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Mi Papa

Updated on August 12, 2018

There are 45 ways to utter the word Dad in various languages.

  1. Yiddish : tatti ; tay ; foter ; tateh
  2. Welsh : tad
  3. Venetian : pare ; popà ; ‘opà ; pupà ; papà
  4. Turkish : baba
  5. Spanish : papá ; viejo ; tata
  6. Swahili : baba ; mzazi
  7. Swedish : pappa
  8. Slovak : otec
  9. Slovenian : ôèe
  10. Sicilian : patri
  11. Sanskrit : tàtah ; janak
  12. Russian : papa
  13. Romanian : tata ; parinte ; taica
  14. Polish : tata ; ojciec
  15. Portuguese : pai
  16. Persian/Farsi : pedar, pitar ; simply baabaa
  17. Norwegian : pappa ; far
  18. Nepali : buwa
  19. Maori : haakoro ; kohake
  20. Marathi : baba
  21. Malay : bapa
  22. Latvian : tevs
  23. Latin : pater ; papa ; atta
  24. Lithuanian : tevas ; pradininkas ; protevis
  25. Korean: abonim, aboji, appa
  26. Japanese : otosan, papa
  27. Italian : babbo
  28. Irish : athair ; daidí
  29. Indonesian : bapa ; ayah ; pak
  30. Hungarian : apa ; apu ; papa ; édesapa
  31. Hindi : papa ; pita-ji
  32. Hebrew : abba(h)
  33. German : banketi, papi
  34. French : papa
  35. Finnish : isä
  36. Filipino : tatay, itay, tay ; ama
  37. Estonian : isa
  38. English : father ; dad ; daddy ; pop ; poppa ; papa
  39. Dutch : vader ; papa ; pappie
  40. Czech : táta, otec
  41. Croatian : otac
  42. Bosnian : otac
  43. Brazilian Portuguese : pai
  44. Arabic : babba ; yebba ; abbi (classical)
  45. Afrikaans : vader

No matter what you call your dad, but showing him the respect and love for all that he has done for you will speak a thousand words.

A Mom and a Dad are the pre-requisites for life for all human beings. Most are fortunate to get their love and attention, and there are some, who don't.

A Dad is supposed to be the bread earner of the family, and he always takes on the responsibility for keeping his family safe and happy. He is expected to be the IRON-MAN of his family, and the children dote on him. He is never supposed to cry, and he can withstand all the extreme calamities of the universe. Children love him, and they want to be like him in the future to come. Most children take up the profession of their Dads since they adore all that he does. Such is the wonder of a Papa.

I had a similar Dad, who was as strong as Super-Man and was as fierce as a hurricane. Nothing could bend him over in his life but when he was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer at Stage 4. I could see all the above disappear into thin air. He bent to this disease gracefully but fought it, till the end. He could not take the burden of being dependent on people and always struggle with a brave heart and a smile. He had this strong urge to go back to work and had his briefcase next to the bed that used to inspire him day in and out. The disease had spread to his bones that made his pain unbearable. He used to have tears in his eyes because of the pain, but the strong urge to get better and get on with his LIFE was contagious. There were times, we used to give in, but seeing his determination to fight it; made us say motivating words to him. Until the end, he was making plans for visiting places but, towards his last few hours left on this planet, he realized that the Almighty had something else in store for him so, he made sure he rewarded all the Attendants who looked after him in the hospital and bid them Adios with a peaceful expression on his face and a gentle smile.

He was a Great and a Strong father yet gentle at heart. He made sure his children got the best of education, best of clothing, were in the best of behavior at all times. His addiction to BEST is now understood. He could never say NO to any of us including his business associates and today they remember him as one of a kind persons who made sure all deals went through even if he were at a loss. Like all dads, father regarded his work as his worship, and he did a terrific job in that. He had a significant share of ups and downs in it but, never did he call it quits. Some duped him but, he forgave them and carried on with his work and life. I never saw him take a U-Turn and give up on things. He was always at his work whether rain or shine duped or success from his job. I am proud to be his daughter, and I pray that his soul rests in peace since he went through enough turmoil in this lifetime BUT with a SMILE. I am hoping I can adapt some key points from his attitude towards life.

Adios and farewell Papa, You will be dearly missed, and I am so proud to be your daughter!


