We all talk so much about our mother. Scriptures bow to mother first and then to father. Once during a harikatha discourse, I heard that the child is first held in father’s atma for the first 3 months before entering the mother’s womb…still pondering on that…but somewhere I have read a story in mythology relating this..but don’t remember…. Father..in whichever language….…wow, he is a super man for most children especially daughters including me …which becomes difficult in later years..as they tend to search for a little of him in their partners…Mine is one..who taught me how to be strong…responsible and about hard work. History has given lot of examples for great mothers and fathers. But I have been fascinated with Gandhi as a father and Nehru as a father…two great people of our nation..both having their own principles. Both great personalities revered by lot. Gandhi though has become the father of the nation was he a great father???. Looking at his family, what happened to his four sons "You want my sons to be holy men before they are men!" Gandhi's wife once exclaimed. All of them, according to one account, "tried to live up to their father's expectations of them, but each, in his own way, failed, and in Gandhi's attitude toward their failure there was, by his own testimony, an element of guilt for sexual excesses in his childhood marriage." His sons resented their upbringing as disciples. They were not, for example, allowed basic education which Gandhiji himself had received and which would have provided them with their own choice . Harilal rebelled strongly. He did not have direction. He took to a tragic path of self destruction. Once when Gandhi was asked about Harilal’s plight he said …“I was a slave of my passions when Harilal was conceived.” The same happened to the others..but they were a little better off. My views on this…..… If Harilal had been a stronger person, who could have stood up to his father and then demanded for his wishes to be granted…maybe, maybe Gandhiji would have tried to help him out and been a better father..or if Gandhiji understood the trauma the expectations of living as shadows of larger than life person..been a father, more gentler, (he had shunned his second son Manilal for giving money to Harilal) and a little less rigid on his principles…maybe Harilal would have been a better son. There is a book by Harilal’s grand-daughter Neelam Parikh based on facts…stating that he was the lost treasure of Gandhi… Nehru, though was in prison, had been communicating with his daughter Indira through his letters.He was always there for her. Though he was not a historian, he wrote about civilization which is a great book today as letters to his daughter…….his presence in her life made her the lady of steel…who later came to be the great women prime minister of India…was she a great mother is another topic to ponder … There is a lesson for all parents…not father alone…that being there for your child come what may..makes a great impact on him/her..and would make a difference…… A father is a source of inspiration, who constantly gives you courage and strength, to face all the challenges in life. A father’s devotion to his family, makes him a special person, whose loving and caring ways, strengthen each and every family tie. A fathers love, , because it’s always there, a love, that you can count, for comfort and for care A father’s the one, who teaches you to dream, to learn and to try, with your feet on the ground, yet sights on the sky. What do you say…………….???