Netflix co-founder Marc Randolph‘s father was a nuclear engineer who, after returning home every day, would slip into overalls, head into the basement and assemble toy trains.
The paragraphs above appear in Randolph’s book That will never work.
In today’s Sunday Mid-Day, there is a similar story of TV journalist Barkha Dutt‘s father, S.P. Dutt, assembling Meccano sets at the ripe young age of 81.
Among the items on display, a robot, steam locomotives, and model trains running below the ceiling, above a picture of his wife, Prabha Dutt, a pioneering journalist who worked for Hindustan Times.
Bahar Dutt, the younger of their two daughters and an environmental journalist, says:
“I have admired my father for his patience, his ability to parent two extremely tenacious daughters, but weeks into the lockdown, I was struck by his ability to be happy at home, doing what he loves doing.”
Wow, the Dinky toys of yore, just can’t ever forget them all my life…
And thanks to those assorted sets of I, !A, 2 and 4 of Meccano sets that my parents had gifted me in early ’50s, I could relish each and every second of my time with these wonderful creative games…
S P DUTT’S WIFE, PRABHA (BAHL) DUTT, DIED SOON AFTER SHE HAD QUIT HINDUSTAN TIMES (IN DISGUST) AND JOINED ‘INDIA TODAY’ AS A SENIOR EDITOR..I MET HER ON HT BUILDG. STAIRS ONE DAY AS SHE WAS ABOUT TO LEAVE HT.. SAD DAY FOR ME… AS HER JOURNALISM TEACHER IN 1963 AT PANJAB UNIVERSITY, I REMEMBER HER AS GUTSY, DARING, FULL OF MULTIPLE IDEAS…. SOME WERE TRANSLATED IN TERMS OF SCOOPS IN HT… SHE MADE S. MULGAOKAR, THEN HT ED., ALLOW HER DO EXCLUSIVE STORIES THAT STILL STAND IN MANY OF HER COLLEAGUES, AND MANY REPORTERS’ MIND. Amen .. M R DUA