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      Howie Watts 

      7 years ago

      I know this hub is over 3 years old, but I just stumbled upon it today and it was a very moving tribute to your father. I lost my mother 16 months ago to cancer as well. It is so tough watching them go through their battle, but so inspiring to see them be so strong. My mom was one of those strong fighters, but tender souls. She has inspired a good many of the works that I have shared here on hub pages. I thank you for sharing your tribute.

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      Sukhdev Shukla 

      8 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      Ruchira, I have undergone a similar experience a couple of years back when my father-in-law suffered from it. I can imagine the state of mind during the period of medication and the involvement that we all have to help it out. Your dedication to you father is great and this Hub will continue to glorify the love of a daughter to her father.

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      8 years ago

      im sorry for you lost. i know what your going through with the loss of your father to cancer. right now, my mom has cancer so i can definetly relate. i think its amazing how you dedicated this hub to your father, im more than sure he would be so proud that your showing so much appreciation of what he meant to you. just beautiful. voted up.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      8 years ago from the beautiful south

      So very sad for you. My dad died a terrible drawn out death too so I understand what it was like for you. I was not with my dad the last day but I had a dream and I have always believed he really was in that dream and I was a comfort for him as he was for me. I am sure your father's smile reflected what he saw in the life he was going to. May we see them soon.

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      8 years ago from Tumkur

      A beautiful hub with passionate but touchy feelings.

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      Rolly A Chabot 

      8 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Ruchira ... It always warms my heart to read another persons words of the love and dedication they have for parents. I am sorry for your loss but I know you have peace. It takes a long while for us to again find balance after our loss. I lost my dad, my mentor in 2005 and there is not a day I do not think of him. He lives in all of the lives he touched and to me that brings great joy.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      8 years ago from Nepal

      Recently my dad has been diagnosed with some problems in prostrate glands. This heartfelt emotions from your heart brought tears in my eyes.

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      Ram Bansal 

      8 years ago from India

      A valuable article, memorable too..

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      Rema T V 

      8 years ago from Chennai, India

      A very touching and beautiful hub Ruchira. I am sorry for the loss of your father. He was a brave soul indeed! Cheers, Rema.

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      I am sorry your lost your Papa. I have not had to face that yet. Your Dad sounds like a wonderful man and a marvelous father. Thank you for sharing a small part of his story. I suppose we must all shuffle off this mortal coil.

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      Shasta Matova 

      8 years ago from USA

      Your father sounds like he was a wonderful man - how wonderful that you got to be a part of his life. I am sorry for your loss. This is a great tribute to him.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from United States

      Hi Audrey,

      Sorry for your loss. I wish you peace, my friend!

      Hi Melovy,

      Thanks for your support. Appreciate it. Love and light to you, my friend!

      Thanks Angi. I hope I am living his dreams :) Wishing you joy, my friend!

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from United States

      Thanks Martie. I am sorry for your loss. I agree that not to be able to say our bye's can be tough. I wish you peace my friend!

      Thanks Rajan. I hope I am living his dream :)

      Thanks Shampa for your kind words and support. Will swing by soon to your profile. Apologize for the delay.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from United States

      Thanks Nithya.

      Thanks Rahul

      Appreciate your support and wishes. Love & Light to you guys!!

    • anglnwu profile image


      8 years ago

      You're blessed to have such a wonderful father. Great tribute to a loving and strong dad. Sorry for your loss and I'm sure, he lives forever in your heart.

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      Yvonne Spence 

      8 years ago from UK

      Ruchira, what a lovely tribute to your father. I could relate to so much that you have written here because my father has gone from being so strong and healthy to physically weak with a rare cancer, myeloma. But he is still strong mentally and has gone through such a lot between the illness and the chemotherapy.

      I am sorry for your loss, but very glad you wrote this hub because it so beautifully expresses how I also feel. Voted up.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      8 years ago from California

      I am so sorry for your loss Ruchira! I called my father papa because I am Russian--I lost him when I was 21--and I still miss him--so I am wishing you peace and wishing you love so that you can continue to give these to others--

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      Jessee R 

      8 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      A great tribute Ruchira!

      I am sorry for your loss and send my warm regards...

      Brilliant hub

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      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub and a wonderful tribute to your dad.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from United States

      Thank you Bill. I am delighted that I could touch a chord of your heart just as your beautiful hubs touch mine.

