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Desi parents have certain traits and characteristics that make us love and hate them. While they go OTT when it comes to reprimanding us, they have a unique and non-obvious way to express their love and affection towards their kids.
Because, according to them, if they show us that they’re proud of us, we will start taking things for granted and be lazy and careless.
Taking to Twitter, entrepreneur, and lawyer Ramanuj Mukherjee shared how his father reacted when he received the President’s Award for his creative writing in 2004.
Getting an award from the late Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi is indeed a huge achievement. Even he thought his dad would be over the moon. But, Ramanuj’s father wasn’t that impressed by him.
When he asked his father what he thought of his achievement, he said, “How would this help? Will your writing help you to get a job?”
That’s pretty much how most of the desi dads would react, right?
Contrary to what his dad thought, Ramanuj’s writing did help him build a company that gives jobs to 380 people from all over the world.
“Writing saved my life & made me who I am,” he tweeted.
I got the president's award for creative writing in 2004. While I was still in high school.
I went to the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi with my whole family as a state guest and received an award from President Abdul Kalam.
I thought my father would be proud. I asked him what he… pic.twitter.com/lG64LIJ2H0
— Ramanuj Mukherjee (@law_ninja) March 20, 2023
Twitter had a lot of opinions about his dad’s reaction. Some said it’s their way of pushing us to work harder.
Well sometimes parents are less appreciating of our achievements. It might seem like they’re underestimating us but that’s ok, probably that’s their way of pushing us to have more clarity in our goals. Also, somewhere this compels us to prove ourselves in front of them.
— Dr Neha Chawla (@thestrongdoc) March 21, 2023
so true. when i first successfully write my first code and able to run it on pc, and showed ot to my father he asked me the same questions
— Anil (@cooldude14388) March 21, 2023
Loved what you wrote.
Our parents question from their own understanding of life.
I am glad you found the answer of your choice
— simmi roy mishra (@simmir) March 21, 2023
Be happy that “Sharma ji ka ladka” was not mentioned in that conversation.
— Divyendu Mishra (@marketing_monk_) March 22, 2023
Bengali parents always keep you grounded to reality. They are always preparing the child for the worst possible scenario.
— Yojimbo (@subhabrata1978) March 21, 2023
As @Zakirism says – Maa Baap aapke passion ke against nahi hai, bas woh aapko Garib nahi dekhna chahte.
— Krishna Mishra (@KrishnaSMishra) March 21, 2023
Sigh!!! Indian parents!! The response is either naukri or sharma ji ka beta!!
— Gettherafeout (@madmadridistan) March 20, 2023
what is with parents of our generation? they never seem to go beyond the prosaic of the 9-5 job. I recently got a patent approved after a 4+ year long wait..the first thing which my parents mused over call was – 'will it help in your job?' I just smiled
— Surya A. Moitra (@surya19m) March 21, 2023
Desi parents have their way with everything. Just hope we don’t turn into them. 😜
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