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Parents or God

This was narrated by an IAF pilot to IIT students during a Seminar on
Human Relations:

Venkatesh Balasubramaniam (who works for IIT) describes how his
gesture of booking an air ticket for his father, his maiden flight,
brought forth a rush of emotions and made him (Venkatesh) realize that
how much we all take for granted when it comes to our parents.

My parents left for our native place on Thursday and we went to the
airport to see them off. In fact, my father had never traveled by air
before, so I just took this opportunity to make him experience the
same. In spite of being asked to book tickets by train, I got them
tickets on Jet Airways. The moment I handed over the tickets to him,
he was surprised to see that I had booked them by air.. The excitement
was very apparent on his face, waiting for the time of travel. Just
like a school boy, he was preparing himself on that day and we all
went to the airport, right from using the trolley for his luggage, the
baggage check-in and asking for a window seat and waiting restlessly
for the security check-in to happen. He was thoroughly enjoying
himself and I, too, was overcome with joy watching him experience all
these things.

As they were about to go in for the security check-in, he walked up to
me with tears in his eyes and thanked me. He became very emotional and
it was not as if I had done something great but the fact that this
meant a great deal to him. When he said thanks, I told him there was
no need to thank me. But later, thinking about the entire incident, I
looked back at my life. As a child, how many dreams our parents have
made come true.

Without understanding the financial situation, we ask for cricket
bats, dresses, toys, outings, etc. Irrespective of their
affordability, they have catered to all our needs. Did we ever think
about the sacrifices they had to make to accommodate many of our
wishes? Did we ever say thanks for all that they have done for us?
Same way, today when it comes to our children, we always think that we
should put them in a good school. Regardless of the amount of
donation, we will ensure that we will have to give the child the best,
theme parks, toys, etc. But we tend to forget that our parents have
sacrificed a lot for our sake to see us happy, so it is our
responsibility to ensure that their dreams are realized and what they
failed to see when they were young. It is our responsibility to ensure
that they experience all those and their life is complete.

Many times, when my parents had asked me some questions, I have
actually answered back without patience. When my daughter asks me
something, I have been very polite in answering. Now I realize how
they would have felt at those moments. Let us realize that old age is
a second childhood and just as we take care of our children, the same
attention and same care needs to be given to our parents and elders.
Rather than my dad saying thank you to me, I would want to say sorry
for making him wait so long for this small dream. I do realize how
much he has sacrificed for my sake and I will do my best to give the
best possible attention to all their wishes.

Just because they are old does not mean that they will have to give up
everything and keep sacrificing for their grandchildren also. They
have wishes, too..

Take care of your parents. THEY ARE PRECIOUS.

Posted in Incident.


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  1. shailaja mukherjee says

    this is more thn just a post. respect n care n love n devotion…ol summd up :) tc

  2. Lovely Views says

    This was very touching but its very true that we dont care enuff for our parents…thanx for sharing…..

  3. kausalya says

    very good lesson for youngsters to take care of their elders

  4. cool aashi says

    really nice post……..thanx for sharing

  5. HariOm Chawla says

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful, thought-provoking narration, Manju. It”s really shameful that in India where elderly people had always been venerated due to their age and experience, we need such posts to remind us about our duties towards them.

  6. Anonymous Poet says

    a very nice and touching post, parents are important and always important :) thanks for sharing this

  7. ShivendraMohan Singh says

    wonderful post….very nice moral post….parents are our valuable assets..

  8. hina tiwari says

    very touching post manju, we all should take this lesson to do small favor for our parents, which means a lot to them.

  9. Prashant Kumar says

    yes…. a very nice & precious question u have raised….and we all have to think about it!!!!

  10. swatigd says

    very nice post its just eye opening post………thanx for sharing……really parents are precious to us……

  11. puja zzzzzz says

    yeh tho sach hai ki bhagwan hai …hai magar phir bhi anjan hain …..

  12. deby says

    Rather than my dad saying thank you to me, I would want to say sorry
    for making him wait so long for this small dream………..this is a very great realization Manju..of much more value than the air ticket………ur father is very lucky to have a daughter who realizes this……..

  13. Thoughtpari angel says

    awesome post.i have read today

  14. Deepika says

    Beautiful piece of writing.

  15. Dewz says

    Hey thanks for posting this :)

  16. Shelly says

    thnks dear this is very true..i knw ur parents are very lucky coz think so much …………take care god bless u

  17. keshav singhal says

    Nice post with a nice message -”Take care of your parents. THEY ARE PRECIOUS.” Thanks.

  18. AAMEEN KHAN says

    Nice write up……yes parents are very precious.

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