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.”