      Thank you Annie. Yes the loss cannot be reversed. But, I am marching fwd watching a brave mother like you who has moved on. Peace to you, my friend!

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      Shampa Sadhya 

      8 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Hello Ruchira,

      What to say about this article! While you wrote this article you must have cried quietly, I am saying this from my own experience. We both are on a same boat because our doting fathers are not with us any more but their memory stays. Let both of us wish all the fathers on this earth: Happy Father's Day and I am sure it will reach our respective fathers in heaven too.

      Excellent tribute. I recently wrote two hubs as tributes to fathers but I missed your valuable comment. Voted up, though painful experience but awesome tribute.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Wonderful tribute to your dad. He must have been proud of you.

      Voted up and beautiful. Shared.

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      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      My dear Ruchira, this is so sad. It must have been so painful for you to see your hero suffering with pain. My dad was ripped away from us... No suffering, no goodbyes. One moment there, the next moment gone. In a way this is less painful, less torture... But then, the sudden shock is another factor with serious repercussions...

      In Afrikaans 'vader' is too formal for everyday use. We call God our 'vader'. Though in the previous century - before about 1950 - 'vader' was still very much used in the homes of well-educated people. In general, we call our dads 'Pappie' or "Pappa' or 'Pa' or 'Paps'. My siblings and I called ours 'Pappie'.

      This is a lovely poem for you papa. Voted up and precious :)

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      Annie Fenn 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Your love for your dear Papa shines through your words. He sounds like a very warm and courageous man and he in turn must be so proud of his daughter. Your tribute is beautiful and heartfelt.

      The translations of the word Dad is also moving as the word in many languages has an unmistaken warmth to it. I particularly love - patar, baba, pedar, tatar, papi - oh, all of them really.

      A beautiful hub, my votes and best wishes to you Ruchira.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww...that was so beautiful! Ruchira, you speak for thousands with your words. Thank you for is exquisite.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from United States

      Hi Peggy,

      Thankyou for your kind words...appreciate it.

      Sorry for your loss and wishing you peace, my friend!

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Like you, I had a wonderful father and am so proud to have been his daughter. Your tribute to your dad shines brightly in this hub about him. So very sorry for your loss. Our consolation is our memories and warm love for our dads that can never die. I hope to be reunited in the next life. Voted this hub beautiful.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from United States

      Thank you ipen for your encouraging and kind words.

      Appreciate it.

      Wishing you peace and joy!

    • ipen profile image


      9 years ago from Bangalore

      Brave man. He is a real character. I became fan of his because of his attitude towards life and never say die attitude. How he handled himself once he knew he is going to die is remarkable. You are lucky to had such a wonderful person as your father.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from United States

      Hi teacher12345,


      Thank you for your kind words. Appreciate you stopping by!

      Will stop by to visit your hubs soon!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      9 years ago

      You had a wonderful dad and I am sure that he loved you deeply. Your story is one that reminds us of what is important in life and that we should respect those who gave us life. Sorry for your loss.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from United States

      Hi lex123,

      Thank you for your kind comment and I wish you the strength to endure your dad's loss.

      Sending you peace and joy, my friend!

    • lex123 profile image


      9 years ago

      Reading your hub brought me back memories of my father whom I lost many years back. I can understand how you feel at the loss. Your expression of the memory of your father through his hub is very touching....! Voted up.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from United States

      Hello ahorseback,

      Yes, I agree. He will be around me and your beautiful poem still hums in my heart.

      Thank you so much for your kind words of support and encouragement.

      Am fortunate to have stumbled upon a hubber in this wide hubbing world...cheers!

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      9 years ago

      Ruchira , He was a great and humble man and father ! You do know that he will always be with you ! He really seemed that strong! And you honor him here . .....:-]

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from United States

      Yes, Ruchi. Parents are like 2 pillars in the growth/development of a child.

      Thanks for your feedback...appreciated it!

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      Ruchi Urvashi 

      9 years ago from Singapore

      Very touching work. Yes, my daughter loves to be with dad. When I was working overseas without my husband, she certainly missed him. I am glad that today she can enjoy both mom and dad.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from United States

      Hello Makusr,

      I can understand how you feel. I wish you and your family the strength to endure his loss and carry on with your respective lives.

