“My father moved here with us when I was 18. To support my family of 7 brothers and 3 sisters, I got a job at a factory. But while I was working there, one of my colleague’s leg was chopped off in an accident, so my family banned me from going there again -- which is when I got a job as a watchman.
No matter what I did, my father was always supportive. He always listened. Even after he retired and returned to Bihar, if he heard my voice waver on the phone he’d immediately say ‘mein aa jaaun?’ I miss him a lot right now. He passed away 3 years and when I got that phone call, I couldn’t believe it. I missed him so much. You know, he told me once to trim my mustache like the horns on a bull -- which shows the status of a well groomed man. So for him, I always keep my moustache groomed and my appearance sharp...how do you think I look?”
“He was 8 & a half when I was born & was the typical ‘strict’ older brother. Our parents were like our friends. We spoke to dad about our crushes, date nights & career. He encouraged us to be independent.
Till 2007, we lived in Delhi. When my brother wanted to become an actor, I convinced dad to move to Bombay. I wanted to be close to my brother–we’ve always been best friends. Growing up, we shared a room & through the fights, we were forced to get along.
When we moved, mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I was only 18. We were with her through her fight, but after 2 years she passed away. I was close to my dad, while my brother was close to our mom. When she was sick, he’d bathe her, sleep in her hospital room–he was the fighter.
Maybe that’s why it hit him the hardest–losing his best friend. But I had to be strong for the 2 men in my life. Even dad couldn’t cope with it. I had to grow up overnight & somehow give them strength.
Eventually, my brother went to flight school in USA, while my dad & I lived in Mumbai, trying to move on. But we weren’t off the hook yet–we found out his liver wasn’t functioning. When I told my brother, he said ‘I’ll come back.’ But I told him not to because he would’ve had to repeat his course!
We had to believe that dad had a chance. But he worsened quickly & my brother only got 2 weeks with him. Even while leaving us, dad said, ‘Saath rehna.’ We had to make sure we were there for each other.
Now, after they’re gone, I don’t think we had a moment where we didn’t want to stay together. In fact, we’ve bought a house in our parent’s memory because we know that this family isn’t breaking–ever. When I got married, I told my husband that my brother’s the most important in my life. Family always comes first, they’re our strength. The only thing that we argue about now is my driving. Which I think is perfect, I don’t know why he has a problem, but I guess a sibling just HAS to be annoying, I’ve made my peace with it!”
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“I was working in my village in MP for 35 years -- but then I got old and couldn’t take the weight of it anymore, so I left. My kids refused to support me -- even as Brahmins, they were drinking all the time, despite me asking them not to. So I left… I thought of getting a job somewhere else, so I came to Mumbai. But here, people wouldn’t give me a job because they thought I was too old.
Still, some blessed man came up to me and said that I should start doing this ‘dhaagha’ business -- it doesn’t have a lot of money, but it’s still something. I’m 65 now and have been doing this for 15 years or so. My village life seems like another lifetime. But I don’t regret anything. Because if I would’ve stayed in that village, I would’ve probably ended up dying amongst family who were like strangers to me. But here, in Bombay, I know when I die, I’ll be dying amongst strangers who’ve become family. So I have nothing to complain about.”
“I was 3 when my parents first took me to a swimming pool. My dad was keen on extracurricular activities–he pushed me to give my best when my coach said, ‘I would go far’. At 10, I got the chance to swim from Alibaug to Gateway. I began training–I’d attend school until 12pm & then swim for 5 hours straight while all my friends would be playing, but it was a sacrifice I happily made. On the day of the swim, I started at 2:30am & completed 38 km in 11 hours!
After that, someone told my dad I should try to swim across the English Channel, but I was 28 kgs & they needed me to be 40. Still, he wrote 39 kgs in the application. Unexpectedly, they agreed! We couldn’t afford it, but my dad asked me to just focus & he’d figure out the rest.
At 12, I began training, amidst a lot of discouragement. Relatives asked us what the point was. They said, ‘Why are you spending on her–she’ll get married. Save it & spend on your sons!’ I didn’t know where the English Channel was or how cold it’d be, but my dad believed in me & I believed in him.
He gathered funds for a 10 day trip. While others got 30 days to acclimatise to the cold, I had only a few. On the day of the swim, I stood at the edge, unable to see the other end. It was daunting, but I had to finish. And 16 grueling hours later, I became the youngest person in the world to do so!
After that, I worked hard & became the youngest girl to swim across 7 straits & channels. I was a pre-teen marvel! But I missed out on school & time with my family. My dad had to travel with me, so his business suffered & my brothers got sidelined. So at 27, when my mom met with an accident & needed care, I left competitive swimming.
A few years ago, I got married but my dream was still alive. I was working on our business, but I couldn’t be around a pool without wanting to swim. So I decided to give coaching a shot at Palava. Slowly, I went from 1 student to 100! Many of them have gone to state & national level competitions. I guess it just goes to show, that even if you feel like the dream has ended...it’s just on a pause & something even better opens up for you in the future. Just that the path to get there is slightly different!”
