Happy Birthday Papa!

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  1. What wonderful heartfelt post parul. My eyes were moist with joy of reading it by the time i completed reading this beautiful letter to your dad. Indeed your dad’s heart must have filled with joy as he read this letter. For sure it is the perfect and beautiful gift to your papa on his 60th b’day 😊

  2. Geetha MG says:

    Such a lovely note Parul! 🙂

  3. NJ says:

    This is truly a beautiful post dear 🙂 A very beautiful letter 🙂 I loved the way you wrote about the beautiful things that you learnt from your father or the things that were passed on to you as legacy 🙂 And I liked brothers comment too 🙂 his comment added a charm to this wonderful post 🙂

  4. richa singh says:

    OMG! This is my dad minus the books part. He never had to buy me books I was too busy doing that to myself all the time 😀 he kept on insisting I play outside 😀 yeah nerd that I was 😛

    I am so happy I could read about both your parents what a wonderful introduction it has been to them through you 🙂

  5. Badri Nath says:

    friends two quotations have changed me and made lasting impression on me and that is relevant to the present context i mean this post. they are as follows:
    1.Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist
    – Michael Levine
    2.There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings
    – Hodding Carter

    i am thankful to you all for the kind words on my birthday and of course parul’s blog and siddhartha’s comment thereupon
    badri nath

  6. dNambiar says:

    So sweet.
    Happy birthday to your dad, Parul. I bet you made it an ultra-special birthday with this super-special post. 🙂
    I hope you are doing well.

  7. अपने पिता के साठवें जन्म दिन पर एक बेटी ने उनको पत्र लिखा जिसमें बताया कि आपने हमें किस तरह ढाला….
    पारुल, तुमने हद कर दी…. खास तौर पर बाबरी विध्वंश पर तुम्हारी सहज प्रतिक्रिया…. वाह! वाह!!

  8. Archana Kapoor says:

    such a lovely post Parul… happy bday to your daddy dearest… 🙂

  9. A wonderful letter detailing out the values that you have imbibed from your dad. Join you in wishing your dad a very happy birthday,

  10. Happy birthday to your Dad, Parul. Even if you hadn’t shared these lovely memories of him, it’s obvious that your parents have done a fine job of raising you to be a wonderful young woman! May your wishes (and your brother’s) for him come true!

  11. Neha says:

    written wonderfully Parul. It sure as a reader made me go through your childhood memories:-)

  12. Beloo Mehra says:

    What a love-filled letter from a loving daughter! Best wishes for your father and the entire family. A daughter’s relation with her father is always so special.

  13. Bhawana says:

    Wonderfully captured! You both should be proud of each other 🙂 The values we get from home are the building blocks of the society.

  14. It was my mum’s birthday yesterday.. And I got her a gift by breaking my piggy bank.. And then she said the same thing that your dad said.. That the gift was not needed.. Maybe all parents say that?

    But then, that’s the thing about parents. They get us to be strong and independent individuals and make our mark in society. There’s hardly any way we can repay them entirely. These small gifts, which bring a smile on their face, is the humblest and best possible way in which we can bring a little happiness and sweetness to their life! And in a way, it makes us feel a little happy about being able to make them happy.. The very same thing that they have been doing since the day we were born!

    Happy belated birthday to your dad, Parul! 🙂

  15. Fountainhead says:

    A wonderful post! You made your dad stand in person for me 🙂 & that’s real talent.
    Best wishes to Uncle.

  16. inquisitivegeet says:

    I am so touched by this post Parul. A very happy and healthy birthday to your dad. The way our fathers take care of us inexplicable! I was thinking about my dad all the time reading this post 🙂 Thank you for sharing 🙂


  17. chrysfey says:

    This was a lovely post. Happy Birthday to your Papa! I hope he enjoyed his day and got to see this post you shared with us. 🙂

    Visiting from A to Z Road Trip.
    Write with Fey

  18. Lata Sunil says:

    its so heart-warming. Surely, you make your dad proud. And Happy Birthday to your Dad!

  19. Nibha says:

    That was touching! Indeed we learn so much from our fathers that we can’t even think of summing up in a single post! Lovely letter! 🙂

  20. Haaaaappy burthday, Uncle 🙂
    God bless you both <3

  21. Parul, this was the most touching post I’ve read in a long time. The right values taught young will definitely make us better people.Though I do not know your father personally, please convey my regards to him. May other parents learn these values and pass them on!

    • Thank you so much Preethi for your kind words. I will convey your wishes. And you are right – values are to taught early on in life. That’s when they stay!

  22. Kaddu says:

    A very Happy Birthday to your Dad, Parul! This was a really sweet post.

