Salesh Dipak Fernando


My team

There is a reason why a DAD is still the best man in his daughter’s life. He’s given me my best lessons on how to stand out among the crowd and be different. He was there always until Alzheimer’s happened.

I admit it’s been hard but I view it as a chance to give back. Maybe it’s God’s way of asking him to re-live his childhood again. His once agile mind has now become an empty space. It’s my turn to be the mother. It’s more like a role – reversal. His lust for words has not diminished though.

I wonder how someone who forgets those around him still retains his passion for writing. It’s God’s hand at work. Every time I show him something written by SAKSHI aunty or SID uncle his face brightens up like a child who has just tasted a delicious bar of chocolate. He sets off on a trip down the memory lane.

They were my team mates” he shows off proudly. His grip on the faded Project 365 photo tightens as he recollects how his journey as a writer began. Therein lies the key to unlocking his dormant mind the key to opening the doors of hope.

I am not done with him just as yet. There’s no known cure for Alzheimer’s but greater miracles have happened. I’ll wait unit he takes his first steps again. I am not giving up until I have my DAD back and someday we will read my first book together.

PS: This one’s based on a true story. I have just twisted it to give a personal touch







  1. oh that’s such a sweet post! Read that this is based on a true story, I hope whoever has it, recovers as much as possible from it.

  2. Oh my God! You are giving me and Sid a permanent place in your future? I want to know more about this post. Is it Fac-tion – Fact + Fiction? Your dad. Alzheimer’s. You want a daughter? 🙂

    • Nope but I know a friend whose Dad has Alzheimer’s.. The rest is merely a wish list including a dinner date with the Nanda family.. Let’s see how far this journey takes us

  3. I am just going to echo Sakshi’s voice here. Also I can assure you that the 365 badge will never fade. It will always continue to remain awesome 🙂 After all, I designed it 😛 Thanks for the mention Salesh.

    • Hmm thanks Sid.. It’s a mere wish .. It’s a long journey ahead.. Let’s see how far we can travel together btw I love faded photographs sometimes the depth of a beautiful relationship lies hidden in those faded photographs

  4. Great post…loved it…:D 🙂

  5. Beautifully written – and yes I know that Dad’s are so important to balance out our lives. 🙂

  6. A lovely story, full of hope.

  7. What a beautiful post! <3

  8. Felt this one tugging deep! Way to go Sakshi, I can relate to you as I have been dealing with old age and helplessness a lot myself lately. But what a refreshing take on it this!

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