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Little frocks and many frolics: Memories of my Father (4)

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Our childhood memories always give so much warmth as we go ahead in life. Exactly like the old wine which becomes better as it gets older. Those sparkling memories almost resemble gold as it shines brighter with time. We never felt the worth when we have been creating those precious memories. Nevertheless, we always tend to go back whenever we are little low in life and seek happiness in the folds of our warm memories. It is a surprising fact that, people normally are always in a hurry to go ahead in life but in fragile moments, the past only can reassure to maintain the balance in life. It can be a latent source of inner strength to fuel up the passion of life to win the race no matter whatever is the desired destination. The affectionate memories of childhood days can be the entrenched source of pure inspiration for which we are not dependent on any external perception. It is not always that we have only fond memories. There may be some embarrassing as well as sad incidences in our early lives also. But we should never be unhappy for those and rather we should try to collect the strength from them to learn from every negative incident of our own life so that we do not encourage what we do not appreciate to repeat again. In the series of ‘Memories of my father’, as a fourth episode I am gathering this hub about some qualities of my Dad which I adore very much.

My Dad was an Electrical Engineer and very much devoted to his works. He was working with Assam State Electricity Board. He was actually a workaholic. He was also very popular among his associates. That I remember well from the crowd gathered after his death. Even when I used to accompany my mother to complete many official formalities the way all his colleagues used to come forward to help, it was really amazing. But being an engineer and his official works never stopped him from pursuing his hobbies and interests. As far as I can remember he always used to be busy in something. That may be his official work or his other interests. He used to enjoy frolicking among his many interests always.

Those colorful frocks!!!!!!!

The earliest memory of mine was those beautiful and colourful frocks I used to wear. Many hues and many more designs of frocks to go with every occasion. The interesting part is that all those beautiful frocks were stitched by my Dad. All colours, fabric combinations and other accessories were also designed and handmade by him. He used to take extra care to design it in a way so that I seem to be little healthier (You can read it as fat, that time I used to be very thin. Now if Dad could have only seen the way I am and he would be surprised to see me struggling so much to lose weight!!!!!!). Many were with layered designs and different colours and patterns. Frocks which were made to suit some occasions like festivals used to be pleasantly colourful. Then the birth day frock, that always used to be with extra special care and decorated with little bows, buttons etc. I specially remember this one birth day frock of mine in pure white colour. The fabric was little fluffy kind of and the waist was adorned with many handmade roses with different colours of ribbons. Now I really miss those frocks so much and I just wish if I would have kept at least some as a memory for times to come! I just wonder a lot about his level of perseverance that he used to make those frocks only out of interest and concern for his daughter. He was not trained in stitching. But the finishing of those frocks would make any trained craftsmen shy away. After his office hour he used to stitch those frocks for me till late in the night. Now I understand that, I was exactly my dad’s little and precious princess.

The hair style !!!!!!

From the very childhood till I was in my eighth grade Dad used to shape and cut my hair. Not even mine only but my brother also. But he used to give complete professional shape and style to me like a beauty salon. He was not trained hair stylist either! Though, that time the beauty salon culture was not very much here in this part of the world. I used to have short hair to suit my thin frame that time. He used to say me that I look little healthier in my short hair style. I was a blind follower of my Dad and never questioned anything he used to pronounce. I used to be pretty happy with my hair style as it required low maintenance in those childhood days. It was again his interest and thus was the level of involvement with me.

Paintings etc !!!!

My Dad was an inborn artist. He could do flawless water color, pencil sketch, portrait, landscape etc. Many of his sketches were just so brilliant that I am repenting so much now to misplace them. The many portraits of my Aunt’s were so accurate which simply can be thought to be maneuvered by different art software available now. I also inherited this quality however not to his level of precision. He used to inspire me to carry forward this hobby but never allowed to train or go for any course. He used to tell me that art should flow without any boundary of any courses and limitation of certificate or degree. That was his view and he always used to encourage me to paint anything that I wish just spontaneously. He helped me to participate in an exhibition in my sixth grade with thirty full size paintings of differed form. Two paintings were still I remember very much, one of Budha and other of a bunch of flowers done by my fingers. After my tenth grade I stopped painting. Dad was sad and told me to start on my own time as he always opted for the free flow of artistic expressions. From then till now it’s a long gap I know but one day, I will start painting again….. may be for my Dad.

Say cheese !!!!!

Yeah…. and he used to enjoy clicking photos as well. Though I never used to see him developing his photos on his own but well I have seen the ultimate results in many beautiful photographs. He used to tell me and show how he used to make his dark room in a corner of a corridor of our old home to develop his photographs from negatives. It was amazing to know that he could in actuality get into the matter at hand to the depth and so deftly master the art. There were many photos developed by him which he showed me. Another interesting part was that there were numerous photos he used to make it as colored prints with vegetable dyes. I repent a lot for not learning the tips. Now it would have been so exciting to use handmade color prints of photos with vegetable dyes !

I adore him always for what he was and the way he cared for me. Though I could not achieve half way of what he was. Nevertheless, Dad you are always with me…from then to now…and to my end. Thank you for what you have taught me to be and I will always try to make you proud of your little princess !

