Dad: A Son’s First Hero, A Daughter’s First Love - Father's Day Special

A saying goes, “A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way,” and it is true in every way. No matter how old or young, children never outgrow their need and love for their fathers, for they are the ones who pamper their children the most during their childhood, guide and inspire them during their adolescence and let them fly and soar when they grow into adults. Fathers are the only people in the world whose fears are unseen, love is unexpressed, but their care and protection remain as a pillar of strength throughout our lives.

With Father’s Day around the corner, on June 20th, we decided to speak to some of Hyderabad’s young fathers and those with young children to find out what it is about being a dad that makes it so special. From looking up to their fathers until a few years ago to now having their little ones look up to them, life does come full circle. Here’s what these young and handsome men had to say!           - Niharika Keerthi


The life of every party, Varun Reddy lifts up the mood and cracks everyone up with his witty personality and jovial nature. He, along with his family, runs the Country Club chain of clubs and resorts nationally and works out of the newly renovated Country Club Begumpet that has some of the best F&B outlets, patisseries, bars, spas and banquets.

A father of three—six-year-old Rayan,  five-year-old Rihan, and four-year-old Rianna, he is a doting and fun-loving dad who turns into a hero, an adventurer, story-teller, singer, and even a hairdresser when needed.  

What do you enjoy most about being a father?
I enjoy every bit of watching my kids grow up; it’s the best feeling ever! From the happy times of travelling and hanging out together to the not so happy times of hospital visits and disciplining the kids, I have enjoyed every bit of it. Since my three kids are around the same age (Rayan-4, Rihan-5, Rianna-6) every day is exciting for me and I experience something new each day.

What is the secret to being a good father?
I don’t think there is a clear cut formula to being a good father. Understanding that every child is different, is vital, and supporting each of your children differently is probably the best secret to being a good father.
I have seen over controlling dads damper the spirits of young smart kids and have also seen the other extreme where fully supportive fathers end up losing a generation’s worth of hardwork just to support their children. So, in my opinion, understanding each child and having an approach based on the child’s ability is possibly the best way to raise and support a child.

Is there anything you do differently as compared to your parents?
Parenting in this generation is slightly different from my parent’s generation. I feel that fathers of this generation give a lot more time to their children and some have even done a lot of heavy lifting around them, which was not very common during our parent’s time. 

From being on the giving end of Father’s Day a few years ago to now being on the receiving end, how is the feeling? 
With really young and always excited kids, Father’s Day is like my second birthday. Last year, there was a cake, cards and other fun stuff curated by my wife and executed by my kids. 

As I live with my father and brother it should be a grand party for all of us this year too.

What have you learnt from your children?
Every day is a learning day for me; I have learnt so much from my kids. Some of the best things I have learnt from them is showing kindness towards animals and being conscious about the food that I eat. 

How do you spend time with your children?
Thanks to the lockdown, I have spent a lot of time with the kids. We go for walks, drives and eat mangoes together. I occasionally do fun stuff like giving them a haircut and watching movies with them.

Once they are a little older, I would love to play sports with them, too

What role do you play as a father during the pandemic?
Lots of people don’t realise that the pandemic has put a lot of work pressure on the mothers rather than the fathers. With kids staying at home the whole time, it becomes a whole lot of work 
for the mothers. As a father, I try and help out with the kids as much as possible. 

Please share any special moment or memory with your children that you cherish the most
I have always felt that the best moments one can have with their children are on  holidays. Although I have not prioritised this as much as I would like, I always enjoyed and created wonderful memories when we travelled.


A well-known name in Hyderabad’s hospitality and F&B circle, Suryaveer is the Director of Trance Hotels and the Founder Sommelier of the Hyderabad Wine Society & Bangalore Wine Society. He is also a father to a beautiful little girl named Arya and always plays the role of an intimidating clown with her. From making her laugh to watching her grow, every day is filled with special moments that Suryaveer will forever cherish.

What do you enjoy most about being a father?
The pure love and care which comes out naturally when you have a child and the fact that this little one loves you back without any conditions, is the most special feeling.

