I still remember the day when I entered college – July 23 2000. It was a normal day alright, if one could ignore the thumping in my heart – it was so loud I was afraid the girl next to me in the assembly hall could hear it.
There is one point which has made that day stand out clearly etched in my memory. My dad dropped me at the college gates, and gave me a letter and a laminated sheet. I knew for sure I would never remember what I wore to college that day, how the weather was, how many other hapless girls were moving around, or most other things. But I knew for certain I would never ever forget my dad’s words or the how deep his eyes were, that moment. “I know you’ll not let me down,” he said with a smile in his eyes.
Here is what he gave me that day. His letter had very few lines but was hand-written by him in recycled paper and I regret not being able to use the photograph of his own writing. But I still have given his lines, not changing a word, followed by Desiderata – his laminated gift for me.
Love you appa! 🙂