Daddykins: A Memoir of My Father and I

Front Cover
Bloomsbury Publishing, Sep 18, 2018 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
When journalist Kalpana Mohan's elderly father falls ill in Chennai, she is on the next flight over from California and the home she has shared with her husband for three decades. Caring for her sometimes cranky, sometimes playful, and always adored father at his home in Chennai, Mohan sets out to piece together an account of her father's life, from his poverty-stricken childhood in a village in south India, to his arranged marriage, to his first job in the city, all the while coming to terms with his inevitable passing.

Mohan's tender, moving, and sometimes hilarious memoir is an account of a changing India captured in her father's life, from the sheer feat of surviving poverty in I920s India of his birth, to witnessing key moments in the nation's history and changing alongside them. Above all, Daddykins is an intimate and deeply relatable account of our relationships with our parents whatever our age, and the shared experiences of love and grief that unite us all.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Selected pages


You Were Not Born
The Boy Who Lived
Living Small
Marry Her Or Else
Madras Central
Parvati Makes a Life
Death in Kerala
The Things They Carried to Lahore
In The Doghouse
Grab that Rooster
Uttarayanam in Palakkad
Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness in India
The Boy who Came to Drive
Once Derailed by the ButterCutter
The Creator The Preserver The Destroyer

Bungalow in Chennai
In a Little Crooked House
The Guide
Cary Grant of Parthasarathypuram
Really Broke
The Bwana in a Safari Suit
Hakuna Matata
You are Lunch is Ready
Old Number 20 New Number
Die Another
Email Me at Yamalokpatam
The Remainder
The End of a Beginning

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information