Masala Dad Spotlight: Suraj & Sri

Masala dads come from all walks of life, but they all have this in common: they are strong, genuine and possess love for life and their families that knows no bounds! We’ve asked our masala dads a series of fun questions to find out a bit about them – read their answers below and get to know our community, one dad at a time!

@lovelaughmirch

Meet Suraj, papa to our Masala Girl, Arya!  We’ve been so lucky to watch this little one grow up through his wife Nisha’s storytelling!

Not one to take himself too seriously, Suraj is young at heart and knows that laughter is the spice of life. To him, every day with Arya is an adventure, so it’s no wonder that you’ll always catch these two with a smile!
He may be a kid at heart, but Suraj draws strength from his determination. He works relentlessly on whatever he puts his mind to, a trait that he’s passing down to his daughter. 
He reminds us that exploration and appreciation for nature is just as fundamental as working hard to achieve your goals and dreams!

One word to describe Arya:
Laddo: she was born with these round fat cheeks that I wanted to eat.  

One word Arya would use to describe you:
Dost: She treats me more like a friend than a Papa. She fights with me tells on me and makes up with me as if I’m her age. 

Fun fact about yourself: I don’t take myself too seriously. Always a kid. 

What’s your secret dad talent?
My wife says I’m an expert sleeper 😆 somehow I’m able to put our daughter to bed within minutes. 

Your first thought about becoming a dad?
Fun. Everyday is an adventure with her. 

When did you tell your first dad joke?
According to my wife, since the day we met.

What is your passion?
Sailing, I went to Naval school as a kid and it’s something that i throughly enjoy.

Favorite activity with Arya:
Outdoor adventures – I want her to explore and appreciate nature.

Favorite place you’ve traveled to?  What about it did you love?Provence, France, the weather was amazing and I enjoyed the laidback atmosphere. 

How would you define your strength, your power, your grace? 
I don’t give up, whatever it is I work relentless until I get it, I tell this to my daughter as well, that nothing in life is easy.

One word of advice to Arya: Keep learning, you are never too old to learn. 

3 emojis to describe life after kids: 🤦🏽‍♂️🤫😬

@the_drifty_vegetarians

Meet Sri, papa to Atharv and Aadya. Sri has a passion for travel and learning that he is passing on to his little ones since before they could walk! This close-knit family of four are expert travelers and have visited countries all around the world – Japan being one of Sri’s favorites.
Traveling opens up a world of wonder and learning for children – being able to experience different cultures, food, languages, and customs. Sri draws his strength from his determination to provide those experiences to his kiddos!

This summer, these Drifty Vegetarians have charted a course to several Centrial Asian countries – including India! We can’t wait to follow along and see all the places they’ll go 💕

Read Sri’s fun answers below and follow his journey with us!

One word to describe your kids:
Atharv is very methodical. Aadya is madness / naughtiness personified.

One word your kids would use to describe you:
Atharv, Very strong. Aadya, cutie nanna (cute daddy).

Fun fact about yourself:
Love travel.
Love creative writing.
Love learning languages.

What’s your secret dad talent?
I am a constant learner, not sure if that is a talent!

Your first thought about becoming a dad?
Always wanted to become one. My dad is my inspiration and so I want to be the same for my kids.

When did you tell your first dad joke?
Only recently actually!!! When my son asked me to cook food for him, I told him (of course, I googled it)

Did you hear about the restaurant on the moon? Great food, no atmosphere.

What is your passion?
To shine in artistic field / creative writing / content creation
(And also tell the world that traveling with kids is not tough!)

Favorite activity with the kids:
Watching movies with them, teaching about Indian and American history

Favorite place you’ve traveled to?  What about it did you love?
Keeps changing, but most recently South Africa and Kenya the most: African culture, helpful locals and animals. Japan is my all time fav – 4 times thus far!

How would you define your strength, your power, your grace? 
Strength: Pushing our own limits! we juggle between full time jobs, two school and day care going kids, multi tasking between kids extra curricular activities, traveling, trying to create a website for us (which i am failing at horribly) and sneaking in some Japanese language into my brain

Power: I guess the same as above!!!

Grace: My dance. I am known for my dance amongst my friends circle and a few families in Boston (performed twice in cultural events)

One piece of advice to your children:
Choose anything that makes you happy

3 emojis to describe life after kids:
sleep derived, lol, rofl

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