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Hrish Thota is a social media maven and a photo blogger from Bangalore who blogs about food, lifestyle and travel. He’s oft-quoted in press articles on issues related to blogging/social media. He has live blogged and tweeted many events like IPL, CLT20 in South Africa, among others. He’s currently working as a Senior Manager of Social Computing at Happiest Minds.
Here’s the transcript from the interview (printed verbatim)
Tell us about your son Reyansh
Reyansh is our first born. He is very inquisitive and explorative. He loves to meet new people and play with other kids of all shapes and sizes. He loves dogs and trains and likes to imitate the sounds they make!
He has just turned one but runs around the house trying to pull each and everything within his reach. He loves to mock ride a car and loves the wind in his hair when going in an auto rickshaw!
Is he a mumma’s boy or daddy’s boy?
I would say right now he is a mumma’s boy but he does like to spend a lot of time with me too. Only thing is that his attention has to be diverted whenever she is out of sight or he can pull down the roof with his screams, which you can expect with any kid of his age too!
Your favourite moment with him so far? And what’s the most hilarious thing he’s done till now?
Two of my favourite moments with Reyansh have been when I held him for the first time after his birth and when he tried to reach out to my wine glass when he was just 6 months old!. Both pictures exhibit my exuberance at becoming a dad and his naughtiness respectively!
Hilarious things he does is when he smiles shyly after farting and acting as if he doesn’t know who has farted! Also the funny faces he makes when imitating dog barking sounds.
Every father has his own set of Dad Jokes or “DJokes”. What’s going to be your DJoke?
Don’t let the “bugs bunny” bite!
Reyansh’s nick name is Bunny :)
If you and your son had a TV show together, what would it be called?
Full House! I loved that TV show and I feel my son and I are quite a force to reckon with and bring down a full house if we want to, with our pranks and naughtiness!
What did Father’s Day mean to you before your son was born? And what does it mean to you today?
Before my son was born, Father’s Day meant wishing my dad on phone but I never realized what it really means to be a dad. Now that I’m a father myself, I understand the struggles my father faced to bring us up showcasing love and responsibility. So my respect, love and gratitude for my father has grown many folds after I became a father too.
What’s your favourite part of being a dad?
My favorite part of being a dad is when my son’s face lights up and he has a broad toothless (or bunny teeth) smile when I return back from a long and hard day at office. It cheers up my mood and I feel like, with him by my side, I’m ready to take on the world!
Keeping Father’s Day in mind, what is your message to all the young fathers out there?
I know many of my married friends who haven’t thought of becoming fathers yet as they are scared of the responsibility. But, I would like to give a message to them that fatherhood is one of the most blissful feelings in the world and you must certainly experience it once.
To those friends who have just become fathers, I would say that try and spend as much time with your children as possible as here are small people for whom you are their entire world.
How will you be celebrating your first Father’s Day?
This Father’s Day I will celebrate with my son Reyansh and my wife Sunitha by playing peek-a-boo game with him and making him piggy ride on me which he loves a lot. Of course, enjoying scrumptious food is a given as we are all foodies in the family!
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