TITLE: My Father Is A Hero
AUTHOR: Nishant Kaushik
GENRE: Fiction




Vaibhav Kulkarni has had few accomplishments worth boasting about in his modest life and career. Yet, his happy universe lies intact in the love and pride his ten-year-old daughter inspires in him.

Nisha Kulkarni justifies every reason to be the favourite child of Pune’s premier school-be it her academic brilliance, her exceptional facility with music, or simply her unassuming charm. With his daughter showing promising signs of a stellar success story, Vaibhav has made peace with own unrequited dreams of the past.

But when the girl mysteriously starts losing mojo and spirals into despair and seclusion, Vaibhav faces the toughest test of his life as single father – to reclaim his child’s trust and happiness. What distance will a middle-class man with limited means go to show his daughter the merit in believing in a dream? Read this gripping tale of love, courage, and of the emergence of an ordinary man as an extraordinary hero.


STORY-LINE: Interesting and insightful. It delves into the relationship between a single parent and his ward a girl of ten. The father – daughter bonding is brought out well and brings to fore the reality that pain often makes people gel well and also tends to make children more understanding and mature well before their age. While Nisha’s eagerness to know more about the circumstances that lead to the exit of her mother from their lives is understandable, one can’t help appreciate the fact that she realizes the discomfort it causes her father and tries to reconcile with the truth that he does not like speaking about it.

There are some hilarious situations as well as some sober moments. The story is also an eye-opener. It deals with child psychology and the fact that children are fragile and can break easily if not handled well. There are times when they go through a tough phase. For the ones who are used to it right from the beginning it may not be a big deal. They may become immune to pain and suffering. But for a child who is doted on and looked upon as a model of success and virtue, a single blow can be devastating and ruinous.

The twists and turns are interesting. Yet they raise some doubts like how could a level-headed person like Vaibhav easily get entrapped in a Credit Card Executive’s sweet talk and spend lavishly just to get some freebies?

The climax…… l’ll leave it to the readers to find out and decide.

CHARACTERIZATION: The characters of Vaibhav, Nisha, Bali, Taneja and Samar Yadav are beautifully etched. However if there is something I missed it was a proper understanding of Nisha’s mother’s character. Wish the author had thrown more light on her.

LANGUAGE & STYLE OF NARRATION: Language is simple, crisp and lucid while the style of narration is perfect.

PACE: Slow yet steady till three- fourths of the book. However the last quarter seems to be rushed through.


A simple yet different read, one that is recommended to both young and old alike. I’ll give the book 3 on a scale of 5.



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Nishant Kaushik is the author of four best selling novels. He lives in Australia.

You can connect with him on twitter @nofreecopies


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6 responses »

  1. This is somewhat the same situation I am facing right now. The only difference is that I have lost my Father. But, I think this would be an interesting read for me to know how it would have been if I had my father as the only guardian.


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