Lessons.....!!!!!!

The hobbies and interests are kind of a way to relate with own inner self in life. My Dad taught me the importance of learning to live through many interest areas in life. Though I am not a perfectionist like him but I have many interest areas in life and never tire of learning. Another important thing he taught me is to focus hundred percent in anything we do any given point of time. Just to get completely involved in any kind of thing/work is the key to success of life. That way one may get a sense of fulfillment in life. There may be many outer things to disturb in life. But if we know the trick to be happy within our self then world becomes truly wonderful. Life is very hectic and competitive now a days. So if we can apply these simple tricks of life practically then we can be happy from within. We won't even tend to feel lonely here as we can be happy alone with our hobbies and interest being creative at the same time. It is important even to inculcate the value of creativity among the children in a proper time so that they get to know and experience the finer side of life.

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    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Beautiful memories and dresses, moments like stay with you and will always be in the heart.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, deergha,

      This is a most precious and lovely write here and wonderful tribute to a very loving father. You are blessed to have had him in your life. This is such a delightful read. I really enjoyed this so very much.

      Thank you for sharing this with us here. I just love all the photos and imagery here. I especially love the title including frocks and frolics, how delightful!!!

      Voted Way UP ++++ and sharing

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Many thanks DDE..............your comment here is very special for me. Yes I completely agree with you. These memories will always be with me till I be here. God bless and I thank you again for taking your time to comment here and go through this.

      deergha

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      My dear Faith........Many thanks for your precious time here. Your comment here is indeed very special to me. Thanks to God actually for blessing me to be my Dad's daughter. Thank you for enjoying this hub. Your votes and shares are also very much appreciated. God bless you and take care.

      deergha

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Sounds like your father had a wonderful life and you are filled with special memories..Memories are special and become more so as we age.

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      I completely agree with you dear Carol.........Many thanks for making your time to read this. I appreciate it very much indeed. God bless you always

      deergha

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      I completely agree with you dear Carol.........Many thanks for making your time to read this. I appreciate it very much indeed. God bless you always

      deergha

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      That was such a sweet story. Your father was a "master of many trades", for sure. It is beautiful that he took such great care to stitch clothes for you, and to cut your hair. He sounds like he was a wonderful father. Thanks for sharing your memories with us. I enjoy reflecting on warm memories.

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Dear Kathryn.....its the part of life I have lived....I don think i can compile story yet. Never mind....and THANK you very much for taking your time to read this. My Dad was really a master in everything that he tried to do at that point of time. Thanks for enjoying this hub. God bless you dear always....take care and enjoy your weekend.

      deergha

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      This is so touching! It is wonderful to carry great memories like these

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      dghbrh,

      really sweet story that you have presented here

      I really did enjoy reading about your childhood and the times

      that you spent with your father. thanks for the read.

      Voted up

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Lovely memories of your father. It's great that you're so proud of him, his dedication to his work and his achievements. You must miss him.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you so much for sharing your memories with someone whose childhood wasn't so good.

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      catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

      Your stories about your father make me misty-eyed. They are so beautiful and touching. He was a remarkable man, wasn't he? There is a book in these stories...think about it.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      What an amazing first read on a bright sunday morning, my friend! Your childhood lights up my life - you are SUCH a lucky woman to have had such an amazing, talented, and loving father! His passing must have been terribly difficult for you, and yet - i have a feeling that he also taught you to love life - and living...

      Oh, what i wouldn't give to have had your father - or one even close! the confidence you must have! The knowledge that you are lovable - without question!

      Keep spreading your love and your words, Deergha - i adore who you are and how you think!

      (i was terribly skinny growing up as well - i'm 'healthier' now, altho - still far from 'fat'...lol...)

      voting up and sharing forward!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      What a wonderful, beautiful childhood you had. How lucky to have such a loving and caring father. We always keep our parents with us and remember the wonderful and thoughtful things they did for us. Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece of your past.

      Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Thank you @AudreyHowitt, I do agree with you here. Its really wonderful to have these memories though time passes by very quick. Thanks again. God bless you

      Sorry for a dealer response though !

      deergha

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      Many thanks@torrilynn...your view, visit and votes are truly much appreciated. Sorry for a delayed response here. God bless you

      deergha

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      Many thanks @BlossomSB ....for your stop here. Yes, you are rite here. I do miss my Dad very much always. Sorry for a delayed response here. God bless you

      deergha

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      Many thanks@Mhatter...for your kind visit here. I am sorry to know about the not so good childhood. God bless you always

      I am sorry for a delayed response here.

      deergha

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      Thank you @catgypsy ......for tha way you connected with my memories here. Yes he was a remarkable man. I don think I am yet ready for a book but I am much honored and humbled by your comment here. Thanks again. Sorry for a delayed response here. God bless you always

      deergha

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      Thank you dear Leslie.....yes he taught me to take life as it comes. It was difficult to part with him after his death. But we have to move on carrying only the left behind memories. Thank you for your most kind words here. Your votes and shares are also very special in case of this hub for me. Take care and luv always

      Sorry for a delayed response here.

