My dad was a proud hard-working man.  Back in the seventies, he worked as a food chemist for a very large beverage corporation.  He took great pride in his work and often encouraged his team to refrain from using artificial preservatives in their products.  His claim to fame was a lemon juice that was perfect for lemonades and cooking.   It’s still sold in stores today.  But there were other times when he didn’t get to win.  At these times, he had to take the fall and be the bad guy.  For me, these were some of the best memories of my life.  I was the great triumphant Spiderman and he was my evil villain, Grizzly, the ex-wrestler bank-robbing bear man.  Thanks Dad. 
From flightofhorace aka Mohammed Shamma, fellow writer/artist and contributor to Salaam, Love. Thank you  for the support and for your wisdom, Mohammed.

My dad was a proud hard-working man.  Back in the seventies, he worked as a food chemist for a very large beverage corporation.  He took great pride in his work and often encouraged his team to refrain from using artificial preservatives in their products.  His claim to fame was a lemon juice that was perfect for lemonades and cooking.   It’s still sold in stores today.  But there were other times when he didn’t get to win.  At these times, he had to take the fall and be the bad guy.  For me, these were some of the best memories of my life.  I was the great triumphant Spiderman and he was my evil villain, Grizzly, the ex-wrestler bank-robbing bear man.  Thanks Dad. 

From flightofhorace aka Mohammed Shamma, fellow writer/artist and contributor to Salaam, Love. Thank you  for the support and for your wisdom, Mohammed.

Another picture of Roopa’s rad brown dad, probably in the seventies. Before Instagram filters were a thing and just chillin’in suits  with the homies was no big deal.

Another picture of Roopa’s rad brown dad, probably in the seventies. Before Instagram filters were a thing and just chillin’in suits  with the homies was no big deal.

This is a picture of my dad from around 1973. I don’t know if it was taken in Canada or in India but I think we can all agree - he’s rad.
Roopa’s dad in 1973 - Canada or India, we’re not sure, but with shoulder-patches on your sweater and a winnin smile, he’d be rad anywhere.

This is a picture of my dad from around 1973. I don’t know if it was taken in Canada or in India but I think we can all agree - he’s rad.

Roopa’s dad in 1973 - Canada or India, we’re not sure, but with shoulder-patches on your sweater and a winnin smile, he’d be rad anywhere.

As my friends say, my dad is a “G”

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The first picture is me and my dad on the National Mall in DC. Even to this day, my dad gets offended on behalf of babies that are wearing lots of clothes and believes that if they’ll be happier if they’re only in a diaper.

The second picture is my dad at his first wedding (sidenote: even brown dads can get divorced!). This is the picture I always breakout when trying to explain how Indian people don’t look happy in pictures. I remember when I first found this picture in the basement, I was shocked that my dad had a wife before my mom. Learning more about my dad and his past really helped me get a better sense of who he is as a person, why he’s been so “cool” on certain things and weird about other things. That, and I know I definitely don’t have to get an arranged marriage since it didn’t work for him!

Is your dad wearing a tank at his wedding, Amit? That IS pretty G, damn.

roboluvsunicorn:

tentacuddles:

zuky:

poodleduke:

yungtoothpic:

Dad goals

that’s the cutest demonstration of wingchun i have seen my entire life

Gently demonstrating two dozen blocks, traps, intercepts and strikes in a few seconds — an early and advanced education for a child who will likely grow up with an acute eye and feel for how the body works.

OH MY GOSH I saw the video for this and nearly cried! The best part is taht she’s having fun but over time you can see she gets more and more serious about it and aahhhhh~

Wing Chun daddy, forever reblog. Oh hey, the video.

roboluvsunicorn:

tentacuddles:

zuky:

poodleduke:

yungtoothpic:

Dad goals

that’s the cutest demonstration of wingchun i have seen my entire life

Gently demonstrating two dozen blocks, traps, intercepts and strikes in a few seconds — an early and advanced education for a child who will likely grow up with an acute eye and feel for how the body works.

OH MY GOSH I saw the video for this and nearly cried! The best part is taht she’s having fun but over time you can see she gets more and more serious about it and aahhhhh~

Wing Chun daddy, forever reblog. Oh hey, the video.

(Source: 4gifs, via anjanana)

A SIDE-EDITION OF RAD BROWN MOMS:

A few months ago I found this picture of myself (EDITOR OF RBD THAT IS) and my late mother in the newspaper. I love how Ammi is wearing Shalwar Kameez in it and  how I somehow manage to wear a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air outfit in every picture of me that exists from the 90s.

Here is the caption from the June 26, 1990 issue of the Saginaw News:
'Off To The Races: Pretending to ride a motorcycle, Ahmed A. Akbar, 2, of 520 Canterbury Drive, gets a little assistance from his mother, Raana W. Akbar, 35, Monday evening. He has the entire street to himself in front of their home, at least for a minute. Raana Akbar said her son tries to kick start the cycle as if it were real.'

A SIDE-EDITION OF RAD BROWN MOMS:

A few months ago I found this picture of myself (EDITOR OF RBD THAT IS) and my late mother in the newspaper. I love how Ammi is wearing Shalwar Kameez in it and  how I somehow manage to wear a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air outfit in every picture of me that exists from the 90s.

Here is the caption from the June 26, 1990 issue of the Saginaw News:

'Off To The Races: Pretending to ride a motorcycle, Ahmed A. Akbar, 2, of 520 Canterbury Drive, gets a little assistance from his mother, Raana W. Akbar, 35, Monday evening. He has the entire street to himself in front of their home, at least for a minute. Raana Akbar said her son tries to kick start the cycle as if it were real.'

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sunnnyali:

Cool pic sent in by @fabianadiamant “the MSA was having a meeting outside and then some of the guys started skateboarding” @ St. Edwards university

WHAT THIS MADE ME REALIZE: one day quite soon we will have rad brown dads who skateboarded in their youth in addition to going to Eid Namaz WHAT

sunnnyali:

Cool pic sent in by @fabianadiamant “the MSA was having a meeting outside and then some of the guys started skateboarding” @ St. Edwards university

WHAT THIS MADE ME REALIZE: one day quite soon we will have rad brown dads who skateboarded in their youth in addition to going to Eid Namaz WHAT

Over yonder. The views, sweaters, and mustaches I long for.

Over yonder. The views, sweaters, and mustaches I long for.

Was aggressively questioned about my Pakistani visa on my way back from the U.K. today. I sometimes wonder why I cling so strongly to that particular identity when i was born in the United States, but it is actually quite clear to me. It is my grandparents, three of whom passed before I was only two years old. 

But today, after this experience, I think: what was the sacrifices of my grandparents for? For me to be belittled like this? For me to feel less than a citizen of the country I was born to? That is not what my nana and nani left a millennium of history for.  It is not. It is not. It is not. 

This photo is a recent discovery that my Khala shared with me. It’s in my parents early years in New York. Apparently, my father would continually doze off when he wasn’t at work.

It looks like my late mother decided to wake him up, in collaboration with her younger sister. Very flirtatious newlyweds, na?

This photo is a recent discovery that my Khala shared with me. It’s in my parents early years in New York. Apparently, my father would continually doze off when he wasn’t at work.

It looks like my late mother decided to wake him up, in collaboration with her younger sister. Very flirtatious newlyweds, na?

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