Ever since my childhood, whenever I remember my father, I get only one picture in my mind, dad, leaning on to the easy chair and lost in reading books. Cool, easygoing, patient, calm dispositioned, broad minded...this is how I can describe my father. He is a great reader as well as a good writer and ofcourse as a rule a biggest absent minded person!!! :)
He is multitalented person, with good sense of humour. I always liked my dad for his creative personality.
Unlike me he had a miserable childhood. He lost his father at the age of 14 and literally became orphan by loosing his mother at the age of 19. He sent to Mysore, his Father-In- Law's house for further studies.Those were the hardest days, himself says that he did managed the complete three years with only 3 shirts and 2 trousers! and did not had fresh food for atleast a single day! All stale and residual food went to my dad's stomach instead of sewage. He had to 'pay' all kinds of 'services' for the members of the house for staying there.But still he is very grateful to them that they did not let him on streets!!
Besides all these, life led in mysore, helped him a lot . As his F-I-Law was a well known sculptor, my pappa developed a taste in arts. He could learn sculpture, and clay modeling. He also joined the art school in mysore and learnt drawing, painting and imaging. He could get mastery in human drawing. In mysore he learnt the basics of flute too.
At that time, he lacked close affectionate s, He suffered a lot by loneliness which he tried to compensate to some extent in the company of books. G.T. NarayanRao, the famous writer, resided in saraswatipuram very nearer to where my father stayed. Dad was a great follower of him and learnt every hook and corner of kannada literature.
Dad is adventurous by nature.He joined the adventure club in mysore and enjoyed many trekking and mountaineering with the troop. Climbing the Himalayas was the biggest adventure by itself which he cherishes those memories even today.
As I told Besides this he is a good reader and a writer. S.L.Bhairappa, Poornachandra Tejasvi, Shivaram Karanth, G.T. Narayan Rao, A.N.K are some of his admiring writers. But he reads indeed all books irrespective of good or bad ! He has the habit of buying books and probably the best habit of donating the old books to schools or libraries after reading. As per my knowledge, he never borrowed any books from anybody.
He succeeded to publish three books..namely, 'Dhwani Mudrikegalu','Baduku', and 'Yashassinedege Sapthapadi' . among these 'Baduku' got good appreciation and enjoyed highest demand. So he republished it. Right now thinking of publishing one more book. I love the way he writes. He has been very particular and critical in his writings and never dare to write about any subject without prior study and proper analysis.
Besides this he is still not contented with his achievements. He wanted to build a career in fine arts which he couldn't do. His innerself always motivated him to lean towards arts. Many a times he thought of quitting the banking job and continuing in literature and painting.But the responsibilities towards family, screwed him up in banking profession. He could not prove himself in any field as much as he wanted to do.This is a biggest grief for my father. Shifting to new place, new region for every three years that to staying in rural areas for highest number of years curtailed his scope and opportunity. and one more cause is probably lack of support. My mom was complete opposite to my father's disposition. According to her opinion, art means the way out to loose money, wastage of time and nothing in return!! Constant nagging made dad's confidence weak and dismal.
My dad is a very very simple person. I am always inspired by his good morals and dedication towards duty. I cherish those memories of my childhood , listening to his endless fascinating stories. We, I mean me and my younger brother always eager to listen those stories and we made it custom before going to bed.They were carrying us along, to the skies, within the water , around the fabulous fantasy worlds, from which I learnt to build the castles in the air!!! :)
Dad is known for his extra ordinary patience.When we were too young, he was never ever getting irritated by our endless curious questions! instead he was trying to convince us with illustrations and demonstrations.
I still remember the day when I was just six years old,asked him about the occurrence of day and night.At that time he just assured me to show it in the evening.I was awaited for that evening so eagerly.When he was back home he had a 'globe' in his bag! That night in a dark room,he literally demonstrated the revolving of earth around itself and around the sun with the help of the globe and a torch as earth and the sun !! I wondered and tried to visualize the things.This demo invoked a hundreds of questions again... :) and paapa went on answering ..that is different.:)
My father tried to develop the reading habit in us.Though failed in case of his son, I inherited it. He was happy to see me reading story books at the very young age of 7 or 8. He used to bring me all kinds of story books like chandamama, balamithra, balamangala, comics...etc etc. He got it bound and preserved it in his home library. But my habit turned in to addiction in such a way that I used read comics hiding it within the text books even in school!!
Besides dad's warning..when I engaged in doing the same thing all time, one fine day I lost all my story books. :(. Dad just gave it to some school libraries. Though he was not happy to do so just compelled act like that. Even today I miss those books.:)
Apart from these paapa is a sensitive and an elusive person.He doesn't know shouting at anybody (other than mom!!). He is not a social kind of a person.He doesn't have a big circle of friends. But too honest in relationships.He likes to be solitary than being in groups.He is a rare person with least expectations.His depth will be known only when we try to explore him!! He is good person and ofcourse a BEST FATHER ! :)
I am proud to be his daughter;
LOVE YOU DAD!!