Happy 74th Birthday Pops! #74actually!

Pops is turning 74 today! So please wish him a very happy birthday! I am sharing an old post from when he turned 70. He really is a wonderful dad, and I couldn’t ask for a better one . ❀

Ritu 2020

It is a very special day today for me.

My precious Pops is turning 74!

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 4!

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 74th birthday. May there be many, many more to come! Love you!

Keep Dancing Pops!

Dancing Pops

From your forever Little Girl, Ritu xxx

212 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Darlene
    May 24, 2020 @ 12:46:25

    He sounds like a wonderful father like mine was. In fact, when I was little I called him Pop!! I hope he had a great birthday and keeps dancing for a long time!!

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  2. Beaton
    May 23, 2020 @ 20:42:24

    Wow!!!!! Inspirational post…
    Many happy returns to pops

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  3. OIKOSβ„’-Publishing
    May 23, 2020 @ 18:01:29

    Excuse Sis, i am once again late, but however “Happy Birthday” to a wonderful man, and a great father to my Sis. Btw. The photos of little Ritu are priceless. One can see she weill become a teacher in later years. Always in the middle of the scenery. Lol Michael

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  4. John Holton
    May 23, 2020 @ 02:26:08

    Happy birthday to him!

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  5. vinnieh
    May 22, 2020 @ 18:09:46

    Hope he has a fantastic day

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  6. Camilla Downs
    May 22, 2020 @ 16:35:08

    I feel the same way about dancing!! I’m 50 years old, but feel 21 again every time I dance! Happy Birthday to you Pops!!

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  7. syl65
    May 22, 2020 @ 16:28:31

    Happy birthday, Pops!! Awesome πŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½

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  8. Shivangi
    May 22, 2020 @ 15:03:29

    Happy birthday uncleπŸŽ‚πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’

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  9. H.R Phoenix, Author
    May 22, 2020 @ 12:40:40

    Lovely read Ritu, your dad sounds awesomely amazing, I see where you get it from πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰β€οΈ
    Happy birthday to your Pops and many more years to him, keep dancing and being awesome!

    Loads of love,
    Phoenix

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  10. niasunset
    May 22, 2020 @ 10:32:43

    Happy Birthday to your Dad, dear Ritu, Blessing and Happiness. Love, nia

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  11. shelleywilson72
    May 22, 2020 @ 08:22:24

    Such a fabulous gentleman! Honoured to have met (and talked for a g e s with) him 😍

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  12. Tejasv Kalra
    May 22, 2020 @ 07:32:34

    Happy Birthday to your Daddy!!πŸŽ‚πŸŽˆπŸŽ‰

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  13. thoughtsnlifeblog
    May 22, 2020 @ 06:41:10

    Happy Birthday to your dad. Lovely photos. You are lucky to have him around. It is such an indian thing to change birthdays especially that generation.

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  14. potatosandwich
    May 22, 2020 @ 06:38:45

    Wonderful post and many congrats to uncleji. Now that is the face I recognise, he’s a celebrity!! We’ve followed his yoga sessions a few times, real inspiration πŸ™Œ.
    I’ve always said how amazingly talented our parents generation is!
    Happy Birthday πŸŽ‚

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  15. popsiclesociety
    May 22, 2020 @ 06:26:42

    Happy Birthday to your Pops and happy dancing! πŸ₯³

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  16. dearanonymousfriend
    May 22, 2020 @ 05:08:20

    lovely post, hope he has a wonderful birthday!

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  17. Smiling Notes
    Oct 28, 2018 @ 19:27:04

    What a lovely post Ritu. Your dad is indeed such an awesome man!

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  18. Pastor Chilavert Nmezi
    Jul 13, 2018 @ 12:11:55

    More years to him.

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  19. Ritu
    Jun 27, 2018 @ 05:53:08

    Yup that’s my Pops!!!!

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  20. Madekesiworld
    Jun 26, 2018 @ 15:49:36

    Is he the one in the video?

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  21. Madekesiworld
    Jun 26, 2018 @ 15:46:04

    Wow! Happy Birthday to your pops! May God grant him many more years.

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  22. Ojous Bhavsar
    May 25, 2018 @ 17:46:27

    Happy Birthday, Sir… I wish you a great health and a long blessed life…

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  23. Jennie
    May 25, 2018 @ 00:18:47

    ❀️❀️❀️

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  24. pranabaxom
    May 23, 2018 @ 23:46:58

    Now I know where from the belly dancing craze has comeπŸ™‚
    Happy 70th to your pops and many happy returns of the day.

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  25. weggieboy
    May 22, 2018 @ 23:54:22

    You are blessed to have such a fine father, Ritu! Happy Birthday, Ritu’s dad!

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  26. seaangel4444
    May 22, 2018 @ 20:20:52

    And a big Happy Birthday to your dear Pops! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Cher xo

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  27. Erika Kind
    May 22, 2018 @ 18:46:29

    Happy Birthday to my wonderful, multi-talented, and most inspiring step-dad πŸ’–

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  28. Invisibly Me
    May 22, 2018 @ 16:58:45

    Aw, this is a lovely post! My mother also turned 70 this year. Happy Birthday to your pops! πŸ™‚
    Caz x

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  29. bunsareallthatyourequirehere
    May 22, 2018 @ 15:23:55

    What a lovely tribute. You did him proud with this.

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