept me calm, despite the chaos of emotions that had engulfed my mother and my little sister, who hadn’t even turned 2 because a 2-year-old does not know the concept of accidents. Later on, seeing this tall and strong man on bed rest for more than 2 months made me want to crumble, but I stayed strong only for him. That frightful day of the accident made me feel like I had almost lost him, but it also attuned me to the magical power of prayers. Some scars still linger on his body from that one dreadful day of the year 2006, but it also reminds me of how powerful and resilient my father is. 

From a young age itself, he has been through a lot and worked extremely hard to reach where he is today. He has always encouraged me to make my own decisions and own up to my mistakes every time I am wrong; to say that he is a beautiful soul would be an understatement. Since the day I was born, he has made sure that I am safe and always made me feel protected, yet taught me how to be a strong and independent woman. I have learned how important it is to be sensitive and thoughtful towards others and, most importantly, how to be grateful for all that I am blessed with. He is still my most trusted confidant, the best shopping buddy I ever had, and the most fun person to travel with. He is a gem of a person, and I would consider it an achievement if I manage to stay as good as him the older I get. All of my achievements – I owe it all to him, and I hope I always manage to make him proud in every endeavour that I pursue at every step of my life. Here’s wishing you a very Happy Father’s Day Papa! Also, a big shout out to all the wonderful dad’s out there! With you around, everything seems possible. 

Anushka Dave
Image: Anushka with her father

Is it even possible to write about one’s father? I guess I’ll find out. A mother’s role is apparent, but a father is the unsung hero of the house. My papa, just like any other father in the world, loves me with all his heart. My family would always tell me how similar I am to him. As a kid, it was annoying that people would not compare me to my mom but to him. But at this age, I am more than proud to be compared to a man as strong as him. He has been through a lot, sacrificing for me and helping me thrive. He would just look at me and know if something is wrong with me, which is a very evident power of my superhero. We share our love for music. He introduced me to the classic pop music of the 80s-90s. We jam together, laugh together, make jokes and sometimes fight too.

Being an only child, all his love was always centred around me. We used to shop together & go out for drives when the weather was beautiful. He would always offer to do so because he knew I would love it. He has never denied any of my requests, so I have sworn never to break his trust. Our relationship has grown with time, at least that’s what I think. I might have various life goals and big dreams for myself, but it always comes down to this one dream, which is to make papa proud of me. I love him more than he believes I do. Papa, trust the process, have faith in me; I will make you proud someday, I promise. Happy Father’s Day, papa.

Jaishree Tambi
Image: Jaishree with her father

Every girl may not be a queen to her husband, but she’s always a princess to her father. I can’t fit everything in this paragraph about him, but I’ll focus on the one that stood out and shaped me into what I am today. He never dictates my life and lets me live the way I want; he never spoon-fed me and helped me learn things from different perspectives. Though he is always there to pick me up and never cushions my failures, he always stands by my side (especially when I see a lizard) to show me the right path; he stays patient with me even when I make it difficult for him sometimes. Above all, he encourages me to dream and never give up. It has been 20 years, and not a day has gone by when I have not wanted to be his daughter. I can’t be grateful enough for his inspiring presence in my life. This one day is not enough for celebrating my immeasurable love for him and our countless memories, which I’ll cherish forever.

I may not say it all the time, but he’s the greatest dad I could have wished for! Happy Father’s Day, Daddy!

Madhurima Roy
Image: Dads are your best friends via Shutterstock

My dad has always been a good man – a hard worker, volunteer, and encourager. But growing up, I thought I needed more from him – more hugs, more tenderness, more lets-sit-down-and-talk-about-our-feelings. I was angry, compared him to others, and blamed some of my life choices on my perception that he wasn’t “there” enough.

But the truth is, God knew long before we showed up on this earth that we’d be family. He knew that my dad’s strengths and struggles would come together with my own to create a relationship, and it would be a journey, and if we allowed it (which we have!), He would use those things to grow us into the people He created us to be.

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Through the years, I’ve come to realize that my dad did the best he could. And I’ve discovered how deeply he cares for me (quirks and all!) even if he shows it in different ways than I do. In fact, today, I can truly say that he is one of my very best friends.

