A Father’s Letter


Dearest Kichu & Kunju,

When you read this letter one day, I’m sure you will understand what I’m trying to say.

The two of you are undoubtedly passionate. I’ve seen it when you are playing with toys, engaging in fights with each other or listening to the stories I tell you. I want you to sustain this passion for as long as you can. You will be living in an era where technology will rule the roost. Amidst all the hullabaloo of the future, be good human beings. There’s only so much technology can do; it cannot, however, be compassionate. Help people when they need it and help selflessly. I feel that being helping and humane is going to be a great asset as we move forward in world. Have passion in compassion!

Both of you are ambitious – do reach for the stars. But don’t forget that life is not about the marks you secure or the grades you attain or the designation of your job. Life is about contributing to the world. Don’t think your contributions are zero – everyone does bits and pieces to make this world a better place. It’s the little drops of water that make the mighty ocean. So, whatever you turn out to be, always believe that you are contributing.

I know both of you like elephants a lot. I want you to understand that life is like an elephant. You feel intimidated by it sometimes. You feel it’s gentle at others. The important thing is not to be afraid of it. Adore it, embrace it, but be always in control of what you are trying to do. There may be stages when you feel life is unkind – that’s where you need to cultivate patience and bide those times. Treat the good times and bad times alike – nothing’s going to be permanent. Be happy always. And when you do feel down, you will always have your mother and me to talk to.

The famous German writer and poet, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once remarked:

“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.”

Never forget your roots even as you soar high with your wings. Stay blessed, my sons!


I am taking part in The Write Tribe Festival of Words #6. The theme for Day 5 is ‘Write a letter’



I'm an avid reader and writer. Reading gets me a feeling of understanding the world through different perspectives and writing helps me outline my thoughts from the cobwebs that the mind has trapped it in!

20 thoughts on “A Father’s Letter

  1. Excellent advice! Every parent should say this to their kids. We focus on stuff like academic excellence, and talent and career, but we forget important things like compassion, humility and contentment. 👍

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  2. Beautiful letter, Sreedeep. 🙂 With such a parent to guide them, I’m sure they’ll not lose their roots or their wings!

    PS: First time that I’ve seen life compared to an elephant. A distinctly Mallu touch, no? 😉

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