      God bless you

      deergha

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      tillsontitan......its nice to have you here. Your visit, view, votes all are very much appreciated. sorry for a delayed response here.

      God bless you always

      deergha

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Awesome, sweet memories, great father....touching, God bless, deergha.

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Many thanks to you @girishpuri. Your visit here is real special to me. God bless you too always

      deergha

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Great hub! Currently, my hobby involves a lot of writing.

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      beingwell....many thanks for your time here. I am glad that you liked this work. Take care and enjoy writing ahead. God bless you

      deergha

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

      What beautiful memories you shared with us. Putting those recollections on paper is the best way to cherish them always. :)

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Thank you @lindacee for stopping by and taking your time off to comment here. I do agree with you. Writing this is another way to celebrate those wonderful memories of life again. Thanks again. God bless you

      deergha

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Beautiful hub about your dad. You were one lucky little girl to have a dad that took such an interest in your life. He is a great man just for that reason. Voted up

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Thank you @ moonlake ......for your comment specially in this hub. It means a lot to me. Yeah he was great man simply for that reason for loving me so much and taking keen interest. Your votes are much appreciated. Take care and God bless you

      deergha

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      deergha,

      This is a beautiful account of your father and I really enjoyed reading it. Your father was a lot like my father: he could also sew probably better than my mother and he also cut my hair. As a farmer, he was a jack of all trades and very handy. Dad also taught me to give 100 percent in life in whatever I do. Voted up and sharing. Also Pinning and tweeting.

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Paul,

      Many thanks for making your time to go through this and comment here. Its nice to know about your father also. Your votes and shares are so much more appreciated for always here. Take care and hope you have a nice day ahead. God bless you

      deergha

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Deergha,

      This is such a joy to read. Memories are so precious and give us so much joy when they are of our loved ones. Your dad was a wonderful father and your love and appreciation for him can be easily felt.

      We do miss so many things about our loved ones when they are no longer with us. And the wish to have saved some of their creations, to still give a feel that they are around us in some form, overpowers one at times.

      Voted up, beautiful and shared.

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Rajan,

      Many thanks for your taking time to read this hub and commenting. Yeah memories with mainly our loved ones are real precious asset which if can be celebrated in any way we can feel rejuvenated. Thanks for your kind votes and shares. take care and God bless you always

      deergha

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I am sorry for the loss of your father. I am glad that you had good memories from your childhood. Even if he was a workaholic he was a caring father. It's a blessing. Keep his memory alive; it's a precious gift!

      Thank you for sharing those precious memories!

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Many thanks for your precious time here and for your comment as well @kidscrafts. You are always welcome. I have quite a lot of memories which are very precious for me always. Take care and God bless you always

      deergha

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Deergha, you write so beautifully and with such crisp, clear imagery and stellar recall! This tribute to your dad touches my heart and certainly brings to mind and heart my relationship with my lovely adult daughter. Thank you so very much for sharing this wonderful memorial to your father. Aloha, my lovely friend!

      Joe

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      deergha 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Thank you Joe,

      For your kind words here.....Its much pleasure to have your visit.....convey my hello to your daughter.....I can understand that this hub will sure remind you about your daughter and I feel my endeavor is quite fulfilled now...take care my new friend and God bless you always

      deergha

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Childhood memories, the nostalgic feelings, unforgettable and lovely past life,,,,you have once again proved your caliber on expression of ideas beautifully. You are a blessed writer. Your writings are touching ones and it is a pleasure to read your works. Keep on writing. All the best.

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      deergha 2 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Thank you @sunilkunnoth2012......for your kind words and visit here. God bless you always

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      What a delightful read--your dad's talents were amazing and I can well imagine that you do indeed wish you had some of those dresses! Thanks for sharing some of your experiences growing up as an example to other dads. Though not all are as talented as yours, all can take a loving interest in their children and display it in the ways they are able.

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      deergha 2 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Thank you for your kind visit and wonderful words here. I agree everybody may not be talented but all fathers may take extra interest in their children to make them feel more wanted and children do understand and they observe a lot. So a little care and more time with our kids go a long way in creating a stronger bonds between father and children. As you have very aptly said above that loving interest in children is what is the basis for a close relationship between a family. Thanks again.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      What a wonderful sharing about days gone by and about your Dad. He could do anything, couldn't he?

      You are so blessed to have had a Daddy who encouraged you to discover and do new and different things. My Daddy was the same way and I was his little shadow until I was married. He made me feel so loved (as did my Momma and sisters).

      All you say about slipping back in to yesteryear reminds me of the lovely days of my youth..even the sad ones. It was a wonderful time...filled with long precious moments with my Daddy and Momma.

      Lovely lovely writing dghbrh

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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      deergha 2 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Patricia...dear friend, thank you very much..for your inspiring words here. Dad could do many things which inspire me a lot to go ahead in life that extra mile...he could not do everything but yes for me those are enough of mile stones that I wish to achieve some day sure. Yes today we are making memories for tomorrow and thus the way life moves on. Its nice to know that you have been Daddy's lill princess too. Precious memories indeed. Hope you doing great. Take care and stay blessed always.

      Hugs your way

      Deergha

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