A TRIBUTE TO A FATHER
20TH JUNE 2021 IS FATHER’S DAY
MY FATHER WAS A WORLD WAR I VETERAN
A relationship most reverential
Who comes to the succor of his offspring every time it is needed!
Even surmounting all constraints
Which may come on the path to tide over the situations
In whatever ethical way he can provide support to his children.
With abundance in parental love and affection
A male biological contributor of the infant’s creation
Possessing with it, all legal and social relationships
Besides, male parent carries certain rights and with it huge obligations
Even the step-father or adoptive father too has definite compulsions
To bestow upon the children the right kind of upbringing and value system
Under any circumstances.
Care the child as his own continually till the children attain their goal
It is a pious duty of a father to render a helping hand to his children
Give the the right dose of upbringing which is hugely required
Including all support system which is needed
For upbringing the offspring in the best possible way wanted
For which paternal and maternal love is paramount
For overall evolution, growth and development of the child
Thus taking care of physical and mental health
So that the child adjusts well in the society in which the child is living
Thus helping the children steering clear
Off the difficult situations which may arise without much warning.
It is a known fact that fatherly pat quenches
The analytical thirst of their children
And the children come to know about the world around
Father’s guidance brings our journey back on track
And save children from going astray
And save them from sure off-the-track passage
Father’s soft touch is as good as the hard one
Since these help the children’s wellbeing in the long run.
I had all the attention from my parents
Those years were really very impressionable indeed
When both of them were there with us.
My father, a World War 1st Veteran
Who donned his army uniform
In his lifetime had seen many ups and downs
During his active service tenure in armed forces
He gave credence to the idea of ‘duty first’
With utmost dedication and devotion which were the hallmark
The traits of which were transferred to me in plenty
My father too faced many a tragedies
Three of his brothers had accidental deaths
But faced every difficulty with resilience and courage
Determined that such tragedies should not put us in fear
He taught us that fear should not make us weak
But faced with courage and strong will
He practiced Ayurveda to cure his rural patients as a social service
So that cure could be bestowed to the ones who needed it the most.
He actively participated in many a social causes
In whatever manner it was possible for him
With the limited resources he had that time
He nurtured us with the best diet he could afford
Inculcated positive outlook on life
And taught us how best to adjust with the time and space
As to how to face challenges
Which may visit without much warning
Infuse positive outlook on life in us
Even at the discouraging irritants
Which may visit us without any prior inklings
He taught us how to face up to any situation
Which he himself followed assiduously till his last day
While on his death bed at the ripe of age of Ninety SEVEN
When I was studying only in class SEVEN
Whilst he anticipated that his end was so near
He called all of us near him with a smile
Gave four gems of advices which we still follow most conscientiously
Never interfere in others’ affairs unreasonably
Never be afraid of life’s challenges which may visit suddenly
Never be reactive to anything that may happen with much warning.
And finally always follow the dictum
The winner is the one who follows the Absolute Truth.
Subsequently, he breathed his last
With two tears flowing from his eyes
And God’s names on his tongue
Which I vividly remember even now
That is the TRIBUTE TO MY DEAR FATHER
AND may be to every father.