A Facebook forward recently aptly summed up the tricky father-child exchange. While we harass, complain to, make demands of and confide in our mothers about nearly everything under the sun, our conversations with dad, especially telephonic ones, are restricted to, "Hi, where's mom?" Our daddies may be our secret idols, but God save us the trauma of having to face him when returning late from a party, or when our itemised mobile bills reach him.
Age is hardly an insurance against that fear, the fear that often veils love. His approval of us and our life choices matter so deeply that we are often moved to adopt an almost perverse nonchalance. Of course, there are exceptions, the father-child duos who seem more buddies than anything else. But somehow, for most of us being vocal about our feelings for our fathers is a tad difficult.
Let this Father's Day, Sunday, June 21, be different. Pamper your dad with gifts and with your time. Tell him how much he matters. Bond with the most important man in your life over food, drinks or movies and let it be a tradition in the making.
Say it with gifts
Give run-of-the-mill books, toiletries, clothes or tech toys a break, and go for...
Vintage Pocket Watches:
Available at Nagi's, 26 Sundar Nagar Market and priced Rs 4000 to Rs 5000
For the love of cooking:
If your father enjoys his time in the kitchen gift him Boria Majumdar's Cooking On The Run or Samar Halarnkar's The Married Man's Guide to Creative Cooking and Other Dubious Adventures or Sanjeev Kapoor's How To Cook Indian
Let him unwind at a spa. Aroma Thai and Four Fountains are two of the spas with special Father's Day offers
On the move:
If your dad's a cool biker, get him Royal Enfield's special limited edition of the Desert Storm Despatch or Squadron Blue Despatch. If that's beyond your budget, you can still get him Most Impossible Collection Of MotorCycles by Ian Barry and Nicolas Stecher (Published by Assouline)
Games daddies play
Spend some quality time with him playing his favourite sport. If he is not a member at any club, gift him a temporary membership and join him there
Pacific in Greater Kailash-I, Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Complex in Connaught Place, Amatrra Spa at Ashok Hotel in Chanakyapuri and The Park Hotel on Parliament Street are some of the places offering a day-membership
Delhi Golf Club at Dr Zakir Hussain Road, Qutub Gold Course at Press Enclave Road, Lado Sarai and DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon offer temporary facilities for non-members
Siri Fort Sports Complex on August Kranti Marg, Vasant Kunj Sports Complex and Netaji Subhas Sports Complex in Jasola Vihar are open for guests
Fun with food
If the road to your dad's heart is through his stomach, take him out to these places offering a special Father's Day spread
The cafe at Kempinski Ambience Hotel will bear the dads share of the bill. The brunch spread includes Mediterranean, Indian, Malaysian, Thai and desserts specially crafted for the occasion
Guppy by Ai:
The restaurant at Main Market, Lodhi Colony has a menu made from fresh and seasonal ingredients like cherry blossom flowers, tokasa seaweed, kobocha, yellowtail, angel hair somen noodles and water chestnut
The cafe at Connaught Place offers a special discount equivalent to the age gap between your father and you by showing your age proofs
Bond over films as you lose yourself in these father-child flicks
Watch Deepika Padukone indulge and storm at her hypochondriac father, even as she stands like a shield between him and the rest of the world
Father of the Bride:
George Banks' perfect life is shattered when his 22-year-old daughter Annie decides to get married
Pooja Bhatt and Anupam Kher star in this movie about an alcoholic father trying to win his daughter's love
Akele Hum Akele Tum:
Aamir Khan plays a father fighting for the custody of his son in this Bollywood remake of Kramer Vs Kramer
Bonding over drinks
Do something slightly different; take your dad pub crawling! If he's the sort who usually lounges at the neighbourhood club, introduce him to the wonders of the city's microbreweries or get him to exercise his vocal cords at a karaoke bar. Age IS only a number.
Here's our pick of bars that dad might like:
This micro-brewery in Gurgaon offers you the chance to win five litres of freshly brewed beer for your dad. For some good craft beer you could also try 7 Degree Brauhaus or Striker Pub and Brewery.
Rock A Fella:
In Defence Colony for drinks and Karaoke
This cafe and bar in Hauz Khas Village offers Sufi nights on Sundays
Did you know?
While India follows the US and UK tradition of celebrating Father's Day on the third Sunday in June, in Australia Father's Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in September.
Robin Williams and Billy Crystal starred in the 1997 comedy Father's Day.