The Man Who Taught Me the Unconditional Love 313

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me

A mother is, of course, the first person who comes to mind when we talk about unconditional love, but most often we forget to acknowledge this man who stands back, watches out, stretches his arms around all of us in protection like a big bear, and secretly sheds a tear simply because he needs to be the stronger one. Yes! He is our father or dad or daddy or papa and many other names we call him with love. If our mother carried us in her womb for nine long months, our father carries us for an entire lifetime.

I remember how every day I stood by the door waiting for my father return from work in the evenings because I knew he is going to make me play. Of course, he would also make me sit with my books for hours which was the boring part, but he always played with me. I did not know then that he was tired working all day in a factory and yet found the energy to spend time with me simply because he loved me.

He sat helping me with every school work. Be it an activity or studies, spending time, helping me to learn it. He stood behind helping me learn the balance of the cycle. He believed in me when I wanted to move out of the house to another city to continue my education. He stood watching out for me. Was it not his love for me that made him do all that he did? Now I am a mother myself and I know the feeling, I asked him one day; was he not afraid to send me out of the house, and let me stay alone in a new city? His answer was “ I was very much worried, but you needed to go, you needed to learn to be independent”.

There were many times that I rolled my eyes for his advice and did against. But I have also learned my lessons and came back to him telling that he was right. But the most beautiful gift he gave me is believing in me every time.

Years passed by and I grew older. He stood there silently when the man he chose tied the knot in my neck, all the while accepting the fact that it is time for me to move out of his cocoon. His only concern and wish, my husband and my future family treat me the best because he was handing over his princess in their hands forever. That is the day probably in every daughter’s life, we see our fathers at the weakest yet the most lovable and strongest man in the World.

After being married for many years now, even today my father waits for my call every day and feels sad and worried when I miss even a day, though he knows everything will be fine with me. At times we fight, times we argue, times we laugh, times we just talk. But in the end of the day, he sleeps well knowing I am happy. He was a very strict man in my growing age, but underneath I know he is a very soft and emotional man who loves me like no one else.

Dear dad, please know you are my hero forever and I love you always!!!

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“I Fear a Relapse”, Says Deepika Padukone. 1357

The trailer of the most awaited Padmavati movie was released making us wait on a tiptoe for the movie to be released soon which is actually on December 1st, 2017 (See the trailer here). While on-screen Rani Padmini fights for her honor, the actress who plays the role, Deepika Padukone is fighting altogether a different battle in her real life.

While shooting for the Happy New Year movie, Deepika was fighting her inner battle of depression. Although she did not realize it then. Her mother who came to visit felt there was something wrong and requested Anna Chandy, a psychiatrist from Bengaluru to talk to her daughter. Though Deepika ignored it for a period of time, she finally recognized her problem and took steps to cure it. However, in a recent event, while talking about the Jauhar scene of Rani Padmini in the movie Padmavati, she revealed that she lives in a constant fear of a relapse of depression. She said “ I don’t think, I am completely over it. There is always a fear of relapse as that phase when it happened is the worst experience in my life”.

Since her opening up about her condition in public, there are numerous articles written about depression and there are plenty of suggestion available for someone who is looking for help. But, the truth is a lot many of the population who are suffering from depression do not know that they have it and they need help. Most of them try to think it is nothing but stress, fatigue and they are over-worked.

Like Deepika said in one of her interviews earlier while talking about her feelings during the time, being sad and being depressed are two different things. When someone is sad, they look sad, but when someone is depressed, most of the times they hide it. They try to behave normally while the feeling of emptiness keeps nagging at them. You do not have to be poor or have to lose something in life to be depressed. Sometimes the feeling of depression has no reason.

How to recognize the signs?

When someone is depressed, you may notice certain changes in them. Such as,

  • Less interested in daily activities
  • Loss of appetite and weight changes (can lose or gain)
  • being angry and irritable most of the times
  • less energised
  • self-loathing
  • reckless behaviors
  • Change in sleeping patterns

These are some of the changes we notice in a depressed person, not for few days but on a regular basis. If you spot these in someone or if you are facing it yourself, get help. There is no age or gender who are affected by depression.

Recognizing and understanding the symptoms of depression is the first step to finding a solution. Once you know, meet a good psychiatrist and get help. There is no shame in finding help to cure a mental illness. We meet our doctors for physical illness. In the same way, sometimes our mind also need that extra help too.

Do not, I repeat do not ever be afraid to ask for help!!! Because you might be surprised that there are so many good people around you who really care and want to help you.

Marriage – the funniest ironical institution in India 221

Many people would not be able to figure out the mistake in the following figure. Well, there is no grammatical mistake, there is no printing error or any other fault in it. If you still haven’t figured it out, I have an answer for you, I would like you to face the ironical reality of the modern world or the 21st century where the thoughts and ideologies of Paleolithic age still prevails.

Women have always been considered as a pillar of the society, we have given her various names, we worship her, pamper her and consider her to be the live giver; there is nothing wrong in it. However, it blows my mind to see such kind of ideas still prevail in the society. I personally feel that a woman gets a chance to change her life, the first time she is born, the second time her life changes when she gets married and the third time she changes her life when she gives birth to a new life. But, amidst all this ebb and flow of life cycle, why is there a question that she needs to answer every time. Why is there a need to prove that she can equally love her parent and in-laws? Well, if you feel that I am proclaiming something different, then you must have a look at the picture here.

I find arrange marriages to be the funniest institution in India. Irrespective of the fact that I am a party to it, I still believe that it has some funny traditions and beliefs flowing in it. I would like to highlight a few-

  • The first thing that we say in India is, “Shaadi hamesha barabari ke khaandaan mein honi chahiye (One should get married in a family who is equal in status with the other),” Well, if that is true, why this equivalence is only restricted to money, why no one questions on thoughts, beliefs, ideas, vision etc. Yes, money is important to run a family, but imagine a situation where you have a big house, a big car etc. but both husband and wife are never on the same page. Is that the mantra for a happy married life? At least I don’t feel so.
  • Another popular phrase which we commonly here during the marriage is that “Shaadi to parivaaro ka mail hai ( Marriage is not between two people, it is the bonding of two families,” if that is so, why a girl has to put her in-laws first and ignore her parents. If that’s not the truth, I would again request you to run through the picture above. Why can’t both the families co-exist. Although, things are changing, the ground reality is different.
  • One of the common things I have heard is, “ Ladki ko sasural ke hisab se adjust karna chahiye (girl must learn to compromise and live as per her in-laws and husband),” there is nothing wrong in it and I too believe in it, but what if we tweaked this scenario, like both the parties can make slight adjustments so that everyone is happy and the guy or the husband doesn’t have to take sides.

What I have written is not new or neither revolutionary, I have actually started to find our society to be hilarious. We are never in a phase to create an equal world, rather we always pester on the fact that one has to be above, I think this hierarchical ideology is still haunting us since the time of Britishers. I don’t know how much change will come in the times to come, but, even if one person transforms after reading this, I will feel content.