For Mollywood actor Tovino Thomas, the lockdown that got here in the wake of the pandemic was a “sort of a blessing in disguise.” Recently, the star grew to become a father once more when the household welcomed a child boy, Tahaan. “Till my daughter, Izza, started going to playschool last September, my family used to accompany me during film shoots as they love to travel. When the lockdown came into effect and all shooting was stopped, I was busy with the shoot of Minnal Murali and my family was at home. Now, I feel glad that I could be with my wife, Lidiya, when little Tahaan too joined us,” says Tovino from Irinjalakuda in Thrissur.
It was additionally a time when his brother and sister and their youngsters had been already at the household home. “A while back, I had bought a foosball table and we also love to play jenga. We cooked together and adopted a new pet, a beagle, and the entire family was after him for a while,” says Tovino.
It is the identical high quality time with children that many dads went to city about once they had been at residence throughout the lockdown. Social media is flush with tales and images of fathers taking part in, cooking, chatting and watching movies with their children.
If Dulquer Salmaan shared images on Instagram of his daughter Maryam Ameerah’s artwork work on his nails, Aju Varghese turned the partitions of a bed room right into a canvas for his children. He posted an image on his Instagram web page that had him drawing on the wall whereas his two pairs of twins sat round him with colors and paper.
Bengaluru-based actor and technocrat Prakash Bare cherishes the time he acquired to spend along with his 17-year-old daughter Shruthi Bare earlier than she leaves for the U.S. to examine bio-engineering at John Hopkins University. “My work as an entrepreneur and actor does find me travelling a great deal. So, during the lockdown, it felt nice to be at my home with Shruthi. Her exams got cancelled and she was also at home. She got back to dancing, singing and cooking. Both of us are foodies and try all kinds of cuisines. She is a perfectionist who enjoys cooking and it was great fun to be her assistant as she baked, chopped, whipped and cooked. So we found that dishes that looked complicated can actually be made at home,” says Prakash.
On lengthy walks along with her with their cat and canine, he was pleasantly shocked to discover how politically and socially conscious she is. “She was well informed on Indian and international politics and current affairs and it was a pleasure to hear her talk about it and share our thoughts,” he says.
Meanwhile, actor Krishnakumar’s daughters introduced him up to date on wi-fi know-how and he admits that he was astonished to learn the way a lot all 4 of his daughters, “even the youngest at 10”, had to share with him. “Many of us are so used to advising them, teaching them and telling them to do this and that. But during the lockdown, I had the pleasure of listening to them talk about so many things,” he says. While actor Ahaana, his eldest daughter, is the tech guru at residence, Krishnakumar says the three youthful ones are additionally far superior in such issues than her dad and mom. “Mobile technology should be used with supervision in the case of children. But let’s also give them a chance to share with us their tech wisdom and their attitude towards life and society,” he provides.
For some who grew to become dad and mom throughout the lockdown for the first time, like Praveen L R, an IT skilled from Thiruvananthapuram, the work-from-home association has helped him spend extra time with the household. Praveen and his spouse, Sheryl, had been blessed with a child lady, Sarah, some days after the lockdown got here into impact. “It feels comforting to be around them as I’m able to lend her a helping hand any time,” he says.
The lockdown gave Manu Mohan, assistant professor in mechanical engineering at Marian College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram, the likelihood to cease being an “outsider” for his three-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Shivani Sruthi, who used to be “more close to her mother”, Sruthi S, an assistant professor in Economics at MG College, Thiruvananthapuram. “When I was doing my PhD in Kozhikode, I used to come home on weekends or once in two weeks and Shivani was not all that close to me. But the lockdown changed the equation between us. We bonded over games, cooking and story-telling sessions at night when I would make her one of the characters!” says a contented Manu.
As for Krishna Chand, an IT skilled primarily based in Kayamkulam in Alappuzha district, he was ready to spend the length along with his two-year-old son, Gyan Krishna. An worker in Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram, he used to see his son solely on weekends. “I’ve been working from home for the last three months and I can’t tell you how excited I am to be with him every day, watching him grow. I am dividing my time between work and playing with him, teaching him new things. I don’t mind working late at night so that I can spend more time with him in the morning,” says Krishna Chand.
VN Shakthi Kumar, Kerala advertising head of a transnational diagnostics company, is comfortable that the lockdown has introduced him nearer to his daughter, Meenakshi MS, a post-graduate scholar learning in Puducherry.
“In the last two years, we haven’t spent much time together. I keep travelling most of the time and so we couldn’t interact much whenever she was at home. So when we were together, we had a lot of things to discuss, ranging from books and social issues to current affairs and anything under the sun. That felt good. Then there were small pleasures such as our Maggi noodles cooking sessions at night!” laughs Shakthi.
(With inputs from Athira M, Harikumar J S, Saraswathy Nagarajan)