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A book about the perils and pleasures of being a 21st century father, from one of the most distinctive literary voices of our generation.
?I suppose people want to have children for all sorts of reasons. I knew why I wanted to. (This is a big thing for me; I seldom have a clear idea of anything.) Being the infantile, continually perplexed, perplexing, obsessed-with-obsession sort of twit that I am, I wanted to grow up. Or at least feel grown up. Nothing - travelling around the world on my own, having a job, being married, seeing my name on the cover of a book - has made me feel as grown up and responsible as crossing the road with my index finger inside my daughter?s fist.?
In our country, most books about parenting turn out to be books about motherhood. Do you recall reading about parenthood from a father?s point of view? Now, from one of the most distinctive literary voices of his generation of writers, comes a book about the pleasures and perils of being a 21st century father. Based on an immensely popular weekly column in Hindustan Times, Dad?s the Word talks about why we want to have children; how they come to shape our lives; and how every moment of being a parent is evanescent and unrepeatable.
With warmth and wit, Bhattacharya describes the unconditional love, the anxiety and the self-doubt that colour a father?s life. Insightful, funny, tender, intensely onest and moving, this is a memoir in which you will see yourself. If you are a parent, or ever want to be one, here is a book you can't do without.
About the Author
Soumya Bhattacharya?s previous memoirs, You Must Like Cricket? and All That You Can't Leave Behind, were both published to international acclaim. His novel, If I Could Tell You, appeared on India?s bestsellers list on publication. It was longlisted for the Vodafone Crossword award, and shortlisted for the Hindu?s Best Fiction 2010 award. Bhattacharya?s journalism, essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent, New Statesman and Granta. He is the Editor of Hindustan Times, Mumbai.