Burnt Roti in Dad’s Plate…

Some attribute it to the popular Indian author, Chetan Bhagat while others say this is the story of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the former president of India. But whoever it came from, it is a perfect example of how you should take imperfections in your life. The story touches your heart and instantly strikes a chord:

When I was a kid, my mom cooked food for us. One night in particular when she had made dinner after a long hard day’s work, mom placed a plate of subzi (curry) and extremely burnt roti in front of my dad. I was waiting to see if anyone noticed the burnt roti.

But dad just ate his roti and asked me how was my day was at school. I don’t remember what I told him that night, but I do remember I heard Mom apologising to dad for the burnt roti. And I’ll never forget what he said: “Honey, I love burnt roti.”


Later that night, I went to kiss daddy good night and asked him if he really liked his roti burnt.

He wrapped me in his arms & said: “Your momma put in a long hard day at work today and she was really tired. And besides… A burnt roti never hurts anyone but harsh words do!”

“You know beta – life is full of imperfect things… and imperfect  people… I am not the best and am hardly good at anything! I forget birthdays & anniversaries just like everyone else. What I’ve learnt over the years is: To accept each other’s faults and choose to celebrate relationships”

Life is too short to wake up with regrets! Love the people who treat you right and have compassion for the ones who don’t…

Enjoy Life now. It has an expiry date and you never know when is yoursŸ!