What is the secret to being a good father?
Be the go-to person for a good laugh but also be able to teach discipline to the kid with just a stare.

Is there anything you do differently as compared to your parents?
Not really- it’s still early days for me as a father. 

From being on the giving end of Father’s Day a few years ago to now being on the receiving end, how is the feeling?
It’s overwhelming to see how life can take such a turn in such a short span.

What is the one gift you gave your father that you hope your daughter will give you someday?
Not being a problematic kid (laughs)!

What have you learnt from your daughter?
Your brain is a sponge, always stay curious because the learning never ends.

How do you spend time with your daughter?
The first hour in the morning is entirely daddy-baby bonding time. I also try to make it back home before sunset to take Arya for a swim.

What role do you play as a father?
That of an intimidating clown (laughs)!

How do you keep up with her times?
By watching Peppa Pig with her.

Please share any special moment or memory with your children that you cherish the most.
I don’t want to sound cliché, but honestly, every day is a new day with something memorable. I just enjoy spending time with Arya and being a part of her growth.


Aconstruction and real estate developer whose company Pavani Group is known for  its grand projects and exceptional service, Archit Reddy is a doting father who pampers and loves his young children unconditionally. He hails from an illustrious family of Hyderabad and shares his experiences of being a father, with us.

What do you enjoy most about being a father?
Having found someone to give back the pampering and unconditional love which I have received over the years from my parents.

What is the secret to being a good father?
Patience. One should just enjoy the responsibility of being a father as it is unlike any other.

Is there anything you do differently as compared to your parents?
I don’t think I pamper my kids as much as my parents pampered me as a child.

From being on the giving end of Father’s Day a few years ago to now being on the receiving end, how is the feeling?
It’s a wonderful feeling, definitely a lot of additional responsibility, but you get to enjoy the fruits later.

What is the one gift you gave your father that you hope your children will give you someday?
No mental stress, and I want them to treat me as a friend all their lives, as I do with my father.

What have you learnt from your children?
Nursery rhymes that I never heard during my childhood (laughs).

How do you spend time with your kids?
I take them for a lot of walks and explain to them the beauty, essence and importance of nature. Both my kids get up and sleep at the same time as I do and my day doesn’t start without a morning kiss.

What role do you play as a father?
I’m their friend at times of play, a Dracula in times of horrifying them, and a teacher in times of teaching them.

Please share any special moment or memory with your children that you cherish the most.
I took them to a forest once and during the safari we were lucky enough to spot a tiger, but ever since they have always wanted to spot tigers on every safari. They don’t realise how difficult it is to spot a tiger in the wild, but their excitement levels are indescribable.


The Founder and Managing Director of Vinn Hospital in Begumpet, Hyderabad, Dr Vinayak Pampati is a radiologist by profession and one of the youngest medical entrepreneurs of Hyderabad city. He began working on his dream of starting a foundation that encourages growth and accessibility of basic healthcare to all, in 2012. Dr Vinayak aims to introduce and execute facilities for the people of the city-of-the-pearls that will provide healthcare of world-class quality. 

Apart from being called a doctor, a son, and a husband, Dr Vinayak is elated to be a father too. He says that there are no secrets to being a good father, and a father is always there for his kids, no matter what!

What do you enjoy most about being a father?
Becoming a father is a big responsibility but a very fulfilling feeling. It can’t be compared to anything else in this world. 

What is the secret to being a good father?
The secret is that there is NO secret. A good father will always be there for their child no matter what— no questions asked. Bringing them up with values and understanding them is the biggest task, and in order for that to happen, the father should become a child himself. As a father, my first and foremost intention is to make my daughter feel safe. 

Is there anything you do differently as compared to your parents?
Times have obviously changed drastically since I was a child. Today’s children in children, in general, are exposed to varied situations when compared to what we saw. At just about a year old, we decided to send Vihaana to a home school. Our intention was for her to be around children her age and get accustomed to being away from us for a few hours each day. This will prepare her for schooling and also teach her how to interact with peers with ease. 

Vihaana also accompanies her mom to work sometimes and I feel that’s important to imbibe a sense of learning and discipline, and that’s something we did differently.

