Deciding on what to write on this week was an easy task. It was Father’s Day recently, and I guess it’s the perfect time to just tell my dad how cool he really is.
It’s sad that I couldn’t meet him, though I’m looking forward to spending some time with him in July, when I’ll be in Delhi. We’ll spend time playing golf together, which is my dad’s favourite sport… and it gives plenty of time to chat in between shots — an awesome bonding experience. We also go running and play basketball together (it’s unbelievable how fit my dad is for someone his age).
Back in school, my friends used to call my dad Mufasa (from Lion King). I guess it’s because he’s got this aura of being really chilled out and still in control. Even now, my dad likes looking his best when he goes to army parties (he owns more than 50 ties!). The ultimate stud of my family, though, is my grand dad… Even if all my cousins and I study all our lives, we wouldn’t gather as many degrees as he has.
Another thing that I really appreciate about my father is the fact that he’s always been there for me, but has also made sure that I learn to take the hard decisions myself. Maybe that’s because he sees a lot of himself in me... and I wouldn’t be living up to it if I asked him to fix all of my problems... which is why I’ve learnt to get of out sticky situations on my own.
I still remember how I, along with all my friends, used to be in a hurry to grow up. I’m sure you guys know this line that most dads use — “When you’re under my roof, you follow my rules.” Well, it is only after you move out from under that roof that you really start missing it. I guess it’s when your shoe size finally matches his, when you finally start earning, that your dad or your father becomes your buddy. So don’t rush growing up, just wait and enjoy the friendship you’ll develop with your dad.