Today, my heart is full of pride. Many years ago, I insisted on experimenting with my child’s life and future. I believe that the universe is designed to support us and accordingly I declared that we will choose the one school where we want our daughter Tanishqa to study and we will buy no other forms. Rummy, my wife, who was a quieter woman in those days didn’t disagree and so, the experiment was carried out. Everyday a new school’s forms were announced she would call me and I would say no. It wasn’t easy. The day St. Helena’s announced the final selection list, I was the most scared of all, for I was risking more than myself. I had to fight through a crowd to get to the board outside the gates of the school. When I saw her name on the selection list, I broke down there and wept, with relief and joy.
Today, I am sitting alone at home, in the same state. Having just seen Tanishqa’s results online. She’s passed her ICSE board exams with flying colors. She will probably be among the top 5 scorers in Art across the ICSE board for this year. I am unable to stop the tears of joy that are streaming down my face. My heart wants to burst with pride and I am filled with gratitude for this universe that seems to shower endless happiness upon me and smoothens the way for me and my family to constantly achieve our dreams.
And I want to thank each one of you, who has encouraged Tan, believed in her, complimented her art, from near and far. Those of you who have her paintings hanging on your walls – It is your belief and support that emboldened her and helped her to believe in herself. Thank you
Parenting can sometimes seem like a thankless job, but only in the short-term. In life you look for lag indicators. You wait 5 years or 10 and then you realize the distance you’ve traveled and how much things have changed. All I can say today about the first 16 years of fatherhood is, that it’s worth it.