Happy 70th Birthday Pops!

It is a very special day today for me.

My precious Pops is turning 70!

It’s pretty unbelievable that he is now a septuagenarian! ( I think that’s what you call them!)

Happy Birthday

Humble to a fault, with a heart bigger than the universe, that’s my Pops.

He’s been my guide, my inspiration, my support since, well, forever.

Born to a farming family in Kenya, the youngest of multiple siblings, Pops popped out a ready-made uncle!  He had nephews and nieces to play with as a youngster and was always called Kaka, which means baby, as he was the youngest. Pops lost his own father very young, but his mother and brother brought him up.

He wasn’t the biggest academic in school, loving sports and dancing, but wanting to do the best he could, he pursued Dentistry and went to Wilson College in Mumbai.

 

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Here he is with some of his High School athletics trophies!

 

He held a high jump record at his college which was only broken relatively recently!

He was a pretty cool dude. Check him out here!

Cool Dude

That’s him, white shirt and sunnies on!

And here is one of the photos that convinced my mum to marry him…

Young Pops

Smooth!

Look at the happy couple!

 

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Marriage and a few years later, along came me!

Me N Pops

Love these photos!

Then my brother…

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Selfie mode!

Years pass so fast and he is now a father-in-law and a grandpops to 3!

He was a dentist for many years until heart problems and arthritis meant he had to take early retirement.

Did he sit back and let retirement take over him?

Nope! He started practising yoga which gave him a new lease of life, so then in his mid sixties, he became a yoga instructor and started spreading the message out there to many people about how to improve your health naturally. No charging. This was his community service to the world!

Then he was asked to film his own TV programme which airs every day on a channel here!

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Very Proud of my TV Star Pops!

All through this time he has been not only a most amazing Pops, husband, and grandfather, dentist and yogi, but ask all those who know him, family and friends, and they will all agree that he is there for them no matter what. Surrogate granddad to so many children, brother, uncle, everything. Nothing is too much hard work for him. He will be there.

And he still hasn’t stopped dancing! He says to us that when he dances, he feels 21. He can beat all the youngsters in a bhangra dance off, then when he sees a video, he says “What is this silly old man doing?!” I only wish I had photos of him in his bhangra performance days!  Mums are amazing! She pulled a few old photos out for me and sent them, in her own special way!

But the reality is he is brilliant! And all who know him will agree!

So I just want to wish my Precious Pops an amazing 70th birthday. May there be many, many more to come! Love you!

Keep Dancing Pops!

Dancing Pops

From your forever Little Girl, Ritu xxx

 

101 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Thumbup
    Jun 04, 2016 @ 13:31:47

    I think I have said it before and I’ll say it again.
    Your Dad’s hot!

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  3. niasunset
    May 31, 2016 @ 18:35:18

    Happy Birthday to him dear Ritu, your photograph is so beautiful. Thank you, Blessing and Happiness to you all, Love, nia

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  4. Persia Karema
    May 25, 2016 @ 14:32:27

    Aww! I hope he had a wonderful birthday!

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  5. Teagan Geneviene
    May 25, 2016 @ 10:53:04

    Wonderful Ritu — I loved all the photos. Many happy returns to your father. Hugs.

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  6. Smiling Notes
    May 24, 2016 @ 17:52:13

    Such a beautiful post, Ritu! I must say your dad sounds like an amazing person and is really very handsome!! My best wishes to him.

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  7. Sue Vincent
    May 24, 2016 @ 08:54:39

    Beautiful, Ritu. I live the photo of them newly married… your mother has a distinct twinkle in her eyes too 😃 x

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  8. stevetanham
    May 24, 2016 @ 08:45:50

    Reblogged this on stevetanham and commented:

    A lovely tribute to a loving Dad…

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  9. stevetanham
    May 24, 2016 @ 08:45:15

    What a beautiful tribute, Ritu. I feel like I know your Dad, after that!

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  10. New Journey
    May 24, 2016 @ 05:25:47

    What great pictures, thanks for sharing and I love their wedding photo…beautiful couple for sure….you look like your mum……whatever your planning have fun this week…can’t wait to hear about it…..kat

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  11. 'M.'
    May 23, 2016 @ 22:54:30

    ayy popz 🌽

    wot a handsome bloke 😄

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  12. Tikeetha T
    May 23, 2016 @ 16:02:57

    Happy Birthday to your dad! Beautiful post! He sounds amazing!

