It is almost 25 years since he passed away, but his presence is felt everwhere and in all the chores I do. I can recall each and every joke we shared, the undoubted support he gave in times when my ideas were opposed by my mom, the scooter rides to the school and later to the college bus stand etc etc.
He was a man of few words and my mom says that he spoke the most only with me. My neighbours still recall the day when my father distributed Laddoos on the day I was born. He was always proud of me in whatever I do, immaterial whether the act was a failure or success, such was the blind love. His quiet and gentle nature is recalled even now by my relatives and friends.
The day of marriage, he just hugged me saying 'Silence is golden' and those words carried a million meanings within it. Later, in my life after marriage, it was my father-in-law who played the role of my father and he used to take pride when someone asks him if I was his daughter. Such was the relationship and we could talk for hours together, almost all the topics. It was an easy-breezy relationship without any expectations or egos. I am proud to quote that he had registered for my post graduation and B.Ed and encouraged me to complete them.
Both of them are no more with me, but their sweet memories lingers which guides me even now in all my thoughts and actions.
A true dedication to both, appa, I love you!!!!!!!
"No matter how old you are, you still miss your Daddy" - Anonymous