"My father grew up in a village in Karnataka -- he hailed from a family which struggled to make ends meet. He would walk barefoot for 2 KMs to get to his government school and perform brilliantly! He got a scholarship at a young age and used that money to contribute at home. He went on to get 3 degrees!
While I was growing up, he travelled extensively. We were always close, so we would set up a time once a week - I'd log onto 'Satyam online link', then spend 15 minutes trying to connect to Yahoo, chatted for 5 minutes, before getting disconnected! We exchanged so many emails -- I would tell him about my day in detail and wait eagerly to know how he spent his!
I was in awe of him -- he was my biggest inspiration! He moved around, stayed away from his family just so that he could provide us with everything. He selflessly put our needs before his -- I still remember, he bought me 3 watches for special occasions, but he wore the same watch through the years, constantly getting it repaired until it finally stopped working.
My biggest dream was to make him proud -- I kept scoring good marks and got into medicine!
During my internship, even though I was earning a basic amount, I started putting some money aside to buy my parents a special gift. After 2 months, I bought my mom a saree and my father something close to both him and me.
When he came to visit me, I handed him a small box -- inside, there was a new watch. He was so overwhelmed -- he told me that he'd never received a gift before in his life. I felt both surprised and proud at the same time. He wears that watch everyday, and for some reason that's the best gift I've ever received!"
Humans of Bombay, Fb
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