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  13. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    May 23, 2016 @ 07:51:26

    Lovely celebration of your pops turning 70, he seems quite some guy! Love the sound of your dancing, yogi dentist dad! And very handsome too! You’re very proud of him that’s no doubt. 🙂

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  14. CC
    May 22, 2016 @ 21:35:53

    So beautiful, Ritu. You can feel the love in this post. So much time and effort taken by you, his daughter, and it shows..I love to read these. What a blessing you are and he to you.
    My favorite is the picture of you and him. Blessings to him and your family.
    Much love, CC

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  15. Erika Kind
    May 22, 2016 @ 20:21:18

    Sis, I have never seen a pops like yours! He definitely is the coolest pops ever. The pictures say it all how much fun you must have had with him and at the same time there is so much love in his eyes! I am not surprised that you are so grateful but also feel more than comfortable to always be his little girl. So happy for all of you! Congrats again to your pops!💖💖💖

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  16. voulaah
    May 22, 2016 @ 17:57:22

    What a coolest Pops you have
    Happy birthday
    Enjoy your post
    Anita
    🙂

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  17. syl65
    May 22, 2016 @ 17:14:59

    You have the coolest and smoothest Pops, Sister! Love those vintage photos and we had a chance to see little Ritu, awesome! Glad the day is filled with love, joy and wonderful memories! 😊

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  18. Geetha B
    May 22, 2016 @ 15:14:51

    God bless. A very happy birthday to him. My dad is turning 84 this year 🙂

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  19. vanbytheriver
    May 22, 2016 @ 15:14:40

    What a beautiful tribute to your Dad, who makes 70 look good, by the way.☺ He has such kindness in his eyes, Ritu. And the strength of your relationship comes through loud and clear. You are blessed. 💕

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  20. Lisa A.
    May 22, 2016 @ 15:11:38

    😊

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  21. Lisa A.
    May 22, 2016 @ 15:03:42

    Happy birthday to your pops, Ritu! I love the photos! 🎈🎉🎁🍾🎂

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  22. D. Wallace Peach
    May 22, 2016 @ 14:54:52

    I love the photo of you two. Happy Birthday to your pops 🙂

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  23. colinandray
    May 22, 2016 @ 14:41:06

    Great Post Ritu and, being only a few months behind him (and also with an amazing daughter), I can relate. I trust that he will see this Post as it will probably help to “make his day”! 🙂

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  24. Jim
    May 22, 2016 @ 13:48:32

    Happy Birthday Dad!

    OK, let’s have cake now.

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  25. Fourth Generation Farmgirl
    May 22, 2016 @ 12:53:36

    This tribute to your beloved father is just beautiful, Ritu! Your dad is an inspiration! Wishing a very Happy Birthday to him. 😊

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  26. Charles Yallowitz
    May 22, 2016 @ 12:49:18

    Happy 70th birthday to your father! From reading this, he’s definitely an amazing man.

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  27. Tony Burgess
    May 22, 2016 @ 12:32:27

    Happy birthday to your dad. He seems like a fun guy to be around.

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  28. Judy Martin
    May 22, 2016 @ 12:25:10

    What a lovely dad he sounds Ritu. Happy 70th to your wonderful Pops! 🙂

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  29. TanGental
    May 22, 2016 @ 10:27:23

    Happy birthday

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  30. charlypriest
    May 22, 2016 @ 09:04:15

    Happy birthday pops!
    By the way I hope you don´t get him mad since he I can see he can throw a spear

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  31. raphaela99
    May 22, 2016 @ 09:00:11

    Happy Birthday to your wonderful Pops! xxx

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  32. pranabaxom
    May 22, 2016 @ 07:59:26

    👍

    Now I see the double chin😀

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  33. Le Fragi
    May 22, 2016 @ 07:43:44

    70 and still going strong – he is so inspiring. Happy birthday, Pops. G:)

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  34. Chris White
    May 22, 2016 @ 07:13:12

    Oh, absolutely wonderful. Please pass my best wishes on to your Dad from me.
    I feel inspired by him.

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  35. Miriam
    May 22, 2016 @ 07:12:51

    What a beautiful tribute Ritu. He sounds like an amazing man. Happy birthday to your precious Pops. xo

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