An Ode to my Dad

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This is a picture taken from my Dad’s notebook from 1959, where he meticulously wrote down things and quotations he found interesting.

This is an old post…it is now six years since my Dad passed away.  Felt like re-posting.

It is six years since my Dad passed away. He was there one moment, and gone the next.  Initial shock gave way to denial, and then a gradual acceptance; because this is the only truth, that whatever our journeys are, whatever our desires and goals, we all have to go some day.

Time, as they say, is the best healer.  We learn to move on by getting sucked back into the vortex of our lives.

But memories of my Dad tug at me from time to time. In bits and pieces, as audio files when I hear his voice, sometimes as movies, as I playback some incident from my childhood, sometimes in newspaper articles, sometimes in the words of another writer, I see my Dad.

My Dad, who used to hold my sister’s and my hands in each of his, as he dropped us at the bus stand, whistling to a small colorful bird that use to sit atop the electrical cables across the road.  My Dad would call out, and the bird would answer in return.  This was an important part of our morning routine.

My Dad, who taught us how to file a piece of paper by folding it just right, who insisted that we learn to type at an early age, who sketched my grand mom and aunt, sitting where he was, who meticulously copied quotations that he liked from magazines and newspapers into his spiral-bound notebooks, who took us on long walks and listened to our non-stop chattering patiently.

My Dad, a man of few words, with his fantastic sense of humour and lop-sided smile, a loving son who ensured that his mom’s supply of lozenges was always well-stocked, who spent time with his home-ridden sister to show how much he cared for her, who helped my mom around the house and whose punctuality put clocks to shame!

My Dad, who held a candle near the sewing machine, one whole night, when there was a power cut, as my mother sewed a dress for my school concert, with the monsoon winds howling under the door and rain lashing away at the windows.

My Dad, who taught us to love literature and music, who taught us to articulate ourselves clearly when we spoke or wrote.

My Dad, who taught us by example that it is not from money or material things, but from love and family that happiness is created and sustained.

My Dad, who respected every choice I ever made, and was always there to hug me, when things did not go as planned, who made coffee for me as I studied late into the night.

My Dad in his black blazer, going to work; trying his hand at cooking after retirement, humming under his breath, cleaning ‘this & that’ and chiding us gently, “A place for everything and everything in its place”.

My Dad, who I now see in myself, in my need to write, who I see in my son, as he uses his pencil to sketch, who I see in my sister’s walk and in my mom’s talk, as she has unconsciously picked up some of his mannerisms over the years.

His memories are beautifully woven into the fabric of our lives, forming patterns that connect us to him, in what we do, in how we walk and in how we try to live up to our fullest potential, because that was the only dream he had for each of us.

Love you, Dad.

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34 Responses to An Ode to my Dad

  1. Sastha says:

    I remember your dad very well. Spoke to him maybe a couple of times. I am really sorry he is no more… but he lives on as you have written.


  2. dezignsrain says:

    Very touching. ….but this is what life is all about.


  3. Dr Sapna sinha says:

    How beautifully you’ve written nirmala. A loving tribute to a wonderful human being


  4. Nitya says:

    So beautiful, brought smiles to the heart as well as tears to the eyes…


  5. Remember your Dad very well, I know your relationship with him was special. This a true ode and an inspiration of how every dad, husband, brother and son should be. Really touching!!!

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  6. Such a lovely tribute. It made me smile as I thought about by own Dad. ❤


  7. Sujatha says:

    Lovely tribute in touching words! Here I was feeling down remembering that it will soon be a year next month. Since my dad passed away…I was thinking, but you put it down in words!
    I’m sure all our dads live on in us! 🍻

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  8. Sash says:

    So touching Nirmala..had tears in my eyes. Would like to add the big difference he made to the lives of so many people, some of whom I know, intimately.

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  9. Erika Kind says:

    That is such a beautiful and very honoring tribute to your dad, Nimi. Very touching. Big hugs to you!

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  10. Those quotes that he recording in his own notebook…they say a lot about him, and the concepts that he valued. You were a lucky family to have that kind of inspiration. Lovely tribute, Nimi. Thanks for sharing it. Cherish the memories. 💕

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  11. A very touching post. Even after he is no more, your dad would still be a part of your life in the form of memories, mannerisms and habits may be.

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  12. blahblablu says:

    this is so beautiful.

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  13. M.Winter says:

    This is such a touching post about your Dad. I’d like to think I am the favorite though I’m sure that’s how my other siblings feel too.
    I’m sure he’s proud of you 🙂

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  14. Viji Kasiran. says:


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  15. D K Powell says:

    Beautiful. I’m intrigued why, in 1959, your father was writing in English?!

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    • nimi naren says:

      My paternal grandfather both spoke and wrote flawless English. Our little town in the hills teemed with British soldiers and nurses. The English influence was quite strong…so it happened even before my Dad’s time.

      My Dad has passed on to me two letters written to him by his Dad..all in English.

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