From being on the giving end of Father’s Day a few years ago to now being on the receiving end, how is the feeling? 
Growing up, I’ve always looked up to my dad with a sense of respect and admiration. Today, I see him as a friend and I go to him for advice. Same way, I imagine becoming my daughter’s hero! As a parent, I aspire to share this with my daughter, and it’s a beautiful feeling.

What is the one gift you gave your father that you hope your daughter will give you someday? 
In all these years, there was never a time when I said “NO” to my father. Respecting elders is one thing that has been inculcated in me since my childhood and I seriously wish Vihaana does the same with me and holds the same values throughout her life. I also hope she achieves her dream and lives a fulfilled happy life—that’s all I will strive for. 

What have you learnt from your daughter? 
Unknowingly, my daughter has taught me so much. She dances like nobody is watching and that shows courage. She laughs and interacts with everyone and that shows confidence. She enjoys each day more than us, but most importantly, she has taught me to smile and be patient, even at the most difficult times!

How do you spend time with your daughter?
I cannot start my day without spending some time with her. She’s my morning workout partner and the dose of energy I require; she is my stress buster!

In the evenings, we spend time reading books; and playing and I try my best to spend all my free time with her.

What role do you play as a father?
There are so many responsibilities for parents until the child is grown up. As Vihaana is just a toddler, her requirements are much more in comparison. My wife and I make sure to share these responsibilities, because it’s important for a child to see their parents in different roles in their daily life. This encourages them to understand the importance of both the mother and the father. I are very supportive, affectionate and push her to do different things everyday. This is the age when they grasp things very quickly, so I make an extra effort to show her what is right and what is wrong. As a father, however, I will ensure promoting her inner growth and strength always.

How do you keep up with their times?
The pandemic has definitely affected all of us and this has limited my options to keep my daughter occupied. We are doing as much as we can with the limited resources at home, but the silver lining of this situation is that I spend more time with her and this is something I will always cherish. 

Please share any special moment or memory with your child that you cherish the most.
Being a doctor, I’ve seen more than 300 deliveries, but standing there when Vihaana was born, and holding her for the first time was definitely the most precious moment of my life. I remember how fast my heart was racing and that’s when I realised that this little human had become the most valuable person on Earth, for me.  


A well-known name in the city’s elite, Zohair Arif is a father to an adorable and bubbly boy named Hamdan. From pampering him and taking him on drives to playing outdoor games and reading him stories, he does everything that it takes to be a good father. Zohair is into the education field and runs an engineering college called Vif College of Engineering and Technology. He also runs a property development firm. But it is his charming personality and exquisite fashion sense that he is known for.

What do you enjoy most about being a father?
No matter how bad my day has been, when I come back home from work my day is made just by looking at my son. He’s always happy and excited to see me and that makes everything else take a back seat.

What is the secret to being a good father?
Supporting your child in everything he/she does and showing them the right way rather than forcing your dreams on them.

Is there anything you do differently as compared to your parents?
My parents were very indulgent with me. I plan to give Hamdan a balanced upbringing with a mix of pampering and discipline.

From being on the giving end of Father’s Day a few years ago to now being on the receiving end, how is the feeling?
It’s a big responsibility and I hope to make the right decisions and guide and support to my son.

What is the one gift you gave your father that you hope your son will give you someday?
The respect, love, and gratitude that I have for my father and the way I look up to him as my mentor is something I hope my son will have for me.

What have you learnt from your son?
To love unconditionally and to be patient.

How do you spend time with your son?
I take him on drives, play outdoor sports with him and read him stories every night.

What role do you play as a father?
I’m the one who spoils my son and plays with him, whereas my wife is the disciplinarian.

How do you keep up with their times?
I read about child psychology and how to deal with children.

Please share any special moment or memory with your children that you cherish the most.
When he first started speaking and called me daddy—it was the most amazing feeling.