Jet lag got the best of me last night, but was such a blessing because I found some of our photographs from 1998 - 1999 and spent my 4:30 AM laughing and reminiscing with my whole family in our group chat. I started to realize that these photos gave off a great observation as to why I am so family oriented, because I was constantly with family growing up. A blessing, a super blessing!
👀... results or what !!! AmaIng achievement well done hunny you are looking HOT !🔥🔥 .
712 hours ago
Already missing this little peanut 🥜🤗
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Can you even 😍
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Two times the weather has pushed back an epic styled mother daughter shoot with these two. can't wait to finally shoot what we have been planning! But theses sunset beach photos are not too bad lol
Grannie my heart aches because I’ll miss you but I know that Heaven is having a huge party for you today❤️
Te amo minha Teteinha linda❤️
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Some days off we climb mountains. Well part of them. Some days off I stay home and pay bills, make appts, buy new appliances, hand wash dishes until new appliances arrive, and take my adorable pup on a walk. He hates the mud. It took us a good half an hour to make it 100 yards. But he sure does love walking out the front door in hopes that he’s going to a spa. #mrchance#pamperedmutt#wellbeonthecouchtherestoftheday#familyouting#livelovelaugh
The #deyoungsters exhibit opened December 1, 2018! This is the first ever gallery at the @deyoungmuseum dedicated to the museum’s youngest visitors, ages 3-8. Designed by Yves Béhar’s @yvesbehar fuseproject and Tellart, the studio supports kids in exploring art fundamentals—color, composition, shape and form, texture, and sculpture—through hands-on technology and activities. This space is always free and open to the public (no tickets required!). The studio is open during regular museum hours.
🎨 Aside from the de Youngsters Studio, the Museum offers so many amazing programs for kids and families of all ages, including Toddler Tours, Art After School Classes, a Teen Studio series, and more. You can browse these activities on their website at . .
🖼 The Saturday Family Art Making looks fun & welcomes all ages (so family friendly!). The projects change every 3-4 weeks. Hours are 11 Am to to 4 pm for family art (Museum admission required). .
🎫 FYI The first Tuesday of the month is free general admission for everybody! In addition to this, kids up to age 17 always receive free general admission.
Have you ever been to the de Young Museum? What would you do before or after in GG park? I would definitely be walking over to @twirlanddip for my fav ice cream 🍦 cone. .
His face when I told him that we're going home today! 😊 #misseshisownbed#excited
Thanks @meritonsuites for the awesome stay. The service was wonderful. To the bloke who helped with our luggage, my wife apologises! 😂
To smile and laugh with total abandon is such a precious gift. I love hearing the laughs of my littles, the laughs that grow super loud and trickle for a while like a leaky water faucet. They are just contagious and one of my very favorite things in life.
I love when couples still have it! You know what I mean, the couples that roll their eyes at each other’s bad jokes and then laugh with each other for the next hour. I’ve been so lucky to have many photo shoots with Coast Guard families. This is one of them and I just can’t say enough. If you know a coastie, thank them for their service today, y’all. Having to drive to work everyday and know that you will receive no paycheck for the month when you have a family to support is hard but honorable business!
I thought that the hardest part of this goodbye was going to be her goodbye to Papa.
I had no idea that the hardest of her goodbyes was actually going to be Hopie saying goodbye to Dad in an Emergency Department room because he had a heart attack and couldn’t send her off to basic.
She has been through a lot the last couple of days. She just contacted us and said she made it to Texas. I am praying for her focus through this basic training.
Mó legal ver que mesmo depois de 2 anos, eu continuo o mesmo besta apaixonado de sempre! #feliz2anos . Eu te amo muito!
123612:29 PM May 25, 2018
Happiest birthday to the greatest woman in the world. Mothers are the best, they get full from seeing you eat your food, they feel happy when they hear you laugh, and they feel accomplished when you achieve your goal. From the hardships of tending us for nine months in their womb, to seeing us drifting away from innocence because we've become a wealth of knowledge of our own and formulated our own principles in life, the struggles of motherhood is real for sure. At the end of the day, family is home, and how dark would a home be without mothers.
To the brightest light of my life, and the owner of the biggest room in my heart, Happiest Birthday Nanay Fely 😀😀♥️😀😀
23684:07 PM Mar 7, 2018
Last night was fun! Although a lot of us are not heavy drinkers and some don't even drink alcohol, we still managed to drink the punch and we liked it :) Was just about perfect while we grilled pork cutlets on honey mustard sauce, and purple cabbage with roasted sesame sauce (Goma) on the side. Stretchy cheese overload from chicken cordon bleu, chili bombs, to baked ziti. Over the food paradise tho, what I appreciate more is that almost all the people who I would want to visit my grave if in any case I die attended the party, troubled their way and get to Quezon City to celebrate my birthday in advance. And we really had that no-phone-real-bonding-rule bring about really well.
Plus we decided to have an after party coffee and played more Resistance, I swear the night almost didn't end until one of the staff asked for last orders. Got back to the house at 3am!
Ate a lot, sang a lot, laughed a lot. Good times! :) :) :)