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Celebrating Dad

 The men we celebrated on Father’s Day 2016: My dad, Ram Swaroop, top. My uncle Anand Swaroop, left, my grandfather and the best teacher ever, Ragunath Prasad, center, and my big brother Subhash Swaroop, right.

This was my first Father’s Day without my Dad. He passed away in March after a long and successful life. 

I was close to him and it is hard adjusting to life without him. He played such a strong role in my life that I didn’t even know how life would look like without him. 

  • He was my first teacher. 
  • He gave me my sense of adventure. 
  • He challenged me. 
  • He showed me to be a critical thinker. 
  • He taught me the importance of being kind and fair. 
  • He showed me how to have the courage of my convictions. 
  • His example showed me that that it was more important to take care of my spiritual well-being than to focus on fame and fortune. 

For all of the things he gave me I wanted to say thanks for making me a Swaroop. And for the woman I am today. I didn’t realize the importance of everything he did until after he died. 

Now that I know I wanted to celebrate him on this first Father’s Day without him.

And our Celebrating Dad fiesta was born.

I invited some family over to celebrate all the dads here and those on the other side for everything they gave us. The only requirement was that each person who came had to bring a dish that their Dad loved to eat. Including my dad’s invention: Cream Cheese Balls (from top left), pizza, cream cheese filled strawberries, carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, guacamole, salsa, chips, fruit platter, nan baria (an Indian onion fritter) with mint chutney and tamarind chutney.