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“You haven’t been my bed of roses, but my punching bag”-A Heartfelt Letter From A Daughter To Her Father

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To the man who has always been there,

When I was younger, I tried fooling myself by pretending that we have the usual father-daughter relationship, where the father agrees to whatever the daughter says, supports her no matter what, does everything she likes, drops out what she doesn’t, treats her like a princess, so she is pampered like that for all her life. But when I was about twelve or thirteen, I realized that in our case it was different, very different. You have always shown me how it feels to be on the opposite side.

You have explained to me how I was different from the others. You have told me right in the face that I was wrong. You have made me rectify my faults. You have made me do more right than what I like. We have argued till we agreed. You have taught me to win, no matter whom I stand against, or at least fight at my best. You haven’t been my bed of roses, but my punching bag, that came back tougher every time. You didn’t treat me like that in fairy tales because you wanted me to stand in the real world. You’ve encouraged me not to live in the dreams, but to live up to goals.

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You didn’t want me to be a princess. You wanted me to be the empress who conquers. You’ve made me, Me. You’ve let me be me. Your words, arguments, and lectures have made me become a better me, every day. And your philosophies on life and lessons out of problems make me make my way through so much. I thank you. I thank you for all this. And for all the other things. I know how much you had to go through for me. I know I am not an easy person, but I know it’s you who has never wanted me to be easy. You wanted me to be real and myself. Today, I am that.

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I am sorry for all the times I was a bad girl. I don’t promise that it won’t happen again. It comes with the package. The only people I want to make happy and proud are you and Mama. And I want you to know. Every time I go through a problem, I don’t lose my control. I stay focused, though reactive. And I know that I got this from you, I always keep my personal and professional life apart. I know I got that from you, I am a different person in and outside the home. This is also from you, I work smart and not just hard, just like you would.

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Every time I prove to be a good leader, that’s because of you. When people tell me I am persuasive, I know it’s from you. All the time I am able to decide among things, I know that it’s you who has given me that. Every time I am confident, I know it comes right in the blood.

Thank you, Baba. Thank you for being the biggest support system. Though there have been rough times between us, I’ll make you proud someday. That shall be my biggest achievement. That very moment means success to me and the road to my success starts from a man who believed in what I wanted to do, over what people had to say and also at times, what he believed. And that man is you.

My name doesn’t define me unless I add yours to it. The last ‘A’ to my signature is what makes it good enough. I love you, Baba.

From a daughter who is so proud and grateful for what you made me into.


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