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The Rediff Special
July 01, 2004
I love you, Nana, for all the things you have given to me.
Hemanthkumar Kamalanathan, 31 years, Texas
I always feel Dads are more partial towards their daughters. I have many childhood memories to support my theory.
I always fought with my brother and was stubborn about getting my work done. Mom would scold me, but Dad always supported me and got me whatever I wanted.
He would be thrilled when I won a contest in school and would tell my brother to be like me. This really boosted my confidence.
If I did badly in an exam, he would tell me to do better next time. I was weak in Math, but Dad never let me down. He would help me after returning from work.
Both my parents work. Dad made it a point to help Mom in the kitchen. He never felt it was a job meant for a woman.
Dad had a good heart. Mom always says she is lucky to have a husband like him. I agree totally. I am thrilled he is my Dad.
I opted for a love marriage. Initially, my parents were not happy since I was the first person in the family to do so. But Dad understood and supported me; he made Mom understand. He dealt with every relative who questioned them regarding my marriage.
I am very proud of Dad. Mom calls me Dad's girl because I am so attached to him. If there is something called next birth, I want him to be my father again.
Archana Nischal, 27 years, Bloomington, Illinois
A man of valour
My father missed my birth, my childhood and my growing years. You see, he served in the army. I cried reading about Captain Vikram Batra's life on rediff; whenever I hear about the Kargil heroes, it reminds me of my father.
He was lucky to survive the 1965 war; he ducked under a piece of shrapnel that would have otherwise entered his chest.
Balan Gothandaraman, 45 years, New Jersey
My role model
Papa is my role model, my friend and my guide. I never have to think twice before approaching him.
Even though I am thousands of miles away, our emotional bonding is strong. He has always encouraged me to express myself, resulting in meaningful communication. Thank you, Papa, for my verbal skills. Papa's little girl has now carved a niche for herself.
He gave me the liberty to choose my own path. He let me fall because he wanted me to rise on my own, even when he would not be around to help. I have imbibed immense courage and strength from him.
I will always cherish the invaluable time I spent with Papa. Despite his hectic schedule, he reserved his evenings for the family. Till date, I am the last to finish dinner as I am constantly sharing my experiences with him. I have always heard fathers saying they are proud of their daughters, but I am proud you are my father, Papa.
Monica Raina, 27, New York
I want you back...
Illustration: Uttam Ghosh
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