Anyone who is from Hyderabad would have definitely heard of Karachi Bakery—an iconic classic bakery that has treated our tastebuds for over six decades. Started by his grandfather, Vijay Ramnani is the partner of Karachi Bakery and is doing a splendid job at maintaining the taste and quality of the products and improving its offerings. 
The businessman is also a father to twin boys, who he says are his stressbusters. 

As the saying goes, “Double the giggles, double the grins, double the trouble when you’re blessed with twins!”

What do you enjoy most about being a father?
The endless hugs and cuddles that my boys and I exchange everyday.

What is the secret to being a good father?
The secret of being a good father is spending quality time with your children, being there for them when they need you, and listening to what they have to say.

Is there anything you do differently as compared to your parents?
I do a lot of baking at home with my children, this way, I’m spending time with them while also teaching them an activity.

From being on the giving end of Father’s Day a few years ago to now being on the receiving end, how is the feeling?
It’s a feeling of completeness and fulfilment. I feel complete when I am with my family at home.

What is the one gift you gave your father that you hope your children will give you someday?
Unconditional love and respect.

What have you learnt from your children?
The joy in little things. Children find happiness in the smallest of things, whereas we adults strive to find happiness in big and materialistic things.

How do you spend time with your children?
I love to play games and sports with my children and luckily now because of the lockdown I was able to spend ample time with them. We cycle together, play badminton, swim, and bake together.

What role do you play as a father?
I play a very supportive role towards them, but of course, when I see my wife being strict and saying no to certain things, I support her too.

How do you keep up with their times?
Oh my god, the children of this generation are too advanced in everything, it’s hard to keep up! But they keep me on my toes, so it’s all worth it.

Please share any special moment or memory with your children that you cherish the most.
There are many beautiful memories, but the one unforgettable moment was when I got to hold both of them together right after they were born. It was a surreal feeling which I cannot express in words.


An orthodontist by profession, Arshad Qureshi is a consultant at several leading dental clinics in the city. He is also a businessman and co-founder of USafe Healthcare, a company that manufactures and innovates healthcare and essential products to protect people from covid-19. The products include a respirator mask, filters for the mask, face protection shield, and UTouch Hygiene key. 

On the personal front, Arshad is a new daddy to an adorable toddler named Aariz, who is just a year old. A hands-on father, he shares responsibilities with his wife and does everything from feeding, cleaning, changing nappies, putting to sleep, and entertaining his baby boy.

What do you enjoy most about being a father?
Looking at a mini version of me; it brings back so many childhood memories. Just looking at Aariz gives me immense joy.

What is the secret of being a good father?
Patience. You have to be patient with your little one!

Is there anything you do differently compared to your parents?
The lockdown has been a blessing in disguise as it’s allowed me to be a more hands-on father. From changing his pampers and feeding him to making him go to sleep, I’ve done it all and it’s been exciting! 

From being on the giving end of Father’s Day a few years ago to now being on the receiving end, how is the feeling?
It’s overwhelming, but since he’s very little right now, we haven’t been able to celebrate Father’s Day or other special occasions yet. I’m looking forward to all the fun and entertainment we will have in the future. 

What is the one gift you gave your father that you hope your son will give you someday?
Respect. I hope my son gives me the same love and respect that my brother and I gave my father.

What have you learnt from your son?
More than learning, children remind us of the innocence that we once possessed. Everything is so much easier at that age, and children remind us that happiness can be achieved in the smallest of things. 

How do you spend time with your son?
Since he’s a toddler, time goes by very fast with him. He’s at an inquisitive age, so I try to play with him and develop his motor skills.

How do you keep up with their times?
I’m just adapting to the times as and when he grows. Adaptability is the key.

Please share any special moment or memory with your children that you cherish the most.
It’s definitely the first time I laid eyes on him, when he came out of the delivery room. I will forever cherish that moment.


Aayush is a Partner & Business Development Head at Lexora Ceramica – a leading tiles manufacturer and exporter based in Morbi, India. His company has been in this industry for a decade and has become highly reputed over the years. He is a loving father to a two-year-old baby girl named Nyesha, who he loves with all his heart. Aayush believes that time is the most valuable thing we can give our children, and thus he spends quality time with his daughter, doing things that bring her joy.

