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‘Peak Dad Behavior’: Man Makes It On Forbes List, Desi Dad’s Reaction Wins Internet

When it comes to Asian children, trust their parents to always keep them humble, and no accomplishment is big enough to elicit an ebullient response. Case in point: an Indian man recently made it onto a Forbes list, but his dad’s understated response has desi folks screaming “relatable” out loud.

Often known for being hard-to-impress, meagre with their words of approval, it may be easier to dazzle strangers with accomplishments than get praise out of them. And that’s exactly what happened when Harish Uthayakumar, co-founder of BlueLearn, shared his proud achievement with his father.

In a conversation open to all, Uthayakumar shared a screenshot where his father, like all parents, asked if he had eaten. While replying that he hadn’t had time yet, he shared with his father that he’d made the coveted “30 under 30” list. While most jumped for joy or showered heaps of praise, the screenshot showed Uthayakumar’s father simply responding with a “thumbs up” emoji!

“Throw some πŸ‘ in the chat,” he wrote, sharing the picture on Twitter.

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Soon, the post garnered a lot of attention, only leaving everyone in splits. When people reacted to his post and congratulated him on this amazing achievement, most said their fathers were “a man of few words” too. Some also suggested that maybe he was too overwhelmed to share his joy. Others have argued that even if their parents don’t directly praise them, Uthayakumar’s father has certainly boasted to his friends and peers that his son is proud to be his father.

Another quipped that the dad might have serious questions for him like: “Ye sab toh theek hai but UPSC kab doge? (All of this is fine, but when will you appear for UPSC?)”

Time and time again, the internet fills up with such sweet anecdotes that parents find it too hard to come up with an appropriate response, and many say it keeps their children rooted and humbled as well.

Last year, netizens giggled at a similar experience when a journalist of Indian descent, Megha Rajagopalan, won the Pulitzer Prize but only met one muted response.

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