Today is a very exciting day with two celebrations on the blog, Fathers Day and International Yoga Day. Last night, I got a message from a friend that an organisation she is a part of is doing a ‘Yoga Mediation Walk’ in Aarey today. I made up my mind that this would be a perfect way for me to be a part of the ‘International Yoga Day’ and the walk in the beautiful Aarey sounded very relaxing. While we were walking towards our destination today, I happen to see this father-son duo gazing at the lake that has popped up in Aarey due to all the rains that have been flooding Mumbai.
Somehow, it couldn’t be more perfect for me. He had come to Aarey with his son, who wanted to cycle. He did this on a rainy Sunday morning when most of us would cuddle in the bed. While his son cycled, he ran along with him and combined it to his fitness routine. I don’t know who they were, but they were my role models for the day. There, that’s how my two celebrations got blended. I went looking for Yoga and got a splendid Father’s Day Portrayal.
I know most men don’t read my blogs as they feel my writing is women centric. So I am trying to change something today, and today is going to be about fathers. I sent out a few questions to some fathers , to understand their views on life, kids, parenthood in general. Here is what I got back 🙂 from some of them, some didn’t find the time to reply…ahhhh…men!!! It’s still my blog, you see ..and I can crib :)!!
Madhusudan Rajgopalan, is a dad to two beautiful daughters.
What ideals or principles would you like to instil in your child?Be honest in all that you do. Be kind to everybody. Be grateful for what you have. Focus on doing your best and avoid comparisons with all and sundry
Do you feel dad’s get less credit for all that they do?
At one level, as parents, I don’t understand the point of getting or not getting credit. How does it really matter? Parents are responsible for their children and they do what they have to, and to the best extent they can. How they split up responsibilities within the family is a personal choice, and nothing to do with what people around may think. But if we had to really apportion credit, mothers should get more credit than they do. They have a tougher job, and more constituencies to balance.