31 Oct

music to the ears

 I have just realised what makes it all worthwhile.

The agony and estacy of dating,climaxing in the frightening and optimistic institution of marriage,the exhilarating and excruciating experience of fatherhood,the sheer joy and heartbreak of bringing up kids,seeing them grow up from the helpless baby to adorable toddler hero worshipping child,irritating tween and insufferable teenager.

We had gone through the gamut with our elder daughter who has now entered college and exited the teens, and in her full time preoccupation with creativity,politics,activism,recreation,socializing and academics,(in that order),has ceased to notice that we exist.

She however has handed over her unfinished task of educating papa to her younger sibling,who has just entered her teens.

She works hard to make me a more sensitive,liberal,metrosexual,”with it” man,and root out root out all subconscious traits of MCP and other uncool traits.


Quite used to constructive criticism,I was therefore extremely surprised to hear her wondering comment-papa you can write!

Investigation revealed that she had come across our friendly neighbourhood little magazine which had carried a story by me.Flattered by being asked for a contribution, and too lazy to do anything new, I had rehashed an old published story,which was the one she had found.

Encouraged by her interest,I dug out an ancient scrapbook where I had collected copies of various “middles” published in Delhi dailys like TOI,HT and Express,mostly before she was born.


An engrossed half hour later,she came up to me and preompterly ordered me to start writing again.This was the best criticism or review i had ever received.So i wrote what I felt at that moment–“I have realised what makes it all worthwhile….”


Posted by on October 31, 2013 in memoir


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  1. Enakshi

    November 8, 2013 at 7:09 am

    A gripping story Sir! That was quite an adventure


    • soumyamukherjee8

      November 8, 2013 at 9:35 am

      I think you meant this comment for a different blog. & this is a story loosely based on life. Life is far more exciting


  2. Sakshi Nanda

    December 3, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    And what better than your teenager telling you to write! Teenagers, as we all know, hardly lie. And to their parents about their parents? NEVER. Glad you have started writing. I, for one, am enjoying it greatly.


    • wiseguy from the east

      December 3, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      Thanx. Restarted writing actually. Glad u liked it. Shes mad @ me for posting this


  3. Harsha

    April 4, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Liked it immensely Somu!!


  4. Kenneth Finton

    February 16, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    I cannot help but wonder if the teaching in different cultures does not require a space after punctuation as it does in the west. I notices many and most instances where a period or comma is used without a space by many whose main language is not English. I cannot but wonder why this is so.

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  5. Kenneth Finton

    February 16, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    By the way … your daughter is a vert talented writer.

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    • wiseguy from the east

      February 16, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      This is the younger daughter. She’s training to be a designer. She’s a wannabe painter and musician. The eldest daughter is the budding writer 😊


  6. nikita aka njkinny (@Njkinny)

    February 17, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Wow..very encouraging..Your daughter did what I have been trying with my own father..I hope he follows in your steps and starts writing again..All the best..:)

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