For Father’s Day, a Query for Dad: What If I Don’t Marry a Doctor?
I want to ask you before I go ahead, because I love you so much. But papa, the thing is, I like Siddharth too.
(This letter is a part of The Quint’s Father's Day series where readers write their little secrets to their dads.)
I know you will express surprise over this letter because, yes, I have never written to you before. (Perhaps, because I was never faced with such a situation.) But today I am writing to you to confess something. I don’t know how you'd take it if I told you in person. I have spoken to mom and she told me she would talk to you about it but I thought you would understand my feelings better if I confessed to you through this letter.
The thing is, I know a guy, Siddharth, and I met him through a common friend, Ravi, whom you have met several times. I have known Siddharth for the last one year. He is a nice guy and a great friend. Remember the last time I was unwell? I hitched a ride to work with him. He made sure he dropped and picked me up. Also, since he knows you don’t like me hanging out till late at night, he ensures I am home before you call to reprimand me for being out till late.
The other day he proposed to me and asked me if he could marry me. I told him I wanted to ask you before I went ahead. Because you know how much I love you. But papa, the thing is, I like Siddharth too.
He is not an engineer or a doctor – but he has his own firm. I know how much you wanted a doctor or an engineer for me but, isn’t doing something of your own better? And I know for a fact that you too like people who have their own business, as opposed to working for others. He is very hardworking and has a growing IT firm. He is getting settled in his business and his finances but what I appreciate in him is the courage he had to go all out and start something of his own. He has a great sense of humour, is so witty and smart – unlike the other boring guys you wanted me to marry.
I know you have told me several times that marriage is not only about the couple but a union of two families. I understand that. His grandfather was in the Army just like us, so they have had a similar environment at home. I also know that you are against love marriages and that no one in our family has had one before. Also, I will set a wrong precedent for Adu and Aki if I marry Siddharth, but isn’t it better than marrying a stranger?
I have always wanted a guy who is caring and in whom I see some of your qualities – such as the way you have always taken care of mom and us. I know you have never disappointed me before and have always supported me in my madness. So I would really love for you to give me just one chance and meet this guy.
I am sure you will not regret meeting him, just like I didn’t!
Your loving daughter,
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