A TRIBUTE TO A FATHER

A TRIBUTE TO A FATHER

A male parent of  the children

With profusion 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 obligations

Even the step-father or adoptive father too has certain compulsions

To bestow upon the child the right kind upbringing under the circumstances

Care the child as their own – like a father-figure to be concise

Give child the right dose of value system right away required

Including all support system which is woefully needed

For upbringing the offspring in the best possible way wanted

For which paternal and maternal love are of paramount value though

For overall 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 steering clear from the difficult situations which may arise without any warning

Fatherly pat quenches the inquisitive thirst of their children

And the children come to know about the world around them

Father’s guidance brings our journey back on the right track

And save children not to go astray

And save them from sure off-track movements

Father’s soft touch is as good as the hard one

Since these touches are for ensuring the children’s wellness. .

I had all the attention from my mother and father alike

Those years were really very impressionable

When both of them were there with us

My father, a World War 1st Veteran

Who donned his uniform for the land of his birth

In his lifetime had seen 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 us 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 determination

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

As to how to face challenges which visit without much warning

Infused 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 anticipated that his end was so near

He called 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 you 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.

 

HARBANS KHAJURIA

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3 thoughts on “A TRIBUTE TO A FATHER

  1. Although today is not FATHER’S DAY, yet I have penned down a poem which could have been shared on the appropriate day, but, I think any day is appropriate for paying a tribute to a FATHER OR MOTHER.

    Kindly visit the poem and offer your kind comments. I love your comments immensely and learn from them.

    WITH REGARDS

    HARBANS KHAJURIA

  2. Mio caro Il Chiaro: good morning and thank you for this extremely moving article about the memory (living memory as his genetic material has been transferred to you and your kin) that moved me to tears, I happened to be writing an article about my own father Mario and your words ringed so soberly true and respectful. Yes, our fathers gave us the precious legacy of an honest life without any compromise with malicious behavior of any kind. That’s much more important than any material or financial assets. It’s what stays for the future generations. An example that you and I must dutifully follow, even when sometimes we feel humanely tempted to give up. Never. I was amused that you said that he served in World war I “for his country” as I believe that the Brits have yet to acknowledge (like the French) the big contribution of the colonials in the war effort.
    A big hug across the oceans. Arrivederci!

    1. GOOD MORNING DR. SAHIB.

      I am obviously moved by your commentary on my write-up. The memory of our love ones and especially of our parents due to whom our existence on this earth is possible is beyond any description. But whatever we are and whatever know-how we have is due to them only. Our initial years of life becomes a turning point in our lives due to the upbringing of our parents.

      Material assets could be earned by following a sincere way of living but the reservoir of wisdom in the form of informal education that is imported by our parents is second to none.

      The Brits may agree or not, it is for their sagacity but the sacrifices that our countrymen made during that war speaks volumes about their valour and bravery.

      A BIG HUG TO YOU AS WELL

      WITH WARM REGARDS
      HARBANS

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