On this Father’s Day, I really miss my Dad. I know that he is watching over me. There isn’t a day I don’t think about him and all the wonderful moments we shared. They say “Not all heroes wear capes” and my father was and is still a hero to me in the truest sense of the word.
As a father, my Dad took care of everyone dear to him, be it family, friends, relatives, or his employees. He was always there for people in need and would prioritize others’ needs before his own. Sometimes, to help others, he would put his own work aside without a second thought but whenever something was wrong, he would put himself on the frontline to protect others. I have only seen people possess either physical or mental strength, but my dad was both physically and mentally strong, a rare combination.
I’d be lucky if I could inherit a few qualities from him. He was strong-willed and was determined to overcome any challenge that was thrown at him. He was a great father to me and my brother, a great husband to my mom, a great son to his parents, a great boss to his employees, and a great leader for who followed his footsteps.
I would always claim to be his father, reincarnated in the form of his daughter. Sometimes, I would call him by his name for fun. My Dad’s official name was Chandrasena and Lakshmipathi was his alias. I remember running around and calling him “Hey Lakshmapthi!” 😝 My mom thought it was disrespectful and would always scold me whereas my Dad had absolutely no qualms with it and would join me in the fun. My dad was a very jovial person but he could be serious when needed.
My Dad never smoked in real life but he faked a pose with a cigar for a picture, while I faked the pose for a film 😎🚬
I had recently been to an election campaign in my hometown Chikkaballapur and was surprised to see how people recalled him fondly even after 15 long years. Apart from talking about my movies, they reminisced how they would carry me around and said that my Dad was a wonderful person. They recalled how he had helped them and said that he should have lived longer. I feel really proud to be his daughter.
This picture of my Dad with his employees was clicked during Deepavali celebrations 🙂
Dad, you taught me to be strong and independent. You knew me as a kid but didn’t get to see me as a grown-up. I always wonder how we could have dealt with life together if you were still with us. It pains my heart that I can’t seek advice from you. Seeing my friends’ fathers guiding them, standing next to their daughters during their wedding makes me miss you even more. I wish you were here and taught me more about life. Wherever you are, I hope you are happy. Happy Father’s Day Daddy. I love you. Shine bright always ✨
To all the wonderful fathers out there, Happy Father’s Day.