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Labour Pain of the Father by Aranya Roy – #AtoZChallenge Day 12

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Aranya Roy

Book Blurb – The Labour Pain of The Father by Roy Aranya

The contents are simple incidents that might be very close to your own experience, both for the father as well as the daughter. . Dedicated to all fathers or to-be–fathers. It is of no concern of anybody how you deal with your children or bringing them up, This is a transitory stage, but it is of utmost importance and should be enjoyed by every father. You will find this phase transform you from a Man to a woman: From being a concerned father to a protective mother. Your whole approach to life changes. Dedicated to all the fathers of this world, “who knowingly have suffered labour from outside the maternity ward and inside the real world”.

Dedicate your life “to submission and calmness to gain happiness and love”. Leave behind the ego of a man of the house and forget your expectations of being a dominating head of family. Take a new step everyday to step inside a new world. Listen to her rules, let your world wait.

Book Review – The Labour Pain of The Father by Roy Aranya

Well, yes we in this age do believe in the concept of equal parenting right from the time the baby is conceived and we see more and more fathers wearing the hat of a hands on father. But have we ever stopped for a second to think what is the toll it takes on the father? I mean, with more and more demanding jobs and the burden of being the primary bread winner of the household, he does not have the option but to pull himself up for work and show up every morning.

Then what is his motivation to stretch himself so much for his kid?

You will find some very simplistic answers to these questions in this autobiographical account by Aranya Roy. The protagonist of this book is a normal man from a not-so-big-town. His accounts of how he turned to become a decently earning young man to getting married and realizing that he was to become a father are really heart warming and identifiable.

But his Labor Pains (as the title of the book suggests) start only after his child (in this case a cute little daughter) is born. Ranging from night duties to relieve his wife of day-long of child rearing, his struggles to understand his little angel’s antics and his own reactions towards the same make him grow as a father with every passing day.

The author has used a very simple and relatable language and has even expressed the exact state of his perplexed mind in vernacular at various points in the plot. His digs at certain cultural and domestic behaviours of family members towards issues related to parenting a chuckle worthy and motivate you to read-on.

Well it is widely presumed that girls are their fathers’ angels and live in their hearts. This short narrative by Aranya Roy is a testimony of the same. This father of a five year old, concludes his narrative with a hope that he is able to become a father who his daughter would bank upon all her life and he would consider his daughter to be his pride always.
Aranya Roy

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Namratha April 13, 2019 at 12:56 am

Sounds like it might be worth reading and then gifting to the hubby! Do you know of a similar book with a father and son as the protagonists? (daughters are a touchy subject with two sons, you know what I mean)

Vartika April 13, 2019 at 1:57 am

I’m going to read it very soon. From the catchy title to the well written review, I loved it all. I had written once on the lines of underrated rated love of fathers. Mothers are always glorified for their tasks and sacrifices. They still have a choice of pursuing career or not. Do the father’s have that liberty?

Harjeet Kaur April 13, 2019 at 12:26 pm

That sounds like an interesting book. My son has two sons and U won’t believe it but he is the mother figure here. He does everything for them and they too turn to him all the time. More power to fathers and their labour pains I would say.

Sonia Chatterjee April 13, 2019 at 12:46 pm

It is true in the case of so many penguin Dads these days. They are involved in every step of their childs life. This looks like a great book to read and gift to those wonderful Dads

vidhya thakkar April 13, 2019 at 9:47 pm

I liked the title! gonna read it soon

Arti April 13, 2019 at 10:35 pm

Wow this certainly looks like a best gift for new fathers, they can read and certainly when the mother’s fail to understand their plight 🤣😄😄

Neha Sharma April 13, 2019 at 10:56 pm

This title pulled me to read this review, it is quite an intriguing title. We all see fathers daily doing their part, still, we fail to see their emotional side. I am definitely going to read this one. Very well written review.

Anahita Irani April 13, 2019 at 11:07 pm

All new born fathers should read this book. You have given a very honest review.

Trapti April 14, 2019 at 12:11 am

Great thought behind this article.

Priyanka Nair April 14, 2019 at 2:27 am

This book defines a picture of progressive dads which I read sometime back on the internet. I see a lot of dad equally taking care of their kids, which is great.

Suhasini April 14, 2019 at 12:52 pm

Thanks for introducing another wonderful book, am going to read it soon.

Shilpa Garg April 14, 2019 at 6:39 pm

This book represents the changing trend in parenting with dads being equally involved in bringing up their kids. The Labour Pain of The Father seems like an interesting book. Thanks for sharing, Anupriya!

Noor Anand Chawla April 14, 2019 at 8:28 pm

I’m definitely getting this one for my husband- it sounds very relatable.


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