  23. shanx says:

    Such a lovely post Parul. Brought in a smile and so much along. Many thanks for sharing 🙂 Happy b’day wishes from me 🙂 A wonderful post indeed. He must be proud, so proud!

  24. That’s a lovely post. You made me emotional. I lost my father 7 years ago and when I read this, I so related to this, especially the mention that he did not book the tickets and taught you to fill up the forms. That’s exactly what my dad did as well. Wonderfully written.
    Many hearty wishes to your dad and wishing him a long, happy, healthy life and expecting to read his posts soon.

  25. Siddhartha says:

    Very nice article. True reminisce of those times which only we two can share and bask again in. These memories can only surface out on occasions as today.

    Though it might be that initially we started off with audio cassettes of papa’s choice, but in the later years, if you remember, we decided it’s better to gift what we like for ourselves. Audio cassettes of Wajood & Taal movies are two such that I remember. A gift would still mean a gift to papa besides satisfying our ulterior motives too. But good that papa did not reciprocate the same when our birthdays arrived. I mean how far is November from July – just a matter of months & imagine getting a full year subscription of economic and political weekly on your birthday!!

    Anyways, books are not what I consider as gift that came from him. It’s a legacy infact. Books were always there, no matter which corner we hid in B-11. But yes, the reading habit is the gift. Too less peers got that from their fathers’ despite their fathers being in teaching profession– at least no one that I know of & along with that reading habit came the gift of patience. Or was it through genes? Confusion here.

    Not wasting food is a gift; a true gift– till date I am not able to leave the plate without finishing everything. Sometimes even to the detriment of my tummy. And another is filling up each and every bottle and bucket to the brim. Though I cry out when I see papa doing that when I go home, surprisingly I too do it without fail. Apple never falls far from the tree.

    That babri mosque is a good one – I pretend to not remember but I do. Sometimes I feel guilty too about that. But then I console myself saying to myself that I was too young. You too. Don’t worry sis. If I would have seen my kid doing that I would have pushed him off the terrace. But you know- had those incidences never happened, we would never have known true meaning of secularism. Indirectly Papa taught this very well. And papa, I still remember, what you used to say about that – that how a nation actually is, can be best judged by how it treats its minorities.

    Things that we both remember from those days & in reflections later on have made us what we are today. Never realized then but can see now.

    Best wishes on your 60th birthday dearest Papa. I can understand you must be missing more audio cassettes but the era has gone now. It’s the downloading age & you are much better in that than me.

    Unlike didi I would want rather different return gift from you. It is that I want you to do those things that you and mummy could not due to the responsibility of raising us. Things / activities you missed because of us; time that could have been spent together between you and mummy, with friends, with colleagues. Go find time for your self – see and experience things that you both have only read about so far. Spending long vacations / going on a foreign tour every year, exploring… I do not like you two coming to Delhi / Bangalore each year on your vacations. Besides you have seen and know well both these cities. Go further now. Kids have got their share and always will be there for you. But it’s not necessary to spend your entire vacation with us. Go see the worId. I liked this year better than others due to Goa happening. But that was fluke. Don’t deny it.

    And spend more on yourself, get an ipad, the one you like at phupha’s place, get a dog for mummy , join a club.

    School fees, uniform, books, tuition fees etc for di & me – those routine monthly expenses are long gone. It should be us covering your monthly expenses now. And keep aside your own money only for indulgence. That’s how it should be. Both of you have devoted enough time to us – now is the time to think about yourself. Nahi toh kab!!

    • rajivbakshi says:

      I believe you are Paruls younger brother . You write Blogs better than her 🙂 I was more moved by your Blog than your Dis . Parul Incidentally it is your Sis who Reviewed my first Book on short stories : Journey from Guwahati to Machhiwara . Do read if you have the time. Parul please don’t mind if I said that your Bro wrote better Blog than you . Probably you taught him how to write .

  26. Laurel Regan says:

    What a lovely, heartfelt post. You and your dad are so lucky to have each other! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

    • Thanks Laurel. Here is this post is a section where I’ve mentioned an incident that happened in India in 1992 and it was a lesson on secularism for me and my brother.

  27. Shilpa Garg says:

    That’s such a beautiful and a heart warming tribute to your dad on his birthday, Parul! Your love for him is shining through your words. And I am sure he must be so touched and felt so proud of you as he read this letter from that lobby. Best wishes to your dad from me too. Cheers ♥

  28. A writer from the East says:

    Salgirah Mubarak Uncle, Happy Birthday 🙂
    Parul, what a lovely dedication, awesome 🙂

  29. rajivbakshi says:

    Straight from the daughters heart 🙂

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