Just Dad Things: The Hilariously Adorable World of Indian Fathers

By Sumit Janu|5 - 6 mins read| June 17, 2024

Fatherhood is a unique and often hilarious journey filled with quirky habits, funny traditions, and adorable moments. Indian fathers, in particular, have a special way of bringing both laughter and love into our lives. From attempting to fix everything around the house to embodying Bollywood heroes, dads have their own brand of charm. Here’s a light-hearted look at some classic “just dad things” that make Indian fathers both endearing and endlessly amusing.

The Sunday Repairman

Ah, Sundays – a day of rest for most, but for Indian dads, it’s prime time for transforming into Mr. Fix-It. Armed with an array of tools, many of which haven’t seen the light of day since the 90s, dads take on household repairs with an enthusiasm that can only be described as heroic.

Scene 1: The Broken Fan

  • Dad: “Beta, pass me the screwdriver.”
  • Kid: “Which one, Papa?”
  • Dad: “The one that looks like it can fix anything.”

Hours of clanking, muttering, and the occasional “Arre yaar!” follow as dads battle screws and electrical wires. The best part? When the repair is finally complete, the fan is either miraculously fixed or now makes a new, slightly concerning noise. But regardless of the outcome, it’s always a valiant effort.

The DIY Expert

Every Indian dad has a DIY project that’s perpetually “in progress.” Whether it’s fixing the leaky tap, assembling a new piece of furniture, or crafting a makeshift tool, these projects are approached with the precision of a master craftsman and the timeline of a geological era.

Dad’s Toolbox Essentials:

  1. Duct Tape: The universal solution to all problems.
  2. WD-40: Because if it moves and it shouldn’t, duct tape it. If it doesn’t move and it should, WD-40 it.
  3. Mismatched Screws: You never know when you’ll need one – or twenty.

The Master of Bargains

Indian dads are the undisputed kings of bargaining. Whether it’s at the local market or a high-end store, they can haggle their way to a better deal with unmatched skill.

Classic Bargaining Scene:

  • Vendor: “Ye 500 ka hai.”
  • Dad: “Arre bhaiya, 200 mein de do. Hum toh regular customer hain.”

This is often followed by a back-and-forth negotiation that leaves the vendor exasperated and the dad triumphant. Watching this unfold is like witnessing a seasoned diplomat at work, and the eventual deal is always celebrated with a proud smile.

The Bollywood Hero

There’s a special dad mode that activates during family gatherings or weddings – the Bollywood Hero mode. Dads channel their inner Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, or Rajinikanth, performing dialogues and dance moves with enthusiasm and flair.

Dad as a Bollywood Hero:

  • Sangeet Night: Breaking into a dance routine with classic moves from “Disco Dancer.”
  • Family Function: Delivering iconic dialogues with dramatic flair, much to the amusement of the entire family.
  • Watching Movies: Offering a running commentary on the hero’s bravery and romance, often declaring, “In my days…”

The Cricket Coach

Indian dads have an undying love for cricket, and it naturally extends to coaching their children. Weekend mornings are often spent in local parks, with dads offering tips on batting, bowling, and fielding, all while recounting their own cricketing glories from college days.

Cricket Coaching Lines:

  • “Beta, keep your elbow straight while batting.”
  • “Follow through with your bowling arm.”
  • “Always watch the ball till it hits the bat.”

These sessions are filled with passion, laughter, and the occasional argument about the latest cricket match.

The Dad Jokes

No article about dads would be complete without mentioning the legendary dad jokes. These groan-worthy puns and one-liners are a staple of dad humor and are guaranteed to elicit eye rolls and reluctant laughs from everyone.

Top Dad Jokes:

  • “Why don’t skeletons fight each other? They don’t have the guts.”
  • “I’m reading a book on anti-gravity. It’s impossible to put down.”
  • “Why did the scarecrow win an award? Because he was outstanding in his field.”

Dad jokes are an art form, honed over years of practice. They’re delivered with a straight face and a twinkle in the eye, making them simultaneously cringe-worthy and lovable.

The Fashion Statements

Dads have a unique sense of fashion that’s both practical and unintentionally hilarious. Think socks with sandals, cargo shorts with endless pockets, and T-shirts with slogans like “World’s Best Dad” or “Grill Sergeant.”

Classic Dad Outfits:

  • The Lawn Mowing Attire: Old sneakers, high socks, and a sun hat that looks like it’s from a bygone era.
  • The Vacation Look: Hawaiian shirt, fanny pack, and an abundance of sunscreen on the nose.
  • The “Going Out” Ensemble: A polo shirt tucked into jeans, topped off with a belt that could probably tow a car.

The Dad Dance Moves

Let’s not forget the iconic dad dance moves that surface at every family gathering or wedding. These moves are a blend of pure enthusiasm and questionable rhythm, often resulting in a dance floor spectacle.

Signature Dad Moves:

  • The Lawn Mower: Pushing an imaginary lawn mower with gusto.
  • The Sprinkler: Rotating one arm like a garden sprinkler while standing in place.
  • The Finger Guns: Pointing and shooting imaginary guns while nodding to the beat.

These dance moves are performed with such confidence and joy that you can’t help but join in, turning any event into a memorable celebration.


Indian fathers have a unique charm that blends responsibility with a delightful sense of humor. Their quirky habits, hilarious antics, and unwavering love create countless cherished memories. From the Sunday repairman missions to the Bollywood hero fantasies, dads add a special flavor to family life that is both funny and heartwarming. So here’s to all the dads out there – may your DIY projects be ever incomplete, your bargaining always successful, and your dad jokes forever cringeworthy.

In the end, it’s not about being perfect but about being present and loving. It’s about understanding that the small moments of connection, the laughter, and the shared experiences are what truly matter. Embrace each day with your children, and let the love you have for them be the guiding force in all you do.

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Sumit Janu

Last Updated: Mon Jun 17 2024

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