      Wishing you peace my friend!


    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from United States

      Hello Aupadhyay,

      Such precious words...I was in tears reading your comment. As they say in punjabi...tussi great ho!

      Thank you so much for such beautiful words...I am going to treasure this comment forever!

      Thank you for making my hub even more beautiful...Wishing you peace and joy my friend esp with Diwali around the corner :)

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      Manoj Kumar Srivastava 

      9 years ago from India


      Namaskar. I didn't read your hub. I just fleeted through it. I couldn't. I lost my father when I was studying. Today everything was OK. Tomorrow he had three strokes nearly together and everything ended. In 24 hours our world has changed. I'll read it after sometime.


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      Dear Ruchira,

      Your DAD is living in your imagination and sacred feelings you have dedicated to him. His soul can never die. More or less, you will find him everywhere around you, your good deeds and creativity. Whenever you do something for the sake of humanity, your father will feel proud of himself that his child (you will always be a child for your father) is doing something excellent. Remember him in your best achievements and you will see that the blessings of your father will cover up you through out your life. MEN ARE MORTAL BUT THEIR GOOD DEEDS ARE IMMORTAL.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from United States

      Thank you ubanichijioke...appreciate your concern.

      God bless!!

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      9 years ago from Lagos

      A tribute to your Dad and all the fathers all over the world. Great work

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from United States

      Hello Sunshine625,

      Thanks for the follow and your condolences over my dad.

      Wishing your husband the strength to battle this disease out...Best Wishes.

      You have wonderful hubs and am looking forward to reading yours as well...cheers!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      9 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm sorry for the loss of your dad. Prostate Cancer is sneaky and doctors are still so clueless. As you know my husband has been battling it for almost 4 years.

      I like your video of Keith Urban, he does have a magical way of easing pain for me.

      I'm looking forward to following you :)

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from United States

      yes writer20. His death was very sudden and it took me a while to digest it. I still get reminiscences of him.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Wishing you peace!

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      9 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Your love for your Father is great on this hub.

      I know what you've through as I did at 15. Like you I still miss him.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from United States

      Thank you swathi180. Appreciate you stopping by :)

    • swathi180 profile image


      10 years ago

      Really a heart touching article Ruchira. In Telugu language we call dad as "Nanna".

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from United States

      Thanks Santoshwrites, I just added the marathi version for dad :)

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      10 years ago from Mumbai Maharashtra India

      "Really nice Hub" in English "Kharach Khup Chhan Ahe Tuza Hub" in Marathi Language


      and Hub Pages are better than Facebook

      And In Marathi Language "Vadil or Baba" you did not put that

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from United States

      Thanks vyju for stopping by...appreciate your feedback and taking the time to read it :)

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      10 years ago

      excellent Ruchira.....

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from United States

      Thank you Devi...Appreciate your comments and nah, I am not strong but writing made me feel lighter. It works like a therapy for me :)

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      10 years ago

      Hi Ruchira... its such a beautiful dedication to your dad. You've expressed so softly. You are such a courageous and wonderful person.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from United States

      Thank you Saket71...appreciate your thoughts and feedback.

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      10 years ago from Delhi, India

      Very sweet and touching recount of the story, Bearing the event and to recount it would have been a matter of great courage for you. I just hope my daughter could look at me with same fondness once I am gone. Glad I stumbled on to your hubs.

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from United States

      Thank you Sheetal and Sushma for your kind words and support all the way...God Bless!

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      10 years ago

      Very touching and very true.We all are part of same father who is right above us,one day we all will be one with him.Although sometimes it is very hard to swallow the truth that we won't be able to see our fathers on earth but we are travellers who visit here,spent some time and go back home.We play here,we cry,we enjoy but it is just part of our journey.We all wil meet ours and everybody beyond this worldly earth.The hard times makes us realize the Ultimate Truth of Life.

      Time heels the wounds Ruchira.God Bless you and everybody

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      Sheetal Seth 

      10 years ago

      Ruchira,I had tears in my eyes just reading it. We all have dads just like that and to think that they will not be with us one day, is very scary. You have been very strong and stood by your mom like a daughter should....we are proud of you!

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from United States

      Thank you for your concern and kind words...appreciate it.

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      10 years ago

      Beautiful article and very heart rendering. Sorry to hear about your loss, am sure he is at peace.


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