Fa­ther, dear fa­ther

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Fa­ther’s Day, in the UAE, is cel­e­brated on the third Sun­day of June. It’s upon us, so what are we wait­ing for? We had a dis­cus­sion about why moth­ers ( all power to them!) seem to have hi­jacked the par­ent­ing ba­ton, while fathers in­vari­ably play sec­ond fid­dle. Look at the for­wards and Face­book posts we get on moms — even when it’s not Mother’s Day — and com­pare that with what we get on dads. Grow­ing up, my friends and I would agree, yes, there was a “bond” with papa, but it’s al­ways mama who’d be the rock in our lives. My fa­ther and his broth­ers ( my un­cles) were ter­ri­fied of their dad ( my grandpa) in their grow­ing up years, and would, ev­ery evening, leave the liv­ing room im­me­di­ately af­ter he came back from work and plonked him­self on the sofa ( he re­quired alone- time to mull over the day’s work). Even so, when they re­mem­ber him now, I re­alise there’s a lot of my grandpa they still re­tain: mem­o­ries, of course, but also quirks and id­iosyn­cra­cies; and then, they of­ten fall back on, “My fa­ther used to say…” These days, when the need of the hour ( nu­clear fam­i­lies) de­mands par­ent­ing be a lot more hands- on, fathers can no longer be the dis­tant, loom­ing ( yet ob­vi­ously lov­able) fig­ure my grand­fa­ther used to be. In our lead fea­ture this week, men talk about their fathers, and then tell us how they fare as fathers. Any­thing dif­fer­ent? You bet. Maybe not the depth, but the sheer range. Here’s to Fa­ther’s Day.

A Lu­pus sur­vivor tells us of her bat­tle with the com­plex dis­ease. Bol­ly­wood’s top five cou­ples who’ve stuck it out through thick and thin. Ra­madan fash­ion. If­tar treats. All this and much more. En­joy read­ing wknd. and have a great weekend.

MEN TALK ABOUT THEIR FATHERS, AND THEN TELL US HOW THEY FARE AS FATHERS

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