A father makes a huge difference in a child’s life. Renowned psychologist Sigmund Freud once said, “I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection”.
His theories might be debatable but fatherhood calls for celebration. Observed on the third Sunday of June, Father’s Day was inaugurated in the United States in the early 20th century to complement Mother’s Day.
The Millennium City of India has seen a rapid vertical rate of development in the past 10 years.
The over-burdened and over-worked authorities here always seem to lack in some parameter or other.
However, despite the professional roles they play, they make the best of fathers and take out quality time for their children, have healthy discussions, cook for their family and balance work and home with an equal deft.
HT talks to the children of some top officials of Gurgaon from different departments to explore how efficient fathers they are and what the children plan to do for them on this special day.
Superintending Engineer, Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitaran Nigam
Managing the electricity situation of an entire district is not an easy task and Chopra’s children understand this well.
“He cannot give much time at home as he is very busy. But whenever he is around, he is a great support for us,” said Chopra’s sons.
Prerrak, 19, and Harshit, 17, do not see their father very often, especially during summers as it is the peak time of power crisis.
However, their father takes care of all their needs. “Last year, when I was nervous during my engineering entrance exams, he motivated me,” said Prerrak.
Plan for the day: The boys have bought movie tickets for the entire family.
Gurgaon police commissioner
He is a tough police officer and a tough dad. The ‘first superhero’ in his sons’ lives, Alok Mittal has intriguing discussions with his children.
It might be his job to secure residents but with his son, he is open to criticism. “It is fun when I criticise the police and he tries to defend them. Now, he cracks jokes on lawyers as I aspire to become one,” said Anmol Mittal, 16, the elder son.
Amogh, 12, is relatively shy. “I cherish the time spent with my father.”
Plan for the day: The boys will make a card for their father and gift him a tie.
Gurgaon civil surgeon and CMO, Civil Hospital
Rajora has never let disappointments at work reflect in his interactions with his family. “He was never too busy to take out quality time for us. He is one of the youngest civil surgeons in Gurgaon but we were never deprived of his attention despite his work being so stressful,” said Yamini, his daughter.
His son Yezur and daughter study in Mumbai and Jodhpur and love the elaborate dinners prepared by their father. “He is a brilliant cook and also takes us for shopping,” they said.
Plan for the day: Yamini will bake a cake or cook something special for her “super chef” dad. Son sends his wishes.
Kumar is a truly multi-faceted personality, something that his children adore. “He balances everything perfectly. From work to family to social interactions to instilling good morals in us, he takes care of everything,” said his daughter Sakshi, 21.
“We cribbed as our friends had birthday parties while we opted for langar. Now we look forward to it, said Sudhakar, 26.
Plan for the day: A day out at a resort for some leisure time.