There are all kinds of fathers, and yours may be a whole different story. But there is one thing they all share: No matter what their personalities, gifts, struggles, or circumstances, every one of them comes out to be strong personalities. And when they do, their families are blessed, communities are strengthened, and a ripple effect of goodness comes out in the world.

Safiya Khanam
Image: Safiya with her father

I do not really know what to write here as an appreciation to my father. With the immeasurable things that he has done for me and the priceless lessons and memories I have with him, this will be an unsuccessful attempt at me capitulating and celebrating my father on Fathers’ Day today.

It might sound cliche, but my dad is my biggest role model. I’ve grown up learning things from him even when he did not intend to teach. My dad left the country to work and support his family when he was barely 20 years old. Since then, he has been helping everyone around him to accomplish their dreams and provide everything that he can to his siblings, his wife, and his children. I see him as my superhero, and yes, I would always write an essay on him whenever we had to write about our superhero/role model in school.

There is one memory that stands out to me from the rest while I write this. It would be all those nights before Eid when I would refuse to put henna from professional henna artists and beg my dad to put henna for me. Mind you, my dad is nowhere near artsy, but he would sit down and look at flower pictures from magazines (Google search on phones was not a thing then) and create some fancy design out of it only for me to ruin it while sleeping!

Saumya Singh
Image: Saumya with her father

It would be difficult for me to write about one thing because there are numerous things that my father has done for me. There can be no such appreciation paragraph because a whole book can be written on what he has done for my mother and me. People always talk about the efforts of mothers, and that is good, but what about fathers? The slightest things that dads do are often termed as their responsibilities. 

My dad has always been different, or should I say, the kind of person every man should be. He never believed that cooking, cleaning, or even dressing me up for school were only my mother’s responsibilities. He would always help my mother with the household chores as both of them worked at the time. With time my mother became very ill, and even then, my father managed home and office all on his own. 

Recently, my dad had recovered from mucormycosis, and while he was there fighting bravely, I realized that he is my world. I am what I am because of him. I am not afraid to voice out my opinions, and that is because I know he is there behind me, supporting me in whatever I do. 

My memories with my dad are such that each of them is very special. Also, because of being an only child, my dad has spoiled me with random daddy-daughter dates, surprise vacations, a cup of tea or coffee while studying late at night, loads of chocolates, and several jackets! Not only is he an extremely supportive parent, but also my personal chef, doing wonders in the kitchen. My dad is an expert at making Kheer and Chicken Malai Tikka. My dad might not be a king for the world, but he has always treated me no less than a princess. This might sound cliche, but then this is the truth that I am a proud and pampered daddy’s daughter. Yes, I love you, Daddy! Happy Father’s Day.

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Just a single day in a year of 365 days is not fair enough to celebrate our fathers. They deserve much more than this. A hug every day, a verbal display of love, giving them a head massage, and a small date with your dad are enough to tell your father how much you love them.

Seasons of love will come and go, but a father’s love will stay for eternity — Happy Father’s Day to all the loving and amazing dads.

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A travel journalist in making. On a voyage of life full of high and low tides. Love to roast my stress in the oven and share my joys and sorrows with animals. Wish to unravel all the secrets of the world, someday!

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Neeraj

    June 20, 2021 at 6:10 am

    God bless you all pretty adorable daughters

  2. Randheer Singh

    June 20, 2021 at 6:32 am

    Love you Golu…

  3. Rashmi Singh

    June 20, 2021 at 8:50 am

    Beautiful article full of emotions.

  4. Vibha Singh

    June 20, 2021 at 9:43 am

    yes it is not enough to celebrate only one day for father’s, their hard work n dedication can’t be deny.They are the armour of the family.

  5. Safiya Khanam

    June 20, 2021 at 10:37 am

    This article is so special ❤️

  6. Anushree Acharya

    June 22, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    One day is not not enough to appreciate all the fathers and father figures out there.

  7. Jai

    June 24, 2021 at 6:56 am

    Awesome.. worth reading it

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