“I was ashamed of my father”: Girl’s confession on social media gains love

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We are not strangers to getting ashamed of parents when they are unable to operate a mobile phone or when they are unable to pronounce English words. On several occasions, consciously or unconsciously we have mocked our moms and dads, made fun of their accent.

However, the regret that comes later is extremely terrible to live with.

A young girl from Bihar has opened up on social media about how she always had reservations for her dad’s profession.

The girl has narrated how as a young kid she hesitated to accept her father’s profession as a paanwala (someone who sells betel leaves) and how now she is proud of him.

Bihar’s Prachi Thakur is now an inspiration to millions of kids like her who disliked talking about their parents’ profession. She had posted her story on LinkedIn 4 months before.

“I was ashamed of my father.

No really.

“Tumhare papa paan ki dukaan karte hain.”

(Your father runs a betel shop.)

I had come crying home when a friend of my brother exclaimed that in front of everyone.

I was ashamed of what my father did.

I wanted him to do jobs like other fathers – maybe have a big shop, or be a office person or have a good cycle atleast?

I wanted him to have nice ironed shirts like other fathers – maybe white or light colored?

I wanted him to have a salary, so that we could have some good notebooks – maybe Navneet or Classmate ones (remember those?)?

He had none.

But you know what he had?

The undying spirit for success!

In my city, where girls were married off after 10th, my father used to push me for higher studies.

At a time when girls weren’t allowed to go out in the evening, my father took me to events in the night when I was hosting.

At a time when most girls were taught to speak polite and lower their voices, my father taught me tricks to be confident on stages and engage the audience.

In my city where no one focused on girls’ studies, my father accompanied me to Pondicherry for my master’s.

At a time when girls in my city were taking cooking lessons in family, my father cooked for us when our mother was away. He never let me in the kitchen, even when I was older.

At a time when other office going fathers were saving for dowry, my father was spending on my travels and conferences.

At a time when it was the norm for women to stay home, my father was supporting my mother to go to gym.

And at a time when other fathers taught their son to be masculine and tough, my father was modelling a supporting partner role to my elder.

People often ask me the secret of my confidence on stage.

And today I want to spill the beans.

I always see him sitting in the front row for me, and THAT!!

THAT is what fuels me.

So yeah.

I ‘was’ ashamed of my father.

Now, I’m his proud daughter.

Ah, what does he do now?

He still repairs cooking stoves.

Prachi’s father never let society dictate him what to do with his child. He never let it come in the way of her studies. He always took her hand and dragged her forward, tearing apart the shackles of society. With the help of her father she completed her Masters from Pondicherry University and is a TEDx Speaker. She is currently engaged in the Tourism and Hospitality sector.

The girl who once was ashamed of her father does not have any reservations now. She proudly accepts her father, who still runs the same shop, and does not leave a chance to spoil him.

Check Prachi’s post here:




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