22 July, 2017
There have been a lot of discussions and sharing on social media about Celebrity Chef Vikas Khanna's’ post on the last interaction he had with his late father. A simple touching story with a powerful message - cherish your parents when you can and show them that you truly appreciate them.
Vikas Khanna, one of India’s most successful chefs, has penned a heart-wrenching post on Facebook where he details the last conversation he ever had with his own father.
He writes that on January 31, 2015, he had called his parents in the morning as he always did. He recalls a conversation no different than any other with parents; one that revolved around sports and daily matters. At that point, his father mentioned that it was a dream of his to be able to drive “his son’s Merc.” When Vikas questioned him on why he had never told him about that, his father simply replied that he had never asked.
That afternoon, he received a call saying that his father had passed away. Vikas writes that since that final conversation occurred, he often thought about it and that he wishes he had done more for his father.
With this story, he urges people not to take their parents for granted. Lifes’ lesson – Don’t wait for a single more moment. Our parents might never ask for anything and will just give all their lives for us. Surprise them, spoil them, hug them, ask them about their dreams, and love them. Because one day you might be able to buy a fleet of cars, but you can’t buy time.
A powerful yet compelling thought, that we all need to ponder on. An occasional phone call and a rare visit are what we do for them. Is it enough? Try doing more, spend a little more time and watch the difference. After a certain age, our parents might begin to lose interest in life. It is in our hands to give them a reason to live. It doesn’t need much of an effort - just ten mins a day is sometimes enough to make a huge difference! Simple things like going over with their favourite dish or snack, dropping in for tea or dinner, taking them out for a movie, buying them their favourite book, or just sharing a simple joke is what they need to feel wanted and more alive. Give them a little of your time - they have given you a life. Is it asking for too much?
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