What do you enjoy most about being a father?
From the first time she wrapped her tiny hand tightly around my finger to this day when she gives me random hugs and kisses, the unconditional love and affection I get from my child is the most enjoyable thing about being a father.

What is the secret to being a good father?
I strongly believe that the best thing we can give our children is our time. I like to spend good quality time with my daughter and teach her basic things in creative ways.

Is there anything you do differently as compared to your parents?
I make it a point to always keep her curiosity alive by patiently answering all her questions and encourage her to ask more questions. This was something I couldn’t experience as a child.

From being on the giving end of Father’s Day a few years ago to now being on the receiving end, how is the feeling?
I feel fortunate and fascinated; fortunate because it is truly a blessing to be a dad, fascinated to strive to achieve the benchmarks set by my father.

What is the one gift you gave your father that you hope your daughter will give you someday?
When I was studying at boarding school, I wrote letters to my father. Now with the world being completely online, reading a handwritten letter from my daughter would be delightful and something I will treasure.

What have you learnt from your daughter?
Finding happiness in the smallest of things, being unafraid to show your true emotions, and having the courage to show vulnerability.

How do you spend time with your daughter?
Nyesha recently turned 2 years old, so I run around with her in the garden, play with a ball, make funny noises to get her attention…basically do things that make her laugh heartily!

What role do you play as a father?
I play many roles, that of a friend, philosopher, guide, but ultimately I want to be her go-to person, the one she trusts and the one she loves the most!

How do you keep up with her times?
Being conscious of the generation gap, I intend to maintain a culture of open dialogue with my daughter and ensure that she maintains a healthy balance between the real and virtual worlds.

Please share any special moment or memory with your children that you cherish the most
The most special moment was the first time when Nyesha came up to me and called me “Baba”. Another special memory is of the time we spent the entire afternoon together watching nursery rhymes while my wife was out shopping.


After a long stint in the corporate world, Rohan decided to jump fields and entered the Real Estate Brokerage and Property Management field, something he believes he has always had a penchant for. He also entered the cloud kitchen market recently with his brand, Casserole. The nature of his work is such that his engagements are sporadic, and hence he gets to spend time with his young daughter, Parisa, at different intervals. Fatherhood has made Rohan more responsible and focused, he says, while adding that the key ingredients to being a good father are attention and time.

What do you enjoy most about being a father?
The sheer joy of being witness to a multitude of changing characteristics in my daughter, from her inquisitiveness, her vivaciousness, to her unabated energy.

What is the secret to being a good father?
In my limited experience, attention and time are the key ingredients of being a good father. Everything else falls into place.

Is there anything you do differently as compared to your parents?
I evidently do the same things. My parents have given me a very balanced childhood, they did the best for me. For example, I had the privilege of studying in a venerated educational institution like The Doon School and we always stayed at some of the best places during family holidays. However, parallelly, they kept me grounded. I had to take the bus to school in Hyderabad and was appropriated a fixed pocket allowance which I had to value and spend carefully. I endeavour to follow a similar course with my daughter.

From being on the giving end of Father’s Day a few years ago to now being on the receiving end, how is the feeling?
It’s an interesting transition, especially considering that until a few years ago I hadn’t thought of fatherhood at all. It’s a transformative experience. The feeling is one of pride.

What is the one gift you gave your father that you hope your daughter will give you someday?
I would like to think that my father’s satisfaction comes from the happiness of his children. That’s all I want from my daughter, that she continues to be happy and content, is kind to animals, and strives to become a better person every day, for the family, for the community, and ascribes to a sense of family and fraternity.

What have you learnt from your daughter?
My daughter is just two, but fatherhood has made me more fastidious, responsible, and focused.

How do you spend time with your daughter?
Due to the perilous times we are living in, I have got to spend a lot of time with her. She loves going on drives, so that’s something we do every evening. My wife and I spend at least an hour a day with our daughter on learning-based activities. We have already travelled to various places in her 2 years, and spent quality time together, and I hope it continues.

What role do you play as a father?
I play multiple roles. While my wife is very hands-on as a mother, there are times when some of her engagements at work, as a Corporate leader, are unavoidable. During those occasions, I don the maternal hat of feeding her milk and running behind her during meal time. I enjoy reading to Parisa from time to time, putting her to sleep, and playing with her.

How do you keep up with her times?
It’s been a transformative process. While we have managed to get her to follow a routine, often the routine is disturbed due to sleep patterns or overindulgence of sweets that keeps her awake much longer. I have learnt to adjust my regimen accordingly. Also, it’s a blessing to have her grandparents around to look after her, in the event my wife and I are both engaged with work at the same time.

Please share any special moment or memory with your children that you cherish the most.
Oh, there are many—one of them being when she first addressed me as “Baba”.


A gourmet chef by profession, Ankit is the Founder of Manger by Ankit, an artisan home delivery kitchen that delivers exclusive global cuisine across the city. When he is not working, Ankit is committed to spending quality time with his eight-month-old daughter Anayra. The little bundle of joy is the apple of her father’s eye and needless to say, Ankit is enjoying every bit of this phase of his life.  

What do you enjoy most about being a father?
Being able to snuggle with Anayra when I’m having a stressful day. Everything gets better when I see her and spend time with her. She is very young and fidgety so the moments when she snugs her head into my chest are always special. 

What is the secret to being a good father?
Leaving all your worries and giving everything a backseat when you are with your child. I always make sure to put everything aside when I am with Anayra, and give her all the attention.

Is there anything you do differently as compared to your parents?
My father has always been supportive and inspiring. I want to have a reliable presence in my daughter’s life and follow her lead in the needs she expresses.

What is the one gift you gave your father that you hope your daughter will give you someday?
As a kid, I used to take my father out for a meal on Father’s Day and make him feel special. I would definitely like the same reciprocate.

What have you learnt from your daughter?
It’s too soon to say as she’s just 8.5 months old.

How do you spend time with your daughter?
I just look for opportunities to make her laugh. I put on Cocomelon tunes and sing and dance along. Our favourite game is Peek-A-Boo, in which I use my hands or blanket to surprise her.

Please share any special moment or memory with your daughter that you cherish the most.
I remember the first word she said—it was papa—and I was overwhelmed.


An Architectural Lighting Design Consultant working in the space of architecture, interiors, and urban planning, Dashak owns and runs a company called Thea Light Works, but at home he is a devoted father to his three-year-old son Dritaan. Often playing the role of the good cop, Dashak enjoys watching his son grow, learn and adapt to everything around him without imposing his thoughts on the little one. 

What do you enjoy most about being a father?
Being able to let my son be himself without imposing my thoughts on him. Watching him grow, learn and adapt to every scenario is absolutely amazing.

What is the secret to being a good father?
There is no secret! Just imbibe good values and respect in your children.

Is there anything you do differently as compared to your parents?
Tines have changed and the pandemic has wired us all further. Having said that, I’m sure there are many things I’m doing differently. However, the one thing that I hope I’m able to give to my son is the same amount of freedom— to think, explore and evaluate, that was given to me.

From being on the giving end of Father’s Day a few years ago to now being on the receiving end, how is the feeling?
Having a child is life changing. It’s a feeling like none other and to top it, being at the receiving end is an ecstatic feeling! Dritaan painting me a card with his handprints will always be a memory I will cherish.

What is the one gift you gave your father that you hope your son will give you someday?
I believe the gift of respect and honesty is what I have given my father and I hope my son gives me the same.

What have you learnt from your son?
You cannot be stubborn, you have to learn to let go, and of course the names of all the superheroes on this planet (laughs).

How do you spend time with your son?
Going on walks, playing with his superhero toys and creating whimsical yet magical stories inspired by the nature around us.

What role do you play as a father?
My wife and I have divided the good cop and bad cop roles amongst us. I usually end up being the good cop so I think my role involves being there for my son, being strict when I have to and being lenient when I have to.

How do you keep up with his times?
I just observe and do a lot of research.

Please share any special moment or memory with your child that you cherish the most.
He is just three years old now, but I suppose his first steps will always remain special.