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WKND - - Paternal Instinct - By ro­hit nair

Fa­ther’s Day is not as pop­u­lar as Mother’s Day, and was only made an of­fi­cial hol­i­day in 1972. Moth­ers got their day in 1914. Talk about un­fair! hen we set out to do this story we, ad­mit­tedly, had sev­eral pre­con­ceived no­tions about dads, both the cur­rent crop and of gen­er­a­tions past. Dads of old were aloof, myth­i­cal be­ings that ma­te­ri­alised for a meal with the fam­ily be­cause they were out earn­ing the big bucks so ju­nior could have his three square meals and go to a good school. PTA meet­ings were never dad’s turf, un­less, of course, se­vere pun­ish- ments had to be doled out, or some­thing was amiss on ju­nior’s re­port card. Fathers today are way more hip and present, chang­ing di­a­pers and hoist­ing their kids onto their shoul­ders for daddy’s day out at the mall. Some even choose to be stay- at- home dads while mommy brings home the ched­dar. That’s progress on so many lev­els ( gen­der par­ity high fives, any­one?). But the truth is far from black and white, as fathers from this age fondly re­mem­ber their own fathers and how much things have changed in just one gen­er­a­tion.

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