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  1. Thyagarajan

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    :hello: DAD IS DAD, SON IS SON BUT MOM IS......:hello:
    Dad had taken me to an ENT doctor to examine my left ear in which I was getting intermittent acute pain. The specialist in T Nagar-Chennai area in 1960s charged consultation around Rs50 (considered phenomenal at that time). After subjecting my left ear to some elaborate time consuming procedure with peculiar instruments, he had suggested that a surgery was immediate need of the hour to correct the bone/tissue growth in the inner ear. Deftly checked probably deafness I believe!

    Dad thought for a while and desired to know sum required for the surgery and amount needed for expenses post surgery. The specialist told fees would be Rs2000 and other expenses might be around Rs500.

    He told the specialist that after checking with home for auspicious day and time, he would decide and get back to him. The specialist said as few surgeries were already lined up for the next fortnight and my case being serious and of emergent nature, dad should decide and report same day in which case consultation fee Rs.50 paid would be adjusted in the final payment.

    Dad did not perplex. He told him that he would get back to him the same day.

    We came out and walked to Nathan’s hotel nearby. We had idli with plateful sambar (unlimited) and a cup of coffee (shared) and paid the bill around eight annas. (One anna=1/16th part of a Rupee). While devouring sambar, my mind was replaying conversation that dad and doctor had; that got me worried stiff.

    I was in my first year engineering. Exams were in the offing. I could not afford to rest or bunk classes. But the ear pain was intermittent and excruciating at times.

    From hotel, Dad took me to an astrologer, who was supposed to be renowned and his clientele included even men and women from cine industry and even from Great Britain. In his office, near Mambalam station end at Renganathan Street, he had displayed on the walls, the medals and accolades and other testimonials that he had received from top echelons of the society and U.K.

    We were lucky he was free. Dad did mention to him about his boss, a cine film producer, writer, author, editor of tamil weekly magazine and owner of studios and his winning predictions for latter’s betting on horses. With the mention of this, the astrologer turned more receptive.

    Dad taken out my horoscope from a soiled LG asafoetida yellow cloth bag and handed it over to astrologer and requested him to predict about my future academic performance, career, marriage and lastly general health. He glanced at it for sometime and quickly did some arithmetic calculations. He said he had to verify the correctness of the horoscope and if ‘this’ horoscope was correct then the boy would be having a pea size mole on the inner aspect of left thigh; and told me to look for this on my left thigh. And lo! He was on the dot indeed. I did have the mole in the spot and in the size he told. Thus his credibility and correctness of my horoscope was established.

    After consulting an over used almanac and doing some arithmetic, he said that I would excel in studies without any hindrance or break and would become a government officer. But for some minor hiccups, he would enjoy robust health and family life.

    My dad offered him some amount but he politely declined for reasons not known to us. Later dad told that he had heard that the cine producer, gifted him a house in a posh locality at Chennai.

    Astrologer’s predictions impelled dad, to seek second opinion about my ear. He straight away took me to another ENT doctor at Pondy Bazzar at Chennai. That doctor, after quickly examining my left ear, told that some fungal attack and I would be cured and freed in a week’s time with the help of some drops. Dad paid him fees Rs.20 and purchased the prescribed drops for about Rs.4. Dad, astrologer and the second ENT specialist were all proved right; with the help of drops, pain in my left ear vanished with in two days. I did not miss the classes or the university exams.

    Now AM GOING TO BE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF SEVENTY, I am still able to hear my spouse and listen to Bollywood, Hollywood, Kollywood etc., without any external aid thanks to dad’s unperturbed calm approach and the astrologer.

    (TODAY 17th June 2018 BEING CELEBRATED AS INERNATIONAL father's Day)
     
  2. GeetaKashyap

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    Lol! Humorous write up highlighting your dad's role on the Father's Day. It reminded me of the tension and pressures my parents' used to take with my minor health issues and the way some of the doctors used to pronounce serious verdicts. I have survived this long disproving all their readings and verdicts!
     
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    Nice to read of your father's calm and dedicated approach to your ear issue. Truly father's role in our lives can never be underestimated. I Suppose you reflected back on this on this father's day.
     
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    :hello: @Cheeniya as desired on last international women's day in one of your wonderful feedbacks a humble attempt has been made to euologise dad's power in developing grooming nurturing his offspring in this thread posted today when the other half of the world commences there celebration of their dad(s).
    Thanks AND regards.
    God is with us within us.
     
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    :hello:Thanks for your heartfelt FB.this is prequel to another anecdote where chip of old block would grab the action. I see my dad in him.
    Regards.
     
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    :hello: I rejoice being first FB from wonderful meaningful and a good thinker and versatile writer. There Could be parallels but paucity of time .....Yes I understand.
    Thanks and regards.
    God Bless Us All Always.
     
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    Very nice Fathers Day Reminiscence. Enjoyed reading .
    Good to know that with help from all quarters , Faith and MedicalScience , your problem was solved !
    Best wishes
     
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    Father knows best!
    Your father certainly was a wise man.
    Instead of reacting immediately to the first doctor's demands, he took his time, and must have thought of seeking a second opinion while at Nathan's.
    I am very happy reading this episode of your life.
    Note: could help the smile reading "limitless" when you mentioned sambhar.:thumbsup:
     
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    He was on the dot. A pea sized dot. : )

    Good one! Liked the gentle narration. You write vividly -- "soiled LG asafoetida yellow cloth bag"

    BTW, didn't see your response to Watson ...
     
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    @Thyagarajan
    My dear Thyagu
    If you can produce such delectable stuff with your 'humble attempt', I wonder what would you produce with your 'not so humble attempt'! Talking of LG asafoetida, I am a great lover of it. My love started when I won a spelling contest in my school by correctly spelling asafoetida. My curiosity about this stuff made me explore it further. I loved the smell of the stuff. There was no looking back since then. In my younger days, it used to come as a solid block like this:
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    It would be delivered in a metal box. Even after the entire stuff was consumed, the smell in the boxwould linger on for months!
    My love affair with asafoetida has continued from my school days till today. I tell my friends who have not much liking for the stuff 'Don't look at it as a foe'